Category Archives: Wedding Inspiration

DIY Birdcage Veil Tutorial

Hello lovely readers!  Today I’m going to kick off Wedding Wednesday DIY with a tutorial on how to make a birdcage veil.  I have always been in love with birdcage veils, but I never realized there were so many different types.  When I initially went dress shopping, the only birdcage veil they had in the store was the bandeau type that just goes straight across your face…and I didn’t like it.
Because I was unaware that different types existed, I ended up buying a long veil – and the more I looked at it, the more I couldn’t stand it.  I starting to see all sorts of beautiful birdcage veils on Etsy and at other bridal salons, and I just knew I had to have one.  Since I had already dropped waaay too much money on a veil I didn’t like,  I didn’t want to go drop $200 on another veil, so I decided to try my hand at making one.  Follow along for the tutorial.
   *Disclaimer: I did NOT make the flower – that is a clip I added on top of the veil*

Supplies:

French or Russian Netting
Scissors
Thread
Hair comb
Needle
Optional: Flower or lace 

Tutorial:

1. To begin, you first need to purchase the material you will make your birdcage veil out of. I used French netting because it isn’t as stiff as Russian netting, and I didn’t want to have a really poufy veil. The French netting is much softer. When I bought it, I bought 1 yard of 19” French netting, and just cut it down. The dimensions you trim the width to are completely dependent upon how large of a veil you want. The wider it is, the bigger the veil/the more of your face it will cover. You’ll have to play around with it by wrapping it around your head/face to determine how large you want it.

2. Once you’ve cut the width how you like it, you need to cut the length. I cut mine across at 12”, but again, this dimension should be adjusted according to the size you want your veil to be.

3. After cutting the fabric, you will make two diagonal cuts. I started my cuts about 8” up on each side, but these cuts don’t have to be exact. Make sure you make the diagonal cuts on the cut edges, leaving the finished edge untouched on the bottom. 

4. When your fabric looks like this, the sewing begins. Starting at one corner, secure your thread to the netting by tying a small knot. Then weave your needle and thread in and out through the tiny squares, moving your way around the edge. You will weave the fabric along the blue lines in my picture.

5. After you have weaved all the way around, the ends will bunch together like this. Secure the ends together by tying off the thread.

6. Sew the bunched end onto the comb. Some people will wrap tulle around the end of the comb before attaching the veil – that is completely up to you. I didn’t. Sorry the picture is a little dark – the comb is there but you really have to look.

7. At this point, you can either cut off any extra thread and be done, or you can sew a flower or some lace on top of your comb to disguise it. I made a couple different veils. In one, I added lace on top. However, for the one I wore on my wedding day, I didn’t add anything on it because I found a different flower comb I wanted to wear. Instead, I just placed the big flower comb over the veil’s comb. 

To add a little sparkle to your veil, you can sew some little crystals or beads at random places.  Overall, making the veil is really easy, but I would buy extra materials.  I had to make several before I got it just how I wanted it – but then again, I’m pickier than most :)  Birdcage veils can be really fussy, so I highly recommend steaming it before you wear it.  Even after steaming it, you may need to bobby pin it in to place (which I would strongly recommend doing anyways, just so it doesn’t move).

As always, let me know if you have any questions.  Happy crafting!  

we’re back!

Honeyyy, we’re hooome!

It feels so good to be home after the most amazing wedding and fabulous honeymoon!  I can’t wait to share with all of you all of the gooey DIY details that were our wedding – and they’ll all start this Wednesday.  As many of you know, I’ve been posting “Wedding Wednesday” inspiration posts each Wednesday this year – taking a gorgeous wedding item and showing you how it can be translated into home decor.  Now that our wedding is over, Wedding Wednesday will still continue (hopefully through the end of this year), but instead of just showing you pretty pictures, I’ll reveal all the projects and tutorials to make all of the various things we used during our big day!  

This past week or so has been such a blur.  We left for the Dominican Republic at 5am last Saturday (a mere 4 hours after we got home from the wedding madness), so yesterday was the first time I saw any sort of wedding picture whatsoever — and they were only ones our guests had taken.  Needless to say, I was giddy all week wanting to see pictures…and now that I’ve seen them, I feel like I’m reliving our wedding over and over again.  I can only imagine how I’ll feel once we get the pictures back from the photographers.  So out of my mind excited. 
Once I get our actual pictures back, I’ll share them with you all and tell you all about our wonderful day – but for now, I’ll leave you with a couple of my favorites our guests snapped.

I’m so excited to be back and to get back on track with blogging, DIY’s, and home improvement…so I hope you’ll follow along with us as we begin this crazy ride!  See you Wednesday!

wedding wednesday: guest blogger edition

Hey guys!  Today I am SO excited to have the lovely Elle from Elle-oh-vee guest blogging with us!  In addition to all the home decor blogs and websites I’ve stalked over the last year or so, I’ve also been on the hunt in the blogosphere for beautiful weddings.  When I stumbled upon Elle’s blog and wedding, I feel in loooove. It is full of handmade goodies, personal touches, and is absolutely breathtaking.  So, in preparation for Friday’s wedding shenanigans, let’s all get lost in the whimsical wedding that was Elle’s big day:

Hi all! I am Elle from Elle-oh-vee and I am so thrilled for Kirsten as her wedding day is almost upon us! I know it is going to be a beautiful wedding and cannot wait to see the result of all her dedicated planning.


Kirsten asked me to share a little about my own wedding and what girl doesn’t want to talk about her wedding?! J and I got married a little over a year ago. May 29, 2011 was exactly four weeks after we marched in graduation regalia to receive hard-earned degrees. Our wedding date also happened to be the date of J’s parent’s anniversary. I feel so blessed to share that day with them! 
I have shared a lot about our wedding on my own blog, but one thing I haven’t shared much about was what was going on as our wedding approached. Do you remember those terrible storms that devastated Joplin, Missouri? Yeah, those storms hit our little town in Northwest Arkansas just before they hit Joplin. That was one week before our wedding. It had been raining nonstop for several weeks, but when that huge storm hit I was in a total panic. The forecast for the next week promised rain and lots of it.

While several areas were torn up in our little town, our wedding site was untouched. Oh, and about our wedding site. We got married under a big oak tree in the middle of J’s parent’s property. Which meant that besides the beautiful tree there was no cover for our 500 plus guests. Our reception site was outdoors as well and there really was no other place that could accommodate so many people in case it rained. 
Incredibly enough the rain passed early in the week and it was an absolutely gorgeous weekend. Our wedding day was really windy and prevented some of our decor to be set up, but I was thankful for wind over rain. By the time our ceremony came around the wind settled down to a perfect breeze. I will always remember that feeling of being so blessed to have such a great day with all of our family and friends there with us to celebrate.


Best wishes to Kirsten on her wedding weekend & I hope you’ll visit Elle-oh-vee very soon!

To check out even more of Elle’s wedding goodness, head on over to her wedding page on her beautiful blog!  Have a lovely week!
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