Floral Embroidery On-Wedding Dress

How Can Embroidery Play a Starring Role in Your Wedding?

One of the biggest bridal fashion events of the year, New York Bridal Fashion Week, took place in October 2022, revealing the hottest trends for 2023 weddings. Color, asymmetry and floral embellishments were present in dresses by designers such as Monique Lhuillier, Ines Di Santo, and Nadia Manjarrez Studio.

The good news for lovers of embroidery is that this technique is in big demand, with designs from both Spring and Fall 2023 fashion shows revealing intricate images that pay homage to the wild and wonderful world of nature.

Of course, dresses aren’t the only place to show off your interest in embroidery or your sewing skills. Read on to discover the many ways that this embellishment can add artistry and style to your big day.

Wedding Dresses that Dreams are Made Of

For an idea of how designers are reinterpreting the role that embroidery can play in a dress, check out designs by Monique Lhuillier, Nadja Manjarrez Studio, Elie Saab, Reem Acra, and Lela Rose. One hot trend is that of embroidered oversized flowers, which can be viewed in the dresses and veils of Elie Saab and Reem Acra. Nadja Manjarrez Studio, meanwhile, is taking bold designs to new heights, with all-blue wedding gowns graced with tiny embroidered blue flowers.

One of most ardent admirers of spring is Monique Lhuillier, whose dresses are graced with delicate wildflowers (complete with stalks and leaves) in a host of hues. This designer is also using the technique on nearly-transparent jackets and veils that lend a touch of magic to designs that are already super-chic.

Heirloom Bridal Bouquet by Charlotte Laurie Designs (Hand Embroidery)
Heirloom Bridal Bouquet by Charlotte Laurie Designs

Embroidered Ring Bearing Pillows

If you are celebrating a nature-inspired wedding, take all the time you need to make all the tiny details special—including ring-bearing pillows or cushions. Depending on the colour and style of your wedding ring, you can create a beautiful frame or garden it can sit upon.

One of the hottest trends in wedding jewellery is that of substituting central Diamonds with coloured gemstones. Imagine a bright green emerald or Tsavorite, an azure Sapphire or Tanzanite, or a sparkling yellow Diamond or Sapphire in the centre of your cushion, sitting over a bed of embroidered roses, sunflowers, or wildflowers.

Your choice of design can vary depending on your wedding theme and the colour of your wedding dress and accessories.

Wedding Favours

Delicately embroidered wedding favours are a unique way to enable guests to take home an artistic reminder of your special day. The gamut of ideas is wide indeed. It includes embroidered handkerchiefs, seasonal decorations, anti-tarnish jewellery bags, and candy holders.

For something extra-special, you can consider embroidering your wedding venue onto a small piece of cloth. This artwork can be given to guests in a pretty wooden or metallic frame.

Elena's hand crafted flowers
Hand Embroidery Flowers

Hair Accessories

Brides often wear flowers in their hair, either in the form of garlands or as decorations that add color and texture to their hairstyle. If you are a nature lover, and you prefer to use sewn rather than cut flowers in your hair, however, embroidery can come to the rescue. Ideas that may inspire you include embroidered flower hair clips and headbands. Wedding designers are also creating handmade flower headpieces containing intricate embroidery. These bands can be pinned along the hairline or embellish a plaited hairdo.

If you enjoy creating embroidered works, and you are celebrating an upcoming wedding, there is a myriad of ways in which you can include this technique in your styling and accessories. Top designers are embracing colourful embroidered flowers and other nature-inspired designs in their unique creations. Embroidery can also be used for ring cushions, wedding favours, hair accessories, and many more elements that together create your wedding look.


Jamie "Mr X Stitch" Chalmers

Hi, I’m Jamie “MrXStitch” Chalmers and since 2008 I’ve been on a mission to change the way the world thinks about needlecraft.

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