Post # 1
I am shopping around for a real silk mantilla veil with alencon lace trim on the edges. I really like the look of the very sheer silk veils. I asked the seamstress who is altering my gown how much she charges for a custom made veil and she said it *starts* at $275 for a mantilla. My dress is also a dark ivory color (they called it “antique” color) so it would have to be a darker veil that matches. The seamstress said it will be virtually impossible to find a veil to match the color of my dress.
Is $275+ average? Any other places you would recommend for a good quality veil?
Post # 3
I think around $200 is an average price for a veil.
Silk tulle is actually the most opaque of the available tulles. See:
I spent $250 for *just* the silk tulle for my veil (fingertip length drop), so I find it hard to believe that someone would charge $275 for a real silk tulle veil. I believe I spent around $125 for the alencon lace trim to go around it.
I’ve seen boutiques charge ~$700 for the veil I want, for a price reference.
1) It’s not hard to make a veil, especially the one you want. If you used nylon illusion, you could probably make it for about $5 more than you spend on your lace.
2) You can try tea-dying your veil (only if it’s made out of natural materials though) to match your dress color. I honestly think you could get away with having a slightly lighter veil and it wouldn’t be a big deal.
Post # 4
Quality silk tulle starts at around $50/yd at the very cheapest. What you’re looking for can easily retail for $1K. I’d be extremely weary of someone charging only $275, that’s likely not for silk tulle.
Post # 5
@Anise: thank you for the link! wow, i didn’t realize that the real silk is actually more opaque. Did you DIY your own veil?
@atlbride2013: $1k! yikes!
Post # 6
@kcanon: I know. I agree. It’s also apparently a huge pain in the butt to work with.
Post # 7
My veil was silk organza with no lace and not a hard to find color. It was $200 originally. I was just lucky enough to get it on clearance.
Post # 8
@kcanon: Yes, I’m planning on doing my veil DIY style. I was told it was the more flowy form (there’s a stiffer form of it used for crinolines), but it feels quite substantial in my hands and it’s very opaque.
The very sheer look you like is most likely nylon or polyester tulle illusion; the alencon lace is heavy and should help it drape better.
Post # 9
If you have a fabric store anywhere around you, go in and ask for “bridal illusion tulle”. That’s what most quality veils are made of. A simple fingertip length razor cut edge veil made of silk tulle will cost you around $150.00 but you can get one that’s made of bridal illusion for about $25.00. Silk tulle is more flowy and is gorgeous but it’s not as sheer as bridal illusion.
Post # 10
thank you for the replies everyone! I’ll go to a store and try on the different veils to see which one I like better on me. So far I’ve only looked at pictures of the silk vs polyester. Although I do really like the sheer look of the bridal illusion, I like the way the silk veil flows. But man, the price difference is huge!