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Wedding Story Giveaway

January 30th, 2013 · 56 Comments

This contest is now closed. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Bridal jewelry is the perfect finishing touch to any bride’s style. What is the perfect wedding dress without an accent of pearls or glittering crystals to go along with it? On your special day, you want something meaningful you can treasure forever and wear again. Tell a story on your wedding day with beautiful bridal jewelry made by you! In our Wedding Story Giveaway, one lucky winner will receive all the beads and components needed to make the Cherish bracelet idea available in our Learning Center. Once you’ve won, all you have to do is follow the idea instructions and you will have a beautiful bracelet to wear on your special day, or you can give it as a gift to a bride you know. This bracelet features classic creamy pearls accented with sparkling blue Swarovski briolettes. It’s the perfect accessory for adding an elegant and refined touch to any bridal ensemble and the best part is that you will have made it yourself! Bridal jewelry is just one of the many DIY projects you can incorporate into your wedding.

To enter this contest, fill out the short survey below and then leave one comment about a special DIY project you used or plan on using in your wedding or one you saw in someone else’s wedding. Please one comment per person. Make sure to check out all of our wedding trends for spring/summer 2013 for more jewelry and DIY project ideas!

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This contest runs from Thursday, January 31, 2013 to Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 11:59pm PST. One winner will be randomly selected and odds of winning depend on number of entries. See our official contest rules for complete details.

Tags: Jewelry and Craft Ideas · Just For Fun!

56 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Angela Mullis // Jan 31, 2013 at 5:25 am

    I made a pearl and crystal wedding set for my mom and dad’s Vow Renewal! She was a BEAUTIFUL bride, again!!!

    Angi Mullis

  • 2 Barb // Jan 31, 2013 at 5:31 am

    I saw some great floating candle centerpieces at a recent wedding I attended!

  • 3 Susan // Jan 31, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Our wedding is Asian Themed, so instead of using votive holders for the tables, we are making origami lotus flowers and using LED lights in them. I have also paper quilled small hearts to cover the card box along with putting the hearts on small picture frames for the tables

  • 4 Sharon // Jan 31, 2013 at 8:33 am

    I made a pearl and crystal necklace for a bride that took advantage of her dress being backless. The bride received a lot of compliments on it.

  • 5 Stacy in KS // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:21 am

    For my Wedding Jewelry, I made myself earrings and a necklace. I used baby blue freshwater pearls, London Blue Topaz, Swiss Blue Topaz and Aquamarine. I used Gold filled wire and Gold filled components/gold filled chain.

    Here is a link if you would like to see it:

  • 6 Laura Single // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I made a gorgeous pearl & crystal bracelet for my sister’s wedding in October. Came out so beautifully I also gave her one in Purple and one in Silver. So sparkly!

  • 7 Amina Bhimla // Jan 31, 2013 at 10:51 am

    I designed all my wedding jewelry: tiara using Swarovski crystals, necklace with matching earrings using rhinestones, crystals and filigree, bangle bracelets using Swarovskis, and memory wire.

  • 8 barb jordan // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:10 am

    My niece was getting married on 9/1/12. Knowing she was overwhelmed trying to pay for all of the festivities of the wedding, I provided the gifts for her to give her attendants. Her colors were cornflower blue and silver gray. I made bracelets – sterling silver with clear and light sapphire swarovski crystals – for her 5 brides maids and flower girl. Beautiful colors, Beautiful wedding. Happy Bride and Groom.

  • 9 Jamie S // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Not married yet but there will definitely be pearls and lace involved!

  • 10 Betty Winslow // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I made my own veil by draping a white lace mantilla over a cage of wire attached to my hair, then trimming the edge with daisy lace and pearls…. way cheaper than anything else I saw that I liked!

  • 11 Alexandra Tweedy // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:47 am

    On my wedding day I made all 5 of my bridesmaids bracelets that they wore at the wedding. All the bracelets were different and took into account each girls personality. I also made the flower girl a necklace that matched her dress (this is what I did to calm myself on the day of the wedding while everyone was getting ready :-P ). I made myself a royal blue necklace and bracelet that I changed into for the reception, to give me a “party look”. The necklace and bracelet matched my shoes and also the bridesmaid dresses. I also made my mom a necklace to wear to the rehearsal dinner. Needless to say I was a little busy making jewelry for a while.

