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Where to find inexpensive bridal veils

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Written by Vera C. Last updated on .

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bride wearing a beautiful wedding veil

You may be wondering why wedding veils are so expensive. There is usually a matching wedding veil available from the same designer as the dress. This type of bridal veil is indeed expensive because the dress and veil are a matching set.

But the good news is that this is not the only type of veil that will go with your dress. It's very easy to cut wedding veil costs and still look absolutely stunning on your wedding day.

Provided the wedding veil matches the color and level of formality of the wedding dress, there is a lot of latitude available. The wedding dress is the focal point of wedding attire, while instead the wedding veil only needs to complement the dress.

Here are some tips for finding gorgeous yet cheap wedding veils online. Be careful to read the color because images don't always portray white and ivory quite as clearly as you'd wish.

A white wedding dress should only be paired with a white veil and an ivory dress only with an ivory veil.

For color matching, white veils and wedding dresses are straightforward to match. But slightly different shades of ivory can appear to not quite match. A close match is still fine: the wedding veil may be slightly lighter, but should not be darker, than the wedding dress.

Here are some excellent options of where to buy cheap wedding veils.

1. Retail alternatives to the made-to-match wedding veil for the dress

Don’t feel pressured into buying the matching wedding veil from the same designer as the dress. These can cost far more than you'd expect, upwards of $300, making a big dent in the wedding budget for the unwary. Instead, looking around at other veils and other bridal stores is the perfect way to find affordable wedding veils.

The veils at David's Bridal are the perfect option for this, even if it's from a different designer than your dress. Chances are you will find one that you like just as much or better for a much more budget-friendly price. In particular, try local stores which are having sales; bridal veils can often be marked down proportionally much more than a dress. Cost: $50-$300

2. Borrow a wedding veil

A recently-married friend, or even a relative who married years ago, may have a wedding veil that she is more than happy to lend you for your special day. Imagine how thrilled your friend or relative will be to see you walking down the aisle with such a special and meaningful item. And of course it makes for a beautiful story for you to tell others.

This option will leave you tons of room in your budget!

Again, make sure that your dress and her wedding veil are compatible. As a bonus, you will have your "something borrowed" item (according to the traditional wedding rhyme). Cost: Free!

3. Buy an affordable wedding veil from a craft store or at Amazon.com

Some craft stores and major discount stores sell cheap bridal veils in their wedding section. These are frequently very simple, but will go with many different styles of wedding gown. We love the selection and price point of the veils at Amazon.com. Cost: $20-$40

Should you make your own wedding veil?

I recommend against making your own unless:

  • You really want to do it so you can have something unique and special
  • You're confident about your skill in making it
  • You can get veil fabric cheaply
  • You're motivated and know you'll get it done on time

The reason I don't recommend making your own bridal veil is that it's almost never cheaper than method 3, buying an affordable veil from a craft store or Amazon. To make your own, you'd have to buy the fabric first, and that'll easily be the same cost or more than buying an inexpensive wedding veil. Also (unless you're pretty good with crafts and fabric) there is always the slight chance it might not turn out quite like you'd hoped. You'll want it to sit right for your wedding photos.

Of course, if you're itching for the chance to get creative, by all means make your own veil, but don't do it purely as a way to save money. It usually won't save you anything, and creates a whole lot of extra work for you.


There are plenty of gorgeous yet cheap wedding veils for sale when you know where to look! You can shop around at bridal stores for alternatives to the made-to-match veil, or you can borrow a veil from a friend or relative, or you can buy an inexpensive bridal veil from a craft store or at Amazon.

Speaking of bridal accessories, you don't need to stick with basic white or ivory shoes. Take a look at these awesome ideas for bridal shoe colors.

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