When you’ve finally found The Dress, you might be ready to pick out your veil (or alternative), shoes, or even a dress sash. But does your dress even need a sash? Generally, a dress is perfect as is — but a sash can sometimes add a little glam or sparkle to a dress. A sash is never a requirement — but whether or not to wear one really depends on the dress you choose and how the sash will complement your overall look. Today we’re sharing seven reasons why your dress might need a sash.
2. Your dress is elegant, but simple — and you crave a little bling.
A sash is the best way to add a little sparkle and shine to your dress. Pearls, rhinestones, Swarovski crystals, or colorful blooms are just a few ways brides choose to add a dose of pretty, personal style.
Hi, lovelies! If you’re a new reader to Emmaline Bride, you may not have yet explored the handmade wedding loveliness that goes on in The Marketplace! Emmaline Bride is home to the original handmade wedding marketplace, which houses hundreds of the best handmade wedding finds. We work with the best vendors, the most talented artisans, and there’s a little bit of everything for everyone. With new items being added every day, it’s no wonder our readers love to shop + see what’s new! Today we’re sharing seven new finds from The Marketplace to give you a small sampling of what to see in the shop. What did we find? Browse our hand-picked items below… and tell us which one is your favorite!
1. This gorgeous silk sash
This silk sash is the finishing touch to any bridal gown.
Earlier this year, we shared a wedding photography giveaway with one of our preferred photographers, Justin Battenfield. Justin has extended the giveaway to make room for one more couple to take advantage!
Do you need ideas for something old, new, borrowed, and blue? We’ve found eight of them! This wedding tradition (from an old English rhyme) is said to bring good luck to the bride. It doesn’t mean you’ll have bad luck if you don’t oblige, but it’s a fun wedding tradition to participate in nonetheless. On a strict budget? Don’t panic: most of these items can be borrowed from a loved one (old, borrowed, and blue) and your ‘new’ can always be your wedding dress. Read on to see our ideas for something old, new, borrowed, and blue; PLUS, find out where you can get a sought-after sixpence for your shoe!
New is the most fun – it means you, you know, have to buy a little something for you! A dress sash, garter, or new pair of heels are a few favorites. If you don’t want to spend extra, your new wedding dress can count!
“Something Borrowed” can be anyhting: a ring you borrowed from your sister, a brooch from your grandmother, or do what I did: wear your mother’s veil. Lucky for me, my mom has exceptional taste. You can also use part of her veil and turn it into a custom hair piece or blusher veil.
“Something Blue” can be completely bold or very subtle. A clutch purse with a blue flower pin, for instance, or a pair of blue earrings are perfect examples. For even more subtlety, pin a thin light blue ribbon to the underside of your gown with a simple safety pin. A single stitch of blue thread (hidden, of course) is another great example. A pair of something blue underwear is another easy example: I mean, who needs an excuse to shop for pretty underthings? (I heart these. Plus, this weekend, 40% off and free shipping. Score. And, no, they’re not a sponsor, just one of my most favorite stores!) And, last but not least, we’ve seen a lot of these shoes popping up in Real Weddings. The back logo has, you guessed it, just the right amount of blue.
Brides: have you found the perfect dress but want to add a little something extra? A bridal sash is a welcome addition to any gown to add a pop of color, bling, or an heirloom detail to your dress in seconds. Today we’re showing you how to choose a bridal sash in three easy steps, along with inspiration from the lovely SparkleSM, an expert in the bridal sash industry. So, grab that huge afternoon cup of coffee (um, I recently discovered carrot cake coffee and I’m hooked!) – or tea – and read on to find out how to choose a bridal sash + get a dose of handmade loveliness after the jump! Enjoy!
How to Choose a Bridal Sash: 3 Easy Steps
It’s easy to select a perfect sash in three easy steps! Once you’ve found the perfect wedding gown, read on for the step-by-step guide on how to choose a bridal sash.
1. Decide which style is right for you.
First, select a style that incorporates your vision. Ask yourself why you want to add a sash: do you want to add bling, a pop of color, your “something blue”, or a vintage heirloom? Once you decide how your sash will accentuate your gown, you’ll be on your way to selecting the perfect style.
For bling, look for a sash made with Swarovski crystals or diamond pointed rhinestones for maximum sparkle + shine down the aisle. The Liv, shown in the top image (and below) is one beautiful option.
For a vintage touch, look for a touch of art deco like Cadence, SparkleSM’s nod to the roaring twenties.
Need a pop of color? We love this green flower sash (style: Cole)…
… this peach-colored Elle sash is a stunning show-stopper…
… and this purple McKenna sash features purple lucite stones. Gorgeous!
And, let’s not forget Tabitha, which features some of the most stunning multicolored beads we’ve ever seen!
