Beads are but one embellishment option brides have to decorate their wedding dresses. Beads, however, can add texture, dimension and design to an existing wedding dress. While you have the option to take your wedding dress to a professional seamstress to bead the dress for you, you can also bead a wedding dress on your own. Add beads to one area of the gown or the entire gown, but keep in mind that the more beading you add, the more time it will take for you to complete the wedding gown.
Place your wedding dress on a flat surface, with the front of the dress facing up. Determine which areas of the dress you want to bead. Popular areas include the bodice, the waistline and the sleeves of the dress. Follow the seams of the wedding dress to determine where adding beads will embellish the dress. You can sew beads along vertical and horizontal seams.
Repeat Step 1 for the back of the dress. Popular areas to add beads to the back of the dress include the back, waistline and train of the dress.
Thread the needle. Slide the needle and thread through the center of a bead and then through the fabric to attach the bead to the dress. Repeat with each bead you have chosen to sew onto your dress. Double-stitch each bead to the dress for added security.
Tie off each bead with a knot on the underside of the fabric. This way, if the thread breaks, you will lose only one bead and the other beads will not fall off the dress.
Avoid adding beads to the underarm area, especially on a strapless dress, where the rubbing of your arm on the beads can irritate your skin.
You can glue bigger and heavier beads after sewing the beads onto the dress. Fabric glue helps to add security as well.
Buy extra beads to ensure you have enough to finish your project. This is especially true if you are using special-order beads.
According to dress designer Jamie Smedley, if your wedding dress has a lightweight fabric, choose lightweight beads so the beads will not damage the dress.