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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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Veil Edging and Embellishments
Glimmer Finish | Edging Options | Scalloped Wedding Veil | Rhinestone Edge Veil | Embellishments

Along with choosing your veil fabric, color, style, or cut, and length, you may also like a decorative element -- a shimmer, edge, or embellishment (sometimes called scatter) to finish the look.

Fabric Finish

You may have noticed that a few veils are shimmery. This is a glaze applied by the manufacturer and can range from a soft, subtle shimmer to a flashier effect. If this look appeals to you, most experts recommend going with a subtle shimmer, which creates an elegant veil without overwhelming your gown. The sparkle will be barely noticeable indoors, but will catch the sunlight outdoors and the photographer's flash in pictures.


Finished edges are another option for your veil. Some brides prefer a cut, unfinished edge so as to not divert attention from their face or gown. Others prefer a finished edge for the added elegance or design. Edges can be finished in a variety of ways:

  • Pencil edge. This is a very subtle finish, a stitch the same color as the veil to finish off the raw edges.

  • Silver or gold edge is similar to the pencil edge in design, but the seamstress uses a metallic thread to match gown detailing or hair accessories.

  • Rolled edge (created by folding the edges 1/4" to 1/2" and sewing them with fine-gauge thread) can finish a veil much like the pencil edge but with a bit more definition.

  • Embroidered edges range from the simple pencil edge mentioned above to elaborate floral or leaf designs.

Scalloped Wedding Veil

A veil's edge is usually cut straight or on a slight curve. The exception is the scalloped wedding veil, which is cut with a decorative edge. Mantilla veils often have a scalloped edge. Picture the curvy pattern a row of semi-circles makes placed side-by-side, or see photos of scalloped veils currently for sale online:

Rhinestone Edge and Other Edge Finishes

While many finishes are created with thread, others incorporate beads or other embellishments for a decorative look.  A popular treatment is the rhinestone-edge veil, where a row of small rhinestones is stitched to the edge. Another stunning edge effect is a scattering of crystals or rhinestones that form a border all the way around the veil. You have many options for edging your veil, including ribbon, cord, lace, pearls and crystals.

Scattered Embellishments

Another way to add distinction to your veil is through scatter or embellishments. These are attached -- or "scattered" -- over the veil to enhance the overall effect and complement beading and detailing elsewhere in your bridal ensemble. They can be applied only near the edge or scattered across the entire veil.


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