I think there was something magical in the snow on Sunday. As I began the Wedding Veil Making Workshop, the first of a series of DIY wedding workshop experiences, huge snowflakes began to fall, as if on cue.
In this workshop, we made custom wedding veils. With the exception of one mother of the bride, none of these women had sewn before. Making a veil is a very simple hand-sewing project. Perhaps because of the stress associated with weddings and the dreams tied to it, very few people actually make their own veil. I'd like to change that.
To set this workshop apart from my kid's sewing classes, I held the workshop at Jollity and Co. a new party supply store and space in Norfolk. It is in a freshly renovated, light-filled building in Norfolk. The attendees were served coffee, wine and dessert. My friend, José of Elite Custom Cakes, provided the cupcakes and petit fours. They were just as delicious as they were beautiful.
The guests brought a picture or sample of a veil that they wanted to recreate. We set to work. First question: Have you purchased your dress? The dress really determines the color and style of the veil. Once the dress is chosen, you can get down to the fun details. White or ivory? Length? Style? Tulle, English Netting, or Illusion?
Each woman choose an appropriate length and style, we cut it out and began sewing. As the guests immersed themselves in hand-stitching their veils, they seemed to relax and enjoy the camaraderie and conversation.
After attaching the veil to comb, the guests were invited to choose from the assortment of freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, rosettes, vintage lace bits, ribbon, beads and feathers to embellish their combs.
I hope that each woman that attended left with a new found skill and the confidence to consider making their own heirloom accessories. Perhaps you would like to join me in the next workshop: Bowties for boys and men.