Don’t Choose the Wrong Beading Design for Your Wedding Dress

by Jade Ottavini
on November 2016
Bridal Manor

Having artful accents in your wedding dress is important whether you are designing your own dress, modifying a sentimental second hand one or choosing between catalogues of designer wedding dresses.


One of the best ways to add an artful accent to your dress is beading. Beading is used for a variety of reasons:

·         to create a dramatic balance

·         to blend in eloquently with a soft design

·         to create soft patterns on a plain dress

·         to match your shoes and jewellery 

·         to add pops of colour or a slight shimmer to your wedding dress

·         to make your wedding dress ultimately unique and

·         to express your personality

There is such an endless choice of beading pattern styles, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by options. But the most important thing to remember before meeting with your wedding dress designer or popping over to the haberdashery is that your beading design should complement your wedding dress style and should never become an overkill that takes away from other elements of the dress.

Before you get started on your beading design brainstorm, consider these aspects:

·         Do you want your beading pattern to be bulky and dynamic or do you prefer soft and shimmery?

·         Do you want to cover your entire dress or do you only want your beading to create division lines?

·         Do you, instead of creating a division line, rather want your beading pattern to emphasise specific sections of your dress, like the sleeves/straps, rim, neckline or waistline?

·         Do you want to bring repeated elements of your design motif to show in your veil or headpiece, too?

Once you give your dress designer or shop assistant these answers, you will be able to narrow your choices of beading design styles down quite a lot. Remember that lightweight beading goes with lightweight fabric and heavy beading goes with heavier fabrics; for example, you can’t use intense rhinestone on delicate lace etc.

Also make sure that the beading type and positioning should not be of such a sort that it will irritate your skin or cause a specific rash on an area of your body; and that the way you construct your pattern does not risk your beads being caught onto random objects and ripped off unexpectedly.


Contact a professional bridal gown boutique today to get started on your bridal dress design and your wedding planning spree.