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
Veil Embellishment Examples
As you read through the veil descriptions below, you will
The first link for each veil goes to the merchant
where I bought it, to a page with several similar veils.
remaining link(s) go to equivalent do-it-yourself adornments you can buy
Also, a photo of each veil's detailing is shown at, 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.
Pearls (aka beading),
stuck randomly throughout the veil, adorn this rolled-edged
veil. This one I think I could handle making.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
Could I make this one? Not a
DIY, buy, or both? Products and supplies for each
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: