Mindy’s Fairy Tale DIY Wedding + Ribbon Veil Tutorial
Hi, my name is Mindy and I’m your new Real Weddings intern! I felt it wouldn’t be proper to take this position without also sharing the story of our own real wedding.
My husband Tim and I were married at the Disneyland Hotel in May 2012. I had always dreamed of a fairy tale wedding day at Disneyland but was scared of the price tag. I knew if we were going to make it happen, I would have to get very creative and do a lot of DIY projects. Projects we (yes, my husband helped out a ton!) did ourselves for the wedding include making almost all of the floral ourselves out of fabric (the only real floral we had was the floral Disney used to decorate the ceremony gazebo and rose petals on the aisle), our stationery, card box, vases, confetti, and photo booth props. I even DIY’d my earrings, shoes, and veil. The veil was my first DIY idea and also the one thing I was most concerned about, because it’s a bit untraditional. I was pleasantly surprised at how many compliments I received on my veil during our reception!
I loved my ribbon veil so much, and it was so easy and cheap to make, I thought I would share my tutorial with you all. First I have to give credit to the inspiration behind this project, which is Ariel from Offbeat Bride. She wore a ribbon veil on her wedding day and I fell in love with the look, but she wore hers with buns and I wanted my hair to look a little more traditional. So I decided to make mine with a hair comb.
Ribbon Veil Tutorial
Project cost – $30 (but only because I used some fancy ribbon. This can easily be a $10 veil and still look great.)
First decide on your colors. Our wedding colors were pink and orange, so I chose various ribbons in shades of these colors, along with ivory to match my wedding gown. (side note – Get a swatch of your gown color from the bridal shop, or if you are getting your gown altered see if they can snip off a piece to carry around with you. I kept a little piece of my gown in my wallet so I always had it with me when I went to craft stores.)
Decide on the length you want your ribbons. I wanted mine to my waist, so my husband helped me measure the approximate length. Double up on the length you want and then cut the ribbon. Repeat as many times as you need to cover the comb.
Next, find the midpoint of your ribbon strand and tie it in a knot between the teeth of the comb. I wanted a really full veil so I tied a ribbon between each tooth of my comb.
Flip the ribbon over the comb so it covers up the actual comb. That’s it! If you want, you can vary the lengths of the ribbon to create a bit of texture. And the nice part is, if you cut too short and aren’t happy with it, it’s easy to replace the ribbon strand.
(All wedding day photos by Root Photography)
I really loved my ribbon veil and it might just be my favorite part of my entire wedding day ensemble. What do you think? Would you rock a ribbon veil on your wedding day?