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 Veil History
 Veil Lengths
 Veil Styles
 Veil Shapes and Cuts
 Veil Colors
 Veil Fabrics
 Birdcage Net
 Veil Prices
 Edges and Embellishments
 How To Wear a Mantilla Veil


5 Steps Overview
What You'll Need
Buying vs. Making Veil
Step 1: Measuring, Cutting
Step 2: Creating Blusher
Step 3: Attaching Beading, Trim
Examples: Edging, Crystals, etc
Step 4: Making Gathers
Step 5: Wrap, Attach Comb
How to Make a Birdcage Veil

 Wholesale Priced Veils (Cheap)

 Ivory Veils
 White Veils
 Black Gothic Veils
 Blush / Other Colors

 Veil Tulle

 Shoulder Length
 Elbow Veils
 Fingertip or Wrist Veil
 Knee, Waltz and Ballet Veils
 Chapel or Floor Length Veils
 Cathedral and Royal Lengths

 The "Pouf" Headpiece
 Drop Veils
 Birdcage Veil
 Veil Blushers
 Tier Veils
 Flare Cut Veils
 Center-Gathered, Tier Veils
 Top Gathered, Standard Veils
 Mantilla Veil (Scalloped)
 Petal Veils
 A Vintage Veil

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Examples of adornments, edging, and other decorations for your veil. By

Note: The discount veils in the video at left and mentioned below are from this store, whose prices usually start at around $9.99. More of our merchants' veils under $20 are here.

Beading (or other embellishments) and trim are two of the elements that make a veil uniquely yours. Many of today's decorations, including some larger inclusions for the center, were difficult to find just a few years ago. This page and video are an overview of what is available, with examples of beading, trim, rhinestones, etc that are available.

Veil Embellishment Examples

As you read through each veil description below, you will notice a link. It goes to a page with several similar veils. Also, a photo of each veil's detailing is shown at left, in order top to bottom.

Before getting into the examples, be ready to weigh your craft-making abilities against what you want when making the decision whether to buy a veil or make one yourself. To give you a point of reference, I occasionally refer to how difficult it would be for "someone like me" to make a similar veil. Sewing and craft projects are not my forte, which means my skill level is around 2-3 on a 10 point scale. Depending on your own skill level, you may find purchasing a discount veil outweighs the time or expertise it would take to make a similar one.

  1. This veil has a scallop-edged design, floral appliqué and some embroidery, which is more complicated than what I make in the How to Make a Veil video series. If you are a good seamstress, you may be able to do this one on your own.

  2. Pearls (aka beading), stuck randomly throughout the veil, adorn this rolled-edged veil. This one I think I could handle making.

  3. A ribbon edge adds a hint of elegance to an otherwise simple-looking veil. This looks relatively easy for someone who can sew well. I'd be able to apply a ribbon with glue, but some experimentation would definitely be in order, to see if it discolors or otherwise mottles the ribbon surface. 

  4. Raw edges, with embellishments throughout the veil. Different size beads or pearls and little pearl heart shapes will create a dramatic effect as you walk down the aisle. I could do this...anything that only requires gluing little things here and there is a go for those of us in the bottom 30%, when it comes to DIY craft skills.

  5. Fifth is a sequined, silver-edged veil.. They have taken sequins and silver bugle beads and made a mini scalloped pattern all the way around the edges. This I could do, but making sure the scallops are even would be a minor nightmare for me.

  6. This chapel-length veil has a scalloped edge made from embroidered trim/appliqué attached all the way around the edges of the veil. Because this is a longer veil, it would take quite a lot of trim to go all the way around if you were to make a similar veil.

    Attaching with glue may be within the realm of possibility for someone like me (but I wouldn't have fun doing it).

  7. The last veil is a cathedral length with edging of seed pearl beads and clear sequins. Every so often, they have taken the same sequins and beads and sewn floral designs. This one is elegant and understated, but when you start looking it has some really interesting details.

    Could I make this one? Not a chance.

DIY, buy, or both? Products and supplies for each option.

Both buying and doing it yourself: Aside from the "buy or DIY" options suggested above there is a third route. If you want an inexpensive custom-created veil but are in my "craft-skills boat" (approximately a C grade), you can buy an already constructed veil and decorate it yourself by gluing on embellishments. Here are some options for purchasing the starter veil.

Buying at discount means paying less than you originally may have thought for an already-made veil. Options from our partners, in addition to those above:

Buy plain and customize trim-only or completely unadorned veils from our discount & wholesale partners here.

Buy at discount. Veils under $20 from our merchant partners are here.

Tulle (ie veil material) for making your own: Selection of 54" to 108" wide tulle from our partners.

Different veil decorations:

Tip: Buy tulle by the bolt or roll here.

Related: How to Make a Veil Step 3: Attaching Beading and Trim


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