How to Trim a Wedding Net Veil

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The shockingly high price tags on your wedding accoutrements may make you balk. Many bridal accessories, such as a fully-beaded, trimmed wedding veil, can cost upward of several hundred dollars and are far out of many brides' budgets. One smart way to save money while still getting the look you want is to make your own veil, or purchase a plain veil and add your own embellishments. Decorate a net veil with trim like crystals, rhinestones, seed beads, pearl beads, ribbon, flowers, bows and even lace.

Trim the bottom edge of the veil with a pretty satin ribbon for a clean finish. Pin the ribbon 1/4 to 1/2 inch above the bottom edge of the net with straight pins. Place the veil edge under the presser foot of the sewing machine and sew a basic straight stitch along the top and bottom edges in matching thread. Cut the excess net at the bottom close to the ribbon and iron the edge on low heat.

Create a pencil edge on the veil. Feed the bottom of the veil through a serger or overlocking machine loaded with matching thread and create a narrow serged line.

Trim the bottom edge of the veil with decorative cording. Thread a needle with thread that matches the cording and whipstitch the cording directly to the veil edge. Loop the stitches over the cording and through the net. Add bows or flowers with this same stitch.

Sew a string of lightweight pearls to the bottom edge for a delicate, feminine look. Use a whipstitch that catches the string between each pearl.

Lay out the veil on a flat surface to attach lace trim. Match the bottom edge of the lace with the bottom edge of the veil, and pin them together. Make sure no net peeks out from beneath the lace. Whipstitch the lace to the net around the top edge only.

Place the veil on a model or hang it on a chair to see where the fabric drapes naturally before attaching beads, crystals, individual pearl beads or rhinestones. Often, the underside of the veil shows in several spots instead of the outside. If beading is sewn only on the outside, the final result suffers. Mark the beading placement with pins.

Add beads, crystals or rhinestones to the marked areas, using clear thread. Thread a needle and knot it, then insert the needle through the back side of the net. Pull the needle out and thread it through the bead or crystal. If making a row of beads, thread another bead. Insert the needle back into the net and pull it through the back side. Backtrack to between the beads and insert the needle there for stability. Pull the needle out the front, and string the next set of beads. Always knot the thread at the back side of the net.


Net or tulle needs no hemming, as, unlike other fabrics, it does not unravel. Instead, cut the net as straight as possible to make a clean edge. Net is fairly sturdy and will hold up to machine sewing. Leave the veil on a hanger for as long as possible before the wedding to get rid of wrinkles. Alternatively, steam the veil shortly beforehand.


Although saving money is a priority, the quality of the materials will affect the life of the garment, particularly if it is intended to be heirloom quality. Glued beads will not last as long as those sewn in, for example.