A bride can make her waist look tiny and can achieve a modern look with an embellished or plain black satin sash. Sashes allow the bride to add contrast to a dress that would otherwise be a block of colour. Depending on where the sash is worn, certain areas of the body can be enhanced or minimised.

I was actually five months pregnant when I got married, so I wore a black embellished sash over a mermaid style gown, just above my bump. The sash drew the attention away from the bump and so many guests said they couldn’t tell I was pregnant.

I also loved the contrast of black and white, so I chose black sequined and fringed 1920s style dresses for my bridesmaids.

The photographs looked amazing and black is slimming so all the girls felt beautiful. At the GC Bridal Lounge we find that customers are wanting something different and being able to wear sashes in many different ways can give them a unique look.

Silver pave beads can be sewn onto a black sash to make the whole look more modern and edgy, or a huge black organza rosette can be added to the sash to dress up a plainer gown. The bride can also allow the bow to be the detail on the sash either tied at the front or back, leaving long bow tails to cascade down the dress.

Black sashes can be worn differently to accentuate body shapes depending on the dress style. Tie the sash just under the bust on a Chiffon column dress to create a long lean body line. Or wear it right at the waist line on a dropped waist or mermaid-style dress to give the effect of a teeny-tiny waist.