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Thursday
Mar012012

{Accessorize It!} The Sash

We in the wedding world talk all about personalization. Personalize your invitations (Uh, how do you do that? It already has our names on it?), personalize your favors, your this, your that. The list is freaking endless, right?

The quest to avoid the cookie-cutter image of a wedding: white tulle, paired bells, flying doves, intertwined hearts and the Electric Slide is never-ending. It’s what’s keeping the WIC alive and strong.

Often the problem with unique, personalized wedding statements is that they are expensive in either money or time or both. Happily, there are lots and lots of resources out there to help brides wade through and reduce the outlay of that time and money.

What does this have to do with The Sash? It’s a great way to “personalize” your gown and it totally doesn’t have to cost much!

One of the things I do in my daily life in regards to style is accessorize. I’ve learned over the years that spending money on super-trendy clothes is ridiculous. The clothes don’t last longer than a season, they are made like crap and I end up with a closet full of nothing to wear. Accessories on the other hand? I’ll “waste” some money on huge, dangly earrings or big ol’ bangles because mixing and matching and adding in funky accessories to staple items gives the impression of being hip and happening without blowing a wad of cash.

You can do the same with your gown.

Go romantic and dreamy:

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The Outnet  Mikael Aghal lace-trimmed tulle gown $192 + TruLu Couture Sash $150 = $342

(Come on, it looks good, I had to!)

Go beachy:

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J. Crew Sophia Gown in silk on sale $298 + Etsy Shop Denizy03 $75 = $373

Go vintage:

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Nicole Miller open-back sleeveless gown $750 + Emily Riggs Bridal Sash $300 = $1050

Go funky and fun:

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MoniRose English Tulle & Lace Gown $500 + KPersonBoutique on Etsy $239 = $739

Go glam:

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Alberto Makali beaded trumpet gown $1298 + MillieICARO jeweled sash $222 = $1520

A few tips and thoughts:

  • If you’re short, a sash/belt will look better if it’s thinner and higher up, elongating the bottom half of your body.
  • Don’t be afraid to sash over ruching, lace, beading or asymmetrical designs.
  • Don’t be afraid to remove a factory added belt or sash. Any seamstress or alterations lady worth her salt can accomplish this. I removed the side flower from my own gown simply because I didn’t like it. Snip! Snip! All done!
  • Not big on flowers or beading? That’s OK! Try just a simple silk ribbon in any number of widths or colors. Try wrapping it around your waist obi-style. Style the bow, knot, half-bow to the side or in the front. Embellish it with a brooch.
  • Have you found really pretty ribbon that has wire edging? Guess what? You can PULL THE WIRE OUT. Start on one side at an end, scrunching the ribbon until you see the tip of the wire. Grab a hold of it with your nails or some needle-nose pliers and start pulling. Really thin wire can snap, particularly if it’s vintage, so go slow. It can help to have someone hold the ribbon out straight and somewhat taught as you do this. I’ve been known to hold the ribbon between my feet so I can put it out straight….. Do the same for the other side and voila! Now the ribbon will be drape-y and lovely.
  • To finish off the ends, you can turn the edge twice and sew. You can use fabric glue (though this thought makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit). You can also heat finish the ends. Test with a small swatch of the ribbon first. Most ribbon has some sort of poly blend in it today and you can actually melt the ends using a candle flame. Patience, safety and care is required here, but it makes a really nice edge.
  • If you’re tall? Make sure the sash is long enough, particularly if you’re making a larger bow or wrapping it more than once. Generally 75”-100” is a good length. You want to make sure the tails don’t stop a length that’s too short for your look.
  • Thinner ribbon belts can also double as headbands. Wear the sash and a veil for the ceremony, then ditch the veil for the reception and move the sash up to your hair!
  • You can find sashes on Etsy for as little as $5, all the way up to $800. There is a sash for every bride and every price point!

So what do you think? Are you a sash kind of a bride? How did you decide to make your gown your own?

Friday
Jun032011

TruLu Couture Product of the Week

Hey y'all! I think you know that I've been a bit...uh...shy...uh....I guess about pimping TruLu Couture on my blog. Everyone left me really nice comments saying that I'm allowed to, which has been nice. One idea that was given to me was to feature a Product of the Week (thank you, Stephanie and Jeff!). Well, I thought that was a grand idea, so here we go!

The most recent sale I had was for a fabulous Nashville bride, Miss Hillary Robson. You might recall Hillary's kick-ass yellow and gray themed engagement shoot. Poor Hillary, the florist behind Brocade Design Arts, is *this close* to her own wedding and in the thick of the busiest time of the year for her business. Could you imagine? Ugh! She asked me a super-long time ago if I'd make her something for her wedding and then it sort of fell off both of our radars. A few weeks ago, she managed to share some ideas and thoughts about what she wanted and I got busy on a hair toy. Afterwards, she asked if I'd also embellish her sash for her. Well, duh. Of course I would!

I knew from reading her blog The Renegade Bride that in the beginning stages of her dress shopping, she was going full-throttle for lace. I happened to be at The Bride Room when I was still living in Nashville and I saw her trying on gowns - beautiful, lacey, ball gown type things that were just so stunning. Like me, her final selection was nothing like the first gowns she tried on. I’m not sure if she’s revealed the gown to others, so I’ll keep that on the super-shush, but I do know that her gown is not the lacey ball gown style she started off shopping for. It is, however, stunning. And perfect for her. Her wedding colors are gray and yellow and she added a dark gray sash to her gown.

In designing her fascinator, she pretty much gave me free reign and her absolute trust. After she sent me her bridal sash, I created an embellishment that coordinated, but wasn’t all matchy-matchy (ew).

Check them out!

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I made the fascinator first, using a whole bunch of little goodies. The center piece is a rhinestone and pearl brooch that has a gun-metal gray colored base that I thought would pull in the color of her sash really well (it did!). I created a few little lace “petals” for the fabric flower, just so she could have a little of what her dress doesn’t have. I mean, every bride needs a little sumpin’ lacey, right? I included some loops of vintage (20+ years or more) nylon mesh and a hint of Russian tulle. I included additional loops of some dove-gray ribbon and snow-white hackle feathers.

Once I got her sash, I sent Hillary some design options and she went with more lace! I used the same lace that’s in the fascinator and added some dainty accents of ivory pearl beads, iridescent sequins and teeny white glass beads on the lace. Around the lace I added vintage pearl bead florets! When I was finished with them both, I think I might have done a little happy dance in the studio. Might have. Smile

I received a lovely email from Hillary today:

I can't express the love I feel for my beautiful pieces....they are perfection. Thank you so, so, so terribly much. You are a goddess.
Much love
H.

It’s emails from happy brides who make me feel like a goddess. I’m just happy that Hillary got a little lace into her wedding ensemble! Can’t WAIT to see the pictures!

So have you finalized your wedding day ensemble?