Belts on your wedding dress

Belts and sashes for brides
Belts and sashes for brides

With the trend for color and wedding dresses holding on strong into 2010, belts and sashes have become an increasingly popular and relatively easy way of adding color to your gown.

Bridal and bridesmaid dresses with belts by Stuart Parvin
Bridal and bridesmaid dresses with belts by Stuart Parvin

A bespoke belt may well come with your dress or you may be offered one by your wedding dress shop, but some of you might also like to source your own belts or sashes, so here are some pointers.

  • If you like the style and texture of the belt/sash that comes with the dress but don’t like the color, ask your wedding dress consultant to show the color options available in the shop. Or ask them to recommend a nearby fabric seller and make sure you get the name of the fabric right.
  • Search online – use keywords like “bridal belt”, “bridal sash”, or even normal searches like “ribbon belt”, “organza belt”, “beaded belt”, etc, according to what kind of waist decoration you want.
  • Feel free to add belts/sashes that are not specifically meant for bridal wear.
    A bridal vintage rhinestone brooch from Magpie Vintage
    A bridal vintage rhinestone brooch from Magpie Vintage

    This post by Style Me Pretty provides great inspiration for this.

  • Go for a vintage look by adding a pretty brooch (an upcycled family heirloom or sourced at an Antiques shop, for example) to a simple ribbon-style belt.
  • For a delicate beaded belt, try London-based Hand & Lock, embroidering since the 18th century!
  • And as we mentioned above, don’t be scared of color! A bright belt with matching shoes can really set off your quirky look.

You can get more catwalk inspiration for bridal belts from Instyle Weddings here!

Source: BridesMagazine, Magpie Vintage

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