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

 

Late Night Wedding Snacks

 

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Late Night Wedding Snacks ?  Will you provide them for your wedding guests?  The pressure is on to be the host with the most.  For many couples this includes “Late Night Snacks”.  Most caterers offer a variety of options, but this just piles on the cost to you per guest.  Is it necessary?  No, but it depends on your budget and what is important to you.  Feel it’s a must?  There are ways around the huge per head cost.  This OF COURSE, involves some DIY projects. Love, love the beverage above. It’s cute, sweet, and I’ve yet to see another like it.

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The “S’Mores” above, usually with a tag that reads, “S’ Mores to Love” have been done and done again. But there’s a reason, it’s a nice snack and relatively inexpensive; and easily to assemble yourself before the wedding.

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I adore the treat above, which in it’s beauty can also act as a wedding favor.  I remember the first wedding I attend at the tender age of four.  At the end of the evening, each guest was offered a piece of wedding cake in a pristine little white cake box.  My mom told me that if I placed it under my pillow at night, I’d dream of my husband. It was a hard decision to refrain from eating the cake, and save it to place under my pillow, but I did it!  Did I dream of my future husband? …No… 🙁  And as the photos above show, it doesn’t have to be cake you send home, but a treat such as fudge.

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The next photo offers a light treat that presents a beautiful display and would be relatively inexpensive.  All you need is a stand, some chocolates and a creative eye.  Sometimes all guests need is just a little nibble to tide them over.

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Of the opinion that your guests need more of a hearty snack?  The pies above would surely be filling, and if your theme is country based, fit in nicely.  You could even bypass the caterer, (provided he/she is not contracted along with the reception venue), and purchase the pies at a reduced price yourself!

 

 

 

Wedding On a Tiny Budget – Part II

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Wedding On a Tiny Budget – Part II  Still looking to save money on your wedding?  Consider wearing a family wedding dress and veil.  Not only would it help your budget, think of the sentiment.  How lovely to wear your mother, grandmother or sister’s gown.  Would it have to look exactly the same as the original owner’s?  NO!  Find a local seamstress, (A good place to look is a bridal salon.  Often, seamstresses will moonlight on individual gowns), who is willing and ABLE to make minor alterations to make the borrowed gown your own.  Make sure the changes are ok with the original owner first! :-/

Do you desire your own gown, but can’t afford it?  Maybe your parents will consider your bridal attire their wedding gift to you…

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Other ways to slash the cost of your wedding? Cut out the professional nail, makeup, and hair styling appointments. Many brides who use professionals, also have trial sessions for at least the make up and hair.  If you perform all services yourself, or enlist a trusted friend, you could save several hundred dollars.

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There are many tutorials on sites such as pinterst.com, googleimages.com and youtube.com.

Forget favors for your wedding guests, and a wedding gift to your groom.  All expenses that are not necessary.  If you DO choose to have attendants, however, you need to honor them with a gift.  It doesn’t have to be grand, just some small token.

Pinterst bridesmaids gifts Click on the link and you will be directed to a cute site that offers bridesmaids gifts for under $20.00 each!  An example: A gift bag for the bridesmaids with supplies for “Before” “During” and “After” the wedding.  (exp: snacks, gum, shoe pads, advil, mouthwash, etc.  🙂

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And a final thought…consider a “Staymoon”.  It’s just as it sounds…stay home.  Save your money, and plan a honeymoon for a year or two down the road when you’re more financially stable.  More tips tomorrow!

Interested in reading part one of “Wedding On a Tiny Budget”?  Click on the link!