30 Birdcage Veils and Headpieces on Etsy

No one really knows the origin story of bridal veils. However, they have undeniably become both a wedding tradition and fashion accessory that many modern brides still choose to adopt. We have seen many styles of veils evolve throughout history. One of our absolute favourites is the iconic birdcage veil. If you get to the end of this post and decide that bridal crowns / tiaras are more your thing, visit our ultimate list of 50+ of our handpicked bridal crowns.

Origin Story

The birdcage veil first appeared in the 1940s during the height of WWII. As with many items during the war, there was a fabric shortage. To keep with tradition and add a little elegance to their wedding-day look, wartime brides shortened their veils. As they say, necessity really is the mother of invention.

The Look

Birdcage veils are traditionally made from net or tulle. This textural element adds a touch of vintage glamour, but also serves a practical purpose allowing the bride to see easily through her veil. Birdcage veils can be embellished with combs, clips, bows and headbands, each adding its own statement. More extravagant details like embroidered flowers, silk flowers, rhinestones and pearls can also be added to enhance and modernise this classic look.

When and How to Wear Them

Birdcage veils are a great choice for elopements and registry weddings and also work well with retro looks and short wedding dresses (See B.LOVED’s 20 Show-Stopping Short Bridal Dresses and Minidresses). For guidance on how to wear a birdcage veil, see Birdcage Veil: How to Wear With Style by Victoria Millesime

Birdcage Veil Inspiration

For inspiration, you can check out some of the beautiful brides we have featured on B.LOVED sporting a birdcage veil: 

We also found 30 stylish birdcage veils and headpieces available on Etsy:



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