In step 2 we shaped the face/blusher piece of your veil. The next step is to glue edging and/or other embellishments onto the veil. How much bling should you add? This depends on both your dress and your preference.
A plain gown can benefit from a veil decorated with rhinestones or larger additions such as decorative butterflies, rosebuds, florals made from seed pearls, or sequined designs. A more bedazzled gown, however, benefits from a more subdued veil. As for your style preference, do what feels comfortable and do not give in to trendy fashion pressure from others. Imagine looking at your wedding pictures ten years from now. Will you think your veil is perfect on you or will you wonder, “what was I thinking?!”
If you need inspiration, see the example beading and trim video here, which shows details from seven different veils. Also, if you plan to wear the blusher in a traditional way (covering your face until your new husband lifts it for the kiss), keep in mind one side will show when you walk down the aisle but the opposite side will show after the “I dos.” For that reason, either include no embellishments on the blusher piece or choose something that looks good from both sides.
If you are still in need of beading or other embellishments see our merchants’ selections here.
Watch the video tutorial at the end of this post and/or read text instructions below.
What You Will Need
• Glue. I like Aleene’s Fabric Fusion because it’s clear and it holds very tightly.
• Toothpicks or straight pins to apply glue
• Non-porous work surface such as a glass cutting board. The reasons for a nonporous surface are:
(a) so the glue doesn’t get down into your work area and transfer to other places in your veil and
(b) once the glue is set enough to move, you’ll want to gently shift the edged veil sections so they do not become bonded to the surface. Non-porous material more easily allows this.
You may be wondering why we are gluing on embellishments now instead of finishing the gathers first. It is so you do not get messy with the glue and ruin your fabric. Also, you can better lay out a design, if you care to do so, on a flat veil.
• Keep a damp cloth handy, just in case.
• Embellishments, beading, crystals, and/or trim.
Gluing the Trim
When you are ready to glue the trim onto your veil, first find the pencil mark you made when creating the blusher. This is where your blusher ends and the veil itself begins. Then:
• Place the material on top of your nonporous work surface and smooth it.
• If necessary, use your weights to anchor the tulle.
• Straight pin the edging to the beginning of the veil section of your tulle.
• Squeeze some of the glue onto an unused corner of your work area.
• Use a toothpick or pin to carefully put a little glue along the underside of the trim and place along the edge of your veil.
• Let the glue set enough so you will not ruin the trim when you move it, then carefully detach and rotate the next section onto your work surface.
Keep doing this until you’ve gotten all the way around the veil.
If you want decorations on the surface area of your veil, experiment first with different patterns, to discover what you like best. There are different approaches you can take. For example:
• Randomly scatter crystals, beads, or pearls and glue them where they fall.
• Create a pattern that is denser at top and less dense at bottom.
• Begin with large pearls near the bottom of the veil and progressively smaller ones as you move upward.
When these are completely dry, you are ready to move onto step 4, making the gathers.
Step 4, making the gathers, is next.