The bridal veil is an elegant addition to any wedding dress. However, if you’re not crazy about the full, sheer veil, the good news is that there are alternatives. For instance, have you ever thought about wearing a birdcage veil on your wedding day?
Most aspects of a wedding ceremony have their roots in religion. In the Western world, bridal veils have come to symbolize purity, modesty, and virginity. However, veils were used as far back as the Roman Empire, when they were believed to protect the bride from evil spirits on her wedding day.
Today, tradition and, in no small part, because they add a touch of elegance to a wedding gown, bridal veils are as popular as they ever were.
However, some brides are opposed to the symbolism of the full-face veil and the lifting of it, which used to indicate that the groom was taking possession of his wife. And there are those who would like a more modern ‘look.’ Consequently, some women seek alternatives to the traditional bridal veil.
Birdcage veils, which are made from tulle (a type of netting made from silk, rayon, or nylon), come in a variety of shapes and sizes. From stunning hat veils, with vintage-style fascinators, to ultra-chic, modern designs with feathers or flowers.
There is something very ‘Golden Age of Hollywood’ about the birdcage veil. Sometimes worn at a jaunty angle (although there are many other styles available) and, usually, coming no lower than the eyes or nose, but sometimes reaching the chin. Birdcage veils are generally viewed as less old-fashioned than the full-face alternative. In addition, of course, it allows the bride to add a touch of 1930s glamorous to her day of days.
It is also worth considering that a birdcage veil can be adapted. Because it is, essentially, just a piece of tulle, any style can be crafted; mesh size is variable, as is the amount of face covered. So, a fascinator can suit almost any bridal gown. However, birdcage veils tend to work best with modern, sleek styles of dress.
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