Post # 1
Hey Girls – i have a few questions about veils. How does one distinquish high vs low quality in a simple veil? I think I’m looking for something simple – really sheer and no embellishment or trim. Prices range from really cheap to really expensive. Is there something I should be looking for that would suggest the quality of the veil? For example, are there ‘grades’ of tulle? Kind of like thread count in sheets? How much do you think I need to spend to get a really nice chapel length veil and / or a nice fingertip length veil? I’m thinking one that attaches with a simple comb – no tiara or headband. 1 or 2 layers. No blusher. (I’m thinking I’d like a long veil for some dramatic photos, but a shorter one for the ceremony and reception.) Thanks!
Post # 3
Nope! Veils are one of the most overpriced things on the market, especially for the simpler ones. I had someone hand bead real pearls and swarovski crystals onto mine, so that cost a bit more in terms of material, but tulle is cheap. Get a cheap veil and you really won’t be able to tell the difference. Occanesey designs or etsy is a good way to go. Lots of bees have had good luck on ebay too.
Post # 4
I could not agree with Cheerful more, they are really overpriced. I’ve been in midst of my search for months from low end to Kleinfelds and honestly I cannnot tell the difference. I’ve seen them all in person from $125 to $3,000 (no lie). They’ve been plain or fancy, fingertip and or catherdral and single or double tiered. I’ve looked at mantilla, beaded and pearled and my friends Reem Acra. For the most part, they tulle is somewhat similiar, it’s the added extras that might be a bit more fancy driving the cost up, Etsy seems to be the best route.
Post # 5
I make custom veils – most veils are made out of tulle and tulle is cheap – it runs about $1.50 a yard for the cheap stuff and about $2.50 a yard for the better tulle. I can make a beautiful simple cathedral length veil for about $5.00 and you can do the same thing – there’s plenty of DIY instructions around to make a plain, simple cathedral veil yourself. Just buy the cheap stuff to play around with – about 3 yards would cost you $5.00 tops. Once you get the “practice’ piece done, buy the better grade tulle (usually around $2.50 a yard), you’re good to go.
In my case, when I make mantilla veils, I use alençon lace, which is a fine needlepoint lace made of linen thread and is expensive – it usually runs around $45.00 a yard. Add in crystals or other embellishments and that’s when you’re charged more money. But if you’re wanting a simple veil, which can be just as beautiful as a custom veil with lace, etc, make it yourself.
Post # 6
Tulle is super inexpensive! I bought mine on ebay for $35 b/c it had crystals on the edge, but you could totally make your own. Just hang it up so it doesn’t get wrinkly…which it really does! I use it to tie presents with and everything–way cheaper than ribbon and more dramatic. I bought mine off Venus Veils though
Post # 8
My sister bought mine for $260… insane. I knew it was a ripoff
Post # 9
yeah, i totally can’t believe how much people charge for nylon or polyester factory-made junk. it’s so bad i think it’s unethical. almost ALL veils are made these days from “bridal illusion” which is NOT silk, it’s manmade fabric (is it nylon, or polyester? i forget). which is totally, totally fine — except that it’s priced like it was made by hand from silk by a bunch of magic fairies! hahahah. i was actually told by one of the super-mega-expensive bridal veil boutiques that it’s “impossible” to get one from real silk illusion or silk tulle, because the fabric is too delicate. lie! instead of spending hundreds of dollars for a factory-made, machine-made veil market up 1000 percent, i ended up buying silk illusion and having vintage lace meticulously hand-stitched onto it by someone i found thru “Alchemy” on Etsy.com. cost? $150. and it’s truly “heirloom quality.” you can see some examples of revolting veil mark-ups on a post i left a few days ago about “muckraking” and “veil rip-offs” somewhere lower down on this board. (in short: “Designs by Kristin,” et al, often are selling veils for $350 and more that can be bought elsewhere for $140 — which is STILL a huge markup!)