If you haven’t guessed already, I’m drawn to the vintage life. I love (almost) all things vintage, but I adore the style the most. When looking for a veil, there was no contest: I wanted a birdcage veil. They are vintage and glamorous, but incredibly expensive at bridal shops and even on Etsy. So off to Pinterest I went. I found a couple great tutorials from: Wedding Chicks, Project Wedding, and Martha. My MOH and I tried to make a veil…this is also the same night we decided to try out different alcoholic drinks for the wedding. We tried to make a fabric flower to put on the veil too…we kept burning our fingers. The tutorial is really great though, check it out on The Polka Dot Closet. Anyway, we learned that drinking and veil making do not go together…so we gave up on the veil making and continued the necessary task of trying out the drinks. I decided instead of trying to make a flower from scratch, I took a stem flower from JoAnn’s and disassemble it. I bought a 25″ Gardenia Spray (found here). I also bought a fancy button (sparkles and all) from JoAnn’s, it was under $5. After the flowers were disassembled, I used one of the green center pieces to the flowers and started from the largest petals on the bottom and worked up to the smallest. I then strung the button with some thread and fed it through the green stem. I did this back and forth a couple of times to secure the petals.
Thankfully my Mom is super crafty (she is also a florist and did all my flowers for the wedding!!) and helped with the veil. We used a plain hair comb because the flower covered it up. After some adjusting the length, it was perfect! We ended up using about 14-16″ of veiling material. I think it turned out lovely and only cost $5 for the flowers/button, $2 for the hair comb, $3-5 for the netting, a total of $10-12! A savings of roughly $50-$60!