Post # 1
Hi everyone! It’s my first post here. I’m personally having a really difficult time deciding whether or not to add a crystal sash to my wedding dress. I’ve personally always disliked them, as I’ve always believed a dress should be stunning on its own without needing a sash or belt to make it “the one.” Now, I could be eating my words.
Below is my dress, prior to any alterations. It fits pretty well, but a lot of length will need to be removed. Additionally, I’m having draped, off-the-shoulder sleeves added (removing the spaghetti straps) in a way reminiscent of the last picture from pinterest. We’ve already begun shopping for lace trim that matches the lace on my dress.
The dress came with a satin sash that was meant to be tied as a bow in the back, but I’ve always hated it and liked the dress much more on its own. I had planned to just wear it without anything (and with a cathedral veil, of course), but I went to a wedding this weekend. The bride was GORGEOUS and had a dress with a similar silhouette to mine. She had a thin, rhinestone belt on it and it accentuated her waist so delicately. It was lovely, and now I’m considering adding something similar to mine:
If I did add a belt, I would want it to be thin and not too busy. It also needs to be gold-backed, like the one below:
What do you guys think? Should I got through with my original plan or have the above belt sewn on?
Post # 2
I wondered the same with my dress. I’ve decided no belt/sash as it was making it almost look empire waist like!
I was also thinking that belts although very pretty are very overdone and may even be becoming a tad dated in my very personal opinion. But to each her own! Go for what you love
Post # 3
Love your dress and you look amazing in it! It would probably look good either way, but I’d lean towards no belt.
Post # 5
The dress is lovely as is without the belt and you look stunning. I would reconsider leaving the straps as they are and not doing the off the shoulder drape as I think it may take away from the look you already have.
Post # 6
I think your dress is gorgeous as is and wouldn’t add the belt or change the straps. I like the off the shoulder look also but spaghetti straps are perfect for that dress!
Post # 8
IMO Leave the straps and add the thin belt, beautiful!
Post # 9
I had a similar issue with my dress and went with a little withe sash with a bow. It made my non existant waist look better. Maybe something like it would give you the effect you want without changing the look of the dress.
The effect was so subtle it was difficult for me to find a picture where it showed!
You can see that it was wider on the sides and back and smaller in the middle
Post # 10
I would leave the straps alone and not do a belt . That is a beautifully embellished dress already and needs neither of those additions imo.
Post # 11
I doubt your dress will stay up without the straps.
Post # 12
Wow, thanks everyone! I guess that settles the belt issue. I was worried because I’ve seen the dress in other pics from other weddings and I thought it looked a bit plain.
Also, I’m getting a lot of feedback about the straps which is totally unexpected. 😳 I’m a very petite person, especially in the chest area. Right now, the top of the dress doesn’t do me any favors. It needs to be altered, whether it’s just to make it fit my chest better or what have you. I’ve too had concerns about it not staying up, but I’ve done a lot of research. The top of the dress (where it’s angled) would be altered, which will slightly change the neckline and make it less of a “V.” The dress is very structured, too, so I’m not concerned about it falling. The back is relatively low, but it’s not so much where it could be an issue (in my opinion). Of course, I’ll consult with a seamstress before I give her the all clear to start cutting! I just felt like the top as is doesn’t do me any favors..it swallows me. And the spaghetti straps look a bit informal, don’t they?? I don’t hate them and I’ll keep them if need be, but I was really hoping to change them.
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2020 - City, State
The more important thing is that you feel comfortable. On the other hand, i agree that this dress is stunning on you like it is. Not every bride can wear this style but you do. But if you feel it needs to be change, do it if its make you feel more you, more comfortable because it will be beautiful no matter what.