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What Wedding Hairstyles Work Best with a Birdcage Veil

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Birdcage veils are back in style. The look has been around for more than a century, and now its vintage mysteriousness  and feminine charm are extremely popular among modern brides. The key to this look are the right hairstyles work best with these retro veils.

1. Short and sassy

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Birdcage veils look fantastic on brides with short hair. Side-swept bangs that follow the line of the veil are simple and chic. Pincurls are also a perfect complement to the retro look of the veil.

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2. Bob and wave

Left: Drew Barrymore wears a birdcage veil with a wavy bob. Right: A old-school Hollywood glamour look with feather fascinator and birdcage veil.

For medium-length hair, a bob or faux bob paired with silky waves is a lovely vintage-inspired look.

3. Long and loose

Left: Olympic Snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler. Right: Photo via Brad and Joy Get Hitched

Long, loose waves can be a nice contrast to the prim-and-proper look of a blusher birdcage veil.

4. Updos

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A birdcage veil perched atop an elegant updo is a beautiful bridal look. With hair swept up into a classic french twist, loose chignon or a cluster of curls, the focus is on the bride’s face and the fabulous fascinator or clip that she chooses to attach a birdcage veil.

Planning ahead

When you do a trial run with your hairstylist, be sure to take your veil and whatever accessory you’ll be using to attach it – your comb, clip or fascinator. Get inspired by these other birdcage veil ideas.

As a general rule, if you’ve got an elaborate, large feather or flower clip to go with your veil, a simple, sleek hairdo will keep the look from being overwhelming. If you’ve got a simple, smaller clip or comb, you can be a little more adventurous with your hairstyle.

Read our list of 12 Wedding Day Hairstyle Tips for more pointers! For you bold brides, what are some other ways you are planning to wear a birdcage veil? Send us pictures of your choice to so we can share with other future brides.

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