How to bustle a wedding veil
You have probably heard about bustling a wedding dress. But did you know you can also bustle your wedding veil?
This is a handy trick if you wish to wear your long wedding veil after the ceremony and into the evening festivities. It’s also useful if you’re suddenly dealing with a downpour of heavy rain. This technique will preserve your veil and prevent it from falling into puddles.
Bustling your veil, as well as your wedding dress, means your veil won’t get in the way during the bridal waltz. You also won’t have to worry about it getting caught under your toes, or under the toes of your guests.
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The technique to bustle a wedding veil is very similar to how you would bustle a wedding dress. The main difference is it takes only a few seconds and you won’t need someone to crawl under your dress to secure the bustle into place.
Over the course of the day, your long wedding veil may have gathered leaves and dust on the underside of the netting. As you will be bringing the bottom section of the veil up towards the comb, it’s best to remove any dirty marks or leaf residue caught in the fine netting otherwise it will be on full display.
If your veil is lightly soiled, using baby wipes or moistened towelettes are a quick and easy way to dab away any marks before they set.
How to bustle a wedding veil in 3 steps
What you’ll need:
A corsage pin, a hat pin, or a family heirloom such as your grandmother’s brooch.
Step 1: Find the middle point of your veil
Locate the back centre of your veil. This doesn’t need to be an exact measurement but somewhere near the middle so your bustle will sit symmetrically. Ask a friend or a bridesmaid for help.
Step 2: Pinch the fabric and bring it up towards the comb
The exact point to pinch the fabric will depend on the length of your veil. If you’re wearing a cathedral length veil, generally 1-1.25 metres is a good starting point. Pinch the fabric at different points and see how it looks when you bring it up to the comb. You might find starting somewhere around 2/3rds down your veil will create a shortened veil that falls to roughly fingertip or waltz length.
Step 3: Pin the fabric to the veil’s comb
This is where your hat or corsage pin comes in handy. Using your pin, carefully thread it through the netting. Bring it up to the comb, pick up some of the fabric on the comb and secure with its cap. Alternatively, you can pin the gathered section of your veil to the bustle on your dress.
- This technique works best with veils that aren’t heavily gathered. The ideal veil is a sheer veil such as a drop veil, a mantilla veil or a Juliet cap veil. It can also be achieved on a veil with a blusher layer. If your veil is heavily gathered, this technique will still work but it will create a fuller silhouette.
- This look isn’t for everyone. When in doubt, remove the veil altogether and replace the veil with a different accessory such as a headband or comb.
A step by step video is provided below. You might also recognise yours truly.
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