Is it right for you?
By Natalie Tsang
September 8, 2011
A bird cage veil is a short, single layer of veiling. It was extremely popular in the 1950s and is making a comeback in vintage-inspired weddings. It can look similar to the blusher, which is worn over the face before the ceremony, then either flipped over the head or removed thereafter.
Unless you need to cover your face in a conservative house of worship, wearing a veil is a fashionable accessory. Originally, the lifting of the veil symbolized the groom taking possession of the wife, either as lover or as property, or the revelation of the bride by her parents to the groom for his approval. While strict etiquette considers veils inappropriate for second-time or pregnant prides, most people no longer consider the veil symbolic of virginity.
The bird cage veil is short and sexy. It is usually made of tulle, Russian netting, French netting, or a combination. Tulle is a fine mesh fabric. French netting is coarser with larger holes like fishnet and Russian netting is large-mesh. It can cover a portion of the face or the entire face and is often circular or asymmetric. Unlike longer veils, they’ll never get caught on something and they’re easy to see through. They are affordable and relatively easy to make on your own. You can even incorporate sample swatches from wedding gowns.
The veil needs to be attached to your hair somehow, and there are so many different ways to do it. It can be attached to a hat, which will seem very chic and English. Some popular choices include a small top hat or a Juliet cap. However, don’t forget to pin the hat to your hair or you might lose it during an outdoor ceremony or reception.
You can also attach it with a comb. Jeweled or crystal combs are classic, but flowers and feathers are currently popular. If you are fair-haired, choose dark colored gemstones that will really pop. If you have darker hair, lighter stones will stand out. You can make a statement with large ostrich or peacock feathers.
When selecting a veil, make sure it is long enough to flip back for the kiss or you can always put it in at the reception. More ornate looks better against simpler wedding dresses.