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Let me start by saying that I love the birdcage veil look! They've been seen on the big screen, worn by Reese Witherspoon during the wedding scene in Sweet Home Alabama, and also by Jessica Alba in the recent Fantastic Four movie. In addition, I noticed Katherine Heigl wearing a BC veil on the cover of those gossip magazines several months ago. They've made a hit in the wedding industry, gaining a lot of popularity for 2008!
Anyways, after deciding this is the kind of veil I want, my next mission was to figure out how I could make it? (Because why would I go the easy way of buying it? No, I like to gather all the possible information I can about it, stress out about it, make it hard on myself, analyze and re-do over and over.....but finally come out with a finish product I'm really proud of!)
My first step was to discover where I could buy this special netting. After looking at a few fabric stores and Hobby Lobby (neither of which had it), I resorted to Googling for an hour or two. At some point in my search, I stumbled upon the word "millinery netting" and knowing that relates to the art of hat-making, I was able to find out more. Finally, I found a couple of websites that will sell this stuff! There's different types of millinery netting, the most commonly used for birdcage veils being French netting and Russian netting. I bought 2 yards each of 3 different types (18" French, 12" French and 9" Russian) from Hats By Leko (there is a $28 dollar minimum). Also, Judith M sells the netting as well. They were each only a few dollars per yard, no big deal.
Next, I looked around at other websites that sell the veils to get ideas. Birdcageveils.com and Unveiledbridaldesigns.com both have great photos and ideas (and reasonable prices, should one decide not to make their own). After I decided on a style I liked, I gathered the other necessary supplies to make one and when I was ready, finally put it together!
Read Part 2 to see my step by step instructions!