Beading and making a bridal veil

May 27, 2010, 14:21 pm  Posted by Lark

This shows the beads I attached to the veil's comb with invisible thread, which is available at craft stores.

tulle attached to comb

The back of the plastic comb has no beading, but shows that the tulle was attached with the invisible thead to the comb.

bridal veil edge

I attached beads that came from altering my dress onto the edge of the veil- 3 at a time.

For anyone pricing wedding attire and accessories- it’s expensive! Veils can easily run over $100, which is why I chose the crafty route and decided, “This is simple enough even for me!”

All you need is a plastic comb (I found plastic wide combs stick in your hair better than metal ones. You can purchase one at Veilubridal), tulle (get a few yards to play with or measure a few feet longer than you would want your veil to be) and invisible thread and needle. I found a spool of the invisible thread at Michaels. It’s great if you decide to bead your veil as I did. It’s hard to thread since it’s much like fishing wire. But’s much sturdier than using fabric glue. And if you do bead your veil, you’ll obviously need beads. My pearls and rhinestones came from the extra pieces after my dress was altered.

First, decide how long you’ll want your veil to be. I wanted fingertip length (about 40 inches and 108-inch-wide tulle).

Fingertip length veil

This shows the whole veil after it was completed.

Practice first with tracing paper for the shape. Then, spread out your tulle on the floor¬† and then fold it in half lengthwise. Then tape it down on the top and bottom so it doesn’t move. Then carefully cut a gentle semi-oval shape.

To attach the tulle to the comb, gather the top and whipstitch it to the comb with the invisible thread. To add sparkle, you can easily attach silk flowers on the top of the comb or bead it as I did. I attached each bead by hand with the invisible thread- a great project to do while watching tv. For the edging, I preferred a raw edge (simply cut by scissors) to a rolled edge, so about half an inch from the edge, I would thread three beads at a time and then secure it through the tulle without pulling it too tight. You could also use fabric glue if you preferred that.

I was really proud of my final result- simple, elegant, and I can be proud to wear something I made myself on my wedding day.


7 Responses

    Kim Gardner says:

    My hair piece when I got married was handmade. A lady about my age who worked in the bridal shop I used for my dress, tux, etc. took a craft class at the time we got married. One day she had a ring wrapped in two shades of purple, my colors, ribbon with awesome purple beads. I asked her where I could get one and she told me she made it. I then offered to buy it from her and she sold it to me for $10! Gotta love that! Plus, it's more special when you make it.

    This is beautiful! You are so crafty! I love stories of wedding DIY. I made my hair piece for my wedding (wore it with a birdcage veil) and I also made the hair piece for my bridesmaids out of peacock feathers…mine was cool, but I'm really proud of what I did for my girls! Here is a photo of my MOH http://www.flickr.com/photos/betsypayne/4647112… great shot of the feathers! I also did peacock feather necklaces, which you can't see in this photo as well!

    Bonnie says:

    Thank you, Carol! Your timing is perfect!

    Charlene Gee says:

    How touching it is to read your article regarding beading and making your wedding veil. I was married on this day, June 24, 1978 to my now deceased husband. I majored in fashion design, and made my own wedding dress and veil. I beaded my entire bodice. That was 32 years ago. You should be proud of your veil. It is simply elegant. Best wishes to you.


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