Post # 1
September 19, 2009 my fiance’ and I are having an English Garden wedding. We’re not being overly strict with the Victorian-esque theme, and are adding fun/unique touches along with some heritage-based touches. Our wedding colors are kiwi, pale pink, white, and silver. I connect birdcage veils with the 1920s on, but could anyone tell me when they started/were popular, and if it would look out-of-place at a wedding like the one I am planning?
Here are some of my wedding things to give you a feel for it:
Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
This site claims to sell vintage Victorian-era clothing and veils. Here is the link to the site http://www.vintagewedding.com/veils.html. I think that you have enough modern touches (cupcakes, Gerbera daisies) that you would be fine with a birdcage veil if you want them, though most of the "vintage" ones look a lot like the more traditional types worn today. If you want to go Victorian, you might also consider a tussie mussie for your bouquet http://www.invitationsbydawn.com/pics/SpecialtyProductPics/InvitationsByDawn/Clusters/W04756_024lr.jpg
and possibly serving some petit fours with your dessert table.
Hope this helped!
Post # 4
A true Victorian-style veil would be long and flowing, and attached to a wreath of orange blossoms, which were the flower associated with weddings at the time. I actually tend to associate the birdcage veil more with the 1940s and 1950s, when women commonly wore them to church on Sunday – there are some photos of Joan Crawford in a birdcage veil (circa 1940s) on this site:
There is a good description of Victorian bridal attire at:
Are you wearing an actual Victorian style wedding dress? You know, full skirt, tiny boned bodice, very full (and long) sleeves? Or are you actually wearing something more early 1900s? I do think that a birdcage veil would look odd with a Victorian style dress (think big skirts, tiny head).
Even in the 1920s, the veil style was actually quite full and long. Here is a wedding photo from the early 1920s:
Actually, that website has many historical wedding dress photos, from 1820 to 1940, and no birdcage veils pictured at all. My mom seems convinced that they were never worn as wedding veils until now – just on women’s Sunday or formal hats.
Post # 5
Suzanno, your mother is right about that – the netting over the face was very popular but not as an independent piece of net, it was always attached in some way to a hat. Some women got married with them but were not wearing a traditional white outfit, rather a formal suit and formal hat.
In fact, this morning I saw a 1931 Norma Shearer movie where she was wearing a tiny pancake size hat with a circular netting reaching her chin(What fabulous clothes they had in the 1930’s!)
I believe that something softer and flowier than a birdcage veil would be more fitting with that era but it’s really your call – do whatever you feel is right for you.