  • 12 Dyani // Jan 31, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I am dreaming of a beach wedding. I currently making a bracelet with cream swarovski pearls and crystal starfish beads. Perfect beach wedding jewelry without sacrificing the traditional and sparkle

  • 13 Angelica // Jan 31, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I plan on making DIY invitations. Who needs to spend that much money printing them off! I can make more meaningful ones by myself. They will be simple though…so I won’t kill myself making them!

  • 14 Sharienne Weidner // Jan 31, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    My mother made my dress. GOOD – any time she got on me about getting things done I just asked how my dress was coming along. It really kept her out of my hair. BAD – despite extensive oath swearing that she would have it done 2 weeks early and, my very real threat to wear jeans I found myself without a dress 15 minutes before I was to walk down the aisle (I forgot the jeans) When we were all in place and on time our pastor leaned over and said to my mom that she had to stop sewing now. :-)

  • 15 Becky // Feb 1, 2013 at 4:48 am

    I am making the jewelry for my daughter’s wedding. It will be a wonderful day!

  • 16 Caroline Kolb // Feb 1, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    My son’s bride to be asked me to make her jewelry for their wedding. She was in Connecticut, I was in Kentucky, and the wedding was in Alabama. As I had to match the dress, and wasn’t sure exactly what she wanted, it was a last minute effort. I loaded the car with supplies and “samples” I had put together. Of course first I had to stop by Louisiana where my daughter had given birth. I arrived in 4 days before the wedding, made a gold and Siam crystal necklace and earrings, finishing right before she walked down the aisle.

  • 17 Susan M // Feb 1, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    my god daughter was married last September and if I win I will make her the bracelet and give it to her on her 1 st Ann.

  • 18 Tara // Feb 1, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    I made my daughter a bead embroidered cuff that had the lace from my wedding dress and pearls from my mom’s necklace for her something old.

  • 19 Rita // Feb 2, 2013 at 4:55 am

    I am getting married this June (so excited!!). So far, I’m making our invitations; growing our escort cards/favors (150 succulents, talk about a project … lol); I made the jewelry for myself, my mom and all 4 of my bridesmaids; and I’m specially monogramming the individual initials of my bridal party on their champagne flutes (so far they’ve come out great)!

    I haven’t made a bracelet for my future mother-in-law yet, (as she hadn’t picked out her dress until recently) but that cherish bracelet might just do the trick, if I win!

    I’ve always been a huge DIY-er, and I think it’s so special when you incorporate a personalized touch on the happiest day of your life! :)

  • 20 Christina // Feb 2, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I want to make a button bouquet instead of one with flowers.

  • 21 Laurie Bluhm // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:10 am

    I have made wedding jewelry for 3 Brides in the past but now my daughter is getting married! So of course this has to be the best yet. She has some pearls of her grandmothers but I want to add more to them and make a bracelet and earrings to match. I am so happy for her and can’t wait for the big day.

  • 22 Corinne Dawson // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:36 am

    I made my flower girl dress to be an exact replica of my dress. I even hand beaded the bodice and skirt to match mine. My flower girl loved being just like the bride :)

  • 23 Annie J. // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:44 am

    I am going to make a beautiful pearl necklace for my niece’s upcoming wedding.

  • 24 Nancy L // Feb 3, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Last summer I made a gorgeous necklace, bracelet, earring set for a neighbor’s second marriage–pearls & beach glass in blues for a perfect ceremony in Florida. We both received tons of compliments!

  • 25 Elena T // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I saw a cute project that uses vintage broaches that I would adapt.

  • 26 Christina McCullen // Feb 3, 2013 at 9:30 am

    I would love to make this for my niece’s wedding!

  • 27 Julia // Feb 3, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I made necklace and earrings for the bride.

