Pearls of Wisdom
Wedding project ideas and style how-tos for brides, bridal jewelry designers and wedding planners.
Birdcage Veils--A Glamorous Trend
Reminiscent of fashion from the 1930s and 1940s, birdcage veils are a cropped veil made of open-weave net, called French or Russian netting. The veil covers part of the face and is often worn asymmetrically for added interest. A feathered or jeweled accent piece anchors the veil, and secures it to hair.
Making the veil is as simple as cutting a piece of French netting to the desired shape. You can finish the edge with a small piece of ribbon or leave it unfinished. Cut the veil to lie straight across the chin-line for a more traditional look, or sweeping at an angle across the face for dramatic statement. Embellish with Swarovski crystals for added glamour.
The ornamental hairpiece, or fascinator, is a very popular addition to the veil. A sparkling brooch makes the perfect centerpiece for a romantic veil with a vintage look. For a bold statement, consider a beautifully preserved flower or black lip shell focal. Whatever you choose, these styles are sure to be popular with brides!
- Swarovski crystals
- Natural flower components
- Black lip shell focals
- Barette and comb findings for embellishing
- Finished barettes and combs
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