How-To: Customize a Wedding Veil

Veils, like wedding gowns, come in a wide range of prices. You can find a simple tulle veil online for as little as $10 — or you can visit a couture boutique and come across multi-thousand dollar veils crafted from Alençon lace, Swarovski crystals and genuine freshwater pearls.

There must be a happy middle-ground.  And there is: find a simple veil with a shape, length, and base fabric you like, then spice it up with any of these easy suggestions.

  • Use excess fabric or lace from your wedding gown to add a matching trim — or use fabric from your mother’s wedding gown.
  • Line the edges of your veil with colorful fabric from your bridesmaids’ dresses.
  • Embroider little hearts, polka-dots, or flowers with a shimmery, shiny thread.
  • Sew on pearls, or glass, silver, or gold beads that coordinate with your jewelry.
  • Glue or sew soft, feminine feathers around your veil’s comb to create an instant headpiece.
  • Stitch your fiance’s initials or your monogram or wedding date in an inconspicuous place on your veil.
  • Layer two veils of complimentary fabrics for a unique but cohesive look.
  • Pin a lightweight broach over your veil’s comb.
  • Glue a few rhinestones onto your veil to add upscale sparkle without looking glittery.
  • Embroider a vine pattern along the edge of your veil.
  • Sew real rosebuds onto a Cathedral veil for extra drama.
  • Pinch portions of your veil together and sew them in place to mimic a skirt with pick-ups.

Have fun creating your own unique look!

~ Laura


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