The Art of the Waist: Wedding Sashes, Belts, and More

Lily Glass Photography

Chances are, after hours of poring through bridal catalogs, visiting wedding salons, and frantically praying to yourself that you’ll be able to squeeze into that stunning mermaid gown but one more Nutella crepe couldn’t possibly hurt, that you’ve finally found the perfect combination of silk, lace, and tulle that you’re dying to wear for the big day. Now time for the accessories. You can wear all the bling and bohemian floral crowns you want, but no accessory is going to make your dress shine more than the belt/sash. Fortunately, there are plenty of belts and sashes out there for you to peruse at your own pleasure. The possibilities really are limitless, and it’s up to you to figure out what you want. We’re just here to give some tips and pointers when looking for your perfect belt or sash!


Ahhhh, no wedding would be complete without ribbons of some sort! And it’s understandable why ribbon is such a popular choice for wedding sashes… I mean, they come in all sorts of colors, fabrics, and sizes! Not only that, but because of the fabric movement, you can easily tie them into whatever shape you want like these bows. It’s very easy to create the custom-made sash that you’ve always dreamed of from just ribbon. Looking at the plethora of wedding pictures available (and trust me, there are a LOT), there seems to be two types of ribbon that are particularly popular: satin & grosgrain. They’re both very pretty and can help achieve the desired look a bride is aiming for.

Satin is a type of weave that has a very shiny surface and a dull back. I find that satin paired with a rich color can really pack a punch, and most definitely in a good way! However, for those who want to want to pair a satin ribbon sash with a wedding dress of a similarly shiny or dramatic fabric, be wary of erring on the side of prom rather than wedding.

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Adeline & Grace Photography

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Jordan Weiland

Grosgrain ribbon, on the other hand, is a type of fabric and lacks the luster that satin has. Easily identifiable by its ridges, grosgrain ribbon is a popular option for those who want to make a more elegant and understated statement at their wedding. Not exactly a super eye-catcher, but perfect for adding an interesting touch to your gown. wedding sashes

Essense of Australia

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Maggie Sottero

There are a few pros and cons to ribbon sashes though. Ribbon sashes without extra adornments can look, well, a little simple. That’s all good and well if simple is the look you’re going for, but for brides who really want to add some bling to their dress, a pure ribbon sash might not be what they’re looking for, which is why we’re going into embellishments next section.


The biggest pro of embellishments, regardless of what base material you’re using, is that you can literally do ANYTHING to jazz up your sash. Have a hankering for beads? You got it. Need to channel your inner Rihanna and drip in Swarovski crystals and rhinestones? Go for a bedazzled sash! Just be sure to keep an eye on how elaborate you want your sash to be, as beads, crystals, and other materials can be quite pricey and expenses can rack up before you blink! amwedding_589$!900x

Sherry Hammond Photography

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The Red Magnolia

Taylor Lord Photography


Jennifer Blair Photography


Admittedly, leather is a bit trickier to work with. High-quality leather is indelibly going to be sturdy — and unfortunately, sturdiness can take away from the formality and elegance of a bridal gown. However, if you’re not afraid of adding some edge to your bridalwear, a leather belt can really kick your dress a notch by adding some toughness. Because it’s a lot heavier than, say, a cloth belt, it can also flatten and smooth out unflattering seams and folds. Also, the beautiful patina you can get from broken-in leather and a leather belt’s versatility in both formal and casual wear makes this overlooked option quite desirable.

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Vis Photography

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Roya Jade Photography


Bloc Memoire Photography

And… more — because why the heck not!


Alta Moda Bridal


Helena Noelle Couture


Wedding for Two


Lauren Gordon Photography


Carlie Statsky Photography


Gabe Aveces Photography

So… is anyone else drooling over these?

Belts and sashes are a great way to inject your personality into your accessories! Would you wear one? If so, what are you looking for? Let us know in the comments below!