“Like A Sparkly Shroud of Turin” – The Veil Hunt – Part ONE


When I found my dress, my lovely and incomparable assistant Kelly at Stella’s Bridal Galleria gave me the matching veil to try on. It was, to the best of my knowledge/veil identification skills, a mantilla style, fingertip-length veil with scalloped edges and an intricate pattern of glass beads and Swarovski crystals.

I thought it looked quite lovely with the gown, but it lacked a matching blusher, and attaching a plain blusher looked, honestly, quite ridiculous. I’m dead set on having some sort of blusher/face shrouding apparatus, as I am completely and hopelessly in love with the idea of being “unveiled.”

(For example, check out
kayrose‘s blusher – pure romance. THIS is what bridal dreams are made of!)

But, the mantilla veil was sparkly, and as anyone close (or within a hundred feet of me) will attest, I have a not-so-secret obsession with things that bling. In addition, wearing a mantilla veil (traditionally Spanish) would be a sweet nod to my mother’s heritage.

However, such a nod would cost $560 dollars. OUCH. Luckily for me, the veil sold (to someone else) before I had a chance to make any foolhardy decisions based on emotion and not on account balances. I did a brief search on ‘da internetz’ and came up with a couple of alternatives for waist-length, sparkly, scalloped-edge veils:


Bridal Fashion Mall

Then I saw how breathtaking a drop veil could look and was smitten:

Knottie srpro

I searched again, and found a drop veil with Swavorski crystals:

Shop For Bridal

…and then I read this helpful thread on the boards. As some brilliant ladies suggested, you can have a mantilla veil and a blusher too! If you pull forward the front of the mantilla veil, and secure it so that it hangs over your face, it will look like a drop veil, and behave like a blusher.

Good idea? Grace Kelly thought so!

And so did Katharine McPhee from American Idol:

(pulled back for the big kiss)

What do you think?

Does anybody have any suggestions on where to find a non-lace, beaded, sparkly mantilla or drop veil in waist length or longer, for less than $200?

The Veil Bio
The Flirty Bride
Wedding Channel
I Bought My Veil Too Early (caring for your veil by Mrs Lime)
Veils (Mrs. Ladybug)

If you have a vintage style dress, make sure to check out these:

Perfect Details
BonBon Oiseau 
Leah C
Something Bold
Brides Head Revisited 


Mrs. Shortcake

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  1. Guest Icon Guest
    Angelica, Guest @ 11:34 pm

    Dear Miss Shortcake,
    I bought a FANTABULOUS affordable veil on ebay!! check out my knot bio http://community.theknot.com/cs/ks/user/page.aspx?username=angelicag93 also, check out weddingaccents.com I ordered a mantilla 2 tier fingertip veil and it came quite fast and was half the price the bridal shop qupted me!! I preferred the quality of Maria’s veils from ebay, I have the link on my bio. I also love your invites and put them in my bio for inspiration!

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