Beaded Wedding Gifts: Creating a New Family Heirloom
While wedding registries are a nice thought, and most couples love a little cash to add to their honeymoon fund, unique handmade gifts often make the greatest impression. Whether you created the gift or it’s a family heirloom, the happy couple is sure to remember and use something handmade long past the wedding weekend. If you’re thinking of making a beaded wedding gift or two this season, we have several easy suggestions to create a new family heirloom!
Wedding jewelry has always had a special place in my family. Grandmothers and aunts pass down heirlooms with love and care, a little reminder of the long line of strong women blessing the marriage. When my sister got married last summer, we realized that creating a new heirloom was just as significant as having an old one.
This idea certainly isn’t new! I actually got the idea from Joni Coniglio, Senior Project Editor of Interweave Knits, knitscene, and Knit.wear. She made Cristie Prince’s Princess Kate Bracelet for her daughter’s wedding as a token of her love. Read more about her experience here. If you have thought about beading a bracelet, necklace, or even a hair comb for a loved one, check out the patterns below to inspire your next beaded wedding gift.
Beaded Weddings Inspiration Book: 39 Projects and Dozens of Tips for Your Beautiful Bridal Ensemble eBook by Jean (Campbell) Cox and Friends
Bead Royale: Elegance in Beadweaving eBook by Cristie Prince
Don’t miss out on Cristie’s newest creation, the Princess Meghan Bracelet, which adds an elegant touch to a wedding dress or a mother-of-the-bride gown.
What will you make next? Do you have a new family heirloom that you want to share? Let us know in the comments and submit to W.O.R.D. (What Our Readers Did) by sending photos to email@example.com and including “W.O.R.D.” in the subject line.
Assistant Editor, Beadwork magazine