How to Soften a Stiff Veil

by Mimi Bullock ; Updated July 18, 2017

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Many brides might imagine wearing a soft veil, floating like a cloud around the face and shoulders, but many new veils can be stiff and scratchy to the touch. If your veil appears wrinkled or feels hard to handle, you can use a few techniques to get a softer look and feel in just a few minutes. Veils comes in different styles, colors and finishes, but for a soft choice right out of the box, select a fine tulle or thin lace fabric for an airy, luxurious-looking garment.

Remove the veil from the packaging and hang it on a hanger, cinching the veil at the comb with clothespins. Do not pin the fabric.

Fluff the veil with your hands and make sure it hangs loose and untangled.

Hang the veil in the bathroom away from the shower. Do not allow the veil to get wet.

Run hot water in the shower. Leave the shower running for a few minutes to steam the veil.

Allow the veil to dry before removing it from the bathroom.

Wave a portable steamer wand four to six inches over the wedding veil. The concentrated steaming will soften the fabric and loosen any creases.

Spray the veil lightly with fabric softener. Gently fluff the fabric to work the product into the veil. Let the veil dry completely.


  • Take your wedding veil to a professional dry cleaner to have it steamed and softened.

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About the Author

Mimi Bullock's writing reflects her love of traveling the back roads of small towns and sampling the local cuisine. As a regular feature writer for "Southern Hospitality Traveler" and journalist for "Beachin' Magazine," she gets to experience the rich heritage of the southern culture. She is also a licensed cosmetologist who has her own skin care line.