After you have found your perfect wedding dress, it is time to consider adding decorations, commonly known as embellishments.

There are plenty of embellishments available in a variety of shapes, colors, textures, sizes, and patterns to add a personal charm to your wedding gown.

Here is all you need to know about the most popular wedding gown embellishments.

  1. Appliques

Appliques are fabric cutouts sewn or glued onto garments by designers. Sometimes they have beading on them, but more often than not, they have lace or patterns made of silk ribbons or threads. Appliques add dimension to a plunging neckline, an open back, or a ruffled skirt.

Flower appliques may be added to the garment to produce a wide variety of styles. The size, shape, and color of the flowers all have a significant influence on their aesthetic appeal. Classic floral elements accentuate your femininity and add a romantic flair to your wedding day look.

Typically, appliques are white and are stitched onto transparent or nude-colored fabric on the gown. If you prefer a different look, you may consult Richard to understand the alternatives available with your specific dress. 

2. Embroidery  

Embroidery suits any silhouette or fabric. Embroidered decorations add a modern touch to traditional designs, and create dimension giving the garment a contemporary, one-of-a-kind appearance.

Edging is a popular type of embroidery commonly seen on the hem of the gown or the bottom of the sleeves.

3.   Beads  

Beading is often sewn close together to form shapes such as flowers, leaves, or other elements. Beads come in a range of shapes and sizes, allowing us to create a design that is as subtle or elaborate as you like. Consider adding them to the neckline or waistline for just a touch of decoration. However, if you want your dress to look truly spectacular, you need to opt for a fully beaded gown. White beading gives your dress a delicate flair, but women who wish to be more adventurous might use colorful beads to match their wedding colors. 

4. Pearls

Pearls are renowned wedding gemstones, so there could hardly be anything more suitable for adorning your wedding gown.  

You may ornament your whole bodice with pearls to achieve a luxurious look, or randomly attach them to your dress from the top to the hemline. Alternatively, you can accessories your dress with a brooch, a belt, or a necklace.    

5.   Sequins

Small sequins will add a subtle shimmer to your outfit, making it look more romantic. However, you should go with the larger sequins if you truly want to make a statement. They might even be a darker colour than your bridal gown. 

6. Paillettes

Paillettes are significantly bigger than sequins and are attached to the dress via holes at the top of each disc. Sequins are stitched into a garment, whereas paillettes are bigger and generally dangle off the cloth, adding movement as well as glitter.

7. Crystals

Crystals give a lovely glitter to an ivory or cream fabric, and they come in a variety of sizes and shades, allowing you to add or remove sparkle as desired. They are usually placed to the veil at equal intervals, although they can also be applied in patterns.  

Swarovski crystals add glitter, while topaz crystals bring a beautiful radiant sheen to the fabric of the dress. Alternatively, if you want some glitter but don’t want to spend a lot of money, go for nice little sequins rather than the more costly crystals.

8.   Ribbons 

Ribbons are another simple way to adorn a plain bridal gown. You’ve probably noticed that some wedding gowns use ribbons instead of waistbands. A silk ribbon will add some extra charm and festive flair to the garment.

If you are going to use a ribbon to adorn your waist by choosing a ribbon the same tone as the dress will keep its simple but elegant.

9.   Border Trims

If your wedding gown appears unfinished, you may wish to add a border. Border trim is lace, ribbon, fringe, or beading on the hem of a dress. Many women believe trim gives them the exquisite look they desire. These ornamental borders usually come in the form of ruffles, scallops, flowers, and braids.

10.   Fringe

Fringe is created by cutting a piece of cloth into numerous tiny strands. 

Brides who like a boho look may often add fringe to their sleeves or veil. When used throughout the garment, fringe may give it a bohemian flair.

Whatever style or arrangement of embellishments you pick, keep in mind that they should draw attention to your best features without being excessive.

Friendly and knowledgeable team at Exclusive Alterations will offer suggestions on embellishments, designs, fabrics, and colors to make your wedding gown elegant and unique.

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