Posted by Grace Bonney, of Design*Sponge:
Sorry about the late post. My 4-year-old computer finally decided to give up the fight, and now I'm trying to learn to type on a borrowed computer that doesn't agree with my fingers. Argh—computers!
Today I wanted to talk a bit about veils. For me, veils were one bit of tradition I was quick to dismiss because I felt like I was being trapped in a fancy cage made of tulle. So I nixed the idea and moved on.
Now, as the big day creeps closer and closer (2 weeks! eek!) I find myself wanting that flowy bit of fabric, but not willing to shell out an additional $300. So my first instinct was to head to a discount bridal store and pick up a $50 veil as a backup. But boy does the cost make a big difference. $50 tulle is indeed very different from fancy $300 tulle. I felt like each one was scratching my arms and neck so much that I couldn't bear to plunk down $50 for one. And now I'm left wondering if there is a world of mid-range veils that don't cost $300, but don't feel like a $50 veil?
Did you guys wear veils, and if so, did you splurge on a fancy one? Or find a way to make the discount ones work? And is there a place where $75-$100 veils exist and don't feel scratchy? I feel like my head might want a tiny bit of decoration, and perhaps a traditional veil (rather than a bird cage or flower head piece) is the best way to go for my traditional dress.