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Ideas for Unique wedding dress embellishments

From sparkling glass beads to sleek satin bows, there are a million ways to personalize your wedding dress with unique embellishments. For a bride-to-be looking to tie together her wedding look with a fun detail that’s all her own,  Weddingful has put together a few belts, bows, capes, beads, feathers – and more! – to inspire your creativity.

 

Beaded Overlay

Photography by Warm Photo
Photography by Warm Photo

This cropped, scoop-necked beaded overlay is glamorous and sophisticated – if you’re going for an overlay or jacket to bring sparkle and interest to your gown, the good news is that you can buy these additional pieces separately, allowing you to select the absolutely perfect piece. An embellishment like this one also comes in handy at a wedding that takes place during the cooler months!

 

Strings of beads or pearls

Photography by Alex Veil Bridal on Etsy
Photography by Alex Veil Bridal on Etsy

An open-backed dress can be adventurous and dramatic – why not draw attention to the open backed-design with delicate strands of beads or pearls? This is a great way to incorporate a slight alteration into your gown without altering its structure – if you find your dress is falling off your shoulders ever so slightly, adding a light strand of pearls or beads here and there might be all it takes in order to keep everything in place.

 

Asymmetrical Lace Overly

Photography by Anni Graham Photography
Photography by Anni Graham Photography

 

Asymmetry is one of the best ways to add a splash of interest to a design – this lace overlay is proof! Instead of a neatly tucked bodice, this piece exhibits an usual design in which the hem of the lace bodice extends below the crystal belt. This turns a dainty and delicate wedding dress into a more laissez-faire design with a touch of bohemian appeal.

Feathers

Photography by Alex Veil Bridal on Etsy
Photography by Alex Veil Bridal on Etsy

For centuries, feathers have been added to the garments of royalty, from tilting feathered hats to peacock-feathered ball gowns! There’s no reason why your wedding dress wouldn’t be entitled to the same royal treatment – in this example, the bride’s playful design displays feathered epaulet “wings” on each of her shoulders.

 

Contrast Bodice

Photography by Caitlin Cathey
Photography by Caitlin Cathey

Love the design, but feel that it needs some “oomph”? You can have a seamstress or alterations specialist replace certain elements of the dress with a new fabric that provides and interesting contrast – this classy example features a cream-colored gown with metallic bodice that perfectly reflects the creamy golden tones of its swirling skirt.

 

Bow in the Back

Photography by Christina Block Photography
Photography by Christina Block Photography

Perhaps the simplest solution of all time: add a bow! On a long wedding skirt, a draping satin bow serves as a stylish and eye-catching embellishment, and it’s a very easy, low-maintenance feature that you can try out using a simple ribbon you’ve found at the store, helping you to try out the look before turning to a professional for help with any alterations.

 

Swooping Cape or Shawl

Photography by Tonena on Etsy
Photography by Tonena on Etsy

For all of the brides-to-be who feel a certain belonging among the flapper dresses, pointy cigarette holders, and fedoras of the 1920s, a draping cape might be the perfect embellishment for your wedding dress. This is another simple solution that’s fairly easy to add without altering the main frame of the dress.

 

Embellished Brazier

Photography by Haley Sheffield
Photography by Haley Sheffield

There are a thousand ways to add interest to your bodice, as it’s a feature of women’s fashion that’s been adapted and elaborated upon for centuries! This particular example features a whale-boned brazier-style bodice with fabric cutouts trailing across from the waist to the collarbone.

 

Negative Space

Photography by Christine Clark Photography

Photography by Christine Clark Photography

Sometimes it’s not about adding something to your dress – you can add interest by taking some of the dress away, creating interesting negative space in your wedding gown. This solution needs to be planned in advance by speaking with an experienced seamstress, but it’s worth the extra planning: just look at this stunning example where the wedding dress’ buttoned back creates a line of interesting circles consisting of nothing but negative space.

 

Back-facing Belt

Photography by White Meadow Bridal on Etsy
Photography by White Meadow Bridal on Etsy

Yes, you can always add a belt to any outfit (whether you should is another matter), and many of us are accustomed to using a belt as a quick fix for any piece of clothing that doesn’t fit quiiiite right.  However, you can take the wedding dress belt to the next level by turning it around – opt for a back-facing belted look, and it completely changes the nature of the dress’ design in the back.

Feeling inspired for the big day? We are, too! That’s why we’ve created the Weddingful  Wedding Planning Wizard to help you plan your wedding the simple way. Join us, and we’ll help you connect with wedding professionals, ask your questions, and get your quotes – all with a simple 3-minute quiz.

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