Last but not least, something blue is always a popular request from brides. The Leighton bridal sash has you covered!
Want to add an heirloom quality? You can select a brooch add-on at SparkleSM, like these we spotted…
One of the most important steps of how to choose a bridal sash is to measure correctly. Since the piece is custom-made, you’ll want to make sure the measurements you provide are accurate. Use a sewing tape measure to get an accurate read around your waist.
3. Have it Photoshopped onto your Dress.
It’s amazing what technology has done for the wedding industry! Not only can you buy handmade wedding finds online (from vendors around the globe!), but you can get a visual on how your sash will look on your particular gown. Stephanie of SparkleSM offers this unique ‘photoshopping’ service so you can take a peek of your sash + gown combination BEFORE you buy. Awesome.
Now that you know how to choose a bridal sash, you’re ready to start shopping! Visit SparkleSM to browse designs you’ve seen here + more from Stephanie’s gorgeous collection.
Happy Monday! We hope you had an amazing weekend! We’re kicking off a brand new week of handmade wedding goodness with a collection of 10 killer wedding DIYs we think you’ll love. This list contains some of our favorite wedding DIYs ever… and we think you’ll agree! Feel free to follow each tutorial to a T or mix it up with a variation of your own. And, if you tackle a craft below, please let us know so we can see your beautiful work (+ share it in an upcoming post!) So, ready to get crafty? Read on to see which DIYs made the list… after the jump!
10 Killer Wedding DIYs
1. DIY Perfume
Become a frangrance mixologist in an evening! This custom homemade eau de perfume by Design Sponge makes a great gift for bridesmaids. I plan to make one myself!
2. DIY Paper Peony (+ FREE Printable Template)
Pretty up your place cards with DIY paper peony flowers thanks to a FREE printable template + tutorial from Ellinee.
3. DIY Sharpie Mug
Decorate mugs for your coffee or tea loving bridesmaids or create a custom ‘His’ + ‘Hers’ mug set thanks to this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. This DIY is super easy to do with cheap white mugs (try Ikea), Sharpie markers, and your oven! Get the full how-to here.
4. DIY Coasters
Make your own (affordable) favors with this tutorial via FellowFellow: it’s fun and easy.
5. DIY Cement Votive Holders
Deck out your outdoor reception tables (or patio) with DIY cement votive holders. These are easier than they look and can be reused for years after the big day! Read the tutorial at Say Yes to Hoboken.
6. DIY Wedding Program
Make your ceremony programs with this tutorial via Intimate Weddings using burlap and vintage patterned paper. Pretty!
Last but not least, you can add a pop of color and a girly detail to your dress (or bridesmaid dresses) with this tutorial by Momtastic.
9. DIY State Art
Personalize your reception space with DIY state art to show where your love resides. This fun idea – called Heart in Ohio – comes from The Harpster Home. Decorate your reception + display in your love nest after the big day.
10. DIY Wrap Bracelet
It’s a wrap! We finish up this round-up with a funky twist on traditional wedding jewelry: wrap bracelets! Visit Honestly WTF for the full tutorial.
Psst. Did you know you could print on burlap? It’s true… imagine menus, place cards, escort cards, programs… so many possibilities. Just thought we’d share! :)
You found the perfect wedding dress… now it’s time to make it your own! A dress sash – tied around the waist – can embellish any gown with your own distinct personal style. Today, we’re bringing you twenty dress sash styles you can’t find at a bridal shop: these are all handmade with two hands by the lovely SparkleSM! If you crave individuality, have a discerning taste, or want a custom dress sash made just for you, look no further! Read on to see which dress sash styles made the cut, why we love ’em, and find out which dress sash was given the Emmaline Bride Top Pick approval. Enjoy!
20 Dress Sash Styles
Soft satin ribbon + tons of sparkle caught our eye on this dress sash! We love how the rhinestones surround the ribbon so it doesn’t get lost in the same shade of your wedding dress.
This strikingly beautiful dress sash features diamond cut rhinestones for a unique look.
This dress sash features repeating bright white satin bows with rhinestones and crystals. Perfect for the bride and works well for a bridesmaid or flower girl sash, too.
Four rows of sparkle, anyone? This sparkly dress sash features rhinestones and a 4″ chartreuse flower embellishment.
This sash combines both diamond and round cut rhinestones to create a diamond-shaped dress sash centerpiece.
Looking for something blue? The Willa has you covered with blue lucite stones across a satin ribbon in your choice of color.
The Leighton is another “something blue” sash can be worn down the aisle, paired with bridesmaid dresses, or worn as a reception dress embellishment.
If you love classic pearls, this is the wedding sash for you! Crystals, iridescent beads, and a side burst of pearls combine to form this elegant aisle-ready dress sash.
