Redesigning the wedding garter for stylish brides

Washington, D.C. · 545 Sales


Redesigning the wedding garter for stylish brides

Washington, D.C. 545 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   Surprise! It's A 3-Day Summer Garter Sale! Use the code SUMMERSALE at check out for 30% off of your handmade bridal garter order. This sale goes from July 24 - 26th and is not applicable to custom wedding garter orders. Happy summer!


Last updated on Jul 23, 2017

Surprise! It's A 3-Day Summer Garter Sale! Use the code SUMMERSALE at check out for 30% off of your handmade bridal garter order. This sale goes from July 24 - 26th and is not applicable to custom wedding garter orders. Happy summer!

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It's a summer sale on all wedding garters in my collection! Use the code SUMMERSALE for 30% off of your modern bridal garter order from 7/24 through 7/26
So many beautiful heirlooms to choose from! A bridal garter for every style!

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Summer wedding fun with this something blue bridal garter heirloom!
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Redesigning The Wedding Garter Tradition. Too Pretty To Toss.


Julianne Smith is The Garter Girl, a stylish wedding garter design company that began in 2004. The Garter Girl is dedicated to redesigning wedding traditions, helping brides make memories and creating family heirlooms through the art and design of wedding garters.

Julianne believes that a wedding garter is a small, but meaningful, way for a bride to celebrate her own personal style. The Garter Girl’s sophisticated wedding garters are designed to be modern heirlooms intended to be cherished for generations to come.

Each and every stylish wedding garter in the The Garter Girl’s collection is meticulously hand created by Julianne and designed with a recognizable modern femininity that encompasses her signature style.

The daughter of a seamstress and a surgeon, Julianne grew up in small town Pennsylvania surrounded by lots of family and tons of laughter. It was a love of politics that brought her to the nation’s capital where she fell in love with D.C. and city life.

Before creating The Garter Girl, Julianne was a communications strategist and media specialist. She worked on Capitol Hill for a member of Congress and served in the White House’s administration.

Combining her passion for DC, media and weddings in 2010, Julianne started the Washington DC area’s top wedding website, United With Love. Featuring locally helpful wedding planning advice, Julianne built United With Love to be a trusted resource and a well-known brand with thousands of readers every day. She was able to sell United With Love in 2016.

Julianne is obsessed with style and is known for her passion and sophisticated attention to detail. She is also known for consistently being overdressed, a loyal friend and always ready to host. She is the mother of three small children and lives in the city of Washington, D.C. with her husband and family.

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Just wedding garters?….That’s it?….You don’t do anything else?…..Why? This is how the conversation usually goes when meeting new friends or talking to most about The Garter Girl. Here is the true story of how it all started.

In 2003, one of Julianne’s best friends, Brooke, was getting married. It was your typical large bridal party and each bridesmaid was assigned a special task. Always known as the “crafty one” and the daughter of a seamstress, Julianne was put in charge of finding her friend the perfect wedding garter. It was something that the bride really wanted and was excited to have on her wedding day. Brooke loved being a bride and having garter was a special heirloom she was looking forward to.

Brooke got married before Etsy and social media had taken off as valuable wedding planning resources. Julianne searched tirelessly, but was unable to find a stylish wedding garter worthy of Brooke’s unique, fun and girlie personality. Knowing that she was given only one bridesmaid duty for which she could not fail, Julianne hand made Brooke’s wedding garter herself.

The original The Garter Girl wedding garter was very “Brooke.” It was white satin with a something blue accent stripe that was furry. Yes, furry. And, she loved it! Brooke’s wedding garter perfectly matched her style and her personality. Best of all, her garter still fits her personality all these years later!

Julianne is very proud of that first wedding garter. She worked really hard to figure out the garter’s construction and still uses many of the same sewing techniques in today’s designs.

To say that The Garter Girl’s wedding garter designs have evolved over the years since Brooke’s wedding is an understatement. But, the core mission is unwavering. The Garter Girl believes in celebrating a bride’s personal sense of style, allowing her to honor her own traditions and helping her to create new memories for generations to come.

