Vintage Birdcage Veils - Unique Elegance and Style

Vintage birdcage veils are also commonly known as a bird cage veil, cage veil, face veil, cage blusher, or pouf veil.  These veils are popular with both vintage inspired wedding styles, as well as for modern looks.  A vintage inspired veil can be the perfect touch for expressing your unique bridal style. 

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A fabulous net veil can be worn as a wedding veil, bridesmaids veil, or just as a decorative headpiece for everyday glamour!  Pair your birdcage veil with a hair flower clip or feather fascinator hair piece for even more style and impact.  Cage veils are a ton of fun to wear, and go with so many different styles of dresses and gowns.

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Vintage Birdcage Veils -  Styles and Materials

Vintage birdcage veils come in several different styles and lengths.  They may be worn on the front of the face, or cover the entire head.  As far as the length goes, the netting may come down to cover one or both eyes, down to the nose or chin, or even cover the entire face--it is entirely a matter of choice and what looks good to you.  Typical lengths of cage veils use 9 inch netting (to come partially down the face), or 12 and 18 inch netting for a full face veil.  The cage veils may also be worn as part of a headpiece in the form of a flirty net pouf as an eye-catching accent.  

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Vintage birdcage veils are made from several different netting choices, from Russian net (Russian veiling), French net (French veiling, which is softer in texture than Russian), vintage silk veiling, fishnet, tulle, or illusion veiling materials, in addition to English net and merry widow veiling.  Most cage veils feature a classic diamond-shaped netting (Russian or French net), with or without adornments such as chenille dots or crystal accents.  Depending on the style of netting used to make your net veil, the impact can be quite understated and elegant, or very bold.  Net veiling is available in all colors, from classic white, ivory, and black, to every color of the rainbow.  The fabric can also be dyed to match just about any dress color, as needed.  We can source genuine vintage veiling at your request, or you can purchase from our shop of veils made with beautiful Russian netting.  We are also happy to make a tulle face veil or a traditional veil at your request.  In addition to the cage veil styles, we carry traditional veils such as mantilla and monogrammed wedding veils.

Bandeau Birdage Veil

Contact us at EllenMariePDX[at] for couture vintage birdcage veils and your own special design requests.  We can make the perfect vintage birdcage veils for your wedding, and can even make matching hair accessories for your bridesmaids!  

Tulle Birdcage Veil Set with Hair Flower

Above Image - Birdcage Tulle Veil

Imagine having a custom set of bridal hair accessories that are perfectly matched to your wedding theme and colors.

Be sure to visit our "Customer Testimonials" feedback page to read letters we have received from satisfied customer who have purchased our birdcage veils and headpieces, including custom bridal headbands, prom hair clips, and designer veil sets.

Depending on the style desired, the vintage birdcage veils may feature two side combs for attaching the veil to each side of the head, or they may also be attached to a single comb for placement in the center or top of the head, or on just one side.  They may also be attached to a hat or hair ornament such as a feather fascinator or hair flower.  The veil may be worn straight, or at a jaunty angle, allowing just one eye to peek through. 

Visit our Ellen Marie Website for the latest feather fascinators, one of a kind bridal designs, and vintage birdcage veils.  We can handcraft your veil and hair clip using genuine vintage veiling, vintage bridal brooches, antique lace, and other finds.


Birdcage Veil HatUndoubtedly, with all this versatility, a bird cage veil can be a welcome departure from a full length traditional wedding veil, with that sassy and fresh attitude that is somehow both vintage and modern all at the same time.  But don't limit yourself to wearing a cage veil only on special occasions.  Colored vintage birdcage veils make a great adornment for any special occasion and are loads of fun to wear.  If you're looking for bridesmaids veils that don't detract too much attention away from the bride, a small cage veil or blusher veil is a great choice.  When worn with a hair flower or feather fascinator, you can achieve one of a kind style and set yourself apart from ordinary brides wearing a common veil.

