Budget Bride Tip for June 13: Buy your wedding veil online

Bride and groom with pink piggy bank

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 …


Here are the other "Budget Bride" tips we've published so far:

Budget Bride Tip for June 1: Throw a potluck dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 2: Say 'yes' to an affordable dress

Budget Bride Tip for June 3: Bake your own wedding cake

Budget Bride Tip for June 4: Put dad to work

Budget Bride Tip for June 5: Turn your reception into a barbecue

Budget Bride Tip for June 6: Take the ceremony to the beach

Budget Bride Tip for June 7: Cupcakes make tasty wedding favors

Budget Bride Tip for June 8: Hold down the guest list

Budget Bride Tip for June 9: Feed your guests wedding cake from Costco

Budget Bride Tip for June 10: Decorate your reception with Craigslist

Budget Bride Tip for June 11: Buy dishes for the wedding dinner

Budget Bride Tip for June 12: Go with a lunch instead of a wedding dinner

Thanks to Michelle and Jonah for sharing these personal photos from their wedding album.