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  1. Haley's Wedding Garter

    So for this bridal I was asked by Kerry to make her sister a surprise wedding garter. Kerry wanted me to make the garter from their Mother's wedding outfit. Sadly their Mother had passed and so this was a way of having a sentimental part of her their.

    I have made the top part of the garter from the jacket of the outfit and a soft organza ribbon the bottom. It's a lovely mix of ivory purple & pink. Originally it was made with the bows and roses to pick up the pinks & purples but Haley's was super sleek and the roses showed through so they were removed. I also made a dust bag to store the garter in which included a button from the jacket on.

    Haley-Customised Wedding Garter



    This was the review by Kerry-

    Thank you so much for the beautiful, special garter you made for my sister. Nothing was too much trouble and after messaging you with a date I needed it by you responded straight away and ensured you could get it done by this time, even though I had left it a little last minute!! Me and my sister were so emotional seeing my mums wedding dress material made into such a gorgeous garter, so she could be with her on her special day. You can really tell it’s made with so much love & care. My sister will cherish this forever. We can’t thank you enough x

  2. *Daisy*

    I'm always looking for new sparkly bits to add to my accessories and these pave balls are gorgeous. They are going to be part of a new collection for 2023 but are already proving very popular.

    Ivory Dolly Bag, Pandora Type Pave Balls

    The picture above are light gold and they have the most delicate row of crystals running through the centre. I also have them available in rose gold.

    So far I have used them on my Daisy garter - click on the picture for details

    Daisy Wedding Garter

    And this is a matching dolly bag - click on photo for details.

    Ivory Brides Bag, Pandora Balls

    These are just 2 of my new designs. I will also be making ring cushions to match and some different designs. To be honest the garters have sold so quickly I have run out of the pave balls. I have lots more on order though! Update- lots more now in stock!

    Hope you like x


  3. Designer Wedding Garter, Bride Wearing Luxury Garter


    This is quite possibly my favourite real life bridal photo sent into me by Claire. 

    It was a bit of a rush order with special requests for it to be in the colours of Italy as she was marrying an Italian. Not a problem!

    The bride chose my Bailey design (link on the photo) and then I changed the colours to red & green. Inside the back of the garter in red stitching are the wedding details.

    I was very happy with the finished product and so was the bride.

    Are you looking for something a little different or want to change the colours?

    I make all my garters to order so all colours and decorations can be changed - as long as I have them in stock. My supply of ribbons and embroidery colours are so huge they have their own corner of my workshop! I'm also happy to source more colours or use customers own supplies.

    Please get in touch if you would like to discuss colours or designs.





  4. 'New Bridal Designs'

    I'm really excited to be able to offer my new flatter garter designs. I'm always being asked for garters which will work under tigher fitting dresses and have finally found an elastic that works! 

    Flat Garter Designs, Crystals Garters



    I'm still working on new idea's for designs and always welome customer involvement in these.

    I will be designing dolly bags & ring cushions to go with them and these will be all ready to go for the 2022 wedding season.

    Pieces will be offered to buy on their own or as part of a complete wedding set - which works out a little cheaper.


    As these garters are made from elastic I cannot embroider onto them. The plus side to this is I will be able to build stock ready to post quickly. Most will include lace dust bags which I can embroider with the couples names, brides name and or wedding date. This makes a lovely keepsake and wedding gift for any bride to be.

  5. Weddings are coming back!

    So we had great news yesterday when it was announced weddings could soon take place again. Very slowly and only small amounts at first. I’m sure many within the wedding industry (myself included) were hoping for a speedier return but we will get there. Hopefully by June wedding planning will be full on and couples can once again enjoy their very special day in the way they want, surrounded by family & friends. 
    I long for the days of working flat out and very long hours. Juggling my time between the sewing machine, answering the phone & returning emails. 
    Being busy with weddings is my world and I’ve missed it! 
    I’ve been very lucky in that I’ve still been able to work the past year, just at a much slower pace than normal. 
    So, baby steps at first.....but fingers crossed we are finally getting this damned virus under control. 
  6. Would You Like To Tweak A Garter Design?

    I make all my garters from scratch, to order. So if there is a design you like but the colours are not quite right just let me know the colours you would like. I have a very wide range of colours available for the ribbons, embroidery threads & trims. 

    So you can go for the tradtional something blue or go crazy with colours as bright as you like. Mix & match as many colours ass you like.

    I also offer a colour matching service. If you are using a particular shade in a ribbon or fabric, post me a small sample and I will match it up as close as possible.

    The embellishments on all my designs can be swapped around. 

    Some of the designs on my site are ones created from customers idea's, I quite often even name them after the bride herself!


    A Luxury Wedding Garter, Stitched In Lace With Blue Ribbon Details & Personalised Too!


    Extra Special Touches

    All my designs can be stitched with personalised details either on the front of the garter or the inside back. Embroidery details that most brides choose to have is her new married name or the date of her wedding but you may choose something else. I can embroider the couples first names or initials or even a short message, maybe something from the Mother of the bride. 

    If you need help choosing what to have I'd be happy to help.

