The tradition of the veil on a bride has many back-stories. Some say it started in ancient Rome to confuse the evil spirits who may try to steal her away from the groom. Some say it was to disguise the bride before the wedding of an arranged marriage, this way if he saw something he didn’t like he wouldn’t run away. It is also said that the lifting of the blusher veil is so the groom knows he is marrying the right woman. There are so many variations on the story, but today the veil is more an accessory to the gown.
My best friend recently got engaged and has put me in charge of making her wedding gown and veil. As her Maid-of-Honor it is my duty to see what would look best on her and work with her taste. I know she likes lace, being a pretty traditional girl, so that’s what I went with. Looking in various bridal stores I noticed how expensive beautiful lace edged veils can be! They can be anywhere as much as $300 on up! So I’m going to describe how I made a beautiful antique looking lace veil that my friend could use on her big day without the big price tag.
Note: I chose a length a little longer than the fingertip. It is double layered with the top layer being about 8″ shorter than the under-layer. Choose a length that works for you, I’m going to give directions for fingertip length though.
Measure the length from where you want the veil to start, to your knee.
Fold the tulle in half and use the folded edge as the top of the veil (where the comb will be sewn). Fold this piece in half length wise. From the top of the folded edge (comb edge) measure the length you used for the head to knee.
Mark with pins a quarter oval. Make it a little wider at the top than the bottom to give it a more full look. When you are happy with the shape, cut it out.
Unfold the piece (leave the top and bottom layers folded together) so you now have a half oval shape. Take the top layer and mark with pins about 8″-10″ up from the edge. Cut it shorter but still keep the shape of the bottom layer.
Now the fun begins, you get to glue on the lace! This will take patience and time, it cannot be rushed! You can also opt to sew the lace on with a machine. Line the edge of the scallop up with the edge of the tulle and pin in place if sewing, pin it as you glue otherwise.
Once you have the lace attached (and it has dried overnight) you can set the pearls or rhinestones (or both if you so choose).
If you used a scalloped edge lace as I have, be sure to cut the excess tulle from the scallops for a cleaner look.
The nice thing about the veil is that you can choose to use lace as I did here, leave the tulle plain (like I did for my own wedding), use rattail cord (1mm or 2mm), beaded trims, or a thin ribbon edge. You can personalize your veil to match your dress and it won’t cost a fortune.
Getting married at the beach? No? Well, maybe you want a comfortable pair of shoes for the reception. Flip flops are the perfect answer! They’re cheap and can be decorated to match your dress very easily. I was able to pick up a pair at the local dollar store and decorate them in only about 45 minutes. M&J Trimming has this great glue called Flip Flop Glue (item # 37866). It’s made so that your decorations won’t fall off during regular wear and tear. You can decorate your flip flops with buttons, ribbons, sequins, or my personal favorite… rhinestones! I decorated my pair in Light Rose and Crystal AB. Why not try decorating a pair for your own big day, as a gift for the bride or maybe for your bridesmaids and flower girl. It’s a fun project and you will be able to wear them after the wedding during your honeymoon, or for a day out on the town.
“Twenty- Thirty-grand. In small bills, cash. In that little silk purse.
Maron, if this was someone else’s wedding, sweet tonato!” – Godfather
Maybe you remember that line, maybe you don’t. Either way, it applies to this week’s bridal blog. While you are making your rounds talking to your guests at the reception, they are bound to hand you an envelope with a beautifully written card and sometimes a monetary gift inside. A money bag or money purse is a great way to hold those envelopes as you go table to table. It will make giving hugs, kisses, and handshakes easier as the cards get more numerous. When you are done greeting your guests, simply hand the bag to your Maid-of-Honor, Best Man, or parents to hold onto. At the end of the night they can then take that home with the other gifts for you.
The money purse is also a lot safer than a card box in that you don’t need to worry about a catering hall employee or party crasher stealing the cards. While you wouldn’t think on your happiest of days, nothing like that could possibly happen, it unfortunately can. Make sure you also inquire about wedding insurance, it helps for more things than just your location getting rained out or band not showing. Try Wed Safe at www.wedsafe.com
While researching a money purse for my own wedding, I was disappointed in the styles to choose from, all were very boring and too traditional for my more modern affair. I ended up not making one due to time constraints (I was still working on making my dress). I decided instead, to show you one based on a design for my friend and her San Diego beach side wedding.
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- 16″ of ½” grosgrain ribbon (item #34377 in cream featured)
- 1 yd. 25mm imported organdy ribbon in Lt. Beige
- Button/tassel appliqué (item # 36930)
- 16″ of 1″ heavy apron tape in natural
- 1 piece 8 ½” x 22″ medium weight non-transparent silk blend fabric in a natural/champagne color
- 1 yd 2mm imported rayon twist cord in off white or antique
- Scissors, sewing machine, needle, cream/natural colored thread, straight pins, large safety pin
- Use a sheet of 8 ½ x 11″ paper as a stencil and trace 2 rectangles on your fabric. Cut out and lay on top of each other. Pin one 11″ side together and hem a ¼” inseam, backstitching at both ends. Open and press.
- With the wrong side up, pin down the twill tape about 2″ down from one of the newly created 16″ sides (this will be the top). Hem along both edges. This will later be used as a tunnel for your drawstring cord.
- With the right side facing up, pin down your cream grosgrain ribbon and hem along both edges. This piece is purely aesthetic.
- With right side facing up, pin organdy ribbon across widthwise and over where your twill tape is hemmed. This two is purely aesthetic but also will hide your twill tape if your fabric happens to be slightly transparent. Set aside the remainder of this ribbon for later.
- Fold fabric in half so your first hem remains unfolded. Pin the bottom and other side edges together and hem. On the second side hem stop and backstitch ¼ ” into the area where the twill tape and organdy ribbon meet. Restart hem ½ ” from there and continue to the end. Remember to backstitch each time you begin or finish a hem.
- Tie a knot at both ends of your twist cord to prevent fraying. Pin your safety pin into on knot and use it to jimmy your cord through the tunnel you created earlier with the twill tape.
- Turn bag inside out and press hems. Tie a bow with the remainder of your organdy ribbon and hand sew onto the center of one side of your stitched on organdy ribbon. Hand sew button tassel appliqué on top of bow.
- You are done!
For over 70 years M&J Trimming has carried items such as fine laces to Italian buttons. With over 5000 sq ft of items filling the walls from ceiling to floor, many editors and producers from top magazines and network television has taken notice of the wide selections that we offer. Within the industry, M&J Trimming has been defined as the “candy shop” for the fashion industry. Now into our 72nd year of business, M&J Trimming reassures that we’ll continue to stand strong within the fabric trimming industry and keep on providing our costumers with only the finest quality and widest selection.
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