Wedding veils are not horribly complicated to make…they just take time and a little bit of patience.

As a Master Milliner, I should know.  After all, I’ve made quite a few of them, as well as other types of wedding hats.  Sometimes, I’ve even had non brides ask me if I would teach them how to make a wedding veil so they could make and give one as a gift of love.  It’s with these individuals in mind that I’ve written this post.

So think of the following as DIY Wedding Veil Instructions.

First things first.  Decide what veil length you want to make. The most common wedding veil lengths are: shoulder, elbow, fingertip, ankle and chapel.

Next decide if you want a blusher veil or not since you’ll have to add that length to the veil.  Not sure what a blusher is?  It’s a veil that is about shoulder length and covers the bride’s face as she walks down the aisle.  Traditionally, she is escorted by her father who lifts the veil to reveal the bride’s face to the groom when she is given away.  I sometimes wonder if the tradition came about to ensure that the groom didn’t take off if the bride wasn’t “visually” to his liking?  Whatever the reason, if you can get over the how and why it came about, it is a tradition that many parents and grandparents still enjoy. And let’s face it, part of the reason that you are having a wedding ceremony is to share your special day with loved ones.

mother and daughter on wedding day

Here are the Basic Steps for a DIY Wedding Veil

  • Determine the veil length and if you want a blusher

  • Cut into a rounded shape

  • Fold to where it will be attached

  • Sew edge with whip stitch

  • Attach the comb

You’ll need a measuring tape, tulle, comb, scissors, thread and needles to make the DIY Wedding Veil:

  1. Decide what length you are interested in.  The most common wedding veil lengths are: shoulder, elbow, fingertip, ankle and chapel. Next decide if you want a blusher or not since you’ll have to add that length to the veil.  Not sure what a blusher is?  It’s a veil that is about shoulder length and covers the bride’s face as she walks down the aisle.
  2. Once you decide upon the length, it’s time to cut the tulle the desired length.
  3. Next you’ll want to round the corners. Fold the tulle in half down the center.  Then fold again left to right.  Pin the tulle together so it doesn’t move when you cut it. Starting at the bottom right corner, cut a rounded edge of a circle with a 24″ radius.
  4. Open up the tulle.
  5. If you are making a two-tier wedding veil, fold the tulle to the length of the shorter top veil and check that the longer piece measures the length of the second bottom veil. Otherwise skip this step.
  6. Sew the top edge using a whip stitch, gathering the veil to the desired width.
  7. Attach the comb. Pay attention to which way the teeth on the comb are going.  You don’t want to stitch the veil the wrong way on the comb.  You’ll know something is up when the veil doesn’t stay in your hair.

Voilà

I’m even creating a DIY Wedding Veil Kit with a step-by-step instructional video

COMING SOON!