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I really like this idea — not only because it’s such a great way to go green, but also because a veil that you make yourself has so much more sentimental value than a store-bought veil.
Plus, if you preserve your veil, it’s possible that a beloved child or family member may want to wear it when she gets married as well!
Bridal Wedding Veil Materials
The materials to make your own wedding veil will only cost you about $20 to $30.
This is a huge savings when you figure you could pay anywhere from $50 to $150 to buy a veil!
The materials needed for this one include:
- Wide ribbon
- White floral wire
- Fabric from your dress or a similar fabric
- Plastic combs
- Pearls/beads/silk flowers
- Heavy button hole thread
This video provides 2 different examples of wedding veils that you can make:
- A traditional headband-style veil which works well if you’re wearing your hair down
- A simple hair-comb style veil which is great if you’re wearing your hair up in a bun
A few other things to consider when making your own bridal wedding veil are: how many layers you want your veil to be (1 or 2 layers), how long you want it to be (from 18 to 120 inches), what style of veil you prefer, and the type of edging (ribbons, beads, etc.) that you prefer.
The following wedding veil lengths are the most popular:
Click to see examples
- Shoulder-length veils – typically 18 to 20 inches long
- Elbow-length veils – typically 30 inches long
- Fingertip-length veils – typically 36 inches long
- Knee-length veils – typically 42 to 45 inches long
- Floor-length veils – typically 72 inches long
- Chapel- and Cathedral-length veils – typically 90 and 120 inches long, respectively
Instructions For Making Your Own Wedding Veil
Once you have your materials, you’ll probably want to get started right away creating the bridal wedding veil of your dreams!
There are, of course, many ways to do this since there are several different veil styles. These are my favorite ones:
- How To Make A Wedding Veil In 6 Easy Steps – These instructions are easy to follow which, for me, is crucial. First, you get just the basics, and then just enough info so that if you want to make a veil that is a bit fancier you can. You can actually make more than one type of veil from this single set of instructions.
- Make Your Own Bridal Veil – What I like here is the detail. The instructions begin with selecting your supplies, and then go into exactly what to do step-by-step to create your own unique bridal wedding veil. There are links scattered all throughout these instructions to help you find inexpensive wedding supplies. For the bride-to-be who doesn’t want to shop for supplies locally, this is perfect!
- How To Sew A Veil From Scratch – This one provides some really concrete tips for making a bridal wedding veil. Things such as don’t use a glue gun to glue embellishments on your wedding veil because the sun will melt the glue, for example. And how to add height to a veil. I’m impressed by the level of detail provided in these tips, as I’m sure you will be too.
- Step-By-Step Instructions For Making A Wedding Veil – These are very simple instructions, but the best part is the photos that actually show you how to do each of the steps and what your veil will look like once it’s completed. These tips are great for someone who is not skilled at sewing.
- Create Your Own Beautiful Wedding Veil – These are some of the most detailed instructions for making a wedding veil that I’ve ever seen. Also included are drawings that show you how to cut the veil the right way and how to put it together properly. In addition, there are photos of the finished product — so you’ll know what your bridal wedding veil is supposed to look like when it’s done. Even a beginner who has never picked up a needle before could make a tiered veil using these instructions!
I enjoy helping women find clever ways to plan their weddings on a budget. My goal is to help you stay creative and save money at the same time! When I'm not writing, I enjoy spending time with my husband, reading, and creating 3D artwork & Native American beadwork.