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June 12, 2023

Preparing for a wedding can be stressful – there's just so much for the bride-to-be to organise ahead of the big day. You have the venue, the guestlist, the food, and the wedding dress. But you still need to purchase your veil, which adds the final romantic touch to your wedding day ensemble.

We have compiled a list of the types of veils available, ranging from lace edge veils, veil edge with satin, and bridal veil trims, to make it easier for you when picking the perfect veil.

Raw or Cut Edge Veils

If you're looking for a simple but modern veil, a raw or cut-edge veil will suit your needs.

This type of veil is often chosen for its simplicity and allows other elements of the bride's look, like her gown or hairpiece, to take centre stage.

A raw or cut-edge veil features the following:

  • It has unadorned edges, so there's no lace, beading, or embroidery. This provides a minimalist aesthetic that many modern brides prefer.
  • The quality of the fabric is important as there's no trim or additional detailing to distract the eye. The most common materials are tulle or silk.
  • You can choose from shoulder or elbow length to chapel or cathedral length.
  • Some raw edge veils are single tier, while others might have multiple layers or tiers.
  • The raw edge veil usually offers more transparency due to the lack of trimmings and extra layers of fabric. This can give a floating effect, especially in longer veils.
  • Many raw-edge veils come with a comb attached for easy placement in the hair.

A raw or cut-edge veil's simplicity often complements gowns with more detailed or intricate designs. The veil does not compete with the dress but rather enhances it.

Ribbon Edge Veils

A ribbon edge adds a defined border to the veil. Satin and grosgrain ribbons are the most common features of this type of veil. The ribbon can be matched to the gown's colour, making your wedding ensemble a head-turning event.

Here are the key elements of a ribbon edge veil:

  • The veil itself is made of a light, delicate fabric such as tulle, chiffon, or lace.
  • A ribbon of a set width is sewn along the edge of the veil. The ribbon is typically made of satin but can also be made of other materials.
  • The ribbon edge adds a finishing touch regardless of the veil's length.
  • Some veils are gathered at the comb area to provide volume, while others are not. This is a matter of personal preference and does not impact the ribbon edge.
  • Some ribbon edge veils might be single layered, while others might have multiple layers. Multi-layered veils often have a ribbon edge on each layer.
  • Besides the ribbon edge, the veil might have additional decorations such as beads, sequins, or embroidered patterns.

The design of the veil is completely up to you and what best suits your wedding dress. If you want to dazzle, add more beads and sequins; if you want a more simplistic look, you can do that too.

Pencil Edge Veils

This type of veil is also known as a rolled edge. It gives a slight definition to the edge of the veil without being too dramatic. The pencil edge is very fine and finished with tight, thin stitching, providing an understated elegance.

A pencil-edge veil offers the following:

  • It is made from different fabrics, such as tulle, chiffon, lace, or silk.
  • The edge may be left plain or adorned with small embellishments like beads or pearls.
  • It comes in various lengths and can vary depending on personal preference and the style of the wedding dress.

It's worth noting that specific elements of a veil can vary depending on individual preferences, so speak to us about finding the perfect pencil-edge veil.

 Beaded Edge Veils

A beaded edge veil is a popular bridal veil style often chosen for its elegant detailing. This type of wedding veil trim includes pearl, crystal, or rhinestone embellishments along the edge of the veil. The level of embellishment can range from very sparse to heavily encrusted. These types of veils can add an extra touch of sparkle or glamour to your overall look.

A beaded edge veil features include the following:

  • The material used for these veils is either tulle, chiffon, or organza. The material is typically sheer, allowing the bride's dress to be seen underneath.
  • Beads could range from tiny seed beads to larger glass, crystal, or pearl beads. These beads may be clear or coloured and can be combined with sequins or rhinestones for additional sparkle.
  • The beaded edge veil can come in various shapes, such as circular/cascade, oval, or rectangle.
  • Some beaded edge veils are single-layered, while others may be double- or even triple-layered.
  • Beaded edge veils are typically attached to the hair with a comb, which can be covered with the same material as the veil.

This type of veil can be customised to suit your wedding ensemble and reflect your style and personality.

Lace Edge Veils

Lace trims are perfect for brides seeking a romantic, vintage, or traditional feel. The lace can be simple and subtle or intricate and detailed. They are made with different types of lace, such as Chantilly, Alencon, or Venise.

Lace trim veils are popular for many brides because they have several distinct features, making them both beautiful and unique.

One of the most prominent features of a lace trim veil is the intricacy of its lace pattern. This can range from delicate floral designs to more elaborate features. Some designs may include embellishments such as beads, sequins, or pearls woven into the lace for an added touch of elegance.

 Some of the features of a lace edge veil are:

  • The shape of the veil can be a classic shape, such as an oval or circular cut, or have a more modern and distinctive shape, such as a drop veil or a mantilla.
  • These veils are often made of materials like silk, tulle, or netting.
  • The edge of the veil may have scalloped or have raw finishes.
  • Some veils have multiple layers or tiers, while others have just one. Multiple layers can add volume and drama to the veil, while a single layer often creates a more minimalist and elegant look.

Besides the lace, veils can also be adorned with other embellishments such as crystals, rhinestones, pearls, or embroidery to add a touch of luxury and sophistication.

Scalloped Edge Veils

A scalloped edge veil has a wavelike pattern along the trim. It can be a simple cut or combined with lace or beading. It's a feminine and romantic style that pairs well with many dress silhouettes.

Scalloped edge veils are popular for many brides due to their delicate and romantic details.

 Here are the key features of a scalloped edge veils:

  • The defining characteristic of these veils is their edge, which features curves or semi-circles in a repeating pattern. The pattern's size can vary from tiny, intricate designs to large, dramatic scallops.
  • Scalloped edge veils can come in different lengths, ranging from shoulder length (also called blusher veils), elbow length, fingertip length, chapel length, to cathedral length.
  • They are typically made from lightweight, flowing materials like tulle, organza, or lace.
  • These veils often feature embellishments along the scalloped edge, like beading, crystals, pearls, or embroidery. These can add an extra touch of elegance and detail.

Often, scalloped edge veils are also associated with lace veils. In this case, the scalloped edge is formed by the natural edge of the lace pattern, adding an extra layer of romance and sophistication.


The most important thing when choosing a veil is that the bride feels beautiful and comfortable in it. It's all about personal preference and what works best with the overall bridal look, and the same goes when choosing the length of your veil.

We create customised veils for brides-to-be in Australia and across the world. We have the best lace and satin veils in Sydney.

If you need advice about picking the right veil, you can contact us and one of our expert team will reply to you promptly and help guide you through our vast selection to find what best suits your needs.

If you're in Sydney, why not make an appointment and come into our studio, where we will help find the perfect veil for your perfect day? Our aim is to create wonderful memories for your big day with a Cinderella-style wedding ensemble.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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