I’m going to attempt to DIY my headpiece, by making a veil of some sort out of this fabric that I bought at JoAnne’s. I purchased five yards for a total of $9-something, and a comb to sew it on to for $6. It’s some sort of shimmery sheer tulle-like fabric (I’m not sure exactly what kind it is!) in a color that I think is similar to the blue in my gown. Close enough, at least. I also bought sheer ribbon in the same color to edge the veil with, if I can, for $3. My sewing skills aren’t great, but I’m hoping I can make something serviceable! I’m undecided on length at the moment, but I kind of like the idea of a floor-length veil. Or at least down to my waist. And the veil will probably have a couple layers; this material is extremely sheer. If anyone has any veil-making advice, I am all ears!
In addition to the veil, I hope to have some pins in my hair that are sparkly-rhinestone type pieces, to go with the beading on top of my dress. I don’t plan to wear the veil all night, so I want something shiny that will be in my hair all night!
This veil is a DIY project I can’t wait to tackle. But before I do, I’m going to take the material to my dress (which is at the tailor’s) and make sure it’s going to go well with it. If it does, I think I’ll be able to do this in a day’s time. And the best part is, I will have a headpiece that is not only inexpensive (around $20!), but will also actually go with my dress! Because have you tried to find a blue veil? They aren’t easy to come by! I’ll be sure to post the finished product when it’s finished.
Here’s a bit of the DIY we’re doing for our wedding decorations: paper flowers. We just started this process yesterday, so we have 200 something days to work on this. We’ll probably end up with a couple hundred flowers, of various sizes, in various shades of blue and red. Our plan is to work on these when we’re watching TV shows or movies, or just whenever we have downtime.
If anyone is interested, this is the tutorial I used to learn how to make these. They aren’t hard to make, but they are a little time-consuming. (Actually, they would be difficult to make if you have any kind of finger/hand/wrist problems, because there is a lot of folding involved.)
Cost-wise, these can definitely fall under a “budget” DIY project. What you need is paper, glue and either scissors or a paper-cutter. We bought two 500-sheet packages of 24 lb. 8.5 x 11 paper (one pack of red, one blue) at Staples for about $10 each, and the glue we bought was $3.99. Our paper-cutter was purchased on Amazon last month (bought for our DIY save the dates) for $10. We also bought some fancier 12 x 12 card stock that was 25 cents a sheet; we got $8 worth. We’ll probably need to buy more glue eventually, but all told we’re going to get hundreds of flowers for about $50. And I love how these particular flowers look! Plus, we’ll be able to keep however many of them we want, or pass them on to someone else who would like to use them.
If you already have scissors or a paper-cutter (though I highly recommend using a paper-cutter for this project) and glue, you could make hundreds of these flowers for even less than $50, especially if you want white flowers — you seriously can use regular printer paper and these flowers will still turn out gorgeous. You might also be able to find colored paper cheaper than what we paid for it; we didn’t really shop around. If you wanted to use these flowers in vases though, you would probably have to buy floral wire and whatnot. Our plan is to just arrange them on the tables (as part of our centerpieces) and to make bigger flowers to use as decorations elsewhere, so we won’t be needing the equipment to make actual floral arrangements.
Has anyone else made these, or been to a wedding or even that used them? Thoughts/experiences to share?