I have a nifty little talent.
I discovered this talent back when I was planning my wedding last summer and the $200+ price-tags of feather hairpieces in bridal stores shocked the Dutch be-jeezies out of me. How could a few feathers and faux crystals add up to that much? Well my friends, if you put the word “bridal” in front of any product name it immediately increases the cost by about 300%. But I’m no sucker; I too, can buy feathers and faux crystals. And so, based on the pure principle of the matter, I decided I would make my own feather hairpiece.
Using the lace flowers from my mother’s wedding dress circa 1982, I created a dramatic hairpiece that held a lot of personal significance. I had been trying to think of a way to carry a piece of my mom’s wedding day with me so being able to use parts of her dress for the centrepiece of the fascinator worked out amazingly well. For about $20, I purchased bleached peacock feathers, white coque feathers and a few boa-like white feathers from suppliers off Etsy. Then, I took two lace flowers from my mom’s dress and bunched them to form the petal-like centre of the headpiece. From there, I simply eye-balled the placement of the feathers to form the shape and antique look I was hoping for. To keep things easy, I used a hot glue gun and a small circle of felt to build the headpiece. A little antique blue earring my sister gave me for my birthday completed the look.
Sometimes it really does pay to think outside the box and add personal, meaningful touches to the details of your big day. That headpiece is something I will cherish, something I’m proud of, and something that holds meaning. You can’t buy that for $200.
What are some uniquely personal DIY projects that have or will add a meaningful touch to your special day?
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