Edgings

Add definition to your veil and accent the fabric of your dress. In your photos these edges show as soft squiggles around the bride. These squiggles become more definite with the wider ribbons. You can have a plain cut edge, rolled edge, serged edge, double-faced satin ribbon edge, a ruffled edge either with or without ribbon, or a pearl edge. To bring out the beading in your dress, choose metallic thread, pearls or crystals for the edge of your veil. However, these (pearls and crystals) are heavy and will add weight to your veil and reduce the “fluffy” appearance of your veil’s layers. This type of edge causes the veil to fall straight down from the headpiece, a sleek look, draping around the bride (like Maid Marion in Robin Hood). If the beading on your dress has silver or golden accents, choose a metallic thread to edge your veil. Metallic threads are not just gold and silver, they come in any color, jewel tones, iridescents, even a rainbow thread.

Butterfly Edge
A two-layer veil with a folded edge by the face (like a wing).  The cut edges of the veiling are only at the bottom of the veil, not going up by the side of the face to the headpiece.  This style veil is not fluffy and drapes in folds around your face.  The fullness of this veil is at the bottom edge.  If you select edging, it will be dropped down leaving a very soft look around the face.

Rolled or Serged Edge
Your veil can have a serged, stitched or rolled edge.  A cotton or rayon thread is stitched to the very edge of the bridal illusion.  This can be a single or double thread, pink for instance, to give a very subtle color accent.  Any color, metallic or iridescent thread can also be used.  This adds a very soft accent to the edge of the veil which shows up subtly in photos.

Satin Ribbon Edge
Any width satin ribbon can be stitched to the very edge of your veil to coordinate with your dress and emphasize the fabric of your dress and any embroidery on it.  Depending upon the width, this is a more definite edge than the rolled or serged edges.  The ribbon can be as narrow as 1/16 of an inch.  The wider the ribbon, the more definite and dramatic the look will be.  This edge shows in photos, the wider ribbons (1/4-inch and wider) being more definite.  I use only double faced satin ribbons for a richer look.  Remember that the wider ribbons (more than 1/2 inch) will add more weight to your veil, making it less fluffy.  A colored ribbon edge can add a subtle or dramatic touch to your veil.

Ruffled Edge
The edge of your veil can be flat (smooth), ruffled or wavy.  This ruffling can be very soft and subtle, or curly like a lettuce leaf.  It can be very subtle ruffling without ribbon, or more definite by adding satin ribbon (1/16-, 1/8- or 1/4-inch wide).  The wider ribbon is more definite than the narrow ribbon, and shows more in your photos.  I use only double-faced satin ribbons.  A ruffled ribbon edge is very dramatic.

Corded Edge
A fine satin cord can be attached to the edge of your veil.  This is more dramatic than the narrower ribbons (1/16- or 1/8-inch), but not as dramatic as the wide ones.  This edge can also be flat or softly ruffled, as you desire.  This edge definitely shows in photos.

Pearl Edge
A strand of “pearls” is stitched to the edge of your veil.  This adds weight to your veil and will considerably reduce any fluffy appearance.  This will hold the veil down and appear very regal as you walk down the aisle.  Remember this also adds weight to the headpiece itself.  This may be a consideration if you have thin or very short hair.  Or, “pearls” can be spaced around the veil’s edge, adding the accent but not nearly as much weight.

Crystal Edge
A strand of “crystals” is stitched to the edge of your veil.  These crystals can be iridescent, reflecting colors.  This also adds weight to your veil, will keep it down, and reduce the fluffiness.  AND, it adds so much sparkle to your veil.  These can also be spaced around the edge – a subtle touch with a lot of sparkle.  This also is a regal look as you walk down the aisle.

Lace Edge
This is a mantilla style veil – wide lace stitched all around the edge of your veil (whatever width you desire).  This lace edge traditionally lies flat across the head, with lace framing the face.  The mantilla is not usually a full, wide veil – it has a simple silhouette, draping around the body.  It can be attached by a comb, barrette, juliet cap, floral spray, etc.  I do not recommend bobby pins since they poke holes in the veil, show through the veiling and do not blend with your hair color.  The veil could have a few gathers where the bridal illusion is attached to the comb or barrette.  The juliet cap would be covered in the same lace edging with the veil falling from the back of the cap.  A more conventional approach has a simple floral spray or tiara in front with the mantilla falling from there.  The cost of the lace edging is added to the price of the veil.  A more traditional mantilla is all lace – the entire veil is cut from the lace.