Ditch the Veil — Try a Different Hair Accessory

Written by on October 2, 2013 in The Bride, Wedding Attire with 2 Comments

veil hair accessoriesVeils can be beautiful — but they are almost expected anymore. Are you the kind of bride that shies away from the standard strapless dress with tiara and veil? Seems that is what most brides have chosen in the last 10 years. Maybe not the statement a unique bride wants to make… There are a lot of other ways you can go with your hair accessories that may be considered different or more unique.

Birdcage Veils

Birdcage veils were very common in the 1940’s and 1950’s. They were used on hats for dressing up, brides wore them and their black counterparts were often found at funerals.

From the 1960’s on, you rarely saw them. Today, and for the last 8 to 10 years, they have been making a slow come back. When vintage style weddings started becoming popular, brides started looking towards the fashions and styles worn in their chosen time period.

A birdcage veil is a small piece of netting — not tulle — that can be attached to a variety of hair accessories and then pulled down over the eyes (and nose sometimes). If you want that moment of your groom lifting the veil for your first kiss, a birdcage veil is perfect. It also evokes a feeling of mystery, romance and a bit of intrigue. That sounds more like a unique bride’s style to me!

The first example is a true birdcage veil complete with French net attached to a comb. It can be enhanced by adding a rhinestone brooch, teardrop or other style hat, flowers, feathers or whatever you can come up with. It is a stunning, romantic look.

The second option is shown with the birdcage veil (not included). It’s a beautiful hair accessory featuring feathers and a satin bow. I love it combined with the birdcage veil.

The last item is a rhinestone headband that a birdcage veil can be added to. For the reception, you can just wear the beautiful headband without the veil for a fun look.

Combs and Barrettes

Combs or barrettes are another way to go. Find just the right hairstyle for your big day and then accent with a gorgeous hair accessory. It’s the finishing touch like adding jewelry to your hair.

There are numerous options for combs and barrettes like the one on the right. You could also use rhinestone or gemstone bobby pins, hair jewels or clips. I would suggest treating it as a piece of your bridal jewelry. If your jewelry is all diamonds or rhinestones, continue it with your hair accessory. If you use a colored stone in your bridal jewelry, find a matching hair accessory for continuity in your look. Remember, you will have tons of pictures taken! You want to look your best.

Other Options for Your Hair

You can always use a hat or a combination of a hat with a birdcage or traditional veil. Or, try the floral route. You can use fresh or silk flowers to create a crown or greenery and baby’s breath for a Grecian style laurel. Maybe you just want a flower behind your ear or a few stuck into your styled hair, it’s up to you.

A lot will depend on your style of dress, the theme of your wedding and possibly even the time of day your ceremony will take place. All of these can factor in or you can throw caution to the wind and just do it your way. There is no right or wrong, black or white for a unique bride.

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About the Author: With 20+ years in the wedding and event industry, I have seen a lot of unique, unusual and funky weddings. Every one of them were a journey of discovery and a reflection of the bride and groom. I had a ball and am now passing along some of those pearls of wisdom to today's brides and grooms. A wedding is personal -- it's about the two of you and your relationship -- let's make it as unique and offbeat as you each are! .

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  1. Susan says:

    Great accents for a unique bride. I do love the look of the birdcage veil to add just a little more to your bridal attire, but the simpler effect seems to work great for just about any look.

  2. Cynthia says:

    Brides are always beautiful! I hadn’t really realized it until just now, that I really don’t see a lot of veiled brides these days and I do love all of the different hair accessories for a wedding.

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