Do I Have to Wear My Garter for the Entire Wedding?

Our experts weigh in

Updated 10/23/19

Jen Huang

Whether or not you're planning to do a garter toss during your wedding reception, a garter is a traditional (and intimate!) item of clothing that many brides opt to wear under their dresses—even if they don't need help holding up their hose. But it's totally up to you whether you think it's necessary for your big day.

One reason some brides decide NOT to wear a garter? Well, having a piece of fabric around your upper thigh all day doesn't necessarily sound comfortable, does it? If you do decide that you want to add the accessory to your wedding-day outfit, but are worried it won't feel so nice or might fall down, do you have to wear your garter all day? Are there other alternatives? Read ahead to find out.

You've got a few different options when it comes to wearing a garter on your wedding day. The first is to wear the garter all day, whether or not your partner will be removing it and throwing it into a crowd later in the evening (the origins of which are pretty icky, TBH). Worried about comfort? Look for a style that's made of soft stretch lace (that will lay flat against your skin) instead of one made of gathered fabric. It's the same type of fabric that some lace panties (like Hanky Panky) are made from, so it will be stretchy enough to fit snugly around your leg, without any pieces that stick out and could cause irritation.

If you've got your eye on something more ornate, or on a garter set that includes one for you to keep and a less fancy one for your partner to toss, you could always keep it in your purse until a few moments before the throw. Once it's time, head to the bathroom, slip it on, and head for the dance floor—we won't tell anyone you weren't wearing it all night.

You could also decide to treat your garter as part of your wedding night lingerie instead of your wedding day look. In that case, pick one that matches the set you've purchased for your first night as newlyweds, and stash it away until you've gotten back to the honeymoon suite.

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