How to care for a wedding veil
The abundance of material and delicate nature of a wedding veil is part of its beauty. However, this also means they require extra-special care when steaming, storing, transporting and cleaning them before and after your wedding day.
Whether your veil features metres and metres of fine tulle, intricate laces or detailed beading, we’ve pulled together a guide to help you care for your veil and to keep it in perfect condition for your wedding day and beyond, as a heirloom to pass on.
Wedding veils are made from a range of delicate fabrics and nettings. They are commonly made from synthetic materials such as nylon or polyester and can also be made from natural fibres including silk. Vintage veils were often made from cotton and silk fibres so are prone to discolouration and deterioration overtime due to sunlight, insects/bugs and heat.
It is important to consider the fibres of your veil when thinking about how to best care for it. A veil made from nylon is more durable than silk however it is less resistant to heat so can melt under high temperatures. A silk veil is best stored folded as over time gravity will impact the fibres/weave and will distort its shape.
The Victoria and Albert Museum in the UK have a helpful guide on caring for and restoring vintage wedding dresses and veils: https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/caring-for-vintage-wedding-dresses-veils
If you have ordered your veil direct from us, it will arrive beautifully and safely packaged in a gift box for you to unravel. Once you have unboxed your veil and you’ve ohh-ed and ahh-ed at its beauty, we recommend you hang it up straight away on the clip provided with your veil. Ideally keep the veil out of direct sunlight in a cool, dry area. Perhaps the corner of a spare room or in your wardrobe. You can also hang a veil in a garment bag to protect it from dust, but we recommend that the garment bag is made from breathable fabric and is long enough to accommodate a longer veil.
Veils such as mantilla veils or veils without combs can also be hung up on clothes hangers. Once the veil is folded neatly, slip it onto a triangular shaped hanger and store in a cool, dry place away from the sun.
Remember to keep the box you veil came in and to store it wrapped in acid free tissue paper, as you can use this to transport your veil and store it in after your wedding date.
We recommend storing your veil in a safe place away from animals. If your veil is extra long, ensure the train is safely tucked away so it doesn’t get stepped on or caught under wardrobe doors.
The best way to handle creases on a veil is to prevent them. When folding your veil, try to fold your veil lightly and avoid excessive pressure to prevent heavy creasing.
To remove creases, steam is your best friend. With steam and a bit of time, the creases will drop out. If you don’t have access to a garment steamer, your wedding dress alterations seamstress or local dry cleaner may have be able to steam your veil for you. Once steamed your veil will feel a little damp so it’s best to keep the veil on its hanger to allow your veil to dry and to minimise future creases before your wedding day.
We do not recommend ironing your veil as incorrect temperatures may melt and discolour your veil.
Whether it’s a dress fitting, a hair trial or a trip to a destination wedding location, at some stage you may need to safely transport your veil. We recommend that you refold your veil and place it back in its box.
To refold your veil, follow these steps.
1. First, find a flat surface like a dining table or a hallway
2. Lay the veil on tissue paper lengthwise. The paper will support the netting between folds and it’s important to use white, acid-free tissue paper as this won’t damage or discolour the tulle over time
3. Smooth out the veil
4. Fold in the veil crosswise
5. Tape to secure
6. Gently fold the veil to fit in the box
The embellishments applied to our wedding veils are applied by hand. If cared for properly, your veil will last for many years to come. For veils featuring 3D florals, we highly recommend ensuring you do not place heavy objects or firmly fold up the veil as this can crush the florals and distort its appearance.
If you need to spot clean around an embellishment, avoid rough handling near an embellishment as vigorous rubbing can damage or lift embellishments.
Be mindful to handle your veil with clean hands and be conscious of contact with your makeup. If your veil is marked, do not wash in the washing machine, your veil can be spot cleaned with a damp cloth. To remove pet hair or lint, we recommend using sticky tape or a lint roller.
With proper love and care, your wedding veil will become a beautiful heirloom for you to pass on to your daughters, sisters or dear friend.