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DIY Tutorial: 1920s Style Cap Veil

After the popularity of the rainbow petticoat tutorial that Alexandra King created for Rock n Roll Bride, I was keen to get her to design us something else just as special. We came up with the idea of making your own 1920s cap style veil. Wedding veils can be sooo expensive so we thought having a DIY option would be a great idea! I really hope you like it. I LOVE it.

Over to you Alex…

This cap style veil is inspired by the gorgeous twenties flapper veils and in this DIY tutorial you’ll create something that, even if matched with a simple dress, will make a grand entrance. This is a lovely project to work on with your friends and/or family over time, you can embroider messages on the hem and use details that have been collected or personal to you. I imagine it being passed on to another bride, adding more detail with each wedding.

All of the trimmings for this veil were found in a local haberdashery with some vintage lace sourced from a charity shop and the veiling can be bought easily online. The material costs can be from as little as £40 and upwards depending on your base fabric.

Supplies Needed:

♥ Tulle (this can be found cheaply online. To create a cathedral length veil like I have, you will need 3×3 metres. You can use a nylon tulle, cotton tulle or silk tulle. The natural fibres have a better drape but need extra care.)
♥ A sewing machine
♥ Needle and thread
♥ Embellishments of your choice – you can use corsages, lace, bows, ribbon, rhinestones, studs anything you like.


Step One: Edge your veil in a lace or satin trim. You can go as fine or as wide as you like depending on the look you want. I used a 15mm guipure lace trim.

Step Two: Check the veil is hanging properly all around. You may want to curve your corners or leave them sharp depending on how you like the veil to fold.

Step Three: Measure over the top of your head from ear to ear and mark on the centre edge of the veil. This is where you will place your veil and where the decoration will be.

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A DIY Country Wedding: Jacob & Sarah

Jacob & Sarah had a DIY country wedding at Harmony Museum, PA.

“Together with our community of friends, we pretty much made everything on our own because we wanted our wedding day to represent who we are,” Sarah told me. “Having the wedding ceremony and reception take place in a non traditional atmosphere also helped to sort of describe where we were coming from, a subculture scene of punk music and tattoos. One of the most important things that we wanted to come from our wedding day was to have a celebration with the people who we love the most. We have a very close group of friends that we respect and hold close and we wanted them to feel like it wasn’t just ‘Jake and Sarah’s Day’ but rather a party for all of us. Immediately after the ceremony, which was fairly short, there was just a big party.”

“For the centerpieces we collected bottles that we found on the railroad tracks and in the woods all around Pittsburgh,” she continued. “Above one of the tracks that run through South Side there was what appeared to be the remains of an old bottling plant, and there we found probably close to 100 very neat old bottles. After many soaks in the bath tub I tied pieces of fabric and ribbons around the bottles to dress them up a little. So, our centerpieces were free!”

Sarah wore a handmade dress by I see You Brightly on etsy with vintage shoes. Her headpiece was handmade by a friend and her jewellery was made for her by Jacob.

Instead of a cake they had a dessert table filled with pie, cookies and other treats bought by their guests.

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A Breathtaking Australian Wedding & A Bride Who Wore Black: Amber & Gary

You know when an image just stops you dead in your tracks? An image that you can’t help but pause for a few seconds and go ‘wow’. Well that pretty much happened to me with every single photograph of Amber & Gary’s wedding. Wedding photographer Samm Blake is quite simply phenomenal.

See? I bet you whispered ‘wow’ too didn’t you?

“I wouldn’t say we were purposely going for a Rock n Roll wedding, but as I play at many weddings every year as a professional musician, the cookie cutter white strapless dress look really didn’t excite me,” Amber told me. “I tried on over 50 traditional dresses in dress shops and didn’t love any of them!. My decision to wear black was probably the biggest diversion from ‘traditional’ and came from my love of being slightly dramatic and different, while also wanting to be glamorous.”

