DIY Wedding Veils – Can You Really?

img_3996DIY wedding veils – can you really accomplish this feat?  Sounds almost impossible, doesn’t it?

I have talked to a few brides lately, brand-new and ladies my age, and they either made their own veil, or some component of it, or a family member did,   Above you see Joanna, a friend close to my age and her handsome groom.  Yes, Joanna went to a fabric store, purchased some very fine tulle, and made her own veil!  I think it’s beautiful, a sure keepsake.  I image it wasn’t too hard on the wedding budget either.

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And another photo of the beautiful bride and her veil – ADORE her dress!

A bride I worked with recently had her mother make her veil.  If she isn’t a professional seamstress, she should be!  Look at the detail work!

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Her mother also made her “bolero” the gauzy “mini-sweater” for the wedding ceremony.   As the bride wore a strapless gown, she wanted a little something to continue her demure look.  (If viewing on a mobile phone or tablet, and the image is sideways, my apologies)

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So what does one need to make one’s own veil?  The basics would be some very fine tulle, (you may have to go to a large bridal supply warehouse to obtain it, or order on line), fine threat, a needle, a clear hair comb, and a head piece if you are so inclined.

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Come on… what would one of my posts be without posting a picture or two of my own daughters?  🙂  But they fit into this post.  While Maggie, above, and KK, below, didn’t make their own veils, they did make a creation of sorts.  Both wore their own veils, which can be handed down to any daughters or granddaughters, and my headpiece.  I was very proud.

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And below, the original owner of the headpiece, yours truly.

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Photo # 5 Patty Cloherty

Next up, tips from a long time friend on how to DIY for wedding hats!

 

DIY Wedding Tips

DIY Wedding Tips – Reduce the cost for your wedding, and make it your own!  This post will showcase many DIY Wedding Tips.

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Cute “Save the Dates” in the photo above, and the bride made them herself!  Not easy, but if you have a printer, a paper cutter, access to photos, you can do it too.

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And while I image the cake above is actually from a professional baker, it gives a rustic feel, and I bet you could make a similar one without too much stress. Keep in mind it would fit in with more of a “rustic” wedding.  And what about those succulents?  I LOVE them — reminds me of my California youth…

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photo: Debbie Stauble Photos

And for decorations — you can find beauty in a simple walk in the woods.  That’s where this gorgeous basket came into being, created by my friend, Debbie.  Granted it is more in keeping with a “Winter Wedding” theme, but when spring rolls around, I’m sure there will be seasonal blooms to be had.

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Idea/Vision: Matt Stauble Media

Snapshot: Mary P. Karnes

I ADORE the bark covering on the wine bottles in the next photo.  Debbie’s son, the talented Matt Stauble, designed these bottle covers from bark found on a hike.  And if you want a real treat, check out Matt’s website (click on the above link).  His photos and media are outstanding.

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Cook: Amanda Stauble

Snapshot: Mary P. Karnes

Thinking you might have a small wedding and be able to cater the refreshments yourself?  It can be done, and beautifully too.  Look at the out the gorgeous “Sweet Potato Blossom” casserole Deb’s daughter, Amanda created for a family meal.  It was every bit as good as it looked.

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I can’t take any first hand knowledge for the exquisite hand-crafted globes above, but click on the link if you’re interested on acquiring directions on how to make them.  If you have a little time – well — make that A LOT of time, you can save money and create a wedding that is truly, uniquely YOU!  🙂