Chapel Length Lace Edged Veil
I’ve blogged about my dress and accessories, but I felt that the veil deserved its own post. I mean really, when will you ever in your life wear a veil except for your wedding day? I had a pretty good idea of what I was looking for, but it was a bit of a drama to finally get it into my hands.
Veil lengths! | Image via Chateau Briand
I knew I wanted a long, single-tier veil, partially edged in lace. I didn’t think I wanted the full cathedral length, so I started searching for a chapel-length veil, in the hope that it would fall just outside the train on my dress. I didn’t like piping or lace all along the veil like a mantilla, but I also didn’t want just cut tulle.
Veil edges! | Image via Jeca Bridal
This was surprisingly hard to find! It sounds so basic, but I couldn’t locate any stores that had this style. So I turned to Etsy. I found a woman’s shop in which she hand-crafted veils to custom specifications. I contacted her and explained what I was looking for, and she was very helpful and responsive. She sent me some samples of tulle and different laces so I could compare them to my dress. I placed my order and was so excited and smug about getting a Custom Veil, capital C, capital V.
She told me that it would be sent “by the end of next week.” Well, the projected time to receive it came and went. It was supposed to be shipped at the end of March; by late May, I was quite worried. Looking back, I should have followed up sooner, but I also had over six months until the wedding. I contacted her and asked about the status, and she again said that she was shipping it by the end of the week.
By early July, I still had no veil and I was…unhappy. I sent another message asking about it, and when I hadn’t received a response a week later, I sent an emphatic message about my deep concern and the fact that I had paid in full months ago. I received a response the next day, with the seller explaining that she had had a car accident back in May and injured her hand. She said it had been impacting her work but that she could complete my veil and ship it within the next two weeks.
I agreed, and it did in fact arrive a few weeks later. It was as I had ordered and very pretty. I’m excited to wear it, but man, that was a stressful experience! My advice to brides considering ordering anything through Etsy or a similar platform: 99% of the time, people are super reliable and awesome…but on the off chance that something goes wrong, leave yourself PLENTY OF TIME to correct it. Were the timelines, promises, and excuses I was given legitimate? Maybe not. Was there some dishonesty there? Perhaps. Should I have worried less about being a “bridezilla” and been more forceful in requesting the product for which I had already paid? Probably. All’s well that ends well—my veil came and was lovely, but heed my experience and caveat emptor!
Are you wearing a veil? And any advice to offer about dealing with difficult vendors?