(Closed) How did you choose your VEIL? I don't even know where to start!

posted 5 years ago in Accessories
Post # 3
8473 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

Basically my consultant showed me what would look best with the dress I chose.  They didn’t make any suggestions?

Post # 4
3697 posts
Sugar bee

I started by buying a veil I ended up changing my mind about (fortunately, it was really cheap) and, by going through “veil regret,” I sorted out what I wanted and eventually found something *spectacular.*

Post # 5
738 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I went with the first and only veil I tried on. It didn’t hide the back details of the skirt of the gown, and ended at the most narrow part of my waist, so it flattered everything.



Post # 7
1902 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I think just ask at the bridal shop – they picked out a bunch of veils for me that would go with my dress and I picked the one that I liked the most. If you trust their opinion, then I think it’s worth it, and saves a lot of hassle given the variety of different veils out there.


Post # 9
3697 posts
Sugar bee

Actually, before you put too much trust in the bridal shop, remember that they charge HUGE markups on veils. Seriously – it’s a length of tulle and a plastic comb, maybe a spray of lace. Veils are a cash cow for them … if you want to drop that kind of $$, go for it I guess, but you can get a much more affordable veil by striking out on your own online or by DIYing it.

ETA: I think your instincts are right on that sash. It kind of interrupts the line of your gown, and I think with the gathers and the flower over your knee, it ends up being too much. It looks busy – the photo without it looks much cleaner.

Re. deciding on a veil: do you want to show off the back of your gown? Do you like the look of a long trailing veil? Do you want to be able to flip a blusher over your face?

Personally, I think with your hair and that gown, something simple like a flower, clip or headband would be lovely. A veil would be nice too – but you could totally get away with not wearing one.

Post # 10
5011 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

I knew I wanted a cathedral-length veil from the start. So that helped. I thought I wanted a lace edge, but that changed.

Then once my dress started to take shape, I knew I wanted something with a really bold edge. I looked at red and gold laces but both looked a bit tacky.

I then found beaded veils but ruled them out because they were too expensive. My aunt then gave me a very significant amount of money towards the wedding and I decided that I’d use some of that to buy the ridiculously expensive beaded veil because nothing else would match up to it once I’d seen it.

Post # 11
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I guess a lot of it is the look you are going for.  Some thoughts. . .

Typically more formal weddings have longer veils.  You could probably go with a long chapel veil for this dress.  I don’t think I’d do a cathedral length veil.  Because of the bow on your sash I think your veil should either end right above the bow (but below the start of your dress) or below the ribbons on it.

Because it’s an outdoor summer wedding I think you could rock a really nice birdcage or fascinator, but that’s pretty fashion-forward and may/may not be your style.

Did you want a blusher or not?

There are lots of different styles for veils – even the same style of veil will look different if the tulle they used was wider (so it’s more gathered).

Post # 12
4352 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I just looked at veils until I saw something I loved. When Fiance vetoed it because it was too long I looked again until I found something else I loved (I figured out which elements were important to me and looked at other veils which were shorter but had those elements). If you have dress twins, its helpful to see what veils they paired with the dress.

The first veil I loved was a laced edged cathedral length veil with a drop blusher. The second one was the same, but fingertip length. I decided to DIY (way cheaper and I like sewing) so I looked on etsy for lace I liked that was in budget. When I had it narrowed down I let the bees guide me. I think posting polls help a lot, even when the bees don’t agree with you because it either confirms that you love the same one as everyone else or that you love one veil and don’t care if other people hate it.

Post # 13
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Instead of having a “moment” for a dress I had that moment with the veil. I was in love with the “Uma” and was alll ready to try and DIY that when I saw an Arabella/Uma combo. I gasped. I knew I needed to have it.


I can’t wait for her to be finished. Here she is, Mid-production:

EDIT: here’s what she’ll look like when she’s done,(my inspo pic)

Post # 14
2116 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I pointed to one and said “I like that one!” She put it on me, and I fell in love with it.


$250 angel-cut veil with pretty beading that looked similar to the beading on my Allure gown…


Actually, it was $300, but I was like “I can’t pay $300 for a veil,” and she wound up knocking $50 off for me.

Post # 15
684 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My veil was actually my “something borrowed” from one of my friends. It was ivory and pretty long but not cathedral length. It was very simple and sheer which is what I wanted since my dress was so detailed I didn’t want it taking away from the details on my gown. It was perfect! And it was free!! lol.

Post # 16
7462 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I fell In love with the first dress and the first veil that I tried on. The consultant picked it for me because it matched my dress perfectly. I wouldn’t normally want to pay $149 for a veil, but that consultant got me good haha.

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