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3 Facts About Wedding Garters

Wedding garters and the tradition of wedding garter tossing have been around for generations and are done in many countries. Getting married soon and deciding if you should have a wedding garter tossing tradition during your wedding celebration? Here are 5 enlightening wedding garter facts!

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Wedding garters’ original purpose is to hold up the bride’s stockings — But it has evolved into a well-loved tradition during wedding celebrations. The groom will remove the bride’s wedding garter, to be tossed around and caught by one of the male guests (who are unmarried). He will then place the wedding garter onto the leg of the lucky female guest (who must also be unmarried) who caught the bride’s bouquet. As the recipients of the wedding garter and bridal bouquet, it is said that these 2 lucky individuals will be the ones to marry soon.

You can wear two wedding garters – Naturally you would want to keep your wedding garter as it is an important part of your wedding ensemble, and one that you might want to hand to your future children as an heirloom. That’s why you can opt to get a wedding garter set that comes with 2 wedding garters: one for the garter tossing tradition, and one more ornately-decorated garter for you to keep. Both garters are placed on the same leg, with the garter you would like to keep placed higher on your thigh, and the garter for tossing placed just above your knee.

Wedding garters come in a wide range of styles and designs – There are so many options when it comes to wedding garters, and ideally you can choose one that matches your wedding dress and color/motif of choice. Whether it be vintage, modern, bohemian, romantic, or traditional, there is bound to be a wedding garter that will suit your wedding style. You can even make your wedding garter fun and wacky by choosing one (to keep) that is personalized with you and your partner’s names, or one that comes in a theme reflecting your partner’s interests. Do not forget that your wedding garter will also feature in some of your wedding photos, that’s why it’s important to choose one that reflects the style and design of your choice, but also one that will look flattering on your leg and one that has details that will photograph beautifully.

The wedding garter tradition is one that you should definitely not miss during your wedding, and the perfect wedding garter will make this tradition even more memorable.

 

 

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Top Wedding Garter Styles

Your wedding garter is an important detail in your entire wedding ensemble. Just because it will be hidden during most of your wedding celebration does not mean that it’s irrelevant, as wedding garter tossing traditions are among the most highly-anticipated ceremonies during your wedding reception. There are various wedding garter styles to choose from, and here’s a handy guide to what’s out there and the most recommended styles.

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  1. Vintage – We all know that you can never go wrong with vintage, and vintage garters always come packed with an oomph factor with all that beautiful and ornate lace trimming, delicate feathers, bows and/or floral ornaments, intricate beading and other sparkly details. A vintage garter also usually comes with a mesh ruffled trim that gives the garter this romantic and feminine look.
  2. Simple and chic – If you’re wearing a wedding gown that’s more on the elegant, modern, and chic side, a simple garter with minimal trimming works best to complement your wedding gown. Simple wedding garters often come with a delicate lace trim, minimal ornamental details, and perhaps just an addition of a complementary color to make it stand out. Some may also be a simple band decorated with a simple floral lace applique, a rhinestone, simple beads, or others.
  3. Bold colors – Want to make that garter really stand out? Some garters come in bold color choices, such as a romantic, deep red that exudes sexiness and romance, or an all-black garter that simply spells out utter sophistication. Your wedding garter can be bold, fun, and can ultimately go against the grain from the traditional wedding garters people are accustomed to. Wow your guests with a bold color choice!
  4. Bling – Bedazzle your entire wedding celebration with a wedding garter that truly sparkles! Gemstone or rhinestone-studded wedding garters are quite popular among brides, and with good reason, because this wedding garter style adds that certain touch of luxury and elegance, and is a fool-proof style that will look good on your legs and will photograph beautifully.
  5. Floral touch – For an ultra feminine wedding garter choice, floral ornaments on a wedding garter add a natural, soft, and classy touch. Florals can come in the form of fabric flowers, lace flowers/applique, hand-beaded floral details, or even floral touches made of gold and silver, adorned with precious stones or gems.

If you’re having a Thai destination wedding by the beach, you can also opt for a wedding garter inspired by the sea, beach, and tropics, too!

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Top 4 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Wedding Garter

Every small detail during your wedding day should not be overlooked, and this includes choosing the perfect wedding garter for your special day.  It’s a common question among many brides out there: “How do I know which wedding garter will suit me best?” Here are a handful of tips that will help you decide.

