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.
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
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.
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.