gold beaded wedding dress sash

Just when you think you've bought everything you need to look smashing on your wedding day, here come the sashes. Some wedding dresses absolutely require them because the designer expected they would be there, others are just a lovely option. From thin and belted to over-the-top floral frivolity, here are wedding dress sashes to go with just about any gown.

Above, this may be one of our very favorite sashes. Why?  It has the chic sophistication of a belted style, with a little more beading than usual. It's the perfect and rare blend of simple and sparkly. Because of the style of beading, this can go with a broad range of wedding dresses, but probably wouldn't do a slinky sheath any favors due to its proportions.

Below, this barely there sash is a terrific choice for a dress that needs just a tiny emphasis on the waist. A sash of any size with a looser silhouette like this one will help give the bride more of an hourglass shape. Unless a gown is precisely tailored to your body, you'll appreciate the optical illusion a sash provides.

thin crystal and ribbon wedding dress sash

For a modern and trendy touch, go gold. This thin, gold belt is bold and stark against the antique lace used in this dress.  For a bride who wants her look to have some juxtaposition, a metallic accent is a surefire winner.

modern gold belt with lace wedding dress
silver swag belt with sleeveless wedding dress

These two wedding dress sashes are both also known as swag belts, named for the chains dangling from them.  The design of these are best displayed on a dress that lays flat in the front, such as a trumpet or mermaid gown.  Wearing this with a flouncy a-line or princess ballgown silhouette would distort the belt and its details.

simple gold swag belt wedding dress sash
retro tea length wedding dress with two tone ribbon sash

When you really want to draw attention to your waistline, just add color. Above, this thick, two-toned ribbon with beaded center is gorgeous with this retro number. Below, use beads or crystals in your palette to stand out from the white of your dress.

jeweled wedding dress sash with jade and opal colored stones

Playing it a little more traditional?  Opt for a larger sash with lots of clear beading over a silvery background like the beautiful one below.

wide silver beaded wedding dress sash
floral wedding dress sash with beaded leaves on nude ribbon
enamel flower wedding dress sash in blush

Hands down, the most popular wedding dress sash pattern is floral. From enamel blossoms (above) to a cluster of rosettes floating on a sea of transparent tulle (below), flower patterns are a bridal staple.  Your sash and bouquet are going to be in a lot of the same photos, so be sure to talk to your florist and look at plenty of examples when deciding what proportions between the two you like best.

beaded floral wedding dress sash on transparent layer of tulle

For a sweet, vintage detail, find a sash loaded with pink rosebuds (below). Especially when paired with a boho dress, this is such a darling statement.

boho rosebud wedding dress sash

Ever since you saw Carrie's famous floral pin on Sex and the City, you've adored glam, oversized flowers. You're not alone. And this bride is werking it with this ginormous floral sash (below).

glam wedding dash sash with oversized organza flower
silk dupioni wedding dress sash in petal pink

Bows are very hot this season. Make your wedding dress stand out with a silk dupioni sash in petal pink, or have one made in the same fabric as your dress for a monochromatic statement (below).

retro wedding dress design with bold bow sash

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