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What kind of veil???

With weddings on my mind a lot these days, one of the things I haven't given much thought to is veils.  Okay, well, I've given some thought to it, but I don't really know what I'm talking about.  I have never thought of myself as a much of a veil person, at all, but when I've tried them on at bridal shops they are so pretty!!  They just transform the look from a pretty white dress to a lovely bridal look.

So, I am pretty sure I want a veil, but I don't think I want a traditional, long one.  What other types are there??  I have been liking the birdcage veil look, so I collected some photos to share ideas with you here...
From Green Wedding Shoes:

From Ruffled:

From Style Me Pretty:


Cute, but still bridal, right?  I think I just want to make something that incorporates the colors of my dress, but I don't know exactly what shape or style...

Has anyone seen any great tutorials recently for similar birdcage veils?  I think I can probably figure it out but it is always fun to see how other people do things!!


  1. I love the first one

  2. I did a birdcage veil, and I even made the fascinator/hair ornament with little hints of red in it. It was pretty fun and easy, once I figured out how to shape the veil the way I wanted. I can send you a picture, if you're interested!

  3. Anonymous4/20/2011

    Oh your dress is going to be gorgeous! And the birdcage veils are so cute - I can't wait to see the finished product!

  4. If you find a good DIY birdcage veil tutorial please post it! I would love to know how to make my own :)

  5. check out the boards, there are tons of tutorials on veils! i was going to do a birdcage until i finalized my dress, then i went to a traditional long veil. my mom and i actually cut up her old veil and made it a little more "modern" and used it! veils are freaking EXPENSIVE to buy!

  6. love the first one. very subtle but still there...

  7. I love the first 3. :D good luck! :D you must be so excited!

  8. I've been bookmarking veil ideas for myself--not too many birdcage veils b/c I think I'll be going with something longer, but I did bookmark this tutorial: Let us know if it's any good!

  9. I have seen some absolutely beautiful veils and headpieces on etsy. You might check there for some ideas as well!

  10. I would recommend going into a store and try one on first. I was like you and thought they were so cute and vintage, but when I tried them on (and gave it several tries) I could never get it to look that way on me. They are finicky to get right and just looked like some crazy thing stuck on my head. With just the right one (and definitely one with two combs) you could definitely make it work. But I was nervous about it getting all out of whack in pictures. I opted for a fascinator instead and LOVED it! This one actually, but there are a lot with that birdcage netting that might give you the look with less hassle.

  11. OMG, so many great ideas!
    @Jenn, I would love to see a picture! Post a link or email me =)

    I would love to sort of collect tutorials and if there isn't one out there for the kind of birdcage veil I want I will totally post one once I figure it out!

    I would like to try on some birdcage veils, but there aren't many in stores... they are way more into the long ones. Hm... maybe a trendy bridal boutique?

  12. I love the one Reese Witherspoon wore in Sweet Home Alabama at the end of the movie. I personally don't love a lot of fluff on the top of my head so I think that one is beautiful. It would be gorgeous with a vintage brooch or something homemade. Good luck!

  13. Danielle4/21/2011

    I thought I wouldn't want a veil when I got married but then I tried some on with my dress in the bridal shop. There is just something so feminine and cute about a veil. I thought I would go with a shirt veil too but then I saw this shoulder length veil with cording finishing the edges that was the perfect red shade to match the red accents on my dress. I gotta say that red cord totally made me have to have this otherwise traditional veil. It was such a little thing but it just so made my dress and upped the modernness of this veil. I wish I had thought to make it because this veil was super expensive for what it was but in the end it was so worth the money.

  14. I made a tea length veil for a friend with just some subtly sparkly tulle. I rounded the edges and did a row of beading around the bottom edge of each tier using a mixture of a whitish bead with a pearl finish and a clear bead with an AB finish. It turned out quite lovely. Very simple, but way cheaper than buying one.

  15. I made my little birdcage veil as well. It was pretty easy and cost six bucks, instead of $40-$1xx! I "cheated" and bought a very cute fascinator from Etsy to finish it, though. You do have to fiddle around with it as you design the shape, but I was able to get it just how I wanted. Two combs is the way to go unless you get a more sturdy/rigid netting. There should be tutorials around if you google it. You just have to read a bunch and use the parts that work best for your skill level (although yours is high, as you are a seamstress, unlike meee). Project Wedding had a pretty good one i think.

    Let me know if anyone wants a link to see it (:

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  17. David's Bridal has birdcage veils you can try on. I was surprised, they had like 5 birdcage veils at the store I went to. They weren't anything I'd want to buy, but good for ideas.




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