This bauble-filled sash features a smoky quartz/purple color crafted with lucite stone. Wear on your wedding day – and beyond! – with a favorite little black dress.
Felicity is similar to Cole (#4 above) but features a poppy pink + yellow flower piece in lieu of chartreuse. If you like the rhinestones on either of these sashes but prefer another color, just ask!
For a true stunner, check out the Scarlet sash: it’s a mix between modern with a vintage feel, and features rhinestones completely around the dress. Plus, the elegant focal piece is “draped” ever so slightly to make a statement.
The Yardley sash reminds us of Rosemary (#1 above) but with two rows of rhinestones + satin ribbon instead of one.
This dress sash features lucite stones in clear and black with emerald, marquise, round, and square shapes and black seed beads provide an elegant trim. You’ll get plenty of use with this dress sash on the big day – and beyond!
This dress sash is reminiscent of 1920’s charm! Sophisticated rounds of crystals makes this one stand-out statement piece.
Rhinestones with “braiding” makes Maia a must for 2012.
If your gown already has enough sparkle, opt for a sparkly-free dress sash instead like the Violet. The colorful satin ribbon and soft organza flower tie in pretty layers of purple + pink just in time for summer wedding season.
For the bride who wants sparkle and a little pop of color, the Corinne is perfect! Rhinestones on this sash are pieced together in a diamond-shape pattern with a lovely yellow flower for embellishment.
Simple, sweet, and elegant are three words to describe the Kendell, which features rows of pearl beads and crystals.
Savannah features a black satin ribbon and a white 4.75″ fabric flower with rhinestone stamens and a larger rhinestone centerpiece.
Finally, last but not least, the Emilie – our EB staff top pick! – features a rhinestone studded scroll pattern with beading, a silky satin ribbon weaved throughout, and a large rhinestone jeweled brooch. The brooch is detachable, which makes this our favorite! Wear the sash with the brooch for your wedding; turn it into a pin or hair accessory as a keepsake after the big day.
Good morning! It is Day 5 in our Wedding Giveaway HolidayPalooza and we’re giving away five beautiful handmade wedding giveaway prizes! Read on to find out about today’s giveaway and find out how you can enter for a chance to win!
Wedding Giveaway – #1 3D Guestbook
The first prize is a unique 3D wedding hearts guestbook, size medium by Suzy Shoppe. This guest book also comes with an instruction card and pen. You can make this item your own with plenty of custom colors from which to choose! Your guest book will arrive recessed behind glass within a 20″x20″ shadowbox frame.
Thank you to all who entered + to our sponsors for their generosity! If you have won, please check your inbox soon for details on claiming your prize. :)
Wedding Giveaway – #2 Custom Initial Stamp
The next wedding giveaway item is a custom initial stamp by MaKenzie Noelle Creative. This self-inking stamp features your initials and can make over 25,000 impressions! This is a great gift to be used on wedding correspondence and after the wedding day on thank you notes and to personalize mail sent from your love nest!
A beautiful white ribbon rosette clutch purse is the next prize in today’s wedding giveaway. This clutch will look pretty on your wedding day and features silver lining in satin with silver color hardware. This clutch measures 5″H x 9″W x 3″D and is handmade just for you by Lolis’ Creations.
Wedding Giveaway – #4 Sash, Bobby Pins & Shoe Clip Gift Pack
The next wedding giveaway prize is three parts and includes a gorgeous sash (pictured below) with both a matching bobby pin set and pair of show clips to complete your entire look. This bridal sash is made with chiffon flowers and measures 1 7/8″ wide and 3 yards long. The entire gift pack is handmade by Nestina Accessories.
The final prize is a pair of custom photo cuff links by Hot Magnets. This pair of cuff links can be customized with any image you wish, which means you can win this special pair and gift to your groom on the big day! This also makes a great gift for the best man, groomsman, father, or grandfather.
This giveaway will result in five winners, each of which will receive one (1) prize. We will randomly select the winners via random.org. The first number pulled will be able to select which of the five items he or she prefers; the next number will select among the remaining four prizes; so on and so forth. The last winner will receive the remaining prize.
How to Enter
This wedding giveaway runs for one day only on December 30th, 2011 at or before 11:59pm EST. Entrants must be 18 years or older to enter and reside in the United States to be eligible (shipping is provided by sponsor to US only). It’s easy to enter… simply visit the following shops and comment about one (1) item from each shop that you like best. You must comment about an item from each shop to be eligible:
After visiting each site, return here to Emmaline Bride and leave a brief comment on which item(s) you liked best at each shop. This will give the sponsors some feedback and give you the chance to enter to win a prize!
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Please be sure to add a separate comment below for each method used so we can credit appropriately.