Birdcage Veils and Advice with one little dove

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white bridal bridesmaid birdcage veil

It’s amazing how many shapes you can create with a simple birdcage veil. But that’s the artistry of Melanie at one little dove.

“My style is modern with a touch of vintage influence,” Melanie says. “I use a lot of vintage and vintage-inspired materials, but I try to create my pieces with a fresh, streamlined approach. I don’t like too much fuss in my design.”

{Designer Secrets} Melanie tells us how to pair birdcage veils with wedding gowns, and the ins and outs of what veil styles complement what hair styles.

Can I wear a birdcage veil with my hair down?

“Yes,” says Melanie. “More brides are trying this these days, since it’s a more modern way to wear a vintage-inspired look. if you plan on wearing your hair down, consider an airier style if you’ve got your hair loose and free, or try a half-up hairstyle if you’d like a cage veil fit that’s a little closer to the face.”

white headband birdcage bridal veil

Can I wear a birdcage veil if I have short or fine hair?

Melanie suggests trying a birdcage headband style like this one. {shown above} “Or request that I use toupee clips in place of combs. They’re itty-bitty combs with really fine teeth that actually clip into the hair, and they’re suitable for the finest and shortest of hair. All of my comb-based styles are available with toupee clips at no extra charge: Brides can simply arrange this substitution with me before placing their veil orders.”

white bandeau birdcage wedding veil

How can I wear a birdcage veil if I have curly hair or a lot of volume?

“Just look for a style that gives you a lot of breathing room around the face, or inserts with a comb at the top of the head,” says Melanie. “Wraparound styles will not be your best choice, so try a bandeau veil {shown above}, an airy style like this fly-away dotted veil or this buttercup birdcage veil, or a longer veil style {shown below}.

long double layer birdcage veil

white birdcage veil with feather fascinator

On birdcage veils and wedding dresses:

“When it comes to pairing a birdcage veil with a gown style, I love to go with the theory of opposites attract,” Melanie says. “A simple design is the perfect opportunity to go wild with a bold veil shape and even a dramatic fascinator, while a more ornate or embellished dress may call for a simple veil and no fascinator.”

“Birdcage veils tend to draw more attention to the face than a traditional veil, so making sure that you keep a balance between focal points in your ensemble is really key.”

purple birdcage bridal veil with satin bow

On birdcage veils and color:

“Many brides are concerned about veil color when their gowns are a less standard shade like candlelight or diamond white,” Melanie explains. “But I find that with cage veils, coordinating with dress color is far easier than with a traditional veil. Traditional wedding veils most often fall right against the gown, so variations in color are readily apparent.”

“However, birdcage veils reach only the face or shoulders at the longest, and do not overlap the gown’s fabric. Because of this, slight variations in color are almost always imperceptible, so I most often recommend that my brides not worry about minor color variations. “

“For those who have gowns closer to ecru or beige, I do offer custom organic dyeing, but the majority of brides can get away with either white or ivory.”

wide diamond birdcage veil

“Birdcage veils are my favorite thing to design, and I create some new shapes with traditional cage veil materials that you might not see elsewhere,” Melanie says. “But even with some nontraditional shapes, I like to keep things clean and simple.”

“I want my brides to feel current on the day of, but also be happy when they look at their wedding photos 20 years from now, not say “what was I thinking?”

white tulle birdcage wedding veil

“I’ve been designing veils and accessories since 2008,” Melanie remembers. “My first piece was made as a joke for a friend’s bachelorette party, but when she got a ton of compliments on it that evening, I explored creating other styles and opened the one little dove shop on Etsy in 2009.”

“I love that designing allows me to add joy to so many brides’ days! Reading feedback and seeing brides’ wedding day photos is just the best thing.”

Learn more about one little dove and see more veil and fascinator styles:

Shop: www.onelittledove.com
Blog: onelittledove.wordpress.com
Twitter: twitter.com/onelittledove
Facebook: www.facebook.com/onelittledove

{Photo credit} All images except the first and last one by Kellan Studios. First and last images {below} are by Ashleigh Jayne Photography.

40s style vintage birdcage veil

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{Real Palettes} Rustic Glam Invitation: Metallic Copper, Yellow and Burgundy

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Rustic doesn’t have to only be simple and earthy. We recently finished working on invitations for Jessica’s October wedding, which blend earthy colors with a bit of sparkle.

The sparkle comes from copper metallic paper, which we used as a backer for the invitations and the envelopes.

rustic chic metallic wedding invitation

{Designer Secret} Metallic adds glitz, glamour and a bit more formality. But you can use it on your own terms. Here copper metallic paper still works with a country, rustic look, as would metallic brown. But so many colors come in metallic these days that you can add a little sparkle to your own wedding palette. Metallic teal would be amazing!

country rustic invitation fall leaf monogram

I’ve fallen in love with copper metallic since working on these invitations. If you have too, here are some other ways to incorporate the color in your rustic, country or barn wedding.

copper wedding ring pillow

Pair metallic copper with other earthy colors, to make your rustic wedding touches pop.
{handmade ring pillow by StudioWedbyMirela}

copper bridal shoe and charm

rustic copper wedding ring bands

Or wear your copper proudly.
{Shoes by Christian Louboutin; charm by a.little.bit Tattered; wedding bands by tinahdee}

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{Re Post} Y&E Bridal: Ring Pillows with Fashion Sense

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For personal, meaningful weddings, details are everything. Today’s Artist Profile and Style Secrets come from Yasuko and Erina, the mother and daughter team behind Y&E Bridal. The beauty of their ring pillows are all in the details.

Yasuko was previously a fashion designer in Japan and wedding seamstress at a high-end bridal shop before forming Y&E Bridal. So it’s no surprise that she makes every item by hand and uses high-quality lace, satin and silk.

{Designer Secret} Choosing Your Ring Pillow Style

When it comes to adding your style to your ring pillow, Erina says you can look beyond your gown or even the color scheme of the wedding. If there is another important element of your wedding that you love, like the design of the cake, the pattern on the china, or the motif on the place cards, then go for it!

“I see a lot of brides either match their pillows to their wedding colors or to their dress. We sell a lot of lace pillows because it is the same kind of lace that is used on their dresses. But I really like it when brides match something small,” Erina says.

“I had a bride who had kind of a woven look to her wedding cake and bought a pillow that looked the same as her cake. I thought that was cute. It doesn’t really matter if it matches anything really as long as it is something the bride loves and it makes her happy looking at it!”

Erina describes the Y&E Bridal style as elegant and girly. But staying “elegant” is sometimes all about keeping the “girly” in check. Many brides ask her if they should add more lace on their designs, to which she answers “There is such a thing astoo much lace.”

“I think a wedding is the most successful and beautiful when it is all your own,” Erina says, “and it really shows what you, the couple, is all about.”

For more beautiful ring pillow designs, as well as flower girl baskets, hair accessories and garters, visit the Y&E Bridal shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/YANDEBRIDAL

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