DIY And Make Your Own Wedding Veil

DIY And Make Your Own Wedding Veil!  This is a terrific way to save money.  When a bride writes her wedding budget, her wedding dress is definitely included.  But what is sometimes forgotten, is the cost of the veil.  And they are not inexpensive.  Veils can range from over $100.00 for an inexpensive veil, to over a thousand +.  My daughters’ were somewhere in the middle. Remember, I have two more daughters to plan weddings for; with their veils, I will take a different approach.

Below is my own wedding veil, and headpiece.  A great option, in my book…is to DIY and make your own wedding veil.  (I have included below a starting point for supplies and a youtube video to get you started.) A beautiful way to spice up your creation is to use either an heirloom headpiece, as my two older daughters did, (mine!), or purchase a spectacular one.  Perhaps you will make some new traditions of your own.

The next photo shows my second daughter wearing my headpiece.

The bride below secures her veil with a stand-out hair ornament.  It’s a lovely choice.

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The next photo showcases a veil from one of my brides.  Her mother made her it.  It’s just exquisite.

Below are some general supplies to get your started on making a standard veil.

3-10 yards of 108″ Bridal Illusion (100% tulle — I got mine at Joann’s) — make sure it matches your gown. I made a veil that was a few inches below my waist and used two and a half yards. You can use 56″, it just won’t be as wide or full.

Bridal Comb (I used plastic bridal combs, though I imagine you could use metal combs  as well.)

White Nylon Thread

Sewing Scissors

Lace of choice (optional) (at least one yard more than the length of your veil.)

Beads (optional) and beading needle

Fabric Glue

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Wondering what type of netting you should choose for your veil?  Check out a previous blog post on wedding veil fabrics.  Just click on the link:

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Click on the next link for an instruction video on how to make your own wedding veil: youtube.com

Above: my oldest daughter post wedding ceremony.  She wore my headpiece, but chose to wear this lovely wreath for the reception. Photo: Hannah Rachael

 

French Wedding Style – More Flair Than Ours?

French Wedding Style…does it really have more oomph than ours?  Well, that depends on whom you talk to.  The French tend to do things with style, panache, and flair. They are elegant while still being understated.  Take the wedding cake below.  How simple is that?  But yet…how beautiful!

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And oh, my…how lovely is the French wedding cake below?  I love macaroons, and I’d say the bride and groom from this wedding does too.  It’s colorful, festive, I bet delicious, and all the while, understated.

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The groom below?  Well, clearly he is a Frenchman.  Just check out his cutting edge style. I love the red pocket square, socks and shoestrings.  But I dare anyone would accuse him of being too “matchy-matchy.”  Somehow he can just pull it off.  I’m not a big fan of the groom and groomsmen doing the whole wild sock thing, but then it’s their wedding, not mine.  And I do think it’s nice when the groom gets involved and puts his own stamp on the affair.

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And as far as outdoor wedding pictures go…you can’t beat these!  I highly encourage you to try to have not only photos, but some part of your wedding, either the ceremony, cocktail hour, reception, (or all three!), outside.  It lends such an air of festivity which a ballroom event can’t compete with.

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Below, the Eiffel Town at night, photo taken by yours truly.

The next picture, also taken by me, is of the brilliantly beautiful Sacre Cour. It has the best view of all Paris.  It’s quite a climb up to it, but well worth it.

Yes, our American weddings are things of beauty.  But I think the ‘take away’ we can gleen from the French is, don’t go over-board.  Less really… sometimes… is more.

Inexpensive Alternatives to Expensive Wedding Flowers

Inexpensive Alternatives to Expensive Wedding Flowers … While your floral budget is not your largest wedding expense, it is not insignificant either.  What are some fun, cute and reasonable ideas?  Read on…

Above are paper flowers, made by a dear friend of the bride.  She must be a VERY dear friend. Imagine what work that went into these beauties!

“But this is just a wedding cake,” you may say.  Yes, yes it is. But if you choose to have a wedding cake, and not all brides do these days, consider having it be a focal point. This can be a lovely decorating item.  One way to make it a focal point?  Order a cake that is larger than you need, and include some spectacular decoration. This was my daughter, Maggie’s, wedding cake, gifted to the bride and groom by her generous mother-in-law. Photo by Stephen Wang

What about candles?  Not only are they pretty in the daytime, but standouts, literally, in the evening hours.

Daughter number one, Kathleen, cherished spending time with her grandparents in California. One way she honored her history, and her family, was to incorporate oranges as her ‘escort cards’.  And yes, they came from the tree in the photo above in her grandparents’ yard! Above photo: Hannah Rachael Photos

Sometimes decorations are just staring you in the face.  Don’t discount the natural beauty of your venue!  Love the lighthouse and flowers above.

Don’t forget your own crafty side! Brides from two of my weddings created these adorable props.

The above photo is another example of a crafty family member (mother of the groom).  She created a beautiful vase with a wine bottle, a little spray paint, ribbon…and nothing more in it than beautiful, yet inexpensive, baby’s breath.

And while not particularly inexpensive, I’m sure, I love the above fruit carving.  Remember, think outside the box, and you’ll come up with some great innovative ideas.

Photos, with the exceptions of #2 and #6, by Mary P. Karnes

Lots of Bridesmaid Dress Options

Ah… the bridesmaid dress … we women all have strong thoughts about this attire.  We’ve all worn them.  I truly think in my generation, brides picked the ugliest dresses so their bridesmaids did not outshine them… 🙂

In the last five years, the bridesmaids’ uniform has morphed, I think for the better.  Now, the dress is something ladies truly CAN wear again!  Remember, ladies of a certain age?  We all promised our friends, “…and you can wear it again!” As we showed our bridesmaids the less than attractive dress.  The same dress all the girls could be wearing to the same future event.

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What do you think of the two photos above?  I personally love the two piece option!  And I think the netting skirts are lovely – although really, not wearable again…  I love the options brides are giving their maids, that of choosing dresses similar, but different either in style or color.  That way, different body types are considered.  While the dresses below seem to match, the bodices and colors are different.

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Modern brides are even going as far as to let their friends wear whatever they can afford AND feel good in.  Look at the photos above and below. While I wouldn’t go as far as to say the above photo dresses flow, I DO think the bottom colors and styles work well together.

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Love love the next two photos.  The top photo is from a wedding I worked this summer.  The bride had her maids dress in pastels and her honor attendants in a darker shade.  Lovely.  And the bottom photo is from one of my favorite posts, Rustic Wedding Done Right .  Click on the link if you’d like to read about it.  While not the same dress or shade, the dresses work with a complimentary color palate.  Exquisite.

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Photo contributed by bride’s family friend.