Budget Bride Tip for June 13: Buy your wedding veil online
We’re celebrating the month of June with a daily tip from savvy brides who saved big bucks on the wedding of their dreams.
When Michelle Anderson realized how much veils cost, she initially decided not to wear one for her May 27 wedding in Grand Rapids, Mich.
“I did not know anything about weddings prior to this experience,” Michelle says. “I had no clue that the 'W word' meant that everything is seven times more expensive.”
At the bridal boutique where she bought her $600 wedding gown, veils started at $200.
“I thought it was ridiculous,” says Michelle, 30, a nonprofit program specialist who married Jonah Anderson, 29, an addiction prevention specialist.
She was set to borrow a friend’s hair accessories when she learned about the wedding section on the online marketplace Etsy.
While many of the handmade veils weren’t any cheaper than those she saw in the salon, Michelle did find a two-tiered, cathedral-length one that would trail beyond her simple sheath gown like a train.
And it was just $35.
The average cost of a wedding veil was $107 in 2011, according to The Wedding Report, a wedding industry research company.
“It’s nothing super glamorous,” Michelle says, as the veil doesn’t have fancy edging or embellishments. “But I didn’t need any of that.”
Here’s Michelle in her dress and veil …
This is how the veil looked during the ceremony …
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Thanks to Michelle and Jonah for sharing these personal photos from their wedding album.