“I wouldn’t say we were purposely going for a Rock n Roll wedding, but as I play at many weddings every year as a professional musician, the cookie cutter white strapless dress look really didn’t excite me,” Amber told me. “I tried on over 50 traditional dresses in dress shops and didn’t love any of them!. My decision to wear black was probably the biggest diversion from ‘traditional’ and came from my love of being slightly dramatic and different, while also wanting to be glamorous.”

“Our other inspirations came from our love of France, and we linked many french elements in to the day to reflect on the trip where we got engaged,” she continued. “The stationery, which we designed and made ourselves, used french design elements, the tables were named after locations we visited in Paris and the bonbonniere were Calissons (a french sweet made predominantly of almond meal) that we enjoyed on our trip – acquiring these was a little tricky as the French suppliers weren’t so good at communicating in English, and our French isn’t fantastic but it was worth it!”

“The wedding was elegant and romantic,” concluded the bride, “with lots of soft pinks and whites, flowers, and candles (lots of tealights on the tables and hung from the ceiling of the restaurant). It was very intimate, with only 50 of our closest friends and family. As we’re both into good food and wine, our venue was of huge importance! Vasse Felix was a beautiful setting that didn’t need a lot of decoration, and the slightly rustic look only enhanced the theme”

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Roo’s Favourite Finds: Fabulous Favours

Photography Credit: Caroline Tran via Ruffled Blog

As the rest of you Rock n Roll Brides will be aware, there are certain age-old wedding traditions that we love and want to uphold, whereas others leave us looking a bit glassy-eyed. The beauty of the contemporary wedding is that we’re free to do away with the stuff that doesn’t make sense to us pretty much without question – for us, I naturally just assumed that we’d be forsaking the wedding favour.

Now, I’ve only been to three weddings in my time and I received a wedding favour at just one of them – so you’ll forgive me for thinking that there was no real “meaning” or general substance to the idea. In fact, the tradition apparently dates back to as early as the 16th century, when wedding guests were given what is known as a bonbonniere – a small trinket box that held sugar cubes/confectionary. Sugar was then somewhat of a luxury, and to give it as a gift was indicatory of the bride and groom’s wealthy standing. As time went on and sugar became more of an affordable commodity, the tradition became popular with lower classes of bridal parties – and the rest, as they say, is history.

Although I am a traditionalist in lots of ways, there’s something about this that doesn’t really appeal to me. In my defence, for any hard-core favour enthusiasts, it’s only because I’ve seen some truly tacky examples. Moreover, I felt like a lot of the ones I saw were highly impersonal, and I don’t know why. That was until I saw Alix’s handmade stuffed animal favours:

Photography Credit: Photo Pink, full wedding on Rock n Roll Bride here

These incredibly thoughtful, endlessly original gifts got my brain into gear and we figured that favours could be something we’d get on board with. Now, having quite hectic work/university schedules, I was pretty certain that we wouldn’t be able to create something as bespoke as Alix’s stuffed animals – so what could we come up with that had the perfect balance of creativity, personality (as in, personal to us), and manageability?

When I first moved to Brighton, my parents bought me a set of mini cactus plants. They’ve come with me everywhere, from home to home, and before we decided to get a kitten, I think they were pretty much our adopted children. There’s just something so aesthetically pleasing and comforting about cacti – not to mention that the cactus flower symbolizes a heart burning with love (or so the world wide web tells me). All in all, you could say we’re pretty attached to our mini cacti family, so when our pesky kitten kept knocking them out of their simple plastic pots, I decided to take action and find them some new housing. As ever, I was able to rely on my friendly neighbourhood charity shops:

Pair of eggcups, £1.50 from PDSA

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DIY Tutorial: Ribbon Bouquet

When I first saw today’s DIY tutorial I thought it would be a really tricky one, but I’m pleased to report that I was wrong! Emma of Two Little Birds Boutique has made it look so simple and quick – let’s all have a go!

Over to you Emma…

My name is Emma and I’m very excited to be writing a guest post for Rock n Roll Bride, as even before I was engaged I trawled through the posts, loving all the fabulous inspiration and ideas. So now I hope I can repay something back and inspire some brides with my handmade ribbon bouquets.

