The verdict is out on veils, and that is that anything goes!
Now, I don’t know about you, but I remember during the initial wedding research phase, I was pretty taken aback at how much veils cost for what they are (essentially, a bit of fabric worn in your hair – often, not for a very long period at all – many brides ditch the veil after the ceremony, or forgo wearing one completely, opting for fascinators, jewelled headbands or fresh flowers).
But if you have your heart set on wearing one, it doesn’t have to cost you the earth and it doesn’t have to be intricate or complicated – in fact, it’s quite easily made in the comfort of your own home, regardless of your DIY capabilities! All you need to do is decide on what length you’d like your veil to be (refer to the cute illustration above for a guide) and think about how it will go with your dress, and what materials you’d like to use. Lace? Lovely. Tulle? Terrific! Brooches? Beautiful!
Here, we bring you some of our favourite DIY veil tutorials. Let’s start with something short and easy:
For those of you who like things exact (in other words, not me – I do everything from cooking to my sometimes disastrous DIY projects by feel), this tutorial by Lauren from the House of Lovely is the perfect way to get you started with a simple birdcage veil you can leave as is, or dress up with adornments of your choice.
With heaps of pictures and nifty little tips, it’s a great kickstart to unveiling the mystery of DIY veils.
This style of veil is vintage inspired and so easy to feature heirloom items like a brooch, a pendant or a pair of earrings – that could be your ‘something old’ or ‘something borrowed’ sorted right there.
Having the tendency to do things intuitively, I love how you can mix, match and really push the envelope on this veil – perfect for the non-traditional bride! Best of all, because you’re using relatively small quantities of the materials, you can experiment and make several veils before deciding on the style that suits you best.
What to do with the leftover/s? Wear it out on your hen’s night – that way, a perfectly good veil hasn’t gone to waste, and you won’t have to wear a tacky affair with blinking LED lights!
“A mantilla veil, what’s that?” you ask. It’s a traditionally Spanish style of veil, worn to church by the ladies. While its original use may have petered out in modern times, being so lightweight (you can even make it out of silk – how’s that for an idea?) it is perfect for warmer climates, and you won’t need someone to hold your veil for you while you visit the little girls’ room!
The Offbeat Bride used thin lace for the edging and pearls to decorate her mantilla veil, but we reckon it would also look beautiful with broader lace, sequins or a ribbon of a different colour, to match your bridesmaids’ dresses, for instance.
If you’re besotted with the drama a cathedral-length veil brings (the older ones among us may be thinking of the late Princess Diana’s nearly seven-metre veil!), it isn’t something beyond the DIY realm.
Follow Rebecca’s clever tutorial (complete with illustrated diagrams!) to help you create your own cathedral-length confection. If you’re feeling extra ingenious, consider making the longer section of your veil detachable, so you can dance the night away without tripping over it!
If you’re all tutorial-ed out and still feeling a little certain, there’s always Etsy to the rescue, ladies! You can buy your own DIY veil kit there, and have the satisfaction of making your own veil, with the materials and instructions thrown in, to boot.
Happy veil-making, ladies!