New!! La Gartier Wooden Keepsake Box!
By: Sarah Dobson | Tuesday 7th of February 2012 11:44:15 PM
La Gartier now has a precious keepsake box you can order for your garter! This wooden box with embossed lid makes for an excellent way to protect and preserve your garter for years to come! And if you are gifting a garter to a loved one, it makes for excellent gift-giving!!! The box measures about 9.5 inches long by 3.25 inches tall...........with 2.5 inches of depth. Perfect for your garter and toss! The cost of the box is ten dollars. To purchase, simply click here or look for the listing entitled "Keepsake Box" on the Garter page! Happy La Gartier everyone!
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Wedding Garter Give Away: Southern Aisle Wedding Blog
By: Sarah Dobson | Tuesday 22nd of November 2011 03:58:51 PM
This week La Gartier is happy to announce that it is partnering with the oh-so-lovely wedding blog Southern Aisle for a give away that offers one lucky bride a chance to win one of three fabulous La Gartier garters!! This particular give away is extra special as it is Southern Aisle's first give away ever!!
The Southern Aisle is a wedding blog that focuses on southern wedding everything, from bowtie inspired engagement sessions to brides in cowboy boots. Lauren Adams, the writer behind Southern Aisle, is a southern girl herself and automatically got my attention with an irresistable Alabama bridal session that featured one of my favorite things in the entire world: horses. A white horse to be specific.
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Pink Wedding Garter + Inspiration
By: Sarah Dobson | Thursday 17th of November 2011 08:29:33 PM
I came across this wonderful Audrey Hepburn quote last night as I was late-night web surfing and loved it so much I just had to take a screenshot of it. Call me predictable, but pink has and always will be my favorite color. Audrey Hepburn, I so completely and totally appreciate that you felt strongly about the color pink!! Below is the quote, beautifully and artistically rendered along with some of my favrite La Gartier garters that incorporate pink!
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History of the Wedding Garter Tradition
By: Sarah Dobson | Thursday 17th of November 2011 03:18:49 PM
Throwing garters is considered to be the oldest surviving wedding tradition. Back in Dark Ages it was customary for friends, relatives and guests to accompany the bridal couple to the marriage bed. At first this was to safely see the married couple ensconced in their wedding bed and once established the crowd respectfully left the newly weds to their own company.
The wedding garter toss became a game of sorts. The bridal party would toss the garter at the grooms nose and the person who successfully landed the garter on his nose would be the next to marry.
The custom became rowdier and bawdier until the guests were eager to help the bride out of her wedding clothes. The wedding guests would try to grab the bride's garter for good luck. It is thought to forestall such impropriety, the bride's garter was given to the mob as a distraction. Soon this became an established custom.
Throwing the garter to the groom's men is what remains of the custom. In Northern England the old custom was for male guests to rush the bride at the altar when the ceremony was finished and remove her garter from her leg. In the panic this usually meant the bride was knocked over and trampled on.
Gradually brides made garters easier to detach and finally to avoid threat of injury they tossed their garters away at the end of the ceremony. Garters were imbued with fertility and the bride's garter signified consummation, fulfillment, and progeny and was always fiercely sought after. Untying the bride's garter had a deeply symbolic act. In the past the lucky guest to receive the bride's garter would wear it proudly on his hat, before giving it to the girl of his choice for luck.
Another variation on this custom in the 19th century was for the local youths to race from the church to the bride's house. The first was given the honor of removing the bride's left garter. He would then tie this around his own true love's knee as a guard against unfaithfulness. In the North of England , the custom was for the man to wear the bride's garter in his hat.
Tossing the garter was reintroduced in the early part of the twentieth century. These days, the groom is responsible for removing the garter and tossing it at the eagerly waiting groomsmen at the reception. Much tamer that the early days. Bride would also have a second keepsake garter that they would keep with their wedding dress.
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To Toss or Not to Toss? Wedding Garter Dilemma.
By: Sarah Dobson | Tuesday 4th of October 2011 06:26:11 PM
Being a wedding garter designer, I hear and read a lot about why women decide to stay away from the wedding garter toss segment of their reception. It is tacky they say. Most report an almost definite NO to the whole thing: having their entire wedding party watch the groom search up her gown, scrambling for one of her wedding garments, tossing it to his best male friends? A total Neanderthal practice they say.
Which I can totally understand. To be completely honest, I don't think I would do the whole thing either. Especially if there were teeth involved. Eeekk. However, as La Gartier has grown I have learned that many of today's brides are buying garters not because they want to do the whole garter toss thing or not. They are buying them just to have them. That is, more and more often brides are buying garters just to have a memorable keepsake that they well cherish always, have yet another fabulous accessory, or pass on to their daughters. My garters are meant to be worn and cherished.....and also tossed if the bride so desires (I always offer simple toss garters at a minimal price to go along with the keepsake).
When I started designing wedding garters years ago the actual wedding garter tradition--the toss part---never even crossed my mind. I suppose I am lucky because I am finding that it isn't crossing my brides' minds either.
To toss or not to toss? Doesn't matter when you have a La Gartier garter.
I think I just came up with LG's first slogan:)))
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And the Winner is......Carly Robinson
By: Sarah Dobson | Tuesday 5th of July 2011 10:42:01 PM
Last week La Gartier had the chance to go to The Ultimate Wedding Show, one of Georgia's largest bridal shows. There were a ton of other vendors there, and La Gartier was just one that participated in a raffle that included over $500.00 worth of wedding goodies. I decided to do a give-away that featured one of my older garters, the "L.O.V.E." garter, which although no longer in ithe current collection is still super cute and flirty. Below is a picture the La Gartier give-away winner, Carly Robinson. Congratulations Carly!
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What is a Wedding Garter Set?
By: Sarah Dobson | Tuesday 5th of July 2011 10:11:17 PM
Lately I have had so many brides ask me this question that it seems to be something worth blogging about. A garter set consists of two garters: a keepsake garter and a toss garter. The keepsake garter is, as the name would suggest, the garter that the bride wears on her wedding day and keeps as a special remembrance of her big day. The keepsake garter is usually a bit heavier on the design side, with initials or embellishments or hierloom jewelry that symbolize something special. The second garter, the toss, is a garter that the bride wears for her husband to remove and "toss" to all of his single bachelor friends. The tossing of the garter is an age old wedding garter tradition dating back to..........well.........we will save that for another blog post. The "tossing of the garter" generally takes place during the wedding reception. It is the man's version of the bouquet toss if you will. The keepsake is usually worn above the toss, as the toss needs to be available to be pulled off by the groom. Most of my garters are keepsake garters for the bride to treasure long after her wedding day, although I do offer garter sets for a small additional charge. If you need a toss to go with your keepsake, just contact me or let me know in the "comments" section of the checkout process and I can create a simple toss away garter for you! Below are a few pictures of La Gartier garter sets to give you a better idea of what and how to wear them. Happy La Gartier!
La Gartier bride Monica Lynn Collier's garter set
La Gartier bride Erin Nicole Glatter's garter set
A garter set I designed for La Gartier bride Jarrity Zachary.
Here the toss is featured on the top and the keepsake on the bottom.
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