Do you remember when I said I wouldn’t wear a birdcage veil? Allow me to eat my words.
Mmmm, shame beignet…
I wanted to wear a two-tier, long-ish veil, with one tier pulled over my face as a blusher—or, a drop veil. It went along with Mr. Dragon’s idea of me as a bride, and who could argue with that?
But then I actually tried a long, two-tier veil…and I felt like I was stuck in a cage made of tulle. It was touching my face, my hair, my arms, everywhere, and I felt claustrophobic. It also added to the kid-playing-dress-up feeling I’ve been fighting. Big huge veil? Not my thing.
Wonderful Mr. Dragon told me, over and over, that I didn’t have to wear a veil, that I didn’t have to wear a veil over my face, that I could do whatever made me happy and comfortable. So I started idly wandering my way through the veils on Etsy, hoping I would find something that struck my fancy. I still wanted tulle, not netting, but I wanted something a lot shorter.
I tentatively clicked into the birdcage section. I wanted double-layer, that wouldn’t be all up in my face, and wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. This one caught my eye:
Image and product from The Little White Dress on Etsy
It was only $22! I pulled the trigger, bought it, and explained to Mr. Dragon that I’d still have something covering my face but it wouldn’t be a traditional veil. He shrugged, said, “Like one of those retro veil things?” and wandered off to play with tools in the driveway.
And then it got here…and I didn’t really like how it looked.
All of my wedding-attire photo-taking happens when Mr. Dragon is around, so that’s why it’s an iPhone photo…dragging out the tripod is a bit suspect!
It wasn’t really a problem with the veil itself (though I misunderstood the double-layer aspect and thought it’d be more like a veil with a blusher in the front and tulle in the back). I just didn’t like how it looked on my head, and could foresee all kinds of problems with having the tulle in my face throughout the entire ceremony (read: I couldn’t see very well, and was pretty sure if I cried I’d get makeup all over the veil!).
Back to the drawing board! The lovely Miss Eagle helped me out immensely, sending me all kinds of links and giving me suggestions for what might work. I also enlisted the help of MOH Michelle, who has been itching to be able to do something, what with our long-distance planning.
Miss Eagle suggested a traditional veil, something nice and long because I’m tall. MOH Michelle loved a shorter veil. I threw caution to the wind and decided that pouf isn’t a horrible thing. In fact, I straight up embraced the pouf and ordered this (sorry, Miss E!):
Bubble veil from Svitlana’s Bridal Veils on Etsy
And…I love it! It’s kind of mangled from shipping, but I think letting it air out, and possibly steaming it, will fix things up.
Let’s pretend I’m not sunburned and my hair is a bit more bridal, shall we?
It’s a giant poufball, and I like it. I guess I should have just embraced the pouf in the first place!
Did you struggle with finding a veil, or any other aspect of your wedding-day look?