Good news! My sister has volunteered to make my veil! Yay! For those of you just tuning in, she’s also hand letterpressing our invitations. She’s multi-talented, for a virologist. Anyway, the veil! This is exciting since it will save me a sizable amount of money and trouble, and because it will have sentimental value. I don’t have a dress yet, but the veil is more or less decided (I think). I’m going with something simple and un-edged and elbow length, like in the picture above. I thought about not wearing a veil at all (more on that later) but I decided I might as well go for it, since that is one accessory I’ll never get a chance to wear again. You even can’t pull off a veil at the Opera these days. It’s a shame.
When I was a flower girl at 9, the one piece of advice that the bride impressed on me was “Always make your own veil. They sell them at ridiculous prices.” Being wedding-struck even then, I remembered this information. Twenty years later, its probably even better advice. In One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding (if you haven’t read this book you must) you learn that a large part of the profit wedding salons make is in the bridal accessories. And it’s easy to tell why. Veils that cost $5 to make routinely sell for $1,000. Thats bridal blindness, right there! In real life would you pay a GRAND for a piece of tulle? Even a bedazzled piece of tulle? I’m going to go with no. So get one made for you, make one yourself, or shop online (but you knew that…)
Picture: Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2007