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How to DIY a Sash on Your Wedding Dress

Remember, You Can Always Spruce Up a Basic Dress

If you're in the market for a wedding dress, you've probably noticed: the more bells and whistles a dress has, the higher its price tag. But if you've got your heart set on a certain dress accoutrement, what's a girl to do? Three words: DIY.

When I tied the knot, I knew I absolutely wanted a dress with a sash — I loved the way a subtly contrasting ribbon looked cascading down the back of a white dress. The problem was that every dress I found that fit the bill also broke the bank. Luckily, my crafty BFF pointed out that, of all the things that could easily be added to a dress, a piece of ribbon tied in the back probably tops the list.

To find out what I did, keep reading.

So, I found a simple strapless gown from J.Crew that fit like a glove, on clearance for $75 (yep, you heard me). With the help of my pal, I selected a satiny, champagne-colored ribbon for the sash. Then, on the big day, we simply tied it around the dress's empire waistline and let it drape down the back of the dress. And it was completely removable, of course, so if I choose to pass my dress down to a daughter or niece someday, she can customize it to her liking, too!

Photo courtesy Kristyn Stroble Photography

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Kellanawida Kellanawida 7 years
I had a wedding to go to a month ago and struggled to find a dress to fit with the theme. I found a beautiful pastel pink dress that had a black sash, so my Mum made me a white velvet ribbon sash to swap it with. With white shoes and a bag, it was perfect for an outdoor garden wedding. I forgot to mention that I got the dress on sale for $50 so it was worth it and it's something that I can wear again!
GirlOverboard GirlOverboard 7 years
Yup! That's *exactly* what I did. I bought a very simple white dress from a seller on Amazon for a whopping... wait for it........ $55. That's right. I originally bought the dress through Amazon for $65 but it didn't fit and I had to return it. However, it came with a $10 coupon good on the seller's site, so I bought directly from the seller with the coupon. I was going to go with a simple red sash, but my lovely MOH bought and surprised me with a gorgeous one with subtle but lovely red beading to really perk it up. I don't know how much she spent on it, but I do know that it was under $50, meaning I got the dress I wanted for under $100 total. :)
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