    Another extra to add is a sixpence coin. This can be stitched with a sixpence bag or tied on with a ribbon bow. The silver sixpences are dated from around the 1950's - perfect for the brides 'something old'. If there is a specific year that is sentimental to you let me know and I will see if I have that year for you.

    Do you have something sentimental to you that you would like added?

    I have added all sorts of things to bridal garters. Pandora charms, locks of hair & fabric from a special piece of clothing. One of my garters was made from a grandmothers wedding dress that had sadly died and it was the brides way of having her be part of her very special day.

    If you would like something added please do get in touch and let me know what it is. I can then come up with an idea of how I can work it into a design. 



    So I thought this year couldn’t get any worse......but it just has!
    Swarovski have announced that as from next year they will no longer be selling to suppliers. This means all the crystals, rhinestones and pearls that I use will run out!
    Nearly everything I make features Swarovski. Even though they are more expensive I find they have the best sparkle and a fantastic range of colours.
    I will be buying as much as I can so I have stock but this is not easy when weddings are at a standstill and business is so quiet. I also have no idea how much stock my suppliers have.
    I will gradually be removing some designs, especially the ones loaded with pearls and crystals. My stocks will be far too precious to be making the products that use so many pearls/crystals.
    So please if you do like anything I make using Swarovski don’t delay in ordering. 
    I may just need to buy in extra gin to get over this shocking news.....
    I am finding it very difficult to buy any stock at all at the moment and so some designs will be removed a lot quicker than expected. I am very limited on anything using the blue pearls. 
    So please.....if there is a design you are looking to buy which uses blue pearls order as soon as you can.
  8. I Am Totally In Love With This Combo!

    Swarovski Pearls & Dusty Blue Embroidery


    Wedding Garter & Dust Bag Which Has Been Personalised In A Dusty Blue Embroidery Thread.

    The garter has been personalised on the inside back in a beautiful silky blue thread to match the Swarovski pearls. 

    The dust bag is brand new and includes embroidery too. This can be as shown or you can choose something different. Maybe a short message to the bride if buying as a gift.

    The bag is a perfect place to keep your bridal garter safe & dust free!

    If you would like to see more details on this design click on the picture.

    Any questions just ask!

  9. Where Are You Based?

    A question I frequently get asked, especially when somebody needs an order urgently! 

    I am now based in the beautiful village of West Butterwick, Lincolnshire. I am very lucky in that I have a lovely big workshop attached to my house, so no communting for me! This has been a godsend during Covid as it has meant I've been able to carry on working as normal - albeit with less weddings happening this year.

    My workshop was once the village post office and then the village shop, so it's seen many people through the doors. My house is around 200 years old and I have now discovered that in the Victorian times it was a tailors. So I've brought it back full circle to sewing once again and kept the cottage industry going.

    I would love to be able to see how it was set up inside back then but will have to make do with this old photograph. Maybe one day I will come across some more photo's. I love a bit of history!

    Made By Debbie Howe


  10. I have been selling online for nearly 15yrs and I will never tire of the feeling I get when I receive such great feedback. It makes all the hardwork so worthwhile!

    Dawn ordered my Bailey wedding garter with personalised details on the inside.

    The photo is linked to take you through to more details on this garter design.

    Bridal Garter With Swarovski Crystals & Blue Bows, Made To Order

    We ordered a Garter ready for our daughters wedding next year. It arrived a couple of day’s ago. It’s perfect & very elegant. We are thrilled and couldn’t have asked for anything better. The personalised embroidery complements the garter and makes it unique. The quality of the lace and the attention to detail is outstanding. I would definitely recommend Debbie and her skills. The service Debbie offers and provides is exceptional thank you so much

    Dawn & Gary xxx

  11. The Tradition Of The Something Blue

    The custom dates back to the 1890's with the bride wearing 'something blue' on her wedding day. The traditonal poem is-

    Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, a sixpence in her shoe'.

    Many years on - 2020 - and the poem and tradition is very much still going!

    The colour blue is said to symbolise purity, love & fidelity.


    So How Do You To Bring The Something Blue To Your Wedding Day

    The obvious is a blue wedding garter-


    Wedding garter with blue ribbons and Swarovski pearls.


    The garter itself can be made in blue or if you want to be a little more discreet choose to have your bridal garter made in all white or ivory with the blue hidden on the inside in the form of embroidery in blue, this can be the wedding date or brides new name.


    What If Garters Are Not Quite Your Thing?

    Garters are not to everone's taste and so a bridal pin might be a better option-

    Bridal pin showing blue ribbons and a sixpence coin.

    With a bridal pin your something blue & something old is covered - Blue swarovski crystal & pearls and a 1950's silver sixpence. These pins can be pinned onto your wedding bouquet or maybe on the underneath petticoat of your wedding dress.

    Another Option Is A Personalised Handkerchief

    Wedding Hankie which has been embroidered with bride and grooms names and the wedding date.

    Embroidered with the couple names & wedding date this hankie makes a wonderful keepsake to treasure.

    Brides Dolly Bag

    Satin dolly bag which has blue pearls on it and crystals.

    This bridal bag has the blue element plus is handy to hold all the brides essentials - two in one!



    I hope these idea's for your 'something blue' on your special wedding day help!