If you’re soon to wed you might have packed away your Christmas stuff too soon. You might not know this but a Christmas wreath makes a very beautiful veil! No, you don’t want to use a wreath that’s been embellished with Christmas ornaments, fake candies and a huge red bow, but the basic wreath shape works perfectly to create a one-of-a-kind headpiece that will surely impress the guests – and the one you love! Whether you want a veil attached to the headpiece, or you wear it as just a headpiece, you’ll be the most beautiful bride ever.
The type of wreath you choose to use for the wedding makes all the difference. A large, bulky wreath isn’t the most ideal. Instead, a wreath that has a narrow garland wrapped around it is much more appropriate. The wreath doesn’t necessarily have to be Christmas green although the green wreath headpiece looks great for a wedding that will take place outside. It’s also great for a wedding with a retro theme. Wreaths of gold, white or silver are good choices for a more modern wedding theme.
You don’t really have to do anything to the chosen wreath to make it into a headpiece. Wear the wreath as-is, but if you want, use some elastic pieces to hold it on your head. Cut lengths of narrow elastic, tie them to the sides of the wreath, then use bobby pins through the elastic loops to hold the headpiece in place. Although adding certain embellishments to the wreath can give you a bulky look, some things like glitter, sequin or fake jewels, can really enhance the finished headpiece. Hot glue works great to attach such embellishments.
Adding a veil to the headpiece is a fairly simple process. Some women like a veil that trains but doesn’t cover the face. Others opt for the veil with the face piece. Either one is easy enough to accomplish. Keep in mind, when choosing the material, that heavy fabrics will make it next to impossible to hold the wreath to the head even with the elastic loops to help secure it. To create the train cut the lace or other material to the length you desire. If you sew, stitch along the top of the fabric, making small gathers as you go along. Or, stitch a piece of narrow elastic at the end to automatically create the gathered effect. If you don’t sew use fabric glue to gather the material onto a wide piece of ribbon or cloth. Lay the ribbon on a table and begin gluing the veil to it. Keep the edge of the lace at the halfway mark along the length of the ribbon. When you’ve made all the gathers fold the ribbon over and glue the second half to the veil.
Whether the veil has been glued or sewn you can either glue it or stitch it to the veil itself. To glue it simply use fabric glue or hot glue to attach it to the underside of the wreath. It can be helpful to slightly trim the garland really short in that area before gluing on the veil. To sew it on first attach it to the wreath with clothes pins or other clips. Thread the needle, double the thread, then tie a knot and pass the needle through the end of the veil. Take it up and over the wreath and back through the veil. Continue this until you’ve completely attached the veil to the garland. You’ll follow the same procedure to create a face veil or train. If you want a veil that completely encompasses you, though, use a different technique. Cut a huge circle, drape it over your head, then set the wreath on top. Draw a circle on the fabric to show where the wreath will go. Lay the lace on a flat surface, spread glue on the marked area, then position the wreath on the lace or material. When the glue has dried cut out the circle in the center of the wreath.
You don’t necessarily have to use a Christmas wreath to make these types of headpieces. Purchase a metal ring from a craft store. They’re available in several different sizes and cost very little. Now you can make any number of headpieces and/or veils. Wrap a feather boa around the ring to make one type of headpiece. Another can be made by braiding ribbon and wrapping it around the ring. Lengths of leather sinew, angora or even twine can be used to make the particular headpiece you want.
The unique headpieces don’t absolutely have to be for the bride only. Make something similar for the flower girl or even for the bridesmaids. They’re inexpensive to make and look gorgeous on the bride or others. You’ll love how easy the headpieces are to make and you’ll love how beautiful you feel while wearing it. Your special day will be special indeed when you look through your Christmas decorations to create the perfect veil!