How to Make a Wedding Veil with Beaded Edge

Undoubtedly, the bridal veil carries a unique significance for any bride. However, its design presents countless possibilities catering to personal preferences. Opting to make your own veil can be a fulfilling experience, sometimes even more than buying a readymade one or custom ordering. Proceed to read the article to learn how to make a wedding veil featuring a beaded edge.

A lot of the time people don't realize how easy it is to make a veil. Whether you don't want to spend a ton of money, or simply just want to use your creativity, whatever the reason might be, making the veil by yourself is always something special and adds a personality to it.

This article will guide you through the process of making a veil and also tell you how to add subtle spark with beads.

How to Make a Wedding Veil with Beaded Edge

Here is how you can make a Wedding Veil with Beaded Edge:

Step 1: Decide on a Style

Consider a veil that will match your planned hairstyle for the wedding day. So, if you’re going to wear a veil, you will need a base that can support you well. Messy updo, bridal bun, half up or half down, it all needs to be part of the consideration. The heavier or longer the veil, the more support your hairstyle requires.

The great thing about a wedding veil you make yourself is the final piece can frame your hairstyle perfectly.

Your veil needs to accentuate your dress. The veil shouldn’t take away from the details and be proportional to the dress. The more complex the design of your dress, the simpler the veil, and vice-versa.

Step 2:Take the Measurements

Veils are worn in different lengths. Usual wedding veil lengths are shoulder, elbow, fingertip, floor, chapel, and cathedral. The chapel-length veil has a small train, and the cathedral-length veil has a long train. Hold measuring tape where you want the veil to sit on your head then measure the length you want your veil to be. Keep in mind that hair updo can shorten the length a bit. So measure some extra. 

Step 3:Choose Fabric for the Veil

One of the important things that will decide how your veil looks is the fabric. Whether you want it stiff or want it to be soft and flexible, choose the fabric accordingly. Also, this is where the budget comes in. There will be fewer or more options depending on your budget. But there is always something. Tulle being the type of fabric that is used the most, it is a very versatile fabric and comes in a wide variety. There is silk, Russian netting, full lace, organza, English netting, and more. 

The next thing to consider, do you want a more voluminous veil that is poofier, meaning that it has more height near the crown of your head. For that, a stiffer fabric will be better. Give it some time to research and choose accordingly.

Step 4: Arrange Other Materials and Cut the Fabric

Along with the fabric you will need-

  • Scissors
  • Iron 
  • Sewing machine (not necessary if you choose to hand stitch it)
  • Needle, thread
  • Measuring tape
  • Washable fabric marker
  • Comb (this can be made of plastic or any other metal)
  • Beads of your choice

Veils can be oval, heart-shaped, waterfall shaped and even more. Choose a shape you think you will be able to make that also matches your liking. Make a template with cardboard or papers with the length and width you measured. Then use that as a guide to cut the actual fabric. You can use templates from online as well. You can always shorten it if you want your veil shorter, but you may want to make the veil long at first and cut off the length if needed.

Step 5: Gather the Fabric

Set your sewing machine on the longest stitch length and sew a straight line of stitches along the top (one of the width sides) of the veil. Make sure to leave a long tail from your thread.

Flatten the fabric out if that gathered up while you were sewing the first line. Then sew a second straight line of stitches about one-half inch below the first line of stitches. Leave a long tail from your thread here as well.

Now pull these parallel threads to bunch up the fabric to be the same length as the comb. The wider the fabric is the poofier it will look after gathering it. Tie the thread ends well so that they stay put. Trim of excess thread and fabric from the top.

Step 6: Attach to Comb

Place the comb so that it is on the wrong side against the veil. Line up the top of the veil with the top of the comb. Hand sews the comb to the veil. Loop the thread around each tooth of the comb, catching the veil as you go. Make sure you loop through the entire top end of the comb with the thread. Flip the comb back over. Your veil should now cover the stitches. You could add lace to the gathered part of the veil if you wanted to hide the gathering better.

Step 7: Add the Beads

To decorate the edges with beads choose your beads as you like to match the veil and the dress. Pearls, beads, mirrored crystals, flower petals, and more can add weight and beauty. You will need invisible threads so that in the end the design looks polished.

Carefully hand stitch the bead in place so that it lays perfectly to the edge. Use tiny stitches to attach the beads to the edge. Under every bead is a short running stitch, and between every single bead is a small, straight overcast stitch. Using this method of attaching the beads, there was no pulling and the veil will end up symmetrical.


While taking responsibility for making your veil for your big day make sure you start three to four months ahead to plan and design. Making your own veil gives you full control over the look. Modern or traditional, that is all up to you. Showcasing your creativity, adding your magic touch to the veil, or saving a heavy amount of money, all the way, you win!

Hope this article helped to create your own unique beaded veil.

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