What is a Beaded Wedding Veil?

If you’re a bride who has chosen to wear a veil, you have probably entered the most challenging part of accessorizing your bridal ensemble.  There are hundreds of styles, tons of colors, trims, and accents.  So, let’s talk about one of them.  What is a beaded wedding veil?

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Beaded bridal veils refer to either the kind of trim or accent on a bridal veil that can include rhinestones, crystals, pearls, bugle beads, or other types on bead work. It can also include intricate embroideries of scroll work, flowers, vines, or combination of these elements.

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A beaded veil or beaded trim on a veil can play up subtle details on your dress, enhance and coordinate the bead work on your gown, or even be the sole “show piece” of your wedding ensemble.

Why Are Beaded Wedding Veils so Expensive?


Beaded veils often are designed with detailed touches of painstakingly hand-placed crystals, rhinestones, pearls, bugle beads, seed beads that are either glued individually or hand-sewn to the delicate tulle (if you’ve ever done this, like us – you’ll understand “pain-staking”).  If the veil includes intricate embroideries this also adds to the workmanship of the garment.  Therefore, the cost of this kind of wedding veil will be higher than a classic veil with a cut edge or continuous ribbon edge depending on the what kind of bead work or embroidery is added, how much beading is involved, and how it is applied and if it is imported or a certain brand like, all “Swarovski” will affect the price as well.

Fast Fact: Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a “rhinestone” and a crystal?

I’m sure in your wedding shopping and online perusing you have seen some bridal designers call “rhinestones” crystals and others “crystals” rhinestones.  It’s kind of confusing.  So, here’s a little fact for you….

Crystals are solids made of molecules, ions, and atoms.  They are actually a cut gem.  Therefore, they give excellent effervescent sparkle more than a rhinestone would give.

Rhinestones can actually be made of crystals, but also include in whole or in part glass or acrylic. Therefore, while they do give off blingy sparkle they are not as sparkly as a crystal. Rhinestones also often have a silver foil at the back that allow the light to reflect off of the stone, while a crystal is often set by itself without a foil.

Should That be a Problem?  It only depends on your personal preference. If you love natural authentic crystal stones then you might be narrow your search to wedding accessories with these components or choose “Swarovski” crystals or CZ stones (cubic zirconia) if you want a higher quality. However, it is noteworthy even top designers use standard rhinestones over genuine crystals to create their beautiful designs and they look equally beautiful.  It’s really a personal choice, but it’s good to know!

Look at some beaded veils….


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