It only takes a brief glance at my webstats to know that you all are still LOVING the birdcage veil. Can’t get enough of ’em. Back in May last year I featured a roundup on these lovelies, and I thought it was high time I went back to them for another look. But this time, I thought I would focus on how to actually wear (let alone rock!) these babies.
Image sources (top to bottom, left to right): Top image- BHLDN; 1- Mignonne via One Wed; 2- YazyJo Photographers via Style Me Pretty; 3- Brooke Fitts via Style Me Pretty; 4- Hillary Maybery via Style Me Pretty; 5- Orchard Cove Photography via Style Me Pretty; 6- Forever Photography via Southern Weddings; 7- Kristin Vining Photography via Style Me Pretty
Birdcage veils come in three main sizes. Nine inch veils will cover your hair but not much of your face – they look super sweet placed at a bit of an angle and operate a bit like a fascinator. The middle size (12 inches) is usually placed round about where you might place an alice band, and will reach down to the tip of your nose. Longer veils (usually around 18 inches) can cover your whole face. The veils can be worn in a variety of positions, but look best either to one side with the veil angled over your eye, or straight back. However, as you’ll see from the pics here, there are SO many variations – you could wear the lace as a bandeau, or attached to a hat or alice band, or placed much further over to the side.
You can also choose to accessorise your veil however you’d like. Fascinators and flowers are popular choices, as are pretty vintage brooches or hairclips. You can also get birdcage veils that have been blinged up with swarovski crystals or similar. Of course, it depends on the style of your dress and your wedding, but the flexibility of the birdcage look is one reason why they have become so popular. Play around until you find something you like!
Image sources (top to bottom, left to right): 1- VUE Photography via Pizzazzerie; 2- Fábio Teixeira via Ruffled; 3- Matthew Morgan via Ruffled; 4- Sarah E. Evans Photography via Ruffled; 5- Sarah Legge Photography via Rock My Wedding; 6- Joielala via Style Me Pretty; 7- Tiffany Wayne Photography via Brenda’s Wedding Blog; 8- Ellen Marie
You can wear birdcages with just about any hairstyle, although they are usually best suited to updos. Most veils only need securing from their main clip, but you can use hair pins if your hair is short or very fine, if you’re wearing it down, or if you want a particular shape. Bear in mind that while very close fitted veils are what you’ll mostly see in magazines, they can make it difficult to blink (especially with false lashes!).
French netting comes in a limited set of colours, so you’ll probably be going for white or (if your dress is anything other than true white) ivory. Recently I’ve been seeing a few black veils, and I have to say, I am loving them! They add that extra little bit of schnazz to an already sophisticated look.
Image sources (top to bottom, left to right): 1- via Ruffled; 2- Watson-Studios via Ruffled; 3- Benj and Maddie Haisch via Green Wedding Shoes; 4- Elizabeth Lois Photography; 5- Shannon Nicole Smith via Ruffled
The web’s full of fabulous retailers and many good dressmakers and bridal shops will also make a lovely veil for you but you can also create your own. Here are some of my favourite DIY tutorials:
- Classic (I used this when I made a veil for a friend’s hen party) from Made by Mary Ann
- Step-by-step from Project Wedding
- Bandeau style from Off the Record
- Tutorial from 1952 from Vintage Sewing Info
Are you planning to sport a birdcage veil on your big day? How will you choose to wear it?