DIY Wedding Veils

You can create a beautiful wedding veil as a DIY project. Find supplies and tips to create your unique and gorgeous veil in this post from Denver DIY Bride.

DIY Wedding Veils

Veils are a fantastic DIY wedding project. By creating your own veil, you can add personal touches such as: choosing a non-traditional color, adding lace from your grandmother’s wedding dress or creating a monogram. DIY veils can be creating simply with tulle fabric, a comb and a glue gun, or be more involved and require sewing or embroidery skills. Watch or read several how-to tutorials before getting started. 

Our Favorite Veils

At Denver DIY Bride, we love the DIY veil pattern, with 13 different veil styles, from One Blushing Bride.  Additionally, Alisha makes custom handcrafted artisan veils, wings and capes.

Bridal wedding wings veil alternative

1. Choose Your Veil Style

Veils come in so many styles! A traditional veil attaches with a comb or clip and can be short, like a birdcage veil, or long like a cathedral veil. A bridal cape may be designed with an opening to put your head through or it may have sleeves. Bridal wings are made from two pieces of veil material which are attached to each shoulder. Choose style that will compliment your overall wedding look. If you have very short hair, a veil with clips, a cape style veil or a Juliette veil will work better than a veil that attaches with a comb. If you plan to wear your hair down, a comb attachment may be more challenging to use. Search TikTok and Instagram for images of brides with dresses and hair styles similar to what you have selected.
Juliette style DIY wedding veil
DIY wedding veil fingertip length
DIY wedding veil blusher
DIY wedding veil with two tiers

2. Select the Fabric

When choosing fabric for your veil you will want to consider drape, hand feel and workability. Drape is the way the fabric falls. Tulle is a traditional veil material that is quite stiff and will hold shape. Tulle does not feel as soft as other fabric types and is fairly easy to work with. Silk tulle and silk chiffon are not stiff and do not hold shape. Both fabrics are soft to the touch and may be harder to work with if you do not have prior sewing or fabric craft experience. If you are unsure, go to a fabric store and look at several different types of fabrics. Touch them, unwrap a few yards and see what it looks like. You can even buy a quarter of a yard to practice sewing with the fabric before committing to purchasing several yards.

We love simple tulle veils. A bolt of tulle fabric is enough to make several veils and decorations.

Make a fashion statement with  blue chiffon veil fabric.

Lace fabric is a great choice for a veil when paired with a unadorned dress.

3. Attachments: Combs, Headbands & Barrettes

Many veils are attached to your hair with a comb. In comb style veils, the functional comb is what the veil fabric is attached to and are hidden from view. Headbands can be used for long or birdcage style veils and are easy to add or remove from wedding day hairstyles. Barrettes or hair clips are other ways to attach a veil, make sure they are compatible with your planned hairstyle. 

Basic metal combs are are perfect for attaching veils to chignons, buns and other updo styles.

Cover a headband in ribbon of your choice and attach fabric for any length veil.

We love barrettes to attach veils because they feel secure and stay in place.

AW Crystal Bridal Hair Vine

A touch of Sparkle

Add a special headpiece like the AW Crystal Bridal Hair Vine or the AW Bridal Crystal Tiara Crown to complete your look!

AW Bridal Crystal Tiara Crown

4. Add Lace & Trim

There are endless styles of lace and trim that can be added to your veil. Here, we show you just a few of the possible options. What ever color you want or style you want, there is some sort of option out there. Vintage lace is also an option. Look for bags of lace, or even vintage gowns that you can cut up, at thrift stores. You may also have lace from a loved one’s wedding dress or other garment that can be incorporated into your veil.

Pearl trim is a classic option we love that can add weight to a veil to enhance the drape.

This gorgeous two tone lace adds dimension and glamour to your DIY veil.

We love vintage style trims that accent classic and vintage style weddings.

Romantic & Magical DIY Weddings

DIY wedding veils are a fantastic way to add subtle, or not so subtle, style and taste to your wedding day outfit. They are a great project for beginners or experienced crafters. They are also entirely optional. If choosing a veil, or creating one yourself, is stressful or challenging, skip it! Add flowers or  jeweled clip to your hair instead. Or go unadorned. It’s your wedding, your style. For styling ideas, check out this post from One Blushing Bride.

Visit Denver DIY Bride’s Fashion & Beauty page for more DIY bride ideas and supplies!