While many wedding dresses provide more than enough bling for a glamorous bride, some can really benefit from the addition of a gorgeous bridal sash or pretty wedding dress belt. Fabulous sashes are a great way to accentuate the waist on an A-line or a fit and flare dress and when embellished with sparkling Swarovski crystals, bold rhinestones or elegant pearls, can add that little bit of ‘bridal’ to an otherwise simple but chic dress. When it comes to trying out that bit of extra bling on your guna, look to bridal accessories designers such as Lilly Bella and Niece Couture, two excellent accessories designers who are stocked in a number of bridal boutiques around Ireland including Smart Brides in Portlaoise, McElhinneys Bridal Rooms in Donegal and Diamond Bridal in Cork.
Bigger bridal design houses like Pronovias and Enzoani also put out their own accessories each season which are carried by several boutiques around the country. For those on a budget, we’ve found some great options from the likes of ASOS, Monsoon and even River Island that could make your look really unique and different, and of course you can always get your hands on a huge range of bridal accessories online from e-tailers such as Etsy and BHLDN. If a full sash isn’t your bag, opt instead for a pretty embellished appliqué which your designer can add to your dress before the final fitting.
Where to Buy
1. Lilly Bella Amy Belt, €169.99 at Smart Brides | 2. Lilly Bella Ellie Belt, McElhinneys Bridal Rooms | 3. Phase Eight Pearl Belt, €119.00, Debenhams | 4. Love by Enzoani Belt Z at Diamond Bridal | 5. Lilly Bella Rebecca Belt at McElhinneys Bridal Rooms | 6. Victoria Floral Bridal Belt, €29.90 Monsoon | 7. Nicole Belt, $238.00, by Kirsten Kuehn Online (also available as applique) | 8. ASOS BRIDAL Sequin Embellished Sash Belt, €21.13, ASOS | 9. Nicole Miller Art Decor Bridal Sash, €362.45 (currently out of stock, check the Nicole Miller website for updates) | 10. Pronovias CINT 309 Sash at Kathy de Stafford | 11. Lilly Bella Harriet Bridal Belt at McElhinneys Bridal Rooms | 12. Crystal Belt by Jenny Packham Accessories | 13. Alba Bridal Belt, $415.00, Millie Icaro | 14. Bridal Belt by Justin Alexander | 15. Bridal Sash by Millie Icaro
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Former editor, current contributor, (she just can't let go!) Karen enjoys writing fashion but is known to dabble in decor from time to time. Her favourite section on the site is the Real Wedding section, followed closely by the Health & Fitness forums.