How to make a two-tier bridal veil

Updated April 17, 2017

Purchasing a bridal veil in a gown shop can cost brides upwards of £32 --- some veils are as much as £195. However, you can sew your own beautiful two-tier bridal veil in no time. And you will most likely save money buying your own veil materials directly as opposed to purchasing a veil in a shop. When you select your fabric, make sure you choose a very sheer netting so that your face isn't completely obscured when you are wearing the veil.

Measure the length for the veil's top layer by beginning at the crown of your head and ending at your shoulders or fingertips. Mark the length on the veil material with the fabric pen and cut the material to fit. Standard bridal netting is 45 inches wide. If you use the full width, you will have a very fluffy wedding veil once you gather the fabric on the comb later. However, for a less decadent look, you may trim the width of your bridal veil to as narrow as 25 inches.

Measure for the back portion of the veil by beginning at the crown of your head and ending at the point where you want your veil to fall. Rather than measuring yourself, you could use standard veil measurements: 24 inches for blusher veils; 30 inches for elbow-length veils; 60 to 72 inches for chapel-length veils; and 108 inches or longer for cathedral-length veils. Mark your chosen measurements on the netting with the fabric pen and cut accordingly.

Round the corners of the veil. Use the sewing machine to attach any desired embellishments to the veil's edge, such as lace or a ribbon trim. Other embellishments such as beading and comb adornments can be added after the rest of the veil is complete.

Hold the two pieces of the veil together at the top and gather the edges until they are the same width as the comb. Pin the gathers in place and sew the two veils together. If you choose to use a sewing machine, be sure to adjust the gathered portion once the seam is sewn to make it lie smoothly.

Hold the veil with the shorter edge facing away from you and place the comb's bridge against the gathered edge of the long layer. Keep its teeth facing up and away from the fabric and hand sew the veil to the comb, weaving the thread in and out of the comb's teeth and over the bridge. This process takes some time, but resist the urge to glue the veil to the comb; the glue could melt and cause the veil to separate from the comb, particularly if you are having an outdoor wedding or reception.

Hold the veil in front of you and slide the comb back into your hair, keeping the comb parallel to the top of your head. Flip the back layer of the veil over your hair to leave the short layer free to cover your face for the wedding procession. Alternatively, you can flip both layers back onto your head for a voluminous bridal style.

Adorn the veil's fabric as desired with beads, rhinestones or other embellishments.


To help you decide which veil style best suits your wedding gown, try on various lengths when you try on dresses.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Fabric pen
  • Fine bridal netting
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • 3-inch comb
  • Embellishments
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Andrea Hamilton has enjoyed being a writer since 1996. She has been published as a poet in "Fine Lines Magazine." Hamilton holds a Bachelor of Arts in literature from Iowa State University and is pursuing a Master of Arts in creative writing from London South Bank University.