Saturday, February 18, 2006

DIY - Make your own veil


First decide on the length of the veil that would complement your dress. If you have a dress that has a lot of detail on the back, you may want to choose a plain veil that will not take away from your dress. Veils come in different layers, single tier, two tiers, three tiers. With more ornate gowns, choose a single sheer tier veil to show off the detail of the dress. With a simple plain dress, an embellished or plain veil will go well.

Many advisors would suggest choosing a veil depending on the location of the wedding:

For casual outdoor weddings you may want a short veil or you could opt out of a veil and have flowers in your hair instead.

Cage Veil

See more pictures of french net cage veils here:

Flowers in hair. (Dendrobium orchids and rhinestone hairpins shown in picture)

For a semi-formal location, a shoulder length to waltz length veil.

For a more formal wedding, a chapel length veil.

I tend to look beyond this and believe that the bride should wear what she feels most beautiful in. Try on the gown and different veils at the bridal salon to get an idea of what length you want. If you don't feel that you don't look best in a veil, try leaving your hair down with curls, flowers in your hair, or rhinestone hairclips or pins.

You may find that the veils at the salon will be overpriced. If it's not within your budget, opt to do what many brides have done - purchase from Ebay, online stores, or DIY.

Here are some helpful links to making your own veil:

This one from Michael's has a step by step video to making a veil.

Illustrated guide to veil making (shows you how to make different tiers, embellish, edging, and attaching the veil to the comb):

I finished beading my own veil. Pictures of the project below:

Before: $35 shipped from
V-cut Plain edge veil

Reasons why I chose to bead the veil:

1) The plain unfinished edges would get caught on the veil itself and it would be a nuisance on the wedding day to keep it straight. The added weight from the beads would help hold the veil edges down.

2) A total of about $46 and some time for this beaded veil instead of having to pay $200 for a pre-made one.

3) Like all DIY projects, it's F-U-N!


Lots of your favorite beads, swarovski bicone clear crystals, invisible thread (polyester monofilament), beading needles, veil, and determination.

Veil without edging:

Completed Edging:

All finished: Row of beads and scattered crystals.

The wedding day with the veil on:

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