Post # 1
A Quick Veil Roundup:
1. Does anyone feel like there is a lack of vendors or selection options for veils? When searching for my dress, I felt like I knew all of the designers names and where to go to look to find certain styles. I wish there were more options to see styled veils and headpieces! Even looking online, it’s so tough to tell what they look like when pinned to the head of a manquin! I wish some of the blogs would focus on the veil part of the ensemble more! Outside of Sara Gabriel and Homa (which is probably way out of my budget), I don’t really know any veil designers.
2. I purchased a veil online on a whim thinking it would meet my needs, and $70 bucks later it was not what I hoped for and kind of looked silly on me. (Fingertip with the piped edging). Have most of you just sucked it up and ordered from a bridal store? Or have you tried your luck with an etsy or online vendor? I’m also thinking about maybe buying one second hand online (because there are better options to see what it looks like on a real bride)… I also think this might be a good way to get a higher quality veil for more of a discount (since most brides only wear the veil for the ceremony anyway, and they dont experience much wear and tear).
3. I’m leaning toward a chapel length… but my dress doesn’t have lace on it. I’ve also read that it’s bad to have rhinestones on your veil since the photograph like dots. Has anyone had this experience? My dress is from the Allure Romance line… Has anyone paired a long veil with a dress similar to Allure Romance 2614? I loved the look of Jessica Simpson’s veil, but I think that might make me look silly (plus size bride, so I think some volume might be good on the veil). I had such a struggle deciding on a dress, that I didn’t really think about the veil when I finally decided on the dress to purchase.
4. Has anyone ever tried updating their mother’s veil? I’ve also thought about this option… My mother wore a long veil, but we’d have to find a way to reattach to a comb since she had it on sort of a square pillbox-like base.
5. If you loved the look & style of your veil with more classic A-Line dresses, please help a girl out and share your pic & veil designer!
Post # 2
This is very timely for me.
I tried a veil on when I purchased my dress but did not want to spend 200 on a veil when I wasn’t even sure at the time I wanted to wear one.
a few months ago I purchased a $25 veil online from eBay. It is fine but my mom was convinced it was too dark. I had ordered ivory as my dress was ivory. I agree with you though, there are only so many veil options.
Last weekend we stopped in a second hand wedding store and found a beautiful ivory veil. The shop keeper offered to hold it for us so I could bring my dress in to try it on with the veil as my mom was still concerned that it was too yellow.
we went back yesterday with the dress…it matched perfectly. We also tried on a white veil and saw how it was the wrong color for the dress.
So ultimately, my advice is that you should try a few on to see what you like, then can find something similar online.
BTW, the veil was 85, and I ended up also purchasing a 100 hair vine that I fell in love with. also, since my veil is a 2 tier veil, i am now going to have the blusher over my face when I walk down the aisle and have it lifted when my mom gives me away…I had never even considered that but when I started crying just trying it, knew I loved the idea. The older lady in the shop was a great source of options and ideas On everything! I’m so thankful we went there!
Post # 3
Luckily my mother-in-law has given me her veil from her wedding 27 years ago. It’s identical to the veil I tried on in a store and fell in love with. And with it being a cathedral length it’s saved me £225!!! Maybe one of your family members can give you one or help?
Post # 4
I also ummed and aahed about a veil. I loved the veil I tried on when I bought my dress, but couldnt see the point soending 300 euro on it. It looked really simple to make if I could get the raw materials.
Its true there isnt really veil designers, though it all depends on what youre really looking for. A simple raw or pencil edge veil isnt that difficult to make, so its more something I would find on etsy (which by the way there are lots on there). It would be the more intricate designs with lace appliques that would be special designer necessary, but even then knowing how to makea veil and how to apply kace Iis enough for anyone to do it.
Ultimately I ended uo just getting one online at a bridal accessories store, my dress is satin modified aline with a 5 foot train. The veil I got is pencil edge ankle length. It is a big ovak shape, and while I thought I initially wanted a more rectangke shape where the veil kind of just all goes to the end, the oval shaoe kind of makes it more full in the edge, I added some beading to the comb and also some very small clear, but pearled beads around the edge (similar to the one I tried on when buying the dress). My wedding is outside at the beach so I figured the beads would catch the light a bit.
If youre looking for something custom, I would recommend trying etsy and getting one custom made from one of the vendors. But you should definately know what you want first. Like how do you want it to fall, how full at the comb, the part that goes over y8ur face or not, etc. I checked up your dress and a elbow or fingertip would look great.
Post # 5
I actually just posted a review yesterday: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/so-happy-with-my-veil-i-have-to-recommend-obridal-com/. I love my veil. It’s a cathedral length drop veil with lace trim on the back. If you decide to go with a veil (and I don’t have any knowledge re: lace vs rhinestone embellishment) I would highly recommend buying one from OBridal.com. Her site is a little outdated in layout and therefore a little hard to navigate but she does great work and the prices are great. If you need ideas, The Knot has a veil gallery: http://www.theknot.com/gallery/bridal-accessories/results?acesseroies%20tags=headpieces%20-%20veils.
My veil (which I’ll be wearing with an A-line dress):
Post # 6
I repurposed my mother’s veil. She had a cathedral length veil attached to a hat. Over 30 years later, the veil was now dirty and had a few holes. All I did was unstitch it from the hat, wash it (oxiclean), tea-dye it, and trim it into a smaller circle. I wore it as a drop veil. She had a comb inside the hat, so I took the comb off the hat and stitched it into the middle of the circle without gathering the tulle (a lot of drop veils are held with hat pins, but I thought the comb was less obvious.
I am NOT crafty, and it was pretty easy and painless. Plus, it was hugely sentimental for me. And much cheaper. Otherwise, I probably would have brought tulle and done it myself. Plain veils aren’t that complicated.
It looks like Jessica wore a drop veil, too! I think that type of veil would look gorgeous with your dress. Wear what you want to wear. And (I personally think) they are so elegant and romantic.
Post # 7
Veil shopping was a nightmare… and trying to find one online that I liked well enough to not see in person did not go well. I ended up finding a veil at the bridal shop where I purchased my dress. They were having an accessory sale so they took twenty percent off the price. My dress is more fit and flare than a-line but I went for a long cathedral length veil and absolutely loved it!