Style Alert: Birdcage Veils
Photo: Larry Fagala

Photo: Larry Fagala

Soft, sensual, romantic. Today’s most coveted bridal hairstyles are leaning toward a more natural look, with accents of pearl, crystal, flowers or feathers for added elegance. Some of the most flattering styles include half-up-half-down, the loose French braid, the over-the-shoulder side ponytail and flowing waves lifted gently from the face with jeweled barrettes. Of course natural doesn’t mean unkempt. You’ll want your bridal hairstylist to assure your soft ‘do stays done through the day and night by applying the right flexible-hold product and securing hair accessories well.

For those of you with shorter locks, or a passion for vintage glamour, you’ll be pleased to know that ANOTHER hot trend taking hold of brides’ heads across the country is the retro-chic birdcage veil.

The birdcage veil is a short, circular veil that is typically attached to the hair with a comb or with pins. Most commonly, a birdcage veil is worn with a blusher—a section of veil that usually covers the bride’s face almost to her chin during the processional, and is pulled back to reveal the bride’s face for the ceremony.

Birdcage veils are typically made from Russian or French netting, which has an open pattern that covers but does not really conceal the bride’s face. Often adorned with feathers or silk flowers, birdcage veils also can be accented with vintage brooches or other heirloom jewelry (something old, something borrowed, etc.).

These sweet, subtle veils evoke Old Hollywood glamour, but are perfectly suited to modern hairstyles from textured bobs to gamine cuts to low, blunt ponytails. They look lovely over nape-bound updos, too.

“Grey’s Anatomy” star Katherine Heigl wore one over beautifully back-swept bangs for her wedding to musician Josh Kelley. Drew Barrymore sported a snazzy one over darling finger-waves at the “Grey Gardens” premiere (O.K., technically not an actual wedding, but brides aplenty took notice!). Reese Witherspoon’s character beamed from behind one during the wedding scene in “Sweet Home Alabama.” And you can get ’caged, too, Houston bride. For ideas, check out birdcage veil specialist  Emma’s Bridal Boutique or click on our bridal gown & accessory vendor listings and start the search for your perfect veil.

Photo courtesy Emma’s Bridal Boutique

Photo courtesy Emma’s Bridal Boutique

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4 Responses to “Style Alert: Birdcage Veils”

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  2. Mark & Melody Ginn says:

    Thank you for the great article and link to our web Emma’s Bridal Boutique web site. Melody has brides drive from all over Texas (and surrounding states) to come see her birdcage veils. The popularity for birdcage veils picked up so much over the past 4-5 yrs that we moved the business out of our home and to her new retail store (Emma’s Bridal Boutique)in Red Oak, which is just south of Dallas. Dallas / Fort Worth brides are now discovering that she offers gowns, bridesmaid, prom and other accessories all in the same location.
    Thank you again for the nice article.
    – mark ginn

  3. NGarber says:

    Glad to hear it, Mark. Yes, birdcage veils are HOT, and Emma’s Bridal Boutique’s designs struck as as some of the best out there. Please feel free to email blog@weddingsinhouston.com with info about new products or post ideas.
    : – ) Houston Wedding Blogger

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