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Latest Trend in Wedding Veils: the Birdcage Veil

by Benjamin Dover,  Staff Writer Factoidz.com

Although the “birdcage” name refers to the shaping of the veil to “float” over the face, head (or part of the face and head) and to extend no longer than the chin, it’s a common misconception that “birdcage” means anything made with large-gauge millinery netting.  But “birdcage” is the style (slightly bouffant and “enclosing” the face like a cage), not the fabric.  A birdcage-style short bridal veil can be made from the usual fine tulle of traditional veils–but the stiffness of the larger-gauge netting is more conducive to “floating” over the face without rubbing against the ends of the eyelashes.

Generally made of French, Russian or English netting–all essentially the same except for the ever-so-slightly increasing size (3/8-, 1/4-, or 1/2-inch, respectively) of the squares in the net, these veils may be unadorned and anchored by a clear comb, or have that stark simplicity offset by a dramatic ornament.  Even with the modern minimalist twist of cropping the length of the netting to just below eye-level or sweeping asymmetrically across the face, the statement of that big-gauge milliners’ netting lends the look a retro-chic tone from the 30’s and 40’s that couldn’t be more up-to-the-minute right now.



Actually, if our social customs were more attuned to the cocktail-hat set across “the Pond,” we would already be familiar with this type of headpiece as a “Fascinator,” as the English call them –a cocktail topper that’s more of an oversized hair ornament (often including a bit of this netting) than an actual hat.

Because of the bold geometry of the netting, the birdcage veil is at its best with simply-cut gowns in richly-draping fabrics, without lace, beading, or embroidery to vie for visual attention.  Perhaps, since brooches made their comeback a year or two ago and there are some fabulous ones available, you might purchase a matching pair of rhinestone brooches, one as a focal point on the gown, and the other by itself or as the center of the embellishment to the headpiece (often feathers or a circle of the gathered netting–but the overall look can also be softened by some retro-looking florals, keeping the monotone of ivory or white).

Less is definitely more with a birdcage veil; although it’s relatively small in comparison with other veils, it makes a strong, fashion-forward statement.  It needs to be carried off with confidence, so it’s not for a timid, traditional bride.

If that confidence and a love of being a little different sounds like you, consider the look of a birdcage veil.


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Today’s Bride Announces 2010-2011 Bridal Show Schedule

CLEVELAND OCTOBER 2010 SHOW
Sun, Oct 17, 2010
Embassy Suites, Independence
5800 Rockside Woods Blvd., Independence, OH
Doors Open:  10am – 4pm
Fashion Shows: 11:30am, 1:00pm, & 2:30pm

AKRON/CANTON OCTOBER 2010 SHOW
Sun, Oct. 24, 2010
Sheraton Suites
1989 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Doors open: 10 – 4pm.
Fashion Shows: 11:30am, 1:00pm, & 2:30pm

Each event has OVER 80 Exhibitors, Henri’s Discount Gown Showroom, Battle of the Grooms, Make-Over Bride, Prizes, Discounts, and Giveaways!  Each attending bride will receive a current copy Today’s Bride Magazine (while supplies last)
$10 Admission.  Purchase Tickets online at http://www.todaysbride.com at 50% off!

AKRON/CANTON JANUARY 2011 SHOW
Sun, January 9, 2011
John S. Knight Center, Akron, OH
77 E. Mill St., Akron, OH
Doors open: 10 – 5pm.

Fashion Shows: 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm & 3:30pm, American Commodore Tuxedo Dancers, latest fashions in Bridal gowns, Veils, Mother-of dresses, Bridesmaids dresses and more!

Over 150 Wedding Professionals to help you plan your BIG day!  Henri’s Discount Gown Showroom, Gallery of Reception Table Ideas, Gallery of Wedding Cakes, Portrait Gallery, Prizes, Discounts, and so much more!  Each attending bride will receive a current copy Today’s Bride Magazine (while supplies last).
$10 admission.  Purchase tickets at 50% off by registering at www.todaysbride.com

CLEVELAND JANUARY 2010 SHOW – Now 2 Days!
Sat. & Sun, January 15 & 16, 2011
I-X Center, Cleveland, OH
One I-X Center Dr., Cleveland, OH
Doors open: 1/16/11 from 4-8pm
1/15/11 from 10 – 5pm.

Fashion Shows on Sunday:  11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm & 3:30pm, American Commodore Tuxedo Dancers, latest fashions in Bridal gowns, Veils, Mother-of dresses, Bridesmaids dresses and more!

Over 200 Wedding Professionals to help you plan your BIG day!  Henri’s Discount Gown Showroom, Gallery of Reception Table Ideas, Gallery of Wedding Cakes, Portrait Gallery, Prizes, Discounts, and so much more!  Each attending bride will receive a current copy Today’s Bride Magazine (while supplies last)
$8 parking, $10 Admission. Purchase Tickets at 50% off online at www.todaysbride.com.

Experienced Wedding Planner Can Save You Valuable Time & Money

An Experienced Wedding Planner Can Save You Valuable Time & Money, All the While Making Your Dreams Come True

As couples begin thinking about their wedding, they are often overwhelmed deciding how much to spend, where to obtain specialized services, and how to choose vendors. These worries can mount as quickly as the cost of the wedding does. And after the euphoria wears off and the reality settles in, it’s shocking to discover of how much preparation is involved in planning a wedding.

Faced with decisions about everything from invitation wording to planning their honeymoon, combined with full-time careers and limited time to devote to planning details, couples often find they want the help of a professional wedding planner.

Not long ago, a wedding coordinator was thought of as a luxury, only considered practical for couples with unlimited budgets. Now wedding planners are nearly essential to a well planned affair, having become indispensable today to many brides and grooms who find their services well worth the investment.

A wedding consultant guides you through the planning process and the wedding day itself, assisting in whatever capacity you need. He or she can help you refine your ideas, connect you to the appropriate vendors, advise you on proper etiquette, and suggest ways to use your budget wisely.

Read more about Wedding Consultants and Planners HERE

For a list of wedding planners & consultants in the Greater Cleveland and Akron/Canton areas, visit our website