  • 28 Barbie // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I made necklaces and earrings for a friend’s daughter’s wedding for all her bridesmaids. Using SWC pearls and crystals, cream pearls and peridot and golden shadow crystals with sterling silver, came out beautiful and everybody loved them ! Our son is getting married in Nov. and I want to make earrings, necklace and bracelet for Our future daughter in law. This bracelet would be perfect with her color scheme. I think this would be a wonderful wedding gift and welcome to our family~ officially ! ; }

  • 29 jasmine // Feb 3, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I made a blinged out collar for ‘Chester’, my friends dog, who was also the ring bearer!

  • 30 miriam hecht // Feb 3, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    As the mother of the groom, I made myself a beautiful pearl and crystal brooch to match the dress. Instead of making it into a necklace or attaching a pin, I sewed it to the bodice of the dress to create a victorian look. It didn’t move as we danced the night away and I took it off before I had the dress cleaned, added a bale and turned it into a necklace to remember that wonderful day.

  • 31 Jennifer Pellicone // Feb 3, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I would love to have had a time capsule for my guests to fill with thoughts and wishes. What a great idea! The capsule could be made fancy or plain, with or without a theme, etc.

  • 32 KJ // Feb 3, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Cousin DIY for her entire wedding it was beautiful.

  • 33 Darlene Junker // Feb 4, 2013 at 12:02 am

    My sister found her lifetime love at 50. Her wedding is in May. I recently learned to bead. and she has asked me to make her jewelry for her wedding day. Now I can not only alter and embellish her gown, I also can accessorize it.

  • 34 patricia frerking // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:17 am

    When my daughter got married, she asked me to make bracelets for all of the women in her wedding party AND those she couldn’t fit in but wanted to give a special gift to. I think I ended up making 14 bracelets. And each one was unique!

  • 35 Lyndsey // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:17 am

    I got married so long ago that DIY didn’t even exist yet, LOL!! But I just love making bridal jewelry for other people now.

  • 36 Elizabeth Kucera // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:22 am

    I have a girl who is like and adopted daughter that will be getting married in the future. I would really like to make this to give her for her big day.

  • 37 Roxie Osborne // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:47 am

    As Mother of the Groom I had to sparkle but not so to outdo the bride. I found a beautiful pale lilac pant set all delicate and fancy but nothing that sparkled. I added the SWC hotfix in AB Crystal to the lace on the jacket then made a necklace to match with AB Crystals and lilac pearls. The total effect was stunning!

  • 38 Dalena Macleod // Feb 4, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I made my sister-in-law a matching set of a spray necklace and bracelet, with pearls and red Swarovski bicones, and clear wire.

  • 39 Susan Berger // Feb 4, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    I would like to make a simple stand of pearls with a heart swarovski pendant for my wedding day!

  • 40 bj // Feb 4, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    I made all of my nephews wedding party necklaces, bracelets and earring with SWC and pearls as their gift. Now his brother is getting married. I could use all the help I could win.

  • 41 Debi Woods // Feb 5, 2013 at 3:32 am

    I have to make Jewelry for my neice who is getting married June 22, 2013…
    She ask would I make all of her jewelry, and for her wedding group, and I told her yes.
    It is a very large and elaborite wedding with the bridesmaids, maid of honor, and flower girl, groom, groom mens, and the ring bearer, and parents, g. parents, and the very close elders…
    So to win this, WOW…. sure would help…lol

  • 42 Karyn // Feb 5, 2013 at 8:56 am

    My daughter is waiting for her “fiance visa”, so her French fiance Mathieau can come to the United States and they can get married. They met while both worked for Houghton vineyards in Australia and both have beautiful blue eyes, so have picked that as their wedding color, kind of a gray-blue. Jessie made herself a beautiful gray blue necklace with beads she picked up at a craft show on the northern california coast last fall, and I made earrings, a bracelet and a ring from the same beads for her to wear in her wedding color. She is wearing then now in France while living with Mathieau’s family, waiting for the state department to bless their union.

