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:


{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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