Wedding veils can be an expensive addition to a bride's wedding outfit, with the average cost of a wedding veil being $274, according to The Bridal Association of America. For many brides this is simply too much to pay. Although cheaper wedding veils are available, including second hand veils, by making your own simple wedding veil you can create something that's not only beautiful, but will cost a fraction of the price of a store-bought veil.
The standard wedding veil material is tulle, and this fabric netting is available both online and at many high-street fabric and craft stores. Most rolls of tulle come in a standard 108 inch width, and can come in various shades of white and cream, as well as coloured versions. Ideally, try to match your veil colour to your dress, if possible taking along a fabric sample to compare to the tulle shades. Having an ivory dress with an mismatching bright white veil, for example, can look unsightly, so try your best to match the shades!
Before you can begin to make your wedding veil, you first need to decide on the length - do you want a shoulder length veil, waist length, or one that reaches to the floor - as the longer the veil, the more you will have to pay for your tulle fabric, the material that your wedding veil will be made out of. As a general rule, a section of tulle 24 inches long will be enough for a shoulder length veil, with a waist length version being around 32 inches, and the measurements of a floor length veil depending upon the height of the bride.
Once you've straightened off any ragged or frayed edges of the tulle, you'll want to attach some delicate trim to the edge of the veil to give it a thin, attractive border. Trim can be any suitable fabric, such as satin, and needs to be sewn either by hand or by sewing machine around the edge of the tulle veil. Use a suitably coloured thread to stitch the trim on, usually ivory or white in colour. Trim is usually around 5mm - 1cm thick, any thicker and the trim becomes a major feature of the veil rather than just a nice way to create a pretty seam that won't fray.
-Attaching the veil-
Once the trim is attached to the tulle, you have a very simple, basic bridal veil, but how are you to attach this to your head? Well, if you have a headpiece already decided on, it should be fairly simple to attach the veil to the hair accessory by using a few stitches to loop round likely areas. If you don't want to do this, or haven't yet decided to wear a hair accessory, then the easiest method is to buy a small, suitably colored hair-comb and attach the veil to this. Using glue for this aspect is fine, unless you're going to be in a hot, humid environment where there's a chance the glue will melt, in which case, stitching the tulle to the comb by winding the thread through the comb teeth is a reliable way of securely attaching it to the material. Once the material is attached to the comb, you have a fully wearable, simple homemade wedding veil!
These days, wedding veils can have a whole host of embellishments attached to them, from sparkling sequins and elegant pearls, to expensive looking crystals that shimmer in the light. Feel free to customise your veil by sewing any extra additions to the edges of the veil, or even dotted over the surface of the tulle. If the top of the comb shows through your wedding hairstyle, why not think about decorating this section too with an understated matching bow, to great a more elegant, sophisticated look?
Making simple wedding veils is an inexpensive process and can save literally hundred of dollars. With a little creativity, you can create a wedding veil that will not only satisfy your bank balance, but draw admiring glances from all your wedding guests!