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  1. Style/design – Your wedding dress’ style can clue you in on what garter style will be appropriate. Is it vintage, retro, romantic, glamorous, chic, modern, bohemian, or traditional? Wedding garters come in various styles, so you can opt to choose one that complements your wedding gown. An important factor to consider is choosing a garter style that will not create unsightly bumps or marks on your dress’ silhouette (especially if your dress is quite form-fitting in the thigh area). Garters also come in various designs, some very ornate and heavily trimmed with lace, gemstones/rhinestones and beading, bows, and more—while some come in more simplistic designs with minimal trimmings like a simple and delicate lace design with just a pop of color.
  2. Color – Wedding garters usually come in the usual wedding colors (white, beige, pastels), trimmed with lace, ribbons, and other designs. However you can always make your wedding garter choice a fun one that involves a pop of color, even one that matches your wedding’s color palette or theme. Whether it be pastels, hot pink, or striking black trimming, the wedding garter can be as conservative or as unconventional as you want it to be.
  3. Fit – It is important that you choose a wedding garter that fits comfortably since you will be wearing it during your entire ceremony. You don’t want one that will cut off your circulation, or one that will have trimmings (i.e. lace) that will irritate your skin. Make sure the garter stretches to a width that’s comfortable for your thigh. Your wedding garter must also look flattering on your leg, will photograph well, and will complement your choice of footwear, too. A lot of garters come in a one-size-fits-all size, but that doesn’t mean that it is instantly a good choice right away. Before purchasing, fit the garter and see if it holds in place or if it’s too tight.
  4. To get one, or two? – The garter tossing tradition is one that is always a much-awaited part of the wedding reception or after party, in which your lucky guest will get to keep your wedding garter. In case you’d like to keep your wedding garter, you can opt to get a wedding garter set, which are 2 wedding garters, a simpler one for the garter tossing ceremony, and one more ornate and special for you to keep as a memorabilia, and even as an heirloom to pass on to your future children.

Here in Thailand wedding garters are expertly and elegantly handcrafted, perfect for your Thailand destination wedding. Remember: choosing a wedding garter should be a fun and easy decision, and hopefully these tips have helped you figure out the right wedding garter for you. Enjoy and happy choosing!

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Why not choose a traditional Thai wedding dress in glowing silk.

Now that you’ve decided to base your special day in the romantic Lanna Kingdom city of Chiang Mai, why not choose to wear the beautiful, traditional silk wedding dresses worn for generations here?

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Thai silk is the world’s finest, with its glowing colours, woven gold threads and traditional designs, and is cool and comfortable on even the hottest day. It’s now popular worldwide, due to the efforts in the mid-20th century of an American former soldier, Jim Thompson. Formerly, silk used for the sumptuous costumes of royalty and the elite in Bangkok was mostly imported from China, as the north-eastern provincial product was mostly aimed at private consumption within the region.

Thompson soon realised that a modest business could be established by designing patterns and colours based on but more easily recognizable than the local, basically raw silk product. Within a short time, his new brand became recognizable and his product took off in America and across the world. The delicate, glowing fabric soon achieved popularity with Western designers, and became an upscale hit in boutiques and couture outlets.

Modern day Thai silk is the result of the Bombyx mori silk worm’s three-year diet of mulberry leaves. After the three years are up, the worm builds itself a cocoon from fine threads of spittle. The weavers separate the cocoons from the mulberry bushes, and boil them to extract the precious threads. At first bumpy and irregular, the threads emerge in various shades of light green to pale gold, at lengths varying between 500 to 1,500 yards per cocoon.

Single threads must be combined to provide a filament strong enough for weaving. Done by hand, it’s a tedious procedure of reeling the threads onto a wooden spindle, with 40 hours of work producing just a half-kilo of silk. Even nowadays, althob2ap3_thumbnail_Our-Wedding-00609ugh some weavers use a reeling machine, most Thai silk is reeled by hand, with three grades being produced. The two finer grades are reserved for lightweight material, with the third grade used for heavier fabrics.

After being bleached, soaked in hot water and dried, the threads are ready for weaving. In the villages north of Chiang Mai, small communities of weavers still use traditional hand-operated looms to create the unique patterned silk fabric used for evening wear and wedding costumes. Each stretch of fabric is unique and can’t be exactly reproduced, unlike the commercially-produced silks using machine weaving. A beautiful wedding dress made to measure from hand-woven Thai silk is as individual as its wearer.

Traditional Thai wedding costumes conform to no rules, with the exception that black must not be worn, as it brings bad luck to the marriage. There’s a choice of styles, both for the bride and groom, ranging from 18th century royal designs to the formal northern Phrae style with its elegance and comfort. In this style, the bride’s outfit comprises a skirt, often woven with glittering gold threads and a traditional design at the hem, together with a waist-length top with one shoulder left bare. Sleeved versions can also be had.

The groom’s costume, slightly adapted to modern taste, normally comprises full-length trousers with a hip-length jacket and a gold-threaded scarf worn over on shoulder. If you’re determined to combine cultures and go for a white wedding, traditional costumes woven from delicate, glowing-white silk with a touch of gold are the perfect answer. Of course, a traditional Western white wedding dress can be made up from Thai silk to your exact requirements and measurements, and seamstresses in Chiang Mai are famous for their skill.