Looking for an alternative to a long, traditional wedding veil? If you want something modern, lightweight and oh-so chic, a birdcage veil is the answer.
You don’t have to be planning a 1920s wedding theme to wear one, either! These fabulous finishing touches look good with every kind of gown. “Birdcage veils are classic and timeless,” says Kirsty from birdcage veil specialist Lily Bella. “These days, more and more brides choose birdcage veils to complete their wedding look as they are extremely light and go perfectly with long and sleek gowns, as well as with flirty, short dresses. Their extreme versatility is probably why they are so popular, meaning you can match it with anything from an haute couture dresses to a boudoir outfit.”
If you’re planning on wearing your hair down for the big day, a bandeau style may be better for you. This has less volume on top and sits across the eyes giving a delicate and romantic look.
Traditional updos or side buns would look great with a more traditional style of birdcage veil, with lots of volume on top. Worn on the top of the head or slightly to the side, you can accessorize it with vintage combs, slides or brooches. Add feathers and a heavily encrusted comb for an Art Deco wedding look.
Celebrity fans of the birdcage veil include 27 Dresses and Grey’s Anatomy actress Katherine Heigl, football WAG Carly Zucker and actress Drew Barrymore when she attended the premier of Grey Gardens.
Another way to give this traditional wedding accessory a modern twist is to add a splash of colour. Look for details in your chosen scheme… we love the real bride who wore a bright red version to match her stunning ruby gown.