Below, Crystal Birdcage Veil Set with Handmade Silk Flower and Bridal Brooch

Birdcage veils - birdcage veil set with flower and brooch

A Brief History of Vintage Birdcage Veils

While the birdcage veil has a definite retro or vintage flair, the truth is that the practice of wearing veils and headpieces has been around for centuries!  Veils have been worn to represent both virginity, as well as to evoke a sense of mystery and sensuality.  And the birdcage veil is one of the most versatile of all, because it can be worn for many different occasions.

Here is a brief history of vintage birdcage veils, courtesy of 

The first recorded instance of veiling for women is recorded in an Assyrian legal text from the 13th century BCE, which restricted its use to noble women and forbade prostitutes and common women from adopting it. Greek texts have also spoken of veiling and seclusion of women being practiced among the Persian elite. Statues from depict women both veiled and unveiled, and it seems to be regarded as an attribute of higher status.

Classical Greek and Hellenistic statues sometimes depict Greek women with both their head and face covered by a veil. Caroline Galt and Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones have both argued from such representations and literary references that it was commonplace for women (at least those of higher status) in ancient Greece to cover their hair and face in public.

For many centuries, until around 1175, Anglo-Saxon and then Anglo-Norman women, with the exception of young unmarried girls, wore veils that entirely covered their hair, and often their necks up to their chins (see wimple). Only in the Tudor period (1485), when hoods became increasingly popular, did veils of this type become less common.

For centuries, women have worn sheer veils, but only under certain circumstances. Sometimes a veil of this type was draped over and pinned to the bonnet or hat of a woman in, especially at the funeral and during the subsequent period of "high mourning". They would also have been used, as an alternative to a mask, as a simple method of hiding the identity of a woman who was traveling to meet a lover, or doing anything she didn't want other people to find out about. More pragmatically, veils were also sometimes worn to protect the complexion from sun and wind damage (when un-tanned skin was fashionable), or to keep dust out of a woman's face, much as the keffiyeh is used today. 

Conversely, veils are often part of the stereotypical image of the courtesan and harem woman. Here, rather than the virginity of the bride's veil, modesty of the Muslim scarf or the piety of the nun's headdress, the mysterious veil hints at sensuality and the unknown. (Source: Wikipedia)

How to Wear a Birdcage Veil

Wedding birdcage veil headband - Photo by MeriwetherPhotography.comWith attitude!  Obviously, in the modern day, veils are worn primarily as an accessory, for expressing a sense of drama and fashion to spice up an outfit.  You can wear a veil any day, if your personality and sense of style permits it, but commonly, veils are worn for formal events when extraordinary adornment is desirable such as weddings, horse races and high society events, and so on.  If you have occasion to wear a veil, then by all means, take advantage of the opportunity and have fun with it.

It's amazing how just a tiny piece of Russian netting or French veiling can completely transform your appearance and boost your confidence at the same time.  Vintage birdcage veils are definitely fun to wear.

You may select a style with one comb and attach it at the top center of your head, or off to one side.  Or you may get one that has one comb on either side of your head, or even request a detachable veil style attached to a bridal headband or hair clip.  We also design beautiful elegant bridal hats with veils.

Is a Cage Veil the Right Choice?

Birdcage veils are a little less formal, than say, a traditional chapel length or cathedral veil for weddings.  They are a fabulous option for the modern woman who is willing to express her individuality and uniqueness.  There is something so dramatic and alluring about a tiny swatch of netting draped over the eye!  

Commonly called a cage blusher, it adds a little something to complete your ensemble and draw attention to your eyes and face, without being too "over the top".  They can be worn with all styles of gown, from short, tea length, and informal gowns, to full length bridal gowns.  And yes--you may choose a colored veil, even for your wedding.  It really is so versatile, that it is up to you!  

And, if you're looking for discount birdcage veils, or cheap wedding veils, this might be a great option over a fancy designer one for sale at the bridal salon, particularly if you are a bit crafty and willing to make it yourself.  We offer vintage birdcage veils at some of the best prices you will find for handcrafted, high quality designer products.

The net veil is commonly attached to a hat, thus known as a visor veil.  Hat veils can be the perfect touch for an informal wedding, as well.  And surely you have seen these worn with hair flowers and feathers for a fresh and modern, yet totally classy look that never goes out of style. 

