Beaded Weddings: 75+ Fabulous Ideas for Jewelry, Invitations, Reception Decor, Gifts and More

Beaded Weddings provides all the inspiration and instruction for creating not only jewelry, but also handmade tiaras, cake toppers, invitations and more for a special day you'll never forget.

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Think beads can only be used in bridal jewelry? Think again! Beaded Weddings provides all the inspiration and instruction for creating not only jewelry, but also handmade tiaras, veils, bouquet embellishments, cake toppers, centerpieces, invitations, thank-you notes, heirloom-quality items, and more for a special day you'll never forget.

Whether you're seeking original ideas for reception decor, flower arrangements, wedding dress embellishment, headpieces, accessories, or gifts, Beaded Weddings has you covered. These 75+ unique projects are aimed toward the beginning beader but provide plenty of ideas for more skilled crafters. Projects are perfect for brides, mothers of the brides, and friends and family who want to help with preparations for the big day in a fun way.

Adding beads to your invitations and thank-you notes makes them even more special and will ensure that they won't go unnoticed!

Author Jean Campbell, founding editor of Beadwork magazine, teaches basic project techniques like crimping, wire wrapping, bead embroidery, loomwork, simple fringe, and knotting. Campbell then moves right into projects organized by category-Invitations, Reception Decor, Wedding Finery, Flowers, and more-which are presented with clear photographs, step-by-step instructions, illustrations, and sidebars for extra insight. As an added bonus, most of these projects have been "road tested" by the author, who teaches wedding decor patterns through her jewelry-design business.

Learn how beads can make a stunning addition to your wedding festivities with projects like the Flapper Bride Pearls necklace, Classic Illusion necklace, Simply Sophisticated Wedding invitation and Not-so-good Girl Bachelorette party invitation, the Jaunty Boutonniere, Bubbly Glass Garlands, the Cheery Chair Bow, the Panache Cake Topper, and much more! Beaded Weddings gives you everything you need to make original beaded creations using a range of affordable and widely-available materials. Put your own stamp of creativity on your marriage celebration with a beaded wedding!

Reviews: "Anyone who enjoys entertaining will find plenty of great ideas for using your jewelry making skills and love of beads." Guide to Jewelry Making

"There are lots of fun ideas for anyone who is planning an elegant party or decking themselves out in the outfit of a lifetime."-Bead Society of Greater Chicago newsletter

"For some special, personalized touches to turn a wedding into a truly memorable event, check out this book."-Monsters and

