It's actually a lot easier than you think.

By Ellie Finn
February 21, 2019
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Wearing an heirloom veil is the perfect way to add some extra style and meaning to your wedding-day look. But what should you do if you have your heart set on wearing a very traditional family veil but fell in love with a more contemporary wedding dress? Fear not, says custom dress designer Amanda Catherine. "You can do so much with a vintage veil to make it modern while still keeping the sentimental factor."

For starters, Catherine recommends addressing any discoloration issues brought on by time by consulting with a professional. "I work with a local artist who restores and revives vintage costumes for local museums in my area," she says. "She uses textile science to test and to correct the fabrications." Getting a match in hue is the first step to creating a cohesive look, as a veil that's a radically different color than your wedding dress will definitely stand out.

Next, consider the length of your veil, and don't be afraid to give yours a good chop (with the help of a professional!) if its current size doesn't work with your wedding dress or the vibe you're going for. Altering a cathedral or floor-length veil to a more manageable (and less traditional) fingertip or blusher-length may be all it takes to modernize your accessory.

Last but not least, think about creative add-ons: Sometimes all it takes to get a veil from "gram" to "glam" is a simple upgrade. Whether it's replacing a veil comb or incorporating some of the same embellishments use on your gown's bodice or train, Catherine says the addition of small, thoughtful details can really bridge the gap between a vintage veil and a modern wedding dress.


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