My 1920s headpiece and reproduction veil
Quite a while back, I blogged about the headpiece I'd found for my veil: a 1920s (or thereabouts) wax flower wreath. During the decision-making process of what I wanted the actual veil to look like, I also posted links with lots of information about 1920s veil styles.
Although I had my veil (a modern reproduction) made a couple of months before the wedding, I didn't get a chance to sew it on to the headpiece until the last couple of nights before the wedding. Unfortunately, that meant that I also held off posting about the veil, for lack of good pictures.
The good news is now that the wedding has passed, I have some really great pictures to show you of the veil!
Maria, the woman who made my veil for me, was absolutely fantastic. We exchanged many emails and swatches before she started anything, so the finished veil was exactly what I wanted and needed to go with my dress. To get the soft look of a vintage veil, she used chiffon Georgette instead of tulle. (I really liked this idea because the scallops on the hem of my 1920s wedding dress are made of silk chiffon, too!) She sent me several color swatches, and I chose a color called flax, which was just a shade lighter than my gown (if that).
When Maria sent me several swatches of the typical bridal veil lace, I didn't like how wide and stiff most of it was, so she found me several types of narrow, softer lace. The lace that I eventually chose was a simple eyelet style of lace, very narrow (maybe half an inch wide) and flexible. Maria dyed it to match the flax chiffon Georgette, and the color matches perfectly.
In this picture, you can see how beautifully the light shines through the chiffon Georgette. I can't imagine any other veil being more beautiful or more appropriate:
Taking the advice of several sites about creating retro veils, I had Maria make the veil fairly rectangular in shape, with the corners just slightly rounded. The width was fairly narrow, and the length was approximately fingertip length. The result was a simple, sleek veil that complemented the 1920s style of the dress quite nicely, without drawing attention away from it.
This picture shows the length and the cut of the veil, as well as how it looks with the wreath:
I was so impressed with Maria's work that I would recommend her to anyone who needs a veil, whether their wedding theme is retro or modern -- but her vintage-inspired work is particularly stunning. She has done some vintage veil restorations, too, which is worth noting. You can see Maria's veil portfolio here, or contact her via Southern Artistic Veils, her seller's account on eBay.
Labels: 1920s veils