To answer the original questions: Yes, it is all wedding garters, all the time around The Garter Girl studio. Julianne believes in doing one thing and doing it impeccably. Just as she was given only one bridesmaid duty, The Garter Girl is focused on designing and hand making stylish and modern, yet feminine, wedding garters.

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  • Julianne Smith

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    Hi! I'm Julianne Smith, aka The Garter Girl. I am redesigning the wedding garter tradition for stylish brides.

Production partners

  • Marigold & Grey

    Kensington, MD

    Marigold & Grey is an artisan welcome gift company based in the Washington, DC area. The Garter Girl has teamed up with them to add a hand made wedding garter into their artisan gift boxes, making it an extra special gift for the bride-to-be.

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Last updated on Mar 25, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

The Garter Girl specializes in custom wedding garter designs that are perfectly suited to the bride's own personal sense of style and wedding day vision. Please message The Garter Girl directly to ask a questions or begin a custom wedding garter design. Custom designs can take a few weeks or up to a month, just depending on the detail of the design. Rush custom designs can be accommodated.

Sizing details

The Garter Girl's standard wedding garter size measures 14 - 22 inches around. You can then move your garter up or down depending on what feels good to you. The Garter Girl recommends wearing your garter just above your knee. If you say nothing about your wedding garter size, it will be made to the standard size. That said, all wedding garters are made-to-order, so custom sizes can definitely be accommodated for no additional charge. Simply message The Garter Girl with any concerns or to talk about a custom size or a size adjustment. More important than the size of your wedding garter is to try your wedding garter on when you receive it. Please try not to wait until the last minute or the week before your wedding to try on your garter!

Care instructions

The Garter Girl's wedding garters are intended to be shared through generations and as such proper care is an important part of the heirloom process! All stylish wedding garters from The Garter Girl come with a keepsake, cotton bag to save and protect the garter before and after your wedding. All wedding garters are hand-made by Julianne and thus delicate. Please take great care when handling your garter. If your wedding garter is stained after the wedding, gentle spot cleaning with cold water or a small amount of delicate laundry detergent can be dabbed on as a spot treatment. Before putting your garter away in the keepsake bag for the long-term, please be sure to carefully clean and fully air-dry your garter.

Gift wrapping and packaging

The Garter Girl brings a passion of gifting to each and every hand made wedding garter. All wedding garters arrive in a beautifully branded white gift box that is tied with a ribbon. Inside the gift box, each wedding garter purchase includes a branded white cotton bag with a satin tie. The Garter Girl's wedding garters are intended to be keepsakes to save for a long time; to live on as heirlooms to be passed through generations. The keepsake bag is made of cotton and for the bride to use the to save and protect the garter after the wedding.

Wholesale availability

The Garter Girl offers wholesale purchasing on a very limited basis for select bridal and wedding shops. If you are a bridal shop or wedding retailer, please message The Garter Girl directly for questions about wholesale policies. The Garter Girl does no offer drop shipping for online retailers.

How long do custom wedding garter orders take?

Custom wedding garter designs can take a few weeks or up to a month, depending on the detail of the wedding garter design. If your wedding is coming up soon, rush orders can be accommodated. Please message The Garter Girl to discuss your custom order.

I have my mother's wedding dress, will you make a wedding garter out of it?

The Garter Girl specializes in wedding garters made from vintage or heirloom materials, like mother's wedding dresses or veils. If you have a piece of vintage or heirloom material that you'd like to use to make a wedding garter, please message The Garter Girl directly to discuss your design.

I have my fiancé's military uniform name tape, will you use it to make a wedding garter?

The Garter Girl loves to use unique and personal materials, such as the name tape from a military uniform, to make custom wedding garters. Please message The Garter Girl for more information and to discuss your custom garter design.

I need my garter ASAP! Help!

Rush orders can be accommodated by The Garter Girl. Please message The Garter Girl to discuss your rush request. Additional fees may be required for rush orders.

How long will it take for you to make my wedding garter?

All wedding garters take about 3 to 4 weeks to hand make by The Garter Girl. This production time is in addition to shipping. Shipping usually takes 2 to 3 days within the United States. If you need your wedding garter sooner, please message The Garter Girl to discuss your request. Rush orders can be accommodated.