how to wear a birdcage veil when your hair is down

14 Aug

liz from chic on the cheap asked a great question about fitting birdcage veils:

hey lady. how does a girl get a birdcage veil to stay on if she’s wearing her hair down? i’m thinking about getting one for the reception.

you and i are in the same boat. i’m thinking about wearing my hair down as well, so i’ve given this some thought. there are a few ways to approach this:

1) match the volume of your birdcage veil to the volume of your hair. if you’ve got a huge headful of curls, go with something voluminous, or a flyaway veil; you don’t want to have triangle head, because your veil is squashing your hair.

birdcage veil for curly hairflyaway dotted birdcage veil by one little dove

if your hair is thin, go with something that fits closer to the head; it can be hard to keep a really pouffy birdcage veil anchored to fine/thin hair that’s not twisted and sprayed into an updo. my modern classic birdcage veil is a great choice for fine hair, as it it made to hug the face.

2) try a headband veil. it’s one of the easiest styles to wear, as you just pop it on and go. it gives you the look of a cap veil, which is worn over the top of the head, and secures with two combs next to the ears. the only problem is that when you wear medium-to-long hair down, the combs don’t have anything stationary to grab onto. the headband veil helps you get this look, without worrying about anchors.

3) look for a birdcage veil that attaches with two combs (see my three styles with two combs). veils with one comb don’t give you enough anchor points to the hair when it’s worn down. two-comb styles give you more options for positioning the veil, and a little added stability when your hair is loose and free.

4) if all else fails, use 4,000 bobby pins. for thicker hair, any kind will do, but for fine or thinning hair, scunci makes great curved bobby pins that really help hold veils to fine hair.

hope that helps! ladies, feel free to send me any other birdcage veil questions you have, and i’d be happy to help answer them.


6 Responses to “how to wear a birdcage veil when your hair is down”

  1. liz @ chic on the cheap August 20, 2009 at 6:39 am #

    thanks for the words of wisdom! i may end up hitting your shop up, as my own little mess of tulle isn’t fairing so well.

    • bazookastuff August 20, 2009 at 7:21 pm #

      oh noes! let me know if you need any other advice before you commit to spending money-i would love to help you make your puff work. otherwise, i would love to work on something custom for you. 🙂

  2. Nadira Jamal September 11, 2009 at 3:29 pm #

    For thin hair, you can get a little extra security by teasing a tiny section where you’re going to attach the combs and spritzing it with hairspray. That gives the comb a more frictioney area to hold onto. (You can leave a layer of unsprayed hair on top to hide it.)

    I wear clip-in extensions when I perform, and my hair is very fine and slippery, but they still stay in very securely when I tease & spray.

  3. Anel December 17, 2009 at 8:46 am #

    Hi Ladies

    I love the birdcage, and want to wear it on my wedding day, but now I’m confused as to whether it stays on throughout the ceromony and reception or not? Traditionally, when the father “gives his daughter away” he take off her veil and kisses her on her forehead. Can you still follow this tradition with the birdcage veil?

    • bazookastuff December 17, 2009 at 3:31 pm #

      hi anel!

      while it’s common for brides to keep a birdcage veil on for the duration of the ceremony and remove it for the reception, i’ve also seen many wear their veils until the end of the party–that’s up to you!

      if you want that ceremony moment where the father lifts the veil from your face, you could try a veil made from french, english or russian netting (like most birdcage veils), but in a traditional veil style. this one can be folded back behind the head, like a traditional blusher: — this one is done in a wide-diamond netting, but i’ve also done it in a more delicate net.

      some brides also just fold back a regular birdcage veil. scroll down on this page to see before and after photos of a folded-back birdcage veil:

      lastly, you could have a birdcage veil made so that it has two pieces, like a traditional blusher and veil combo–the front piece would be sewn to both be positioned down and fold back. this can be done with both a shorter birdcage veil and a longer one.

      hope that helps! feel free to email me at melanie [at!] if you have more questions, or convo me on etsy here:


  4. Amy Lucille December 10, 2010 at 7:27 pm #

    Thanks so much for your birdcage veil tips! I am getting married next year and I am having a hard time decided on if I want to wear the veil through the reception, take it off, or push it back. I like the idea you proposed, happy new year!

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