May 11, 2011

Wedding Trend - Colored Sashes

In this day of truly personalizing your wedding, I'm seeing many brides incorporate colored sashes into their wedding day accessories, and I love it!  It's a great way to add a splash of color and additional interest to your dress, and it's super flattering.  A sash can be anything from a simple grosgrain ribbon tied with a bow, to an embroidered and beaded satin number that reaches the floor and stretches out over the train of the dress.  They can be tied in front, to the side, or in back, and can be secured with bows, simple "lay-over" knots, or even broaches.  Plus, since a sash is removable, you can wear it for only part of your Big Day.  Many brides wear a simple white sash during their ceremony, and then switch to one that coordinates with their color scheme for the reception.  Alternatively, a longer, more intricate sash can be worn for the ceremony and portraits and then removed for dancing during the reception.

Here are a few examples of what can be done....

For her country estate wedding, Jodie wore an elegant, embroidered and beaded train-length sash for her ceremony, and simply removed it for her reception.  She wore it just under the empire waistline of her gown, and tied it in back with a simple "lay-over" knot.

Anne's ceremony was in a church, and she opted to wear a simple white grosgrain ribbon tied to the side at her waist.  She finished the bow off with a sparkly rhinestone and pearl broach, and replaced the white ribbon with a pink one for her country club reception.

Like Ann, Shannon wore a white sash for her ceremony, and switched to a deep eggplant-colored one for her reception.  Shannon's sashes were made for her dress, and included beading along the front, and hooks to keep them in place.  She tied both at the back in a simple but elegant bow.

Those are just a few ways to use sashes to incorporate a little color into your wedding dress-- there are many more, so be creative, and above all, be you!

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