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Fascinator - Add a Touch of Whimsy & Style

A fascinator can be worn any time you want to add a touch of style, drama, or whimsy to your outfit.  A fascinator is a headpiece, worn in your hair, made from flowers, feathers, and other adornments.  They look fantastic when paired with birdcage veils for a fresh yet vintage look.  They have grown very popular, because they are so stylish, comfortable, and fun to wear.

Feather Flower Fascinator

In case you've never heard of the term and are searching for a hair feather or hair flower clip, according to Wikipedia, here is some history on the term fascinator:

A fascinator is a headpiece, a style of millinery. The word originally referred to a fine, lacy head covering akin to a shawl made from wool or lace. The term had fallen almost into disuse by the 1970s.

In the early 21st century the term has made a comeback but the meaning has slightly changed and now is used to describe a delicate, slightly frivolous head decoration worn on the hair almost exclusively by women. Modern fascinators are commonly made with feathers, flowers and/or beads. They attach to the hair by a comb, headband or clip.

They are an adornment for formal attire and are an alternative to wearing a hat. They are particularly popular at premium horse racing events, such as the Grand National and the Melbourne Cup. They may also be worn at weddings by guests, and also as an alternative to a bridal veil. (Source: Wikipedia)

Photo slideshow courtesy of Meriwether Photography, Portland Oregon. Modeled by Nicole.

Above, Kathlynne Bleached Peacock Feather Fascinator

Below, Flapper Inspired Headpiece Black Fascinator

Black Flapper Fascinator

Quality Couture Headpieces

We spend hours searching for just the right materials to create our hair fascinators, and we feature an amazing assortment of truly one-of-a-kind wedding fascinators and bridal fascinators for the bride and bridesdmaids.

Custom wedding accessories such as handmade fascinators are available upon special request, including, of course, our custom birdcage veils available in colors to match your bridesmaids dresses.  Can't you just picture your amazing wedding coming to life in your imagination?  

If you can imagine it, we can probably create it for you.

Some of the materials we use in our fascinators include:

  • Silk organza
  • Silk flowers
  • Peacock feathers
  • Ostrich feathers
  • Coque feathers
  • Schlappen feathers
  • Goose biots
  • Genuine vintage brooch and antique brooches
  • Genuine vintage and antique buttons and earrings
  • Real gemstone and pearl beads

Custom Fascinator Set by with brooch

Above, custom bridal gown brooch and two fascinators set by Ellen Marie

Your handmade fascinator features an out-of-this-world dramatic flair, because you are confident enough to express yourself with style!

Send photos of your wedding gown or prom dress and we will custom design a fascinator just for you!

We can also do colored fascinators for race day, church, and special occasions.  Fascinators are so much fun to wear.

Feather Fascinator and Veil

Burgundy Fascinator by Ellen Marie Design

Above - Burgundy Fascinator with Dahlia Flower and Feathers

Made with true attention to detail, because we want each and every bride and bridesmaid--and every day drama queen-- to feel amazing!  If you have a special request for a designer fascinator, you may contact us so we can work together to design an amazing fascinator just for you.

Contact us at EllenMariePDX[at] for custom design requests.  We are happy to make vintage birdcage veils, fascinators, and bridal hair accessories to your specifications to match your sense of style and your wedding theme. 

Most of our fascinator designs are one-of-a-kind.  Please visit our online web store  to view the latest fascinator designs currently for sale.  

A lot of our designs are custom made and one of a kind, so if you don't see what you are looking for, just ask!  

Above, Ellen Marie designs fascinator and veil as featured on

Some examples of designs include handmade organza hair flowers combined with just a wisp of feathers, or an orchid hair flower for your beach wedding.  We've also done vintage velvet leaves on a headband with a velcro attached birdcage veil.  

Our black and white spotted guinea feather hair clip is a great choice for a black and white wedding theme, and of course any one of our bridal hair clips looks awesome with a birdcage veil for added style.  

We've done peacock hair clips for the bride as well as bridesmaids, and of course can make sets at your request.  If you're considering a blue or green wedding theme, you can't go wrong.  Bleached peacock feathers look stunning with ivory wedding gowns.  

Feathers add a delicate touch of feminine style and they move gently in the breeze and draw attention to your face.

If you prefer wearing a traditional long bridal veil at your wedding, why not consider one of our original hair clips to be worn at your wedding reception or for your rehearsal dinner?  We can produce these in white, ivory, or any color, so we can even make them for your prom hair accessories, or in matching sets for your bridesmaids hair accessories.

Use your imagination to think up a few ideas, then contact us and we will work together to make your design something totally fresh, original, and absolutely beautiful!

We thoroughly enjoy custom orders, and making each bride to be feel as special and unique as your own love story is.  We are honored to be a part of your special day.

Contact us at EllenMariePDX[at] for custom design requests. Surprisingly affordable, high quality, handmade, and truly unique accessories, veils, and headpieces.

Got something in mind?  Contact us, or visit the Design your Own Shop!

Most of our fascinator designs are one-of-a-kind.  Please visit our fascinator shop  to view the latest fascinator designs currently for sale.

Please contact us at EllenMariePDX[at] with your custom fascinator design requests.

Below are photos of some of the fascinators we have made for other brides to be!  Our one of a kind designs sell out quickly, so if you see one you like, purchase it!  Custom bespoke fascinators are our specialty!  

Contact us (ellenmariepdx at and send your wedding gown photos, and we can design one just for you.  

We also design fascinators, and fascinator hats for every day wear and special occasions like Kentucky Derby parties, race day, New Years Eve parties, theme parties, and more.

Contact us if the fascinator you wanted has sold out, and we will work with you to create a custom design just for you.

feather fascinator silk hair flower

Bleached peacock feather fascinator


rose hair flower fascinator

Click to shop our online store with one of a kind wedding hair accessories that will set you apart for your wedding day.

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 and several movies) wore a beautiful birdcage veil, as well

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