Five { Wedding } Minutes with… Ann Guise from Silk Wedding Veils

1.       Tell us about you and your company?
I’m the only designer specializing solely in designing and hand making bespoke silk wedding veils. I decided to make silk wedding veils because of the limited choice in the bridal shops. I want all brides to have the choice and opportunity of wearing a bespoke silk wedding veil. I made my own silk wedding veil because I didn’t like the feel or look of the polyester ones and I couldn’t find anywhere that sold silk veils. I’ve always loved the feel of beautiful fabrics. Being a trained fashion designer, friends would often ask me to make their bridal gown and I always suggested a silk wedding veil.  Also, a standard size shop bought veil doesn’t suit everyone.  No one else that I know of specialises solely in making couture silk wedding veils. 
2.        Do you make bespoke pieces for brides? If so, how do we start the process?
I don’t have a range as such. Each veil is bespoke and individually made to order. I start with a length of silk fabric and as I receive each order I cut the required length of fabric and put it safely in a bag with the order form, until I’m ready to make the veil. The word ‘bespoke’ originally meant ‘spoken for’.  The customer would go to the tailor to order a garment, the fabric would be cut and put aside for them. This is what I do with my orders,I make veils to a bride’s specific required length and style.  My veils are  made to measure so the bride can have the correct length to suit her.  Shop measurements can sometimes be confusing because the length of the veil usually includes the length of the blusher. 
 The style of veil is a bride’s choice. She should have the veil she wants and never feel pressurised into wearing something because it is the proper’ or ‘right’ way. Each bride is an individual and should do her own thing. I make suggestions and work with the bride on her ideas.  I also take into account a bride’s budget. Decoration on  the dress and length of train need to be considered when deciding on a style. A veil shouldn’t distract from the total look of the outfit.  The eye should centre on the bride with the veil creating an aura around her.  I can add lace, silk ribbon, Swarovski diamante, crystals, pearls, bespoke embroidery – just about anything the bride wants. One bride had a design around the edge which echoed her engagement ring and another had a replica of her Grandmother’s vintage 1940s silk veil. 
3.       Do Have you any new products or services coming online in 2012 that you would like to share with us? 
I’ve had a considerable amount of interest in my veils from retailers, as far away as Australia, so I’m considering designing a range which can be made to order and bought through selected retailers. I would still continue with my bespoke work. I’m always developing new embroidery and appliqué designs.
4.       Can you share some pictures of past weddings you’ve done?
Dennis Mok
Philip Fearnley


Steve Ramsden’s Studio


5.       How can brides get in touch with you? 
I’m happy to speak to Brides on the phone or correspond by email. If they live fairly close I can visit.
Silk Wedding Veils
Tel: 02920750723

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  1. by Aisling Nelson on March 1, 2012  12:05 pm Reply

    Hi Ann - it's interesting to hear about your hand-made veils. I was hoping you were based in Ireland but I'll certainly recommend you to any clients who are looking for something extra special!

    • by silkveil on March 1, 2012  8:16 pm Reply

      Thankyou for your comment.
      I actually send my silk veils to brides worldwide.


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