There is a lot of confusion around the issue of how much a wedding veil should cost. And understandably so! As a bride, you want to make sure that you are using your resources wisely and staying in budget. So when they put you in a veil at the bridal salon and casually mention that the price tag is close to a thousand bucks, you are shocked.
Are you being ripped off? Are you paying too much? If you go with a less expensive option, is it just going to end up looking cheap?
You decide to do some research and do a google search for “wedding veils”. This is when you really start to get confused. You see some low-cost wedding veils on Amazon for as low as $20 and then there are ones that are literally thousands of dollars from salons. We are talking $1-$2K!
So what is a girl to do? What is the difference between these cheap and expensive veils, and how can you balance quality and budget?
Well there is no easy answer as to what your wedding veil “should” cost – The average wedding veil costs between $200 - $400, but the amount that you pay will depend on you, what you are wanting, and what you can afford.
But don’t worry – I have got you covered. By the time you read this, you will understand what factors impact the price of your veil and and some clever ways that you can stay within your budget while still looking elegant and radiant.
What Effects the Price of a Wedding Veil?
There are 3 main factors that impact the price of your wedding veil: the materials that are used, the customizations that you request, and the overhead costs of the salon or designer.
1. The Materials that are Used
The first main difference in prices of veils generally has to do with the materials that are used and the quality of that material. So let’s talk about some of the main differences in material and how much each one of these costs.
Bridal Illusion Tulle / Nylon Illusion: This is the most common type of veil fabric that is used to make wedding veils as it is more budget-friendly. It is normally made from nylon, and it gives a traditional bridal look to your veil as it has more body and structure than silk fabrics. Below are some photos of wedding veils using bridal illusion tulle.
Important Note on Tulle: Not all tulle fabrics are the same! The softness and quality of the tulle can vary a lot from designer to designer. There are some styles of tulle that are very scratchy and stiff while others are softer.
For example, think about the tulle that is typically used in a little girl’s tutu or the type of tulle that you see at a Joann’s fabric store. Would you want that rubbing against your skin as you walk down the aisle? Probably not.
In general, the cheaper veils that you see will be made from “tulle” rather than “bridal illusion tulle”. Look for veils that specify that they are made from “bridal illusion tulle” so that you can avoid feeling itchy and uncomfortable during your ceremony.
I would recommend requesting samples of the veil material before placing your order so that you can test the quality before you commit. There is nothing worse than putting down your hard-earned cash and then being disappointed in the feel of your veil.
At One Blushing Bride, I use a bridal illusion tulle that is soft, but that still has body, Best of all... it is made in the United States. You can request your free samples of my material HERE.
English Netting / English tulle: this fabric is a luxury fabric and is a bit softer and flowier than bridal illusion tulle. It is a little bit heavier, which allows it to drape like a dream. It is also more opaque than standard tulle (meaning that it is not as see-through or sheer). Below are some photos of wedding veils using English netting.
A random fact about this fabric is that if you were to look really closely at it under a magnifying glass, you would see that it is made from a hexagon knit rather than the typical diamond knit of tulle. Why is this detail important? I don’t really know other than the fact that it makes the fabric so soft!
English net is a beautiful option for brides who want to be surrounded in luxury and softness without the expensive price of silk. The color options for English netting are typically a bit more limited. At One Blushing Bride, any one of my veils can be customized in English netting in soft white or ivory. You can request your free samples of my material here.
Silk: This is the most expensive fabric and it comes with a hefty price tag. Genuine 100% silk veils can easily go for thousands of dollars. Meghan Markle, the royal Duchess of Sussex, chose an embroidered silk veil with a blusher over her face as you can see below.
The silk fabric is ultra-soft and delicate, and therefore can be very easy to damage. It is typically not recommended for outdoor weddings as it would be very difficult not to snag or tear. I also generally do not recommend it for long veils as the likelihood of snagging would be much greater.
2. The Amount of Customizations that you Request for your Wedding Veil
Another difference in the prices of veils has to do with the customizations that you are requesting. The more customizations you are requesting, the more expensive the veil (or the dress).
I often will have brides who want the lace, the Swarovski crystals, the silk fabric, some custom embroidery, and all done on a hand-dyed fabric that is long enough and dramatic enough to be seen from the drone that will be photographing everything from the air. They want a never-before-seen style that is unique just for them.
There is nothing wrong with having champagne taste on a beer budget! Just keep in mind that you may have to make a few sacrifices in order to stay within budget. If you are open and honest with your designer about what your true budget is, then you have a better chance at being able to work something out.
If your veil or gown is being hand-designed (rather than mass-produced by machines), then the cost will probably also be a bit higher. After all, you are paying for the time that it takes your designer to make your veil. Any bridal accessory that is done the old-fashioned way (by hand) will probably cost a few more dollars as it has a personalized, artistic flair.
3. Overhead Costs: Are you purchasing from a fancy salon or a designer working from their studio or home?
The last main difference in prices of veils generally has to do with where you are purchasing from. Are you purchasing from a posh bridal store or from a esigner working from their studio or home?
If you purchase your bridal veil from a fancy salon with crystal chandeliers, an ornate raised walkway, and champagne served in crystal flutes, then your wedding veil will probably be a bit more expensive. The salon owners have to cover the cost of keeping their luxurious salon going, and so the prices of the veils will be a bit higher. You you will pay more for that lovely experience that they give you as you go shopping.
On the other hand, if you are purchasing online (from a designer who works from home or from a studio) or from a less ritzy bridal salon, then you can trust that the prices will be more affordable. After all, they don’t have to pay for that fancy champagne and the bridal consultants.
So to wrap things up, there are many factors that go into determining the price of your wedding veil. The main considerations are the materials that are used, the amount of customizations that you are wanting, and the overhead cost of whoever you are purchasing from.
The best first step when it comes to picking a veil is to decide what your budget is, and to then go from there. There is no right or wrong answer. So take a deep breath, count to 10, and relax. It will all come together, I promise!
Make sure to grab your free veil samples here.