A Guide to Veil Beading

In this veil beading guide we’re going to be having an up close and personal look at the types of beading we offer as standard on our veils, as well as those in the Custom Veil Designer section of the website.

As you go through our Custom Veil Designer, you’ll be able to choose not only the type of beading you’d like, but also the layout you’d like them to be applied in! It’s sometimes difficult to imagine how they might look just from seeing the beads on their own, so below, we’ll show you them on actual veils as well.

First we have our 3mm glass pearls.

Pearls

pearls on tulle veil
scattered pearls on a veil

When you choose this option, we’ll carefully match the pearl colour to the veil colour you have selected. For example, we’ll use an off white pearl for a Diamond White veil, and a pale ivory pearl for a Light Ivory veil.

Our pearls are made of glass, not plastic, for that realistic effect. We use a dainty size on all our beading, but especially our pearls. No one wants a snowball veil, am I right? We use the 3mm size which is just perfect – not too big, not too small.

Pearls are a very classy choice, in my opinion. More of a subtle sheen than a glitzy sparkle, if that’s not your thing. Although, they also look great combined with diamantes for the best of both worlds!

Clear Diamantes

clear diamante on tulle - veil beading guie
Scattered Clear diamantes veil beading

The sparkliest option! They may be small, but our diamantes pack a whole lot of bling into their diminutive 3mm size. The reason for this is the foil backing they have. Rather than just being a completely transparent bead like our crystals (we’ll come to those in a moment), they have a flat back that is foiled inside to create a mirror-like sparkle.

Colourwise, although they are classed as a clear bead, because of the foil backing they do look quite silvery in tone.

You might also see these beads called rhinestones, or sometimes just “flat-backed crystals”. Because we already have a bead option called crystal we had to pick one of the other names and we settled on diamantes but, really, all three terms mean the same thing – little sparkly beads!

Ab Diamantes

ab diamante on tulle veil beads
Scattered Ab diamantes veil beads

Everything about the clear diamantes – plus a hint of rainbow!

The Ab variety of the diamantes have an iridescent, rainbow coating on the clear glass top that makes them reflect rainbow colours when you turn them in the light. I find the predominant colours you see are pink and blue.

The Ab version isn’t quite as popular as the clear. Perhaps for the simple fact that most dresses and headpieces brides are matching to will have the clear option in the design. But, if your dress doesn’t have beading and you’re free to have anything you like, they really are a pretty alternative.

Clear Crystals

clear crystal on tulle veil
Scattered Clear crystals veil

The clear crystals are the largest of our bead options at 4mm, but because they are completely transparent, this size is not at all overwhelming.

Often described as bicone beads, they are pointy on both sides, unlike our flat-backed diamantes above.

If your dress has a lot of clear sequins or seed beads and you’re looking to tie in a transparent bead option on your veil, then the clear crystals could work well for you.

Ab Crystals

ab crystal on tulle veil
Scattered Ab crystals on a veil

As with the Ab diamantes, the Ab crystals have all the same characteristics as their clear counterpart, but with an added rainbow hue.

The effect is a little more subtle on the crystals as they’re only coated on one side.

And that’s it! Those are all the standard options available for your veil beading in our Custom Veil Designer.

If you’d like to see samples of any of the beading options on this page, simply order one of our fabric sample packs and request them in the additional order comments box and we’ll pop them in for you free of charge.

Don’t forget to checkout our beaded veil section to see some of our other, non-standard, beading options on real veils!