By Roxanne Buffone Google
My brother got married July 10, 2013. I made my new sister-in-law’s wedding veil! Now that the wedding is past I can tell you all about it.
She chose an elbow length veil. That worked well with her dress because it has a pretty lace up back and stunning lace on the skirt and train, so it kept the back visible. This was an outdoor wedding in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The ceremony was in a grove of trees complete with roots and rocks and Colorado summer heat. A short veil was ideal.
Wearing a blusher was a possibility, so she opted for a 2 tier veil. Even if she didn’t wear it as a blusher the 2 layers has a nice effect. However shorter 2 tier veils can get quite poofy and she wanted a sheer thinner look.
She needed a sheer fullness, but she also wanted the waterfall shape. A waterfall veil has cascading sides as it narrows toward the bottom. This shape veil has to start out at least around medium fullness a the top in order to get the effect. Medium fullness is 72″, I was able to cut her veil at 60″ and still get the waterfall effect while minimizing the poof.
This is a lace edge veil. Her dress has lace on it, especially at the train, so she wanted to carry that over up on the veil. This is a lace we stock. When a bride wanted a lace edge veil we find out what color is needed and then email photos of our current stock lace. She picked her favorites and I send her samples. EL955 is the one she liked and it comes with little pearls on it, which also went along with the pearls on her dress.
Any veil can be embellished with crystals (or other beads). She like the AB Swarovski rhinestone crystals (iridescent) and wondered if they’d look right with the lace edge. I did up a sample with the lace and crystals just off the lace on the veil fabric. It looked great and she loved it too. Iridescent, AB (Aurora Borealis) crystals reflect colors, mostly a subtle red and blue. Red and blue were colors of their wedding. My brother’s favorite color is red and hers is blue. Red and blue make purple, so purple was also a theme color. Another benefit if the crystals and the lace edge is the extra weight they add, perfect for this outdoor wedding as the veil tends not to fly around so much in the breeze.
The other thing we had to check was the length for each tier. Remember I’m in New York State and she’s in Colorado, so we did this just like I do for all my online customers. I gave instructions for measuring and she had my brother help her measure. They came up with 30″ and 16″. Now in the past I’ve had a bride with a blusher where the length ended up being too short once her hair was done up. I suggest at least 20″ if it could possibly be used as a blusher. I sent a sample piece of illusion at 20″ and 30″ by mail so she could see what that was like in person. By the way, I’ll follow up with specific samples for all customers as needed, just ask!
The last detail is the comb attached to the veil. It’s hidden, but we do have 3 types of combs. Her hair is think and mostly straight and she planned to wear part of it up, part down with some curls. It was also likely to be a hot day and nice to be able to remove the whole veil without messing up her hair. The 3.5″ clear plastic comb worked well for this because of it’s smooth teeth. The larger 4.25″ comb wold have been too big for the half up hair style. The metal comb has wire loops for teeth that could have pulled apart her up do when removing the veil.
On the wedding day I got to help her put in the decorative hair comb he had and the place the veil just behind it. She wasn’t sure if she’d wear it as a blusher so we pulled the short tier of the veil over to the front to see how it looked. Everyone liked the effect, so that’s how she came down the aisle. It stayed in place for the ceremony and photos and later on when she was hot she slide it out without disturbing her hair.
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