(Closed) Wedding Dress Beading

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I almost got a dress that needed de-beading.  I’m not sure why some designers put beads extending into the armpit area.  All I could think of is how much that would hurt after a few hours.  I spoke to a seamstress and she was going to de-bead it and replace with some appropriate embroidery if needed (though she thought it would be unnecessary).

As it turned out, I found my dream dress 2 days later, and all thoughts of altering beading quickly evaporated.

Post # 4
208 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

What type of fabric is it (ie, silk, polyester, satin, duiponi, taffeta), and how is the beading attached (ie, individually stiched to bodice or attached to a base which is stitched to fabric)? Also, including a photo to show the extensiveness and placement of the beading would be helpful.

My gut is no, you don’t want to attempt this. Most fabric will be marred by the removed stitching, no matter how careful you are. A better option is to ask if you can order the dress without the beading; many manufacturers offer this option.

Post # 5
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I agree with peachypear that removing the bead work would likely result in a nice pattern of holes from the thread.  The great thing about ordering a dress that must be made for you, is that the manufacturers are often able to accommodate such requests.  Ask the sales person at your bridal salon. 

Post # 6
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I have to agree with the whole thing that it seems that designers think that they should bead every inch and it just isn’t fun to wear – pretty to look at though.

Have you tried looking at sites that offer custom dresses and asking them to leave off the beading?
Can you ask the maker to make it just for you with little or no beading?
Have you looked for the same style of dress just no beading from the same or a different company/designer?
What about this dress that makes you like it and can you find the same thing without the beads?

Just some food for thought!

Good luck!!


Post # 7
5398 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

When you order the dress, is it possible for them to just not add the beading?  Some pictures would be great, but like others have said, it depends on th fabric, how the beading was done, and all that good stuff.  Most likely, though, it’s not possible to remove the beading after because you will see all these little markings on the dress from where the thread was removed after you removed the beads.

Post # 8
390 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree with some of the other comments; I think that removing the beading would have less than desireable results.  Depending on the designer/manufacturer, you may be able to order the dress without, but not always.  I found a dress I kind of liked at David’s Bridal, but when I asked about altering the dress, I was told that they couldn’t do any that would change the design of the dress, so I would have to take it somewhere else to get the changes I was wanting (sweetheart neckline, etc.).  I found a dress that I loved elsewhere, so I never followed up on this information, but just something to think about.  Good luck!

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