Table of Contents


Materials, Tools, and Techniques

Invitations and Thank-You Notes
  • Simply Sophisticated Wedding Invitation
  • Shaker Aesthete Wedding Invitation
  • Pearl Band-It Wedding Invitation
  • Good Girl Bachelorette Party Invitation
  • Not-So-Good Girl Bachelorette Party Invitation
  • Ribboned Rehearsal Dinner Invitation
  • Sew Pretty Bridal Shower Invitation
  • Garden Bridal Shower Invitation
  • Blushing Bridal Shower Thank-You Note
  • Daisy Thank-You Note
  • Microstrip Thank-You Note
Reception Decor
  • Large and Minnie Pearl Topiaries- Make the prim and precious version of this simple centerpiece or change it up to suit the mood of your celebration.
  • Candle Splash Candleholder- The water-splashed appearance of this candleholder makes it look like your candle is taking a dive.
  • Little Splash Place Card- Put this place card on the same table as your Candle Splash Candleholder, and you'll make an even bigger splash.
  • Crystal Rain Vase- This vase works up quickly and will look stunning on a wedding dinner table.
  • Luminescent Luminaries- Embellishing a plain votive holder with seed beads is a snap to do, and the result is luminary.
  • Nifty Napkin Rings- String any type of beads onto a few coils of memory wire and you've got an instant napkin ring.
  • Bubbly Glass Garlands- Use these pretty flower garlands to beautify and personalize glass stemware.
  • Charming Table Favors- Simply thread a ribbon through a metal charm and tie it around a gift to make your table favors even more precious.
  • Cheery Chair Bow- Decorating a wedding banquet doesn't have to stop at the tables' edges. Why not tie a tulle bow around each chair?
  • Panache Cake Topper- This lively spray of seed beads will lend your cake top an explosion of style.
  • "I Do" Cake-Topper Couples- It used to be that every wedding cake had one of those ceramic bride and groom cake toppers, but now you create your own version of the classic - in beads!
  • Caked With Jewelry- Embellish a plain pastry server with beads and wire, and make a cake stand necklace to go with it.
  • Pretty Little Bouquet Additions- Delicate and airy, these diminutive beaded flowers and ferns will add just the right touch of sparkle to your special wedding accessories, Lacy Fern, Forget-Me-Not Blossoms, Baby's Breath, Laced Leaf, Orange Blossom
  • Embellished Stem Wrap- To make a wrapped bouquet even more special, use a needle and thread and spot stitch to sew pearls right onto the ribbon.
  • Jaunty Boutonniere- You'll likely make this happy little everlasting boutonniere in less time than you might spend paging through a phone book to find a florist.
  • Fleurs de Filles Basket- A ribbon-festooned basket filled with flower petals isn't quite complete until you add a few beaded flowers on the outside.
Wedding Finery
  • Wedding Dress Embellishment- Your dress may be exactly what you were looking for, or may be simply a canvas waiting to be painted with beads.
  • Grecian Headband- If you're looking for a no frills headpiece, make this pearl-embellished headband and you'll look like a Greek Goddess.
  • Karen's Comb- The designer created this piece for the daughter of a friend who looked absolutely lovely!
  • Aurora Borealis Comb- This elegant comb's crystals glisten and float among the substantial pearls they are nestled into.
  • Springtime Spray Headband- This ribbon-wrapped headband is a vision for a spring wedding.
  • Fairy Queen Veil- This woodland fairy-inspired headpiece has the magical look of a butterfly whose delicate antennae are gently framing your face.
  • Pearl Blossom Tiara- Spike the beads up on this tiara for a very striking, regal look, or squish them down to make an understated line of sparkle.
  • Parrish Crown- This crown, inspired by the fantasy illustrations of Maxfield Parrish, is designed so that even when your wedding is over, you'll still be reminded of the special day every time you wear it as a necklace.
  • Flowery Flower Girl Comb- This sweet comb is just right for a little one's special hairdo.
  • Bridal Bobbies- These pretty pins are meant to create subtle dots of color and glints of sparkle in your hair.
  • Adding a Veil to a Headpiece
  • Adding Beads to a Veil
  • Tying the Knot Pearl Necklace- The most classic of pearl necklaces, you can wear it on your wedding day, and you will evoke Grace Kelly every time you wear it afterward.
  • Tumbling Peridot and Pearl Necklace- This version of the classic pearl necklace adds a pretty splash of color to your neckline.
  • Pearlized Chain Necklace- This simple necklace is very modern and pretty. It could also work for a bridesmaid if different colored pearls or other beads are used.
  • Flapper Bride Pearls- Strung with thread, then knotted and glued, you can wear it as a long flowing drape, wrap it several times around your neck, or tie it to make a sautoir.
  • Gentlewoman Collar- This elegant woven necklace is reminiscent of the "dog collars" that became the height of fashion during the early part of the 20th century.
  • Lacy Lovely Collarette- This netted pearl necklace recalls necklaces created in the 1940s, when glamorous style and fashionable elegance were a part of everyday life.
  • Chained Melody Necklace- The color of the beads on this bridesmaid's necklace can be changed to suit your wedding palette.
  • Jumbled Jewels- This delicate ribbon choker is punctuated with a jumble of crystals that nestle comfortably in the dip in your neck, or, as the French call it, le decolletage.
  • Classic Illusion Necklace- This classic necklace style is perfect for adding extra glimmer and won't detract from a dress.
  • Double-Take Necklace- This double-stranded necklace gives the illusion that there are beads floating around your neck.
  • Wisteria Necklace- This less traditional "wowza" necklace is for a dress with a plunging neckline.
  • Pearlie Girl Ensemble- This pearl ensemble would look great with a simple wedding dress, but the necklace and earrings also make a really nice mother-of-the-bride ensemble.
  • Sophisticate Bracelet- This beauty has just enough sparkle to make it exciting and just enough polish to grant an understated elegance.
  • Last-Minute Bracelet- This bracelet makes a great gift for the last-minute guest who has arrived for the big day.
  • Champagne Bracelet- This bubbly bracelet is nice one for the bridesmaids to wear. Simply change the color scheme to complement their dresses.
  • Dannikka's Bracelet- Dannikka might like to have worn this bracelet in her wedding, but it was designed a few years too late.
  • Princess Cuffington Bracelet- This woven cuff bracelet would look stunning with a sleeveless dress - just the thing to attract attention down your arm and to your ring.
  • Cascade Earrings- This style of earrings has been a favorite of the brides who have a more understated headpiece or are just wearing a comb or bobby pins.
  • Stairway to Heaven Earrings- These woven chandelier earrings are dramatic but don't take a drastic amount of time.
  • Bride Carolyn's Wedding Purse- Little did Bride Carolyn know her request to Sister Sandi to make a bag to match her wedding dress would result in a beautiful family heirloom.
  • SOSNSBSM Bag- With this bag, you'll have something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue covered.
  • Paulette's Brooch- This brooch was inspired by a request from Beaded Wedding's ever-savvy art director.
  • Madamoiselle's Brooch- Vintage inspired, with lustrous faux pearls and sparkling glass beads, this dazzlingly feminine pin can be worn anywhere.
  • Phillip Bag- This bag is a gift in itself, but when you fill it up, it's a personalized gem.
  • Lucky Charms- This multipurpose charm is a snap to make and a great gift for either women or men.
  • We're Pinned! Frame- This frame is a special memento of your wedding day and a great gift for parents.
  • Bead-Encrusted Photo Album- This project helps you add a bit of panache to an otherwise run-of-the-mill wedding album.
  • Stylin' Girl Thank-You Necklace- Give this thank you card to your flower girl, and she'll get a sweet thank-you gift at the same time.
  • Bloomin' Bookmark and Thank-You Note- This special card not only says, "Thank you," but reminds your bridal party of the wedding every time they use it as a bookmark.
  • Friendship Gift Tin and Book- This little piece serves as both a thank-you and a gift for a special person involved in your wedding.
  • The Perfect Dress Memory Book- The idea for making a memory book for your mom or maid-of-honor is a good one, but an even better idea is to drop the hint for them to make one for you.
About the Author

Jean Campbell is a craft author and editor whose specialty is beading and jewelry design. She was the founding editor of Beadwork magazine and has written and edited more than 12 beading books, most recently Getting Started Stringing Beads and the best-selling The Beader’s Companion, which has sold more than 100,000 copies. Jean also is the principal and cofounder of Shiny Bright Objects, a jewelry-design party business, where she frequently hosts bridal parties and “roadtests” her designs on brides. She is a graduate of the Santa Monica College of Design, Art and Architecture and a Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her family and a whole lot of beads. Website:

SKU: 05BD2

Author/Speaker/Editor: Jean Campbell

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781931499620

Number Of Pages: 144