8 Ways to Customize Your Wedding Dress

When it comes to your wedding dress, you want a look that sets you apart from every other bride. A small detail that suits your personality and style, and makes your gown especially memorable. Luckily, there are countless ways to achieve this! To help spark your creativity, here are 8 simple yet effective ways to customize your wedding dress.

Hidden Embroidery

Embroidery is the beautiful craft of decorating fabric or other materials using a needle to apply thread or yarn. In recent years, it is an especially popular method used to create intricate and colorful designs on wedding dresses. For your dress, you can create meaningful or symbolic designs. As well as words or phrases. One popular choice is your wedding date! This can be strategically placed depending on whether you would like it to be hidden or seen. Such as at the bottom of your train or on your collar.

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Add a Sash

Sashes have long been a popular way to customize a wedding dress. They are readily available at most bridal boutiques, in addition to online retailers. What makes sashes so popular is that they come in an incredibly wide variety of styles. That is, next to every color you can think of and decorated in with a multitude of embellishments. Including beads, pearls, and rhinestones. No matter your style, there is a sash for you. Such as a plain flowing ribbon for a more romantic look. Or a fully bedazzled belt for a glam bridal style.

Colorful Bridal Shoes

Our personal favorite, colorful bridal shoes are a fun way to infuse a touch of color into a wedding ensemble. They are a detail that will wow your guests the moment they peek out from the bottom of your dress. And with so many colors and styles available, it’s easy to find a pair that complements your overall look or style. A few of our favorite brands, for a more romantic look, include Harriett Wilde and Charlotte Mills. If you prefer a more dramatic or luxe vibe, opt for Manolo Blahnik or Bella Belle.


An underrated part of a wedding dress, sleeves make a sizeable impact on your overall look. They can be long and simple, short and puffy, and everything in between. You might wonder, however, how can I customize the sleeves of my wedding dress? While you are welcome to sew on sleeves, there are plenty of detachable options. These are popular, as you can remove them at any point on your wedding day, to create a different wedding look. So you might wear long sleeves for your traditional wedding service. Then remove them come time for the reception so that you can move more freely.

An Overskirt

If you haven’t already heard of an overskirt, then let us introduce you to this amazing accessory. An overskirt is exactly what it sounds like. A secondary skirt that is placed over the top of an existing skirt on a dress. Why would you want an overskirt? It’s an easy way to rock to completely different looks on your wedding day! This is especially popular amongst brides who prefer two different styles for their ceremony and reception. For example, the original dress may be more flowing – and fit for dancing. Whereas the overskirt lends a cleaner and traditional look.

Detachable Straps

Most brides forget about the option of detachable straps. Usually, because they are trying on gowns with existing sleeves. But, if you’re opting for a strapless design then detachable straps are a stylish accessory. Like sleeves, they can lend a different look to your wedding dress. Depending on how your dress fits, you may take off or put on the straps. Say your dress doesn’t fit as snug as you would like, then you might put them on when it comes time to dance at the reception. But if they make your dress appear more formal, then you might start with them on, for the ceremony.

Bridal Cape

Bridal capes are a more recent wedding trend, and we have to admit that we’re fans! Don’t be mistaken, these capes are very similar to a traditional wedding veil. Lightweight and dainty! But instead of being attached by a comb or pin in the hair, they are attached at the shoulders. Usually with clasps or a chain. Like a veil, they are available in various lengths or styles to suit your wedding look. We love this stylish accessory, which will lend a fashionable and modern vibe to any bride.

Another way to customize your wedding dress is with embellishments. An embellishment is anything that adds design interest to the piece. It can include beading, rhinestones, stones, sequins, embroidery, and so on. Anything that makes your dress more attractive! Adding embellishments to a dress makes more sense if your gown is on the plainer side. And to achieve a more unique look, you might opt for an asymmetrical design. Embellishments can be added virtually anywhere on a dress. From the sleeves to the neckline, the waistline or back, as well as the train.

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