Plus, for an informal wedding or a less formal wedding gown, the bird cage veil is a perfect match that won't overwhelm a simple gown or elegant understated style.  This is also a perfect choice for bachelorette party veil.

Best of all, this is the perfect style whether you have short hair or long hair, and whether you are young or old, tall or short.

 Birdcage Veil - Vintage Inspired Bird Cage Veil


Something Old is New Again - Vintage Birdcage Veils

The bottom line is that birdcage pouf veils are fabulous, flirty, and fun.  Enjoy this return of a vintage classic, and enjoy feeling thoroughly modern and stylish.  Enjoy browsing the pages of this website where you can learn how to make your own birdcage veil, or purchase a couture one-of-a-kind headpiece and veil from our shop.
Birdcage veil bandeau style

Contact us at EllenMariePDX[at] for custom design requests.  We are happy to make vintage birdcage veils to your specifications.   

Ellen Marie Design features custom designer vintage birdcage veils, bridal headpieces, hair accessories, and jewelry.  The online shop is located at  

Just for a bit of trivia, some common misspellings of vintage birdcage veils include: wedding vail, wedding vale, and birdcage vale.  

Additional searches for blusher veil, French netting veil, Russian veil, madonna veil, face veil, and mantilla veil are common.

 Below, slideshow photos are courtesy of Meriwether Photography. Modeled by Nicole.


Customer Letters and Testimonials

Ellen Marie,
Oooh my gosh!  I cannot tell you how much I love my brooch!  My jaw dropped when I opened that box - it is just what I was looking for.  Thank you so much for all your help.  I really feel lucky to have found you!  There are not many vendors out there who would put as much thought and effort into pleasing their customers like you do.  I'm right at the age where a bunch of my friends are getting marries so I will definitely be recommending you.  Thank you again!  It's been so fun working with you. :-)

-Lindsey K. , Chicago
For custom bridal brooch with feathers and crystals

I just got married and everything was beautiful. Your designs were a big hit and achieved all that I hoped they would to compliment my dress. I will be sending you pictures soon.
For custom bridal brooch with feathers and crystals and two bridal fascinators with birdcage veil

My daughter had gotten a lot of great compliments on her headband. Her prom dress would not look complete without it. Thank you for being special part of her day!
Best Regards,


For custom prom fascinator headband.

I think it looks awesome!! I love the fascinator and the colors look perfect. Thank you so much for working with me to make it so perfect. I'm glad I found your website!
Thanks again so much.


For custom bridal fascinator and birdcage veil set with champagne birdcage veil.

It is absolutely beautiful! Thank you.


For custom bridal fascinator and birdcage veil set with mixed ivory and pink feathers.

It came today! Fantastic, thank you, and she also loves the earrings! The big Prom night is May 15th.

Thanks again,


For custom prom headband with peacock feathers.

I absolutely LOVE this new set!!   And the Bridal Party jewelry is also fabulous!  The color of the pearls is perfect! Thanks!


For custom bridal fascinator and jewelry set in champagne and ivory.

Beautiful! The birdcage veil is just perfect and the packaging is super cute! And it got here SO fast! Thank you so much for such an awesome transaction! :)


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Ellen Marie Design features custom designer vintage birdcage veils, bridal headpieces, hair accessories, and jewelry.  The online shop is located at  

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Classic Vintage Birdcage Veil

Looking for a full head version of a vintage birdcage veil with a fascinator flower?  Our lovely birdcage veil is just perfect.

Click here to browse our shop.  We can customize the accent to use pearls, crystals, beads, or whatever you like.  The feathers come in white, ivory, black, champagne, or contact us for custom colors.  The net veil is also available in colors.

