beaded bodice and tulle skirt

 

Beaded wedding dresses are back in style, and we couldn't be happier.  Adding a touch of glamour, beading can create patterns, accentuate your best features, and cover your dress with plenty of sparkle.  The more beaded detail you have, the more dramatic the look.

But the more beading also means increased weight, so move around in the dress for a bit first to determine if you will be comfortable in it. If you love the look of beading, but also want a lightweight dress, you have plenty of options. First, you can choose a dress with just a beaded bodice (below).  Not only will it be easier to wear, but for brides who are pear-shaped, it will help draw the attention up, balancing out your figure.

beaded v neck bodice

 

Another trick to look your best with the help of beading?  Use patterns that run the length of the gown to elongate your figure. The dress below is a perfect example, the beaded floral pattern extends down to where the skirt flares out.

heavily beaded wedding dress
beaded art deco wedding dress

 

Want a little Gatsby glam on your big day?  Art deco dresses are all about the beading. Metallic beads create scallops and webbing.  The glow from the beads adds to the 1920s vibe.

off-white beaded wedding dress
beaded illusion bodice wedding dress

 

We love an illusion neckline and beading keeps them from feeling too "nude" or plain.  The dresses above and below, show romantic floral patterns running up the front of the bodice to the sheer neckline.

beaded illusion wedding dress
beaded drop waist wedding dress

 

When all you want is a little bit of beading, choose one area to focus on for the biggest effect.  This drop waist dress (above) is completely transformed with the addition of an intricate silver beaded pattern.  Below, this princess gown would have been unmemorable without the gorgeous beaded lace along the waistline and sleeves.

princess gown with bead and lace embellishments
beaded statement back

 

Even though beading is normally associated with more traditional wedding dresses, modern gowns use this detail in a bold new way. Whether creating a stunning statement back (above) or a jeweled take on a bolero (below) these beads are fashion-forward.

 

beaded neckline and shoulders
wedding dress with beaded boat neck

 

Minimalist and retro wedding dresses can also have their fun with beads. Above, this sheath uses just a touch of sparkle along the fresh boat neck. Below, this charming retro dresse uses beads to accent a fun silhouette.

wedding dress with beaded straps

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