Now that I had the dress, I set myself to finding the hair accessories. Like many ladies before me, I wasn’t totally sold on wearing a veil. What if the wind was strong the day of the wedding and it blew right off my head when I was walking down the aisle? And I knew I wasn’t going to wear a blusher—the idea of Daddy H “unveiling” me at the altar seemed a little too “here, son, behold my daughter!” to me and made me squeamish. But on the other hand, when else would I have the chance to wear a pretty piece of tulle on my head? Never, I tell you. At least not until they commit me to a mental institution.
And the clincher: When they brought me out into the main room at Kleinfeld and had me try on a veil with one of my favorite dresses, I found that I really liked the way the veil looked. They put me in a waltz-length veil, and it just seemed to add a little bit of bridal drama without being so long that it would collect seaweed during our beach photos. So, a single-tiered, waltz-length veil it was! I also knew that I wanted a raw-edged veil that wouldn’t compete with the detailing on my dress.
The thing about single-tiered, raw-edged veils is that they’re basically a big rectangle of tulle with one rounded edge. I didn’t really want to spend hundreds of dollars on something like that, so I paid $10 for two yards of 72-inch ivory tulle and a metal comb, and spent a couple of hours one night rounding off one short end of the tulle and sewing it onto the comb. (I pretty much followed this tutorial, if you’re curious.)