Post # 1
When I got married earlier this year I wanted a sheer single tier veil as I didn’t want to detract from my dress. I wasn’t after any lace (or fancy Swarovski crystals!) but even for a very very simple one with no embellishments they were going at $200+ at all the bridal shops I went to. They weren’t silk either. I just couldn’t justify spending that sort of money for essentially a piece of nylon on a comb. I eventually got one off a store on Etsy for $38 and it was so beautiful! Maybe I just don’t have a taste for the finer things… but I honestly couldn’t tell the difference.
Now one of my closest friends are getting married (yay!) and she is stressing out about the veil too. I have told her my experience but she is totally convinced the more expensive is better. Is this all in our heads? Is there really a difference? How much did you spend on your wedding veil?
Post # 2
It really depends on the kind of veil and who’s making it.
In many cases, expensive veils are just that — more expensive. The average veil isn’t that hard to make, and the fabric it’s made of isn’t expensive; however, there are veils that are cut a certain way, decorated a certain way, and made to appear a certain way that really are deserving of that higher price.
Not all lace is equal, for example. Sure, there’s lots of beautiful, reasonably priced lace, but if you want the good stuff, it’ll cost you. If you want it handled the right way and used the right way, it’ll cost you, because you are also paying for the expertise of the person making it.
Post # 3
Unless you’re looking at a very high quality material (which would be more expensive by the yard no matter what it was used for) most veils aren’t really worth the outlay, IMO. If you can find it for a better price and it works for the brief period of time it’s being worn, go for it.
Post # 4
Veils are one of the most overnprices things in the wedding industry. And if you’re getting married, you know that everything is already over priced!
some veils are worth the price. Hand made lace, beading, crystals sure.
but honestly, the regular ones you se at bridal stores for $200 they just ordered in bulk from China and spent the time steaming them. I ordered a $15 veil that actually looks better than the $200 ones I see in stores. Only difference was that *i* had to steam it lol.
Post # 5
I splurged on mine – it is custom designed with intricate and very delicate hand beading and lace details all around and up the bottom. I know I am in the minority though!
Post # 6
jellybellynelly : $15?! Where did you get your veil? I couldn’t find anything cheaper that looked simple/sheer and had decently fine netting. (This one for anyone that is interested on the one I bought: https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/484004999/ivory-white-bridal-veil-sheer-single).
mlacake29 : I think if there is clearly workmanship and labour involved I could understand if it were more expensive.
Thanks ladies for the responses, I think my friend will feel more comfortable buying a ‘cheap’ veil after reading this
Post # 7
diamondsandorchids : my veil cost around the 350 mark. It was a more detailed veil that had a lot of work like scalloped edges, lace appliqué and individual beading done on each lace appliqué. My fabric wasnt a netting/tulle but more of a thicker transparent fabric. We got it at the salon I got my dress from. I’m sure it was hugely marked up to what they played for it but I guess so is everything.
If my veil was a more standard one I probably would have saved dollars and got it online for a fraction of the cost but because it was different to what I saw online I felt it was worth the splash of cash.
As for your question, I don’t think there is a lot of difference in quality with veils. The bridal salons buy the same stuff you would on the internet. The only difference is that they mark it up and do the leg work for you in the fact that they find the best quality one for the lowest price. Im sure most veils sold are probably hand sewn in countries with cheap labour to keep cost low and margins high unless you are really going bespoke or buying from a store on etsy that does more made to order stuff.
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter's Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle
I used my sister’s veil (it was my “something borrowed”) and she had bought it for $20 from lightinthebox. Neither of us wanted anything elaborate – it was a simple chapel length tulle veil. If I’d wanted anything more elaborate I still probably would have ordered it online.
Post # 9
Everyone was quoting me $500+ for a plain cathedral length veil. I paid $100 with shipping on etsy. You barely wear the veil. I wasn’t paying that much.
Post # 10
mlacake29 : omg pics pleeeease
Post # 11
when i bought my dress, they told me to pick a veil at no extra charge.
Post # 12
The answer to this type of question needs to start with another question- “Better than WHAT?”
Unless your friend expects to leave the price tag of her veil dangling gracefully over her shoulder, (sometimes referred to as the Minnie Pearl approach to fashion) NO ONE WILL KNOW what she paid UNLESS SHE TELLS THEM.
Therefore……….listen well to Ann Reid’s tried and trusted rule of social protection and decorum- DON’T TELL ANYONE WHAT YOU’VE PAID! It’s nobody’s business but yours, and if you’ve bought something you love and think is gorgeous with the rest of your wedding finery, shut your trap into a smile and say “Thank You”.
Post # 13
I always tell the bride she is right in her decision. The bride has to decide what her priorities are as most are on a budget. Personally I don’t tink I would focus on the veil too much. Yes hand finished edges,scalloped lace or beading is nice but the dress is usually the focus and the veil is only worn for the ceremnoy and lifted. it seems to me the drama is created with a simple veil versus an expensive intricate one which sometimes I feeltoo busy or distracting anyways. But again, decide what is most important to you. I am making a veil myself for a bride. I found a $80 comb for 20 and I am adding the tulle. The bride seems happy and this is from the couple who would not compromise on free chair sashes that matched their color theme because they preferred satin over organza – I got the organza sashes for free but it will cost 2 dollars for satin per chair. You just know they will have trouble with their budget if they keep this up lol.
Post # 14
diamondsandorchids : I’m so glad you posted this! I was just looking at veils online yesterday. I also want a simple, one layered, tulle cathedral length veil. The one they wanted to sell me when I bought my dress was $150 and 50% off which I thought was a great price! But hey if I can get the same look for $38 that’s a win to me!
Post # 15
In my experience, yes the more epensive veil was better. That being said, everyone’s taste and opinion on quality and what they consider “better” is completely subjective.
In my inital search I thought “it’s just tulle, it can’t make that much of a difference”. While my dress is by Allure, I bought a cheapie veil from David’s Bridal while stopping in one day with a girlfriend. Got it home, put it with the dress and it looked terrible. Then I bought a veil from one of the online chinese knockoff dress websites. I figured I’d seem some pretty good replica dresses come from there so how bad could the veil be? It arrived and was the tackiest thing I’d ever seen. I finally just caved and called to order the matching veil from Allure and I was super happy with it.