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!

 

Romantic Wedding Veil Photos

Have you given enough thought to Romantic Wedding Veil Photos? If not, you may wish to do so.  Veils define a bride.  One reason?  Women wear them one, maybe two times in their lifetime.  Once perhaps, if you’re Roman Catholic and have a First Holy Communion.  Then again if you’re a bride.

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Love the photo above.  You don’t have to show a bride’s face in a photo to have a beautiful shot.  In fact it just may be more romantic for her profile to be obscured.

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What about a photo with the bride and groom surrounded by a veil?  I admit I am rather fond of the bride and groom in a steamy pose inside the gauze.

If you choose to wear a veil, (not all brides do), give great care when choosing the fabric.  Yes, there is a difference.  I didn’t realize that when I got married.  If you’d like more information on wedding veil fabrics, click on the following link which will take you to a previous blog post on.  Veil Fabrics

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Above, you see a photo of my oldest daughter in HER romantic veil photo.  Think a veil just blows like that naturally?  No… what you don’t see off camera, is my first son-in-law to the right of the photo who has flipped the veil in the wind and run off camera.  Yes, it’s a beautiful shot, and yes, Robert is a great guy.  😉

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Perhaps the above photo is my favorite of all the wedding veil photos.  Exquisite, isn’t it?

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And what are your thoughts about the photo above?  Is TOO much of her face obscured?  I don’t think so, but some might…

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And a wedding veil post would not be complete without a picture of daughter number two above.  She is wearing her own veil, but MY headpiece…

Wedding Headpieces

 

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So you have said, “Yes to the Dress!”  Next, your bridal consultant walks over to the ‘wall of veils’ and rushes back to your side with glee, (obviously thinking of her commission!), and arranges a veil on your head.  Now you really look like a bride!  “Of course,” she reminds you, “the color of the netting will match your dress color.”  VERY few brides today wear stark white…not the most flattering shade.

But what about a headpiece?  In my day, it was all about a wreath.  I think every bride for the first 5 years of weddings Kenny and I attended wore one.  The wreath headpiece was to veils what the mermaid dress was to wedding gowns.

I love the top photo.  This headpiece can double as a holder for the bride’s veil, and will look lovely if she chooses to remove her veil for the reception – something I HIGHLY recommend…

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The above photo has quite the retro air.  One would have to have a certain “look” to carry it off, and a veil would be a no-go.  Maybe for an older bride, or a second marriage?

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The photo with the tiara is quite regal.  It’s flattering and classic.  It too would double nicely for ceremony and reception.  And the styling of the bride’s hair and tiara will provide a nice “shelf” if she chooses to wear a blusher.

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Seriously?  I have never been a fan of the 20’s/30’s fashion.  Never less so than for bride’s.  I think this bride’s headpiece/veil is gruesome.

And below…you see my own Maggie wearing my headpiece.  I have it on good authority that my own Kathleen is SERIOUSLY considering wearing it as well…could this become a Karnes girls’ tradition?  I certainly hope so…

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