Tying Sashes & Bows
By Emily Sutton
Sashes and bows tied around a wedding dress can add detail to the overall look, and they greatly enhance the bride's figure. Consider adding a sash to a bridal gown with fashion advice from the owner of a couture bridal boutique in this video on wedding attire.View Transcript
I'm Emily with Mia Bridal Couture in Houston, Texas and these are my tips to tying sashes and bows. So if you're wearing a sash, most of the time that means you have a drop-waist gown or something with a little bit longer waistline. A sash is a great option to use 'cause it draws the attention right to your natural waist or the smallest part of your figure; great place for the eye to go and super flattering. Most common materials for a sash and what makes the best bow is a heavier satin or something that has a little more body. This is going to give you a prettier look and be easier to tie than something that's too thin. So if you're looking for a really large dramatic bow or you want something soft that hangs down the dress, go for a softer material like more of an organza or a chiffon. If you're looking for a really crisp or structured bow, that thicker satin material is going to be perfect. I always tell my brides when they're trying to the side the length of maybe the bow detail and the front or the back, order it long. You can always cut it shorter; that's an easy change to make. You can even make that change day of last minute before you go down the aisle. But the trick to tying it, tying a great bow is an art; really easy, but it is something you have to work at. If you're having a wedding consultant, this is a wonderful thing for her to be in charge of or maybe you have a member of your bridal party who is really great on it. Take one of those people with you to your last fitting and have them run through tying the exact way you want to. Maybe you don't have anybody whose great at tying a bow; think of the option of using a broach. This can kind of add a touch o glamor to something that might not be perfect; but no one is ever going to know the difference and you have an easy fix for the day of. If you decide a sash or bow is something you love with your dress and it doesn't come with it; ask the store consultant what some options that they could order would be. Also, if you want to run to your closest fabric house, usually they have the same great quality materials and you can pick it up there yourself. Then take it to alterations with you; have them practice tying the perfect bow with you and take those key people that are going to help you the day of. Remember, you are going to be in the dress and have enough to think about; have someone in your bridal party or that wedding consultant be in charge of making the perfect bow. I'm Emily with Mia Bridal couture and those are my tips to tying the perfect bow.
About the Expert
Emily Sutton is a wedding gown specialist and part-owner of the Mia Bridal Couture. She is part of a team of women passionate about providing a fresh approach to the Houston bridal experience. Mia Bridal Couture's goal is to bring the idea of being stunning and unique back to the forefront of bridal fashion. Each designer showcased at the salon has been thoughtfully considered and selected. The result is a unique and distinct collection of gowns from acclaimed designers, exclusive to the area.
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