  • 43 Katherine // Feb 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    For my gift to my cousin at her wedding last year, I made a family of wedding bears, with a mama bear, a papa bear, and a baby bear. It was adorable and she loved it~

  • 44 Katie Murray-Hesterlee // Feb 5, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    I created a keepsake box for my daughter, Jessica and her husband, Kyle to keep their “Keys to a Successful Marraige” in ~ along with all the key tags with keys attached ~ it turned out beautifully!!!/media/set/?set=a.4259485293659.2179455.1481706672&type=3

  • 45 Marilyn // Feb 5, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    I am creating special matching jewelry pieces for a wonderful friend as a surprise gift.

  • 46 Tamra Graubner // Feb 5, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    My grandmother crocheted my wedding dress it was beautiful. My aunt made my bouquet with an antique crocheted basket as well as the bridesmaids headpieces. The flower girls dresses were made by a friend. I added bead accents to my veil. I also made the garter that I wore. The creative ladies in my family all worked together to make this a wonderful day. This was back in 1979. I have helped many a bride by making veils, hats, jewelry and bead accents to their gowns. I am getting ready to do this as an addition to a jewelry making business that I am in the process of starting.

  • 47 Bonita schoenfelder // Feb 6, 2013 at 6:02 am

    I made earrings and a bracelet for my niece to wear at her wedding along with bracelets for her bridesmaids. I am currently in the process of designing and completing my very own Mother-Of-the-Bride jewelry set to wear to my daughter’s wedding in December. I would make hers too but she is wearing the family pearls that day! I am using dark blue and navy crystals, gold seed beads and ivory pearls in my design. I will post pictures when completed.

  • 48 Debra Wisinski // Feb 6, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I made an entire beach wedding set for my cousin. It had a handmade ring pillow embellished with ribbon, beads, fringe, embroidery, lampwork beach glass. There was a matching garter belt, necklace and earrings made out out beach glass lampwork beads and flat pearls, even the decoration was made with the pearls and beach glass. It was a message in a bottle saying thank you for comming to our wedding. Everything had sterling silver beach charms on them.

  • 49 Susan Jaisle // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I plan to make jewelry and a head band for myself when my husband and I renew our vows!!

  • 50 Constance // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I would love to be able to win the beads and components to make myself a beautiful bracelet for my own wedding that is soon to come. The colors are gorgeous!

  • 51 Katie // Feb 6, 2013 at 10:54 am

    My favorite DIY from my wedding was our flowers, especially my bouquet. There was a local flower shop that helped us plan all of our flowers and ordered them for us, then we used their space to assemble everything 2 days before the wedding. My bridesmaids each made their own bouquets, I made mine, and we made about 20 boutonnieres and a half-dozen corasages, a huge altar vase, pew decorations and reception centerpieces… everything was gorgeous, if I do say so myself ;-) We recently got my bouquet back from our wedding coordinator (who had been drying it for, ohh, almost 4 years) and got a display case for it… such wonderful memories!!!!

  • 52 April Morgan-Salo // Feb 6, 2013 at 11:00 am

    When I got married the second time, I made my dress on which I spent 3 months embroidering and sewing seed beads on. I also made the programs which had covers made from homemade paper. I also made my invitations and their envelopes. At that time I wasn’t making jewelry so my youngest daughter who was 15 at the time made my necklace and earring for both me and the attendants. Now that daughter is making wedding plans. Would love to surprise her with some jewelry to wear.

  • 53 Rachel // Feb 6, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I made bracelets in bright colors for each Bridesmaid, the maid of Honor, and the flower girls for my friend Heidi’s wedding. She wore the tradition white dress with non-tradition purple lace coming off of it. Being the free spirit she is, she had me make a different color bracelet for each of the flower girls and black crystal earrings for each in her wedding party. It made the day so much more individual and special.

  • 54 Leona Jones // Feb 6, 2013 at 11:55 am

    My wedding was a long time ago, long before I started beading.

  • 55 Amber F // Feb 6, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    I am planning our vow renewal/ real wedding for our 5 year anniversary. I plan to do it all myself with a midsummers night theme. I saw this gorgeous lucite flower and seed bead necklace that I would love to use in my jewelry with bright summer colors (daisies, sunflowers, and such). I’d also like to take that into the bouquet and centerpiece decor.

  • 56 Florence // Feb 6, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    A close friend of my sister gave her a beautiful pearl bracelet with gold highlights on her wedding.

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