DIY Bridal Veilcomments (11) May 9th, 2009
If you've started the search for the perfect wedding gown, you've probably also suffered sticker shock when it came time it pick out a veil to go with your dream dress! Making your own veil is easy, and it'll save you lots of $$$ to spend on something else. If I may be so bold, it will probably come out better, too. I was shocked to find out that veils can cost more than $300-for a little nylon tulle and a cheap plastic comb!
Here are some resources for the supplies and a little inspiration so you can design your own veil:
Veilubridal.com: An excellent selection of wire and plastic combs. (You can also find them at local sewing and craft stores-I found mine at JoAnn Fabrics.)
Saveoncrafts: Has an excellent selection of tulle to make your veil.
I loved the different veils at FavorIdeas. They have some great inspiration shots of different styles and a fun six-step "How to Make Your Own Wedding Veil" for you to check out.
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Here is a guideline for the lengths of various style veils:
Blusher (to the shoulders): 18 inches to 24 inches
Waist: 30 inches
Fingertip: 40 inches
*Chapel (dusting the floor): 60 inches to 72 inches
*Cathedral: 108 inches or longer
*Longer-length veils are beautiful as they walk down the aisle, but they might lose some of their glamour at the reception. You may want to consider making it detachable. Simply sew the gathered tulle to the "itchy" side of a piece of Velcro. Put the "soft" side of the Velcro to the underside of the edge of the comb. The Velcro will hold it in place for the ceremony and photos, then you can take it off for the dancing! (You can combine the detachable veil with a shorter waist- or fingertip-length veil sewn to the top of the comb.)
Use 108-inch-wide tulle for fingertip- or longer-length veils (72 inches works great for the shorter styles).
Here's what you'll need:
- Tulle cut to the length of your veil x 2 if you want two layers
- A comb
- 1/8-inch satin ribbon
- A sharp, large-eye needle
- White all-purpose sewing thread
- Silk flowers or other trims and embellishments
- Hot-glue gun
Find ideas to create the ultimate DIY Wedding and to help plan any showers and parties this spring.