We have a small (but very sweet) range of birdcage veils here at The Wedding Veil Shop. We hope to add to this collection over time with new designs. For now, we have a couple of traditional net veiling options and a soft tulle option for a more delicate look.
What Is A Birdcage Veil?
A birdcage veil is a very different style of wedding veil altogether. It’s a small face veil that usually stops somewhere between the nose and chin. Sometimes it can be a full face veil, and sometimes it’s worn just over one eye. It’s very common to see birdcage veils made from a wide, open kind of millinery netting, but you can also find them made from soft veiling tulle, as with our Maddison veil.
The other thing that makes birdcage veils very different is that you don’t necessarily need to lift the veil off the face during the ceremony. Unless it’s in the way of your kiss, of course! But the ones that end near the nose or just across one eye can stay in place. All day if you wish. Our gorgeous real bride Becky kept hers on right through to the first dance (which was epic, by the way — I was actually a guest at this wedding)!
Who Would Suit A Birdcage Veil?
A birdcage veil lends itself beautifully to a vintage wedding theme. It can also provide a dose of 1940s-1950s Hollywood glamour and suits brides with a chic sense of style. I love seeing a birdcage veil paired with a tea-length dress or a hi-low gown.
Can I Wear A Birdcage Veil With Any Hairstyle?
Technically you can. They come attached to a small comb that can be popped in anywhere. But I feel they’re generally best suited to an updo for two reasons:
One is the style. They provide such a distinctive vintage vibe that they look amazing with a matching retro hairstyle.
And the second reason is that birdcage veils are funny little things. When you first get yours out of the box and pop it in, expecting it to sit jauntily over one eye all by itself, you might be disappointed! They generally need a bit of extra help by the way of hairgrips at either side to get them to sit just how you want them and actually curve down over the forehead. So an updo is a much better base for this.