Veils are really expensive. Well, you can get a really cheap, fingertip-length piece of tulle with some beads glued on it. But if you want something nice, it costs a lot of money. Which it should, in the case of nice, handmade, high-quality veils! Those take a TON of time and effort. Of course, then there’s the ridiculously overpriced crap that people sell, banking on a bride’s liberal spending because it’s her wedding. Either way, you’re in for a big cash ding if you want something fancy without doing it yourself.
I decided on a long veil with a crown and scattered crystals, with lace trim at the bottom but not the sides. I don’t really like huge, poofy, dramatic wedding dresses (they’re gorgeous, just not on me), so I’m relying on the veil for the drama. Plus, in my heart of hearts, I’m still a little enamored with elves and fantasy creatures. I don’t want to do a costume or a theme wedding, but a simple wire-and-crystal circlet nods to my love of fantasy while not being silly about it. I hope.
Whenever I’m working on a costume, I think “this is super cheap. I should share it.” And then it doesn’t quite fit into the tutorial, or it’s a weird tributary of eddying thoughts that strays far away from the main flow of the post. So here’s a few tips and tricks I’ve picked up about obtaining materials on the cheap, that hopefully go beyond your standard “go to the thrift store. Thrift. Good job.”
1. Take advantage of the season: Just like in big box stores, the best time to buy something is well before you need it. In my experience, thrift stores are full of old (read: high chance of vintage!) high-quality coats and boots in the summer months. People are much more willing to let items that aren’t their style go to thrift stores when they’re not needed; once the first snow comes, who cares if that coat your grandma gave you doesn’t quite fit? You’ll probably keep it to stay warm. Same thing with summer gear, to a lesser extent. If you haven’t gotten around to buying a bikini yet, you’re unlikely to donate the one you have during the summer, in case of unexpected swim party.
Exception: The first week of really springlike weather. People get that spring cleaning bug and will clean out their garages. I’ve found that first warm week to be when there’s a sudden flood of cool things. Your mileage may vary, of course.