Post # 1
My dress is really simple. It’s an ivory-colored evening gown with a 1930s bias-cut and these really cool strong shoulders. I fell in love with it on eBay, of all places, and grabbed it despite it not being a “wedding dress.” After a weekend of trying on actual official bridal dresses, nothing came close. 🙂
But! The veil. Tulle just doesn’t work. So I’m looking at mantillas, since I want a pretty elaborate veil to make up for the total simplicity of the dress. I’m thinking of DIYing myself a veil made entirely of Venice lace. I can’t decide how well this will work. The fact that i haven’t seen it anywhere makes me wonder if it’ll look stupid. I think it’ll have to be fingertip length, since doing it short would make it look like one of those Catholic mass veils.
Thoughts? Pic of the kind of lace I’m thinking of is attached.
Post # 3
I think bridal mantillas tend to be tulle with trim, but the kind that traditional catholic ladies wear are most often pre lace, although they often tend to be shaped differently, too.
Here’s a site that has some nice ones:
Post # 4
Love the idea! If it isnt long (elbow or fingertip), it will look like those church veils. Only a few old school Filipino women wore them when I was little. The practice has all but died out.
Post # 5
Done! Here is the final product. Etsy is so awesome…I found the vintage silver edge lace in a fabric shop in SF, found an amazing seller (Honeycomb Veils), and she made it happen. Super helpful…she sent swatches and everything. 🙂
Post # 7
that is stunning! from your description of the dress i think it will look lovely!
Post # 8
Honeycomb Veils are gorgeous… I haven’t worked with the seller but I love her stuff.
Post # 9
Gorgeous! You’ll look stunning!
Post # 10
O.M.G. I am looking for the same kind of veil! (Catholic wedding). Thank you for posting! GORGEOUS!
Post # 11
Thanks. 🙂 We haven’t gotten official photos back yet, but this is how it looked on. I was really afraid it’d look like a tablecloth or way too granny or something – you know, like maybe there was a reason no one made all-lace veils. 😉 But I really loved how it came together.
And I can’t rave about Honeycomb Veils enough. 🙂
Post # 12
Wow – lovely and very unique total look! I think it worked beautifully together – very striking!
Post # 13
I just recently attended a wedding where the bride wore an all lace veil like you are describing and it was the most beautiful veil I’d ever seen. It was extra special since it was her mother’s veil, so something old and borrowed.