Styling a Sash

When I bought my dress, I knew I didn’t love the blingy belt. I’m just not a sparkly person (colorful, yes, blingy, no). The dress came with a sash that was a little too narrow to suit the dress (it looks best on me with a very wide sash) that also had a sparkly medallion. (Interestingly, the sash was a green very close to what we ultimately picked for the bridesmaids dresses!)

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Not mine, but very similar | DIY Bride Boutique on Etsy

Mama Clover and I knew we wanted to replace the sash with something both wider and less sparkly, with some pretty silk flowers–similar to the one I tried on in the store. And so, one fall afternoon, we did it. We took scissors to my dress, front & center, and carefully snipped the sash off. Eep! I bought several silk flowers from Hobby Lobby (found in both the ribbon section and the making-little-girls-headbands section) after scouting the selection there as well as Michaels & Joann. Now we just need to figure out how to do this thing.

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Alfred Angelo Sash 12

The look we’re going for is somewhat similar to this sash by Alfred Angelo, although with less contrast and more flowers. Belt Q by Enzoani, below, comes in white as well.

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Belt Q by Enzoani

I also liked Belt E and Fern Belt by Enzoani, although the Fern Belt had a little too much going on for me. We’re going back and forth on having it be a simple belt or more of a flowing sash (ala Mrs. Camel) but I think we’ll go with a belt most likely. But the big question is–what color? Right now we’re thinking of finding a sash in a pale blue or aqua. But should I go white? Clover green to match my girls? A pale silver? I want it to go with the bridesmaids, and we’ll also do a sash of the same color for our flower girl (who has three dresses!) and a tie for the ring bearer. I plan on going with white/offwhite flowers either way, but I could really use some input here–fashion isn’t my thing.

What did you wear with your dress? Anyone else make their own sash? Any advice for my style-challenged self?

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