Post # 1
I went and purchased my wedding dress yesterday and was going to buy the veil and flower accessory that I thought went perfect with the dress. When I was handed the bill the veil (called Jen Leigh Francis which I can’t find online anywhere dang my luck) was $399 and the flower which I thought was pretty simple was $125. I was shocked. I know that I can make a flower similar to the one I found or even find one much cheaper on etsy. The cost of the veil was even a shocker. Did other brides find themselves a little suprised by the cost of accessories?
Post # 3
@Future_Mrs.H: I too was a bit shocked…me veil was $350 in the store…but I found it online for $250. Still pricey but at least I didn’t pay full price.
Post # 4
@Future_Mrs.H: My veil is a simple piece of tulle, cathedral length. It was full price for $120, but I got it half off with a coupon. I think mine is cheaper because it is without beading or lace or details, except a slight shimmer to the fabric. But, yes, I have heard of veils that expensive.
Post # 5
Wow. I guess I will keep looking online for the veil. I’m glad that you all found yours cheaper.
Post # 6
I really wanted a long veil but they were to expensive and not in my budget..so I got a birdcage and flower from etsy both for 60 dollars not what I originally wanted but it still looks good
Post # 7
I got mine custom off Etsy for $100 (it had beading etc or it would have been cheaper)
Post # 8
Veils are IMHO the most overpriced wedding item. I paid $700 (or so) for mine to have it custom made to 140″ and covered in crystals. Yes it was gorgeous but I didn’t realize how much it really was compared to Etsy or online prices.
Post # 9
I was definitely shocked by prices. I can’t believe hair flowers are $100+. I got a custome made one off of etsy for $30. And veils are crazy too. I did buy mine from a bridal salone for $100 but its the simplest veil! Ridiculous how much they charge.
Post # 10
Veils and accessories like this are total cash cows for bridal shops. They use them as add-ons to pad the bill and offer “discounts” (like the ones a few PPs described) by knocking a percentage of a really ridiculously inflated pricetag until it’s merely ridiculous – it mollifies the customer but they are still making out like bandits.
Veils are pretty easy to DIY and the materials are pretty inexpensive, especially if you want something fairly plain. Lace, beading, etc., requires a little more skill to produce and somewhat more expensive materials, but you can still find them WAY cheaper than what they sell for in bridal salons. In addition to Etsy, check craigslist, the Weddingbee classifieds, etc. Same with hair accessories: you can find blank barrettes/combs/clips and silk florals, birdcage netting, tulle, etc. at a craft store for way less than what they’re going to charge you in a bridal shop.
Post # 11
I paid $315 for mine… I hadn’t looked on etsy or anything so I didn’t realize I most likely could have gotten it for less. I did, however, want to try it on in person before purchase!
Post # 12
I bought all the materials for mine at $30 worth of tulle, and $30 of crystals off ebay and this was the result:
Post # 13
I paid $7.50 for materials plus $100 to a seamstress for a custom veil to match my blush pink dress. But before I decided to try to match the color, which I wanted to do in person, I was planning to buy online. There are lots of good suggestions for where to buy a veil in this thread: Where Did You Get Your Veil?
Post # 14
There is no chance in hell I’m buying my veil from the salon haha. Over $200 for a scrap of tulle!!! Online has much better deals. The quality may not be as perfect depending on where you get it, but I just want a very plain one anyway.
Post # 15
@vmec: That looks so good!
Post # 16
Definitely look at etsy. I got mine for $30 off etsy. It’s simple, but I love it!