Short, netting Vintage veils and vintage style veils, are very much in fashion for weddings and special events. Like their counterparts during the 1920′s – 1960′s today’s movie stars are wearing them on the red carpet as well as for their weddings. Their are different styles available and I thought it would be beneficial to list different types with a description.
Birdcage Veil (aka Bird Cage Veil)
A Birdcage veil is simply a piece of millinery netting shaped to frame the face. It can be shorter — just covering the eyes — or longer — coming to chin length. Traditionally, the netting is attached to a comb that “disappears” into the hair, leaving the netting the only visible decoration.
It can be combined with hats, fascinators or other head pieces. The netting is referred to as Russian netting or veil. It is a very open weave compared to tulle. It has some body so that it can be pulled back and stay there for that all important first kiss.
A fascinator is a combination of a birdcage veil attached to a comb, headband or other form of hair jewelry. It is usually decorated with feathers, jewels, silk flowers or broach-like pieces.
Hats with Veils
Hats come in all shapes and sizes from a small cocktail hat, bill box hat with veil to an extravagant, wide brimmed hat sporting a veil. These have been popular down through the years with brides — especailly during the 1950′s.
Birdcages, fascinators and cocktail hats with veils are the perfect compliment to a vintage wedding dress but are dressy enough for almost any style dress. For an authentic piece, check out local antique malls, vintage clothing stores or eBay! eBay also has a collection of new birdcage and fascinators if you would rather have new!