Aaaah, the small + beautifully vintage birdcage veil...
You know the style I am talking about - the shortest veil that slants elegantly over the eyes and nose that celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, and Sarah Jessica Parker have made famous.
Short birdcage veils have an old-world retro vibe, and they have been a go-to for brides and women who want a unique look for formal events. After all, who doesn't want to bat her eyelashes seductively through that layer of netting?
How do you wear a birdcage veil?
Why do brides wear a birdcage blusher? What are the benefits?
Small and Easy to Pack
Wear it with Hair Down and Hair Up Hairstyles
How does the birdcage blusher attach to your hair ?
- They are attached to a small, slim metal combs that are petite enough for this cute veil style. Criss-cross bobby pins across the prongs of the comb for even more secure placement in the hair.
- 2 Combs for Bandeau Bridal Veils: Sometimes birdcage veils can be attached to 2 hair combs rather than 1. In this case, it would be positioned in 2 places on either side of the head. This is called a Bandeau Style and it lays a bit more flat.
- Attach your veil to a small hat or pillbox that clips onto your head. This accentuates the vintage vibe of this feminine bridal accessory.
- The birdcage is attached to a small headband that anchors the veil to your head. The options are endless with beaded headbands, simple satin headbands, or even a floral wreath with attached veil.
- Short-haired brides can request that the veil is attached to an alligator clip or comb
What wedding dresses go well with birdcage bridal veils?
Birdcage veils go well with a wide variety of dresses as the short length doesn't interfere with the detailing of your wedding dress. You will commonly see birdcage veils paired with 1950s or 1950s-inspired tea length gowns, retro knee length short dresses, and mini dresses.
The birdcage goes well with dresses that have a vintage or glamorous feeling in the beading, lace or silhouette. Since the birdcage veil is easily customized with different fabrics, different styles of beading, lace, and even feathers, you can truly customize this hairpiece to fit your bridal style.
What are birdcage veils made of?
Birdcage veils are most commonly made from slightly stiffer Russian Netting which has a larger weave that you can see through. Also called the “Merry Widow” fabric, the glamour of this bridal fabric is undeniable.
Birdcage veils can also be made from bridal illusion tulle, which is the standard wedding veil fabric. It has smaller holes and a finer weave, and it comes in a wide variety of colors. Its beauty is in the ultra see-through nature.
Can a birdcage veil be worn with a longer veil?
Although it is not common to see short birdcage veils worn with a long veil at the same time, it can done for brides who want real drama! The bride below paired a bandeau-style birdcage veil with a long cape veil that draped off her shoulders. Now isn't she a stunner? Remove the cape after your ceremony and wear the birdcage all night long.
Can birdcage Veils be Worn with Short Hairstyles?
Absolutely! The birdcage style is really easy for short-haired brides because it is lighter than long veils. I would recommend attaching it to a slim comb, a headband or a clip barrette attachment instead of the standard combs is your hair is shorter than a bob.
Can I change my veil to a birdcage veil for the reception?
Definitely. The birdcage style is really easy to swap out at your reception for a fun surprise change to your wedding dress. They are a bit more casual and laid-back than other veil lengths, so they give an easygoing bridal touch to your reception. Look effortlessly styled in a birdcage veil while being ready to dance and move around in this headpiece.
Do I have to wear the birdcage veil over my eyes?
You don't have to wear the veil over your eyes. Many brides keep it flipped to the back or side of their head all wedding long for more visibility while adding a cute and fun vintage vibe to their look.
Make sure to watch the video for live footage of the birdcage veil in action!