Making Your Own Wedding Veil

This article gives some tips for a bride who wants to make her own wedding veil.

Most brides would shudder at the thought of making their own wedding gown. However, many brides make their own veils. If the bride cannot find a veil she likes, or one that she feels compliments her gown, making one is a good option.

As with any aspect of the wedding, the bride should plan her veil as early as possible, and should shop for the materials early, also. Fabric stores that sell bridal material and hobby stores will usually have a selection of headpieces available, and this is where the decision starts.

The bride may wish to try on several styles of veils in the bridal shop so she can have an idea of what looks good on her, and goes with the dress. Headpieces are available as half-wreaths, full wreaths, headbands, tiaras, bows, caps or even hats. The headpiece will determine how the veil will be attached.

A bride should keep in mind that something very ambitious, such as a large pouf in the back of the veil, is probably not something she should consider. The simpler she keeps the project, the better off she will be. With this in mind, she still has numerous options for a beautiful veil.

The next thing to consider is the length and style of the veil. Does the bride want a blusher? A long veil? She should buy all the tulle at the same time, to ensure consistent color. If the bride wants a long, cathedral veil, she should consider making the longest part detachable. Otherwise, she will be stuck carrying the tulle looped over one arm during the reception. Detachable veils are easily accomplished with velcro, or hooks and eyes.

Most veils are not hemmed, but a bride can trim the blusher with narrow lace after she attaches it to the headpiece. She can also use a low-temp glue gun or sewing thread to attach small seed pearls to the blusher veil, or to the top layer of veiling in the back. A ribbon trim can be attached the same way.

If the headpiece has a fabric-covered wire back that circles the bride's head, the veil will be more attractive if attached from the back of the front part of the headpiece, so it covers the top of the bride's head. Veiling can be sewn on, doubling the raw edge and sewing it to the headpiece, or glued with a low-temp gun. The lower temperature is necessary because most veiling is made of polyester and a high temperature will melt the material. If the headpiece needs to be secured in place with a comb, the bride can purchase a clear comb and secure it with elastic string loops sewn to the headpiece.

A larger clear comb can also be used as the headpiece itself. Small pearls or satin roses can be glued to the top of the comb, and it can be secured to the veil and used in that fashion.

If the bride chooses a tiara that sits squarely on top of the head, usually circling a bun hairstyle, the veiling can be attached at the back with sewing thread.

If the headpiece is plain, the bride can either leave it as is or she can use that trusty glue gun or a needle and thread to apply beaded lace appliques, rows of pearls, sequins, or just about any other embellishment she chooses. The one advantage to sewing on the decoration is that it can be easily removed. Not so for those applied with a glue gun.

Considering the cost of weddings nowadays, a bride can often save up to several hundred dollars with a little patience and ingenuity in making her own veil. Her creativity will help her look her best and will give her a unique heirloom to cherish.

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