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All our veils are antique veils, most having been made during the mid 19th century when the lace veil was the fashion item of the moment. Because of this we have little control over the size or design of the veils we are able to stock, it is purely dependant on what we can track down from our sources. For this reason the veils in our listings are usually quite unique and unrepeatable.

All our veils are cleaned and restored to as new a condition as we can, however we do like to keep a good antique colour to them if at all possible. We can change the colour of the veils at a later date to suit your dress should you prefer a different tone or shade. Some of our veils, being about 150 years old will have areas of slight damage and / or repair. Although this may appear obvious when the veil is viewed flat against a darker surface, even very large areas of damage will all but vanish from sight when the veil is worn as intended and over the lighter colour of a wedding dress.

If you are not able to visit us in person, please do have a look through out veil listings and if there are some that appeal to you we suggest the following. As there is no hard and fast way to wear an antique veil you will need to experiment to find the way that suits you best. Why not practice and find a piece of very light weight fabric, preferably white and cut it to the same size as the veil in our listings. Now try wearing this in different ways to simulate the veil.

A large veil worn 'square on' with a fall that can be over the face or thrown back over the shoulder.
A large veil worn on the 'diagonal', again with a fall that can be over the face and then thrown back over the shoulder

Try it on what we call 'the diagonal', that is to say with a corner pointing down over the face. This corner can then be turned back over the head . Similarly try the same with the veil straight on (one whole side over the face) and again with a throw back. Try differing the gatherings on the top, a differently placed or larger gathering will alter the length of the veil both at the front where it will fall over the face if wished, or behind both as the doubled over fall and the full length fall. Try attaching it to a head piece and wearing this at different points. Use your imagination and you never know what you might come up with!

A large veil worn in simple falling style from the back of the head requiring a simple dress
A very modern approach to wearing a large but light weight veil. Don't be afraid to experiment!
2 examples of small veils, on the left with a simple plain silk dress of elegant lines, to the right, an 'Elizabethan' feel with flowers and embellishments

Please click on any of the above images for a large view

Finally, when you have an idea of what you want and which veils might suit, contact us and see what we can suggest. A few tip before you start;

A very lacy dress will harm the appearance of a lace veil and visa versa. If you want a stunning antique veil keep the dress simple. If you want a very flamboyant dress keep the veil simple.

Don't try to mix a very synthetic material dress with a natural cotton veil, they will clash.

Colour match is not always important as a contrast can highlight the beauty of the veil, however we can alter the veil colour if required.

It is often better to buy the veil first and have a dress designed and made around it, the dress design is alterable, the veil is not.


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