Something Borrowed

In the spirit of doing things out of order, I’ve decided to wear Mama Dillo’s veil on my wedding day. It’s a bit ironic since I haven’t even gone shopping for my dress yet, but I’m totally psyched Mama Dillo offered it up to me, and it can’t hurt to have some of that good, successful marriage juju on me when I walk down the aisle on the big day. I’ve decidedly declared Mama Dillo’s veil as my “something borrowed.” (I obviously intend to return it to her after the ceremony just in case maybe Lil Dillo or someone wants to wear it on her wedding day!)

Now, my parents got married in 1987, which means Mama Dillo’s veil isn’t exactly”¦subtle. HOWEVER, in terms of how ’80s veils tended to look on brides back in the day, hers wasn’t too bad. It wasn’t tulle attached to a hat or to a weird halo she wore down on her forehead—in fact, as far as ’80s veils go, Mama Dillo’s was pretty tame. Maybe it’s because she was married in the late ’80s and styles had toned down a bit, or maybe she just had good taste. 😉

(All upcoming photos by Miss Armadillo)


The veil is basically a simple, two-tiered veil with a finished edge—the only telltale ’80s signs are the tulle pouf at the crown and the pearl-encrusted headpiece that holds everything together:



It’s pretty wrinkled from being closed up in a small cardboard box for 25 years, but I’m confident we can get the veil back to tip-top shape in time for the wedding in March. I’ll have to make some alterations to it to sort of pull it out of the 1980s, but I definitely think it’s workable. The bonus is, wearing Mama Dillo’s veil means I don’t have to blow a hundred bucks on a veil of my own, and that’s a hundred bucks I can use toward something more important on the wedding day. (To be honest, my wedding veil wasn’t even something I was initially hung up on in terms of wedding planning—I’d just as soon walk down the aisle without one at the thought of blowing some major simoleons on a piece of tulle attached to a hair comb. This solution is both more cost effective AND meaningful. It doesn’t get any better than that.)

Are you incorporating a piece of a family member’s wedding attire into your own for good measure? (And does anyone have any tricks to get 25-year-old wrinkles out of tulle?)


Mrs. Armadillo

Houston, Texas
Wedding Date:
March 2013
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  1. potion Member
    potion 223 posts, Helper bee @ 6:54 pm

    That’s an awesome something borrowed! Can’t wait to see how you un-80’s it!

  2. painauchocolat Member
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:02 pm

    A steamer? I’ll be saying tuned to see how you transform it into *your* veil!

  3. Member
    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:16 am

    Yeah I borrowing my aunties veil! It suits my dress perfectly! You are right that the veil isn\t screaming 80s and I agree with Mrs Pain au Chocolat, it will be interesting to see what you do with it!

  4. Member
    Gamer Bride 5 posts, Newbee @ 5:41 pm

    Quick and easy would be a garment steamer; just be careful not to burn yourself!

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