- 8 years ago
Hi, Bees! Have any of you looked at/bought veils from LightInTheBox.com? I’ve heard mixed reviews, and, now that I’ve tried it, I’ve had a mixed experience. I’d give them a “Recommended With Reservations” eval.I thought other brides might benefit from knowing both the good and the bad. Anyone else out there have a review about working with them?
On to the Saga of the Veil …
Prologue: My mom and I bought my gown at a Brides Against Breast Cancer charity gown sale. (BTW I love my gown and I love this organization! Check them out. I know some brides worry about “gown karma” from wearing a pre-owned gown, but a lot of the BABC gowns are new, donated from shops, and, re. the pre-owned ones, I think a bride who would donate her gown to such a great cause must be a person of such generosity of spirit that only good things can come of wearing her gift. I am deeply grateful to whoever it is out there who donated the beautiful dress I’ll be wearing in a few months.) I wanted to support BABC and avoid retail bridal as much as possible, so Mom and I also picked out a veil at the sale. It was elbow length with crystals and a rolled edge. My gown is lacy with a chapel train. The colors coordinated really well, but style-wise, it occured to me after the fact, it might not be the most harmonious combo. Plus, our wedding is going to be in a beautiful old-fashioned Catholic church. I got to thinking that a lace-edged cathedral veil would be the way to go. It would look really spectacular, if I could find the right one … started looking on RecycledBride and PreOwnedWeddingDresses … and someone listed a veil that they mentioned that they had gotten off this site called LightInTheBox.com. Aha! The game is afoot …
Chapter One: I went on the site, did some poking around, and I really liked their “2-Layer Cathedral w/ Lace (item 80730)” and felt that the $80 price tag was reasonable. I read a bunch of the reviews, and saw some favorable as well as some not-so-great things. Someone had posted a closeup of the lace, and it looked like a near match to my gown, but a lot of people had mentioned that the veil was shorter than the picture. I decided to take a chance on it, and I placed my order. Gulp.
Chapter Two: A little over a week later, I got an email that the veil was shipped. The shipping was lightning fast – I was expecting it would take another 5-7 days to arrive, but it was on my doorstep, like, a day and a half later! When I opened the box, I was happy with the quality of the materials and workmanship, and the lace was an excellent complement to my gown, extremely similar, they actually looked like they could be a matched set. However, in the photos on the site, the top tier reached just past the model’s waist and the bottom tier was super long. On the veil I received, the comb was set closer to the middle of the fabric, so that the top tier was correspondingly longer (to the middle of my thighs) and, since I’m on the tall side, that made the bottom tier significantly shorter on me than on the picture, more chapel-length. (I suspect the model is a 4’6″ Russian gymnast!)
Chapter Three: Since I basically liked the veil, the lace harmonized so well, and the price was reasonable, I decided to buy a second one, remove the comb, and attach it underneath the first one to create a 3-tier, true cathedral length veil. It’s a little extravagant, but I did really want a cathedral veil, and this would get me something pretty magnificent-looking without having to splurge too much. The second one just arrived yesterday, and I’m going over to my friend’s mom’s place today (mom is a seamstress) to work on it. At that price, even having to buy two veils I feel like I’m coming out ahead – I don’t even want to think about what a retail bridal salon would charge for a 3-tier lace edged cathedral veil! And, once again, the shipping was extremely fast.
Chapter Four: Since I was ordering the second veil anyway, I thought, “Why not see about getting a shorter veil for the reception, since they’re so affordable?” I’d say that’s where I crossed the line into “too extravagant.” I went for one of their $30 veils, but the quality of it was not good. The tulle was stiff and scratchy compared to the other one, and I found about half a dozen holes and snags in the lace. So, I would recommend springing for one of the “higher end” LightInTheBox veils, but read the reviews carefully, and you probably want to avoid the cheapest LITB veils.
Epilogue: I think, too, that after wearing a 3-tier veil for the ceremony, my poor head will need a break, and I’ll just wear a fascinator for the reception, and no veil. Or if there’s leftover material after cutting down the second veil to make the bottom tier, I might use that to make a short reception veil. That could be a really great option, actually. So, LITB plus a little creativity can work out, but be prepared to roll with a few surprises. After we work on the veil today, I’ll try to post some pics so you can see how the final product turns out.