How to integrate beads in a wedding gown

Updated April 17, 2017

One of the most memorable days in a woman's life is her wedding day and the gown she chooses to wear on this day is a very important decision. There are endless style options in the modern age, but the best way to ensure a bride's wedding gown is like none other, is to integrate her own beading into the dress design. The result is a customised wedding dress that any bargain bride is sure to love.

Plan on where you'd like to incorporate the beading detail. Depending on the gown's style and personal preference, you may want to consider adding beads to the straps, the bodice, the back zipper or corset area, the waist or the hemline.

Sketch a few ideas on paper so you can more easily visualise the design you'd like to achieve. You may also want to practice sewing beads on some material before beginning to sew on your actual gown.

Carefully lay the dress on a clean, flat surface. Wash your hands and ensure that nothing around the area can soil or snag the gown. Practice different ideas by placing beads on the dress until you are entirely satisfied with the look.

Refer to your planned sketches and measure if necessary to make sure the beads are properly spaced. Try using glass beads, lacy pearls, sparkling crystals and miniature pearls. Make sure you have enough beads to complete the look before you begin sewing.

Choose a thread that is the same colour as the gown, and begin sewing each bead with a needle and thread. Take your time and be patient with the process. Sewing beads can be tedious, but you want it to be as precise as possible. If your fingers begin to tire from the threading, take a break.

It's important not to poke the needle in areas of the gown repeatedly, which could result in tearing of the fabric.

Double stitch the beads onto the fabric to ensure they will be durable during wear. Each bead should be tightly knotted onto the backside of the fabric so if the thread should break, only that one bead will be lost.

Beads that are somewhat large or heavy might require a bit of glue to be applied to the area where the backside knot was made. Be mindful not to apply beads in any areas that could cause skin chafing or be uncomfortable to wear, such as in the bussle area where you will be sitting.


Pay attention to the seams on the gown, and use them as a guideline for stitching in rows.


Beading embellishments should complement the overall look of the gown and not take away from its appeal. Ask for a second or third opinion on your design before you actually begin sewing.

Things You'll Need

  • Wedding gown
  • Bead embellishments
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Tape measure
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About the Author

Rachel Saito has been writing professionally since 2002 and is most widely known for her national wedding blog, The Upbeat Bride, after being featured in the summer 2010 issue of "Get Married" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Science in mass communication with an emphasis in advertising and creative writing from Southeast Missouri State University.