How to Make a Wedding Veil

LDS bridal veils
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Making your own wedding veil isn’t as difficult as it may seem. In fact, it’s a great way to save money and doesn’t take much work. Here’s what you need to do to get started:

1. Get bridal veil material. You can purchase a plain pre-made veil to embellish, or you can purchase lengths of tulle and a headband, comb, or tiara to attach it to.
2. Find embellishments. Ribbon or lengths of beading can be used for trim, and the veil itself can be embellished with rhinestones, pearl, or lace.
3. Decide on a pattern. Brides can scatter individual embellishments uniformly throughout the veil, or they can create intricate patterns interspersed through it.
4. Lay out your design on the veil. Before you glue anything in place, lay it all out and make sure you like it.
5. Glue in place. Be careful that the veil doesn’t get stuck to your working surface.

Determining How Much Tulle You Need


How much material you’ll need depends on the desired finished veil length, where the veil will be situated on your head, and how many layers you want the veil to have. Buy more than you think you’ll need. Cutting off some extra length at the bottom is easier and less expensive than having to throw it out and start from scratch because you bought a few inches too little.

Choosing Embellishments to Make a Bridal Veil

Making your own wedding veil means matching the veil embellishments to the ones on your dress. They don’t have to match exactly, but they do have to stay in the same general family. For instance, stick with pearl embellishments to match a dress with pearls. Rhinestone goes with rhinestone, and lace goes with lace.

How to Trim a Wedding Veil

DIY wedding veil
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Using fabric glue or superglue, you can line the edges of the veil with ribbon, pearls, or strands of beads. Let the style of the wedding dress determine the type of trim used to line the veil.

Important Tips for Gluing on Bridal Veil Embellishments

When attaching trim or embellishments to a veil, be very careful! Tulle is a delicate material, and glue will easily seep through it onto your work surface. Take steps to protect your work surface (lay down newspaper and never work directly on a tabletop) and the veil, lifting each area gently after gluing to prevent sticking.

Use fabric glue or superglue, but avoid hot glue. Hot glue doesn’t last as long and may even melt in the sun on a hot summer wedding day!

Bring Extras to the Wedding Just in Case

It’s a smart idea to pack extra glue and extra veil embellishments and trim in a dedicated LDS emergency wedding kit, just in case something should come loose or fall off during the wedding day. With instant glue, a quick touchup won’t take long.

Your wedding day is special, so why not make your wedding veil entirely unique by making it yourself? It isn’t difficult and is a great idea for a budget wedding, and it gives you a creative outlet for your artistic side.

♥ Jenny Evans
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