Supplies Needed:

♥ Ribbon in  your choice of colours and sizes
♥ Scissors
♥ Wire Cutters
♥ Pliers
♥ Flower wire (green in colour)
♥ Flower Tape (also green)
♥ Glue Gun
♥ Embellishing materials such as felt, fabric, lace, buttons or old pieces of jewellery


Step One: Start with making your ribbon flowers. This is done crossing over the ribbon approximately 8-10 times (depending on how full you want your flower to look), each time use your glue gun to secure the ribbon in place after you have created a loop.

Step Two: Now you have created your base, you can now start to get creative! Raid your jewellery and craft boxes and dig out all those old bits of jewellery and pretty buttons. You can also use bits of fabric, felt or lace to layer on top of the ribbon base. Use your trusty glue gun to secure every layer in place.

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A Family-Central, DIY Backyard Wedding: Adam & Kim

Adam & Kim were married at home in their back garden in front of a retro caravan that they’d bought especially for the occasion! The entire day was DIY as they wanted their wedding to be about all the things, and the people, that they love.

“Our love and what we love is what inspired our wedding day. We wanted to create something that was very personal and a signature of our relationship,” the bride explained. “Each part of the day was special and unique to us; even the format was flipped to the traditional idea of many. I found the traditional wedding magazine’s a bore and wondered if there was something wrong to not admire these staged, stuffy epic weddings. It wasn’t until I delved more on the internet that I found that I wasn’t the only one who felt this way and that others were creating some fabulous and unique days of their own. Rock n Roll Bride was a site that made me feel at home.”

“The 1973 Viscount, Retro Caravan was the first thing we bought with the wedding in mind, ” Kim continued. “It became such a pinnacle part of the day, becoming both our meeting point for our nuptials and also our honeymoon accommodation. Our guests even used it on the day to store all the gifts they bought along. Adam spent many hours transforming and restoring it into our retro delight, we named her Lola.”

“We decided to have both the ceremony and reception at our home. It was the first home we had purchased together and this made it all the more special hosting such a special event. It felt like a large house warming and celebration of love all in one. Constructing the day had to be unique to make it flow and be enjoyable, given everything was at the same location. We met at the house in the morning, with both of Adam’s children (Milena & Ziggy) and all spent some time with our photographer Renee to get some photos before everyone arrived.”

“We decided to put a lot of ourselves into both the ceremony and the reception. We wanted it to reflect us both as individuals and also as a beautiful blend of two. Every detail was a personal signature of us and what we loved. All the decorations we made or personalised ourselves and our backyard was transformed into our own collection of vintage and retro delights. I spent months scouring Etsy and eBay to collect the vast amount of vintage brooches which I used to create my bouquet. It was so much fun getting different brooches every day in the mail and seeing the colours and designs starting to come together. It makes me smile each time I see it now remembering all those nights I spent hunting for brooches.”

“We didn’t want to use fresh flowers so I decided to make pom pom flowers for the tables. These were easily made with a pom pom maker and some felted wool. The bottles were vintage ones collected at thrift shops, with doilies tied around some of the flutes. I also made the cake toppers, fabric garland, cushions and drew the VW design for the guests to finger stamp and sign for the day. The VW beetle was the perfect choice, as we owned one and also used it on the day as our getaway car. It is another lovely reminder of who shared our beautiful day.”

“The back veranda was transformed with a collection of different lampshades we found and Adam painted. The streamers were torn, vintage sheets and the felt garlands were made by myself in yellow felt. We wanted the colours to pop and create a fun atmosphere.”

As well as the DIY elements, keeping their wedding small, intimate and all about family was just as important to Kim & Adam. “We only had 6o guests,” Kim continued. “We didn’t want to miss getting to speak to each and every person on the day. We didn’t want to have a large, fussy, bridal party and instead decided, it was much more important to include Adam’s children in the ceremony. It was very important to us both that they were part of it as we were becoming a new family. They were wonderful and had such fun helping to plan small details. Both children even help me cut out the vintage book hearts for the confetti.”

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