Bridal Belts

Posted By:Nicole Vega
June 12, 2010
An easy way to make your wedding dress custom and one of a kind is to add a belt, since there are endless options for size, color, dimension and sparkle. Wearing a belt can drastically change the look of a simple dress or make an elaborate dress a little more special. It will also accentuate your body, adding a defined waistline if the dress doesn't have one.

Take a look at a few before and after photos...

Pictured is a Monique Lhuillier Chantilly dress. The first belt option is a ribbon headband designed by Maria Elena. This belt adds "bling" and sophistication to the dress. The second is an ivory Monique Lhuillier sash, with a side accent of a Chantilly lace flower broach by Kenia Brea. This look is a much softer and more romantic option compared to the first belt style.

Pictured above is a two-piece Monique Lhuillier dress with a band on the skirt. I added a simple trim band from Erin Cole as one belt option. The second belt option is a Monique Lhuillier teal sash with a large Thomas Knoell broach in the center. I love colored sashes! These satin sashes are so versatile – they come in many colors and can be worn many different ways (even after the wedding!).

Here is a simple satin mermaid style dress from Henry Roth. I added a Kenia Brea three-dimensional floral and beaded belt at the natural waist. The second option shown is a Kisses NY beaded organza band with a side flower used to create an empire waist.

As you can see from the photos, I took three different dresses and gave each dress two different personalities just by adding different belts. Pick a belt that defines you and makes your dress special. Also, see where the belt fits you the best to accentuate your body. If you love the way your dress looks with and without a belt, just add the belt for the reception. It’s much more inexpensive than buying a second dress!

If you have any questions regarding your bridal accessories please contact me at or (646)633-4367.

June 13, 2010
6:36 AM
Allison said:

To add a sash or belts like these, what do they usually run? Am I looking at another $1000 or another hundred or so?

June 16, 2010
1:53 PM
Nicole Vega said:

Most of the belts that we carry are under $1000. Belts with heavy beading or hand sewn embellishment can cost up to $2000.

June 21, 2010
3:11 PM
Ecochiccouture said:

Dear Nicole, I recently sent a broshure to Mara showcasing my "eco-chic"couture accessories colection of sculptured belts, flowers, birdcages, fasinators & hats. I would love to set up an appointment to show you this collection! Gwendolyn Gleason at Ecochiccouture 413-374-1787

July 21, 2010
5:27 PM
katie said:

I have been looking for a particular dress I saw on an episode of "Say Yes to the Dress". I believe it is an a-line, it looks like a wrapped top with a drop waist and the organza bottom it also had a crystal belt along the hip line. I have searched and searched your site and can not find it! Please help!

October 07, 2010
4:47 PM
Ali said:

Please help! I REALLY want to purchase a headpiece I saw on Season 5, Episode 1 "Anything Goes...In Bridal" (original air date 4/23/10). In the episode, would-be bride Sarah Kennedy was proposed to in Audrey's room and she tried on (and purchased) Pnina Tornai gown style No: 31768583. The headpiece that was shown with the gown featured a large, star-shaped floral designs made of crystals and tied in the back with a ribbon. This is the headpiece that I'm VERY interested in and want to purchase. Any information as to the designer (most likely it's Maria Elena)and the price will be highly appreciated! :) I LOVE the headpiece and cannot stop thinking about it. Please respond to Thank you again for your time and effort with regards to finding out the headpiece designer and the price. Best Regards, Ali Stretmater Owner, Remember The Dream Weddings

December 17, 2010
5:50 PM
Nanette said:

Hi: During an episode of Say Yes To The Dress, the Mother of The Bride was in "alterations" it was a brown lace gown/black lace gown that there was a problem. Question: who was the designer so I can find it near me? It was an off the shoulder brown lace gown and I think the skirt was taffeta or satin? Thank you for your show and answering this question.

January 21, 2011
10:16 AM
Marie A said:

I love sashes and belts, as long as they don't take away from the dress. I think that they should compliment it, not overpower it. For that reason, I say you have to have your dress or at least a picture of it when you purchuse a belt. Even if you pick one you think is beautiful, it could totally clash with you dress!

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