I’ve been pretty obsessed with veils lately. Well, actually, I’ve been pretty obsessed with veils since getting engaged. I knew I wanted a lace-edged mantilla veil before I knew what kind of dress I wanted. And after trying on 150 wedding dresses, I knew I wanted a cathedral length veil. I want to be draped in yards of soft Alencon lace, framing my face. As traditional as it looks, it’s my favorite style of veil.
Waist length Mantilla Veil / Image via PoshVeils
Just to remind you, my dress comes with a cathedral length mantilla veil. Lucky me. The lace is the same lace that is used on the dress, and it really finishes off the whole look. I love how it drapes around the shoulders and frames the dress.
I LOVE my veil. But, I really want to wear a veil for the reception, too. And because I’m going to bustle the train of the dress, I thought maybe I could bustle the veil, too. I had read about it on a few sites, but the overall consensus is that the tulle will most likely rip, and my veil will be destroyed. Okay. Plan B time.
I plan on getting a fingertip length mantilla veil for the reception. Since my veil came with my dress, I didn’t really realize how expensive these veils are! When I was trying on 150 wedding dresses, the cathedral length veils I tried on were just plain tulle and were typically an astronomical $700 +. I mean, they are super pretty, but is it worth the price? A fingertip length mantilla veil would cost at least $500 in a bridal salon.
Two Tier Spanish Mantilla / Image via AlisaBrides
Right now, I’m considering DIY-ing a mantilla veil, similar to other bees before me. Mrs. Sunbeam (and Mrs. DG) made a beautiful waist length lace-edged veil. Mrs. Spring Roll DIYed a very cute short mantilla veil. I’m not afraid to put the time in to hand sew the lace, but I’m worried about the lace matching my dress! Does anyone have any DIY mantilla tips? I don’t want to mess it up.
While we’re on the topic of veils, there was a post on the Weddingbee LGBTQ board a few weeks ago about queer brides wearing veils. The consensus was that it shouldn’t matter if you’re gay, straight, bisexual, queer – you should wear a veil if you want to! I wholeheartedly agree. I love veils. I want to wear one for as long as I’m allowed to! Which in reality, is one day. But, Fiancee Eagle thinks that a Spanish mantilla may be a bit much. She thinks I’ll look “very Catholic,” and is worried I’ll get annoyed with my reception veil. I think even a little annoyance will be worth feeling like a bride and getting some awesome photos. Plus, its like having a second dress! The dress really will look different with a shorter veil.
Are you wearing a veil? Why or why not? Anyone have any DIY veil tips?