How Do I Care for a Birdcage Wedding Veil?

Two Cents: Is getting steamy my best option?

How Do I Care For A Birdcage Wedding Veil? Steaming?
I purchased a simple but lovely birdcage veil from Etsy. The fabric is poufy and needs to be molded to shape my face. The seller recommended that I steam my veil, either by placing it on a ball or bowl in a steamy bathroom or by using a steamer. I am nervous that I am going to mess this up, but the clock is ticking (twelve days to W-Day!). Any pro-tips or possible landmines to avoid before I embark on this process?

Thank you!

OKay, APW, this is a good one! Did you buy (or DIY) one of these beauties, and then get it wrinkled? What’s the best option you found to care for a birdcage wedding veil? Did you accidentally ruin one? Is the steaming process–gasp—foolproof? We need to know!

If you want the APW community’s two cents, send it to QUESTIONS AT APRACTICALWEDDING DOT COM, and we’ll do our best to crowdsource you some answers!

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  • Erynn

    My birdcage came from Etsy too!! The vendor laid it flat in tissue paper and rolled it lightly to ship it. After looking at it, I rolled it up with same way and never touched it again until we put it in my hair. It was a little wrinkly maybe, but I didn’t notice at all. I think it’s all in how you pin it that gives it shape. (Unless we have very different bird cages!)
    And a picture for fun….

  • Moe

    My $17 birdcage from Etsy was nearly indestructible! I steamed it before sticking it in my hair and that was it.

  • Katie

    Your biggest risk with steaming is melting it. The put-it-in-the-steamy-bathroom option is going to be your safest bet if you’re worried about messing it up (it’s pretty much no-risk). If it’s poofy, that is the design of it; the only way I’ve seen to really “flatten” or mold it is using bobby pins. Also, generally the longer you let it hang, the more the wrinkles will fall out.

  • Meg

    I made my veil. After doing lots of research on different styles of birdcage veils and different veiling, I ended up purchasing this package on Etsy that let me try out two different kinds of veiling. ( I used a very standard tutorial (just google for it) and it was easy. I ended up preferring the French veiling to the Russian veiling because the French was able to be molded while the Russian just wanted to stand straight up no matter how I positioned it and needed lots of bobby pins. The veiling came with instructions to use steam if wrinkling is a problem, but I haven’t needed to steam mine. Maybe start with the steam a ways away from the veiling before going for the gusto?

  • VKD_Vee

    I got a bridal shop to steam my veil a few days before. I think they charged me $10? Outsource, outsource, outsource! :)

  • bearsfan1984

    I bought a long waltz length veil and the etsy seller told me to hang it in a steamy bathroom too. Worked just fine.

  • Achernar

    The question is really what is the veil made of? If it is synthetic mesh (e.g. nylon) then getting it too hot makes melting a real issue, so if you’re just trying to get little crinkles out a steamy bathroom is your best bet (and a long hot shower for the win!).
    If it is made of some other millinery material though it’s possible you can change the shape by holding it near the spout of a steaming kettle (not super close though!!) and as the material softens, pull it into the shape you want and let it cool. I made a friend’s veil (see below), and it required a bit of both – steaming and bobby pins. Remember, less is more to start with… Good luck I’m sure it will be awesome!

    • Barbara J. Miller


  • Karen

    It’s basically all in the bobby pins– no steaming needed.

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  • Really a great post, help a lot !!