I admit it. I’ve never liked wedding veils. I just generally don’t. I never even considered wearing one at my own wedding. They aren’t my style.
On the other hand, I’ve known many a bride who wouldn’t have felt she was getting married without one. It’s traditional, after all, and many women consider them romantic. Who am I to say they’re not?
One thing I think a lot of us will agree on, though, is that wedding veils are darn expensive. I wouldn’t argue the price tag on one trimmed with antique, hand made lace and held in place with a tiara richly bejeweled with sapphires and rubies…but it’s easy to plonk down upwards of $150 on a square of tulle with a bit of ribbon trim and a couple plastic combs to hold it in place. That makes my thrify heart wheeze.
My friends, I’m here to let you in on a secret: if you can cut a straight line and apply glue, you can make your own simple veil for peanuts. Of course, the craftier you are, the nicer veil and headpiece you can make, but even if you’ve never sewed a stitch in your life, you can do this.
The fact is that tulle doesn’t ravel, so it’s not absolutely necessary to sew the edges at all. Tulle and fabric glue and plain, transparent plastic combs are available at your local craft store for next to nothing.
Of course, a veil is always nicer when it’s trimmed in some way. Say, this pretty twisted wire and bead tiara:
The directions can be found here
Here’s a good basic set of instructions on making your own veil, whether you’re looking to do a simple blusher or an elaborate cathedral-length one.
The DIY Network has instructions for a floral headpiece and veil.
And here at the Michaels website you can find not only instructions for six different sample headpieces and veils, but the materials to make them as well.
Doing something by hand for your own wedding can be immensely satisfying. If it’s fairly simple and saves you a lot of money as well, why not give it a try?