Rise of the Silver Surfer  - Vintage Birdcage Veil with Cathedral Veil Style

Veil Style from Rise of the Silver Surfer

Movies have increased the popularity of these veils.  This vintage birdcage veil style combines a birdcage veil in the front, and a long plain edge cathedral veil in back.  This gives you the best of both worlds for classic and vintage style for your wedding.  You probably recall this veil from the Movie Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, where Jessica Alba as Sue Storm stunned audiences with this beautiful and dramatic combination wedding veil style.  This is a beautiful set!  You can remove the back veil and wear the birdcage veil as a pouf during your reception.  Contact us for customizations:  we can do your cage veil in any length or color that you need, and with any veil trim or edge (plain, lace, beaded, crystals).

Rise of the Silver Surfer Veil Style - After the Movie Fantastic Four Rise of the Silver Surfer

Above, veils and handcrafted designer bridal jewelry by Ellen Marie Design.

Other movies with this glamorous style include Reese Witherspoon's birdcage veil in Sweet Home Alabama.  Katherine Heigl (from Grey's Anatomy) wore a beautiful birdcage veil.

Bettie Birdcage Veil

A lovely elegant style of birdcage that attaches with two combs.  This is our most popular veil design.  This net veil is available in white, ivory, black, or custom colors.

Click here to visit our veil shop and buy the Bettie birdcage veil.

Black Birdcage Veil - Bettie Birdcage Veil - Bandeau Veil

Above, a black birdcage veil in the bandeau style birdcage veil with two combs: one on either side.

Bridal Headband Veils

We love to customize bridal headband veils to match your wedding gown and style.

Garbo Bridal Headband Veil

The Garbo Headband Veil features a sparkling rhinestone appliqué, with silky ostrich feathers and a detachable birdcage veil.  Purchase this bridal headband veil, or contact us for a custom design request.

Looking for more birdcage veils for sale or feather fascinators?  We specialize in quality custom bridal design at affordable prices.  Visit

Contact us at EllenMariePDX[at] for custom design requests.  

Custom birdcage wedding veils and bridal fascinators are our specialty!  Let us make your cage veil truly unique.

About and

A woman has many facets, many moods, and so many wonderful ways of expressing herself: Chanteuse, seductress, tomboy, girly-girl ...

Whatever your style and mood, whether you feel sweet and feminine, romantic, bold, vintage, glamorous, sophisticated, unique, divine...

They all mean the same thing: the art of self expression and creativity. 

We haven't lost sight of the art of self expression. For thousands of years, women have adorned themselves with beautiful things? Why? Because it makes us feel good: it makes us feel unique, special, and ...beautiful. Above all else, we feel that we are beautiful and unique creations, worthy of that recognition.

At Ellen Marie and Vintage Birdcage Veils, we design our unique pieces with you in mind, because we are women too, and like you: we get it. You don't want boring, run-of-the-mill jewelry, veils, and accessories. You want something special. Because you really ARE special. You are unique, and you want the whole world to know it.

Celebrate the art of adornment. We hope you enjoy our special pieces, each handcrafted with care and love, for you: the enchantress, the beauty, the ingénue, the tomboy, the wife, the mother, the friend, the sister, the woman. You.

Thanks for visiting, we hope you enjoy our site and come back soon.  We look forward to working with you on your beautiful accessories.  Whether you are looking for a bird cage veil, vintage French veil, Russian veil, mini birdcage veil, or large birdcage veil, we can help design the perfect one to complete your look. 

Warmest Regards,
Ellen Marie, Designer - Portland, Oregon



Veils we Offer:

Vintage Birdcage Veils

Russian Veil

French Veil

Net Veil

Cage Veil

Mantilla Veil

Madonna Veil

Cage Blusher

Face Veil

Tulle Birdcage

Visor Veil

Custom Bridal Veil

Monogrammed Veil

Affordable Wedding Veils

Bridal Fascinators

Hair Flowers


Also, if you are looking for a DIY birdcage veil, contact us and we can complete your custom design for you at very reasonable prices.  That way you can still say you designed your own veil and headpiece--but without the hassle of trying to find all the materials and make it yourself!


Our vintage birdcage veils, net veils, cage veils, and other bridal veils are made with both genuine vintage veiling as well as more modern materials: pearls, crystals, velvet, silk, lace, satin, and whatever else we can find to complete the design.  If you have something special in mind let us know.


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