With my mom's convincing and a little bit of confidence and inspiration I have decided to make my birdcage veil myself (or rather have my mother make it for me!) There are instructions for veil making everywhere, but this one has some nice photos to go along with it. French or Russian veil netting is inexpensive and super cute - I bought a yard of both 9" and 18" wide yesterday so we can play with length and poof and have a little room to mess up if that so happens.
Mom and I met up at Anthropologie yesterday and I left with this in a taupe-ish gold color:
And this in white with some pink floral fabric pieces although the green really speaks to me. I'm avoiding shipping costs and the hassle of mailing returns if it doesn't really work out. crossing my fingers!
I will unveil (haha) the finished product when we're done! And if all fails, I have a few fun hair accessories to wear around town. If you aren't in the mood to make-your-own, but still want a cute, sassy, or dramatic hair plume check out Twigs and Honey and Smitten on etsy.
I'll leave you with a gorgeous photo courtesy of Smitten:
I'll list items as I configure them or spend on them, hopefully by the end I'll be pleasantly surprised that I pulled this off!
Postcards: $25.00 (For Save-the-Dates that I never sent out and Reception Haiku forms) Invitations: $25 for design, $15 cardstock, $16 envelopes, $35 postage Dress: $479.00 Petticoat: $49.00 Alterations: $140 Photography: $600 2 Bridesmaid Dresses: $168.00 Veil Netting and Hair Feather: $21 Necklace: $58 Mason jars: $53 Flowers: $15 Misc. decorations: $115 Catering: $2000 Beverages: $340 Beverage containers: $40 Rentals: $910 Cookies: $60 Groom's attire: $175 Last minute needs for stage and tarp: $200 Cake: Gifted
Not counting the cost of rings or our 2011 honeymoon.
These are hard costs, not specifically how much came out of our pockets, just in case you were wondering. In other words, I haven't subtracted what our families helped us with. Thank you to my parents, devin's parents and my sister and brother-in-law. Could not have happened without you!