Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Did you know not all veils are made of tulle?  Gorgeous, yes, tulle aka illusion is the most widely used material designers go for when creating the look that tops you off on your wedding day.  Looking into  the varied weights take into mind most veiling materials are light and either drape or have that lightweight loft that poufs on certain veils
 NYLON OR POLY TULLE-The most common, try to find the best quality Nylon you can.  The true test is finding a netting with a softer hand, .Tulle is great for pouf, gathered at the crown and layered veils.  Ditto blushers that cover the face and are pulled back for the all important kiss and post ceremony.  By special order through Amy-Jo Tatum
SILK TULLE--A very delicate and fragile fabric, this is the top of the line veiling used by royal princesses and couture brides the world over.  Though available in different blends of Poly Silk to 100% silk, you're going to pay the difference for the added silk factor here.  Not as much loft as regular tulle makes this a great candidate for Cathedral and longer length veils.  Again I need to reiterate--very delicate stuff here . . . . By special order through Amy-Jo Tatum
 ENGLISH NET-- Either made of Poly or pure cotton, English netting is used in many of the full skirts on wedding dresses.  More drape and opaqueness than tulle it is an ideal fiber for mantillas and single layer veils.  The Ivory Lace Mantilla Veil above a single layer bordered in  Chantilly lace.
 SILK GAUZE OR CHIFFON- Go for single layer veils in gauze or chiffon. The reason is most chiffons are opaque and the yardage has a certain drape and spread to it that's ideal for longer veils like the beauty above that is tacked to the back of the bride's hair . . . .By special order through Amy-Jo Tatum
 LACE--Seriously, let's look at some lace.  Did you know that between the motifs and floral patterns of lace lies a soft netting base like that of tulle?  An allover lace veil will work as either a mantilla or a wrap of lace fashioned into a type of cloche veil like the one above as long as it is fairly light weight.  By special order through Amy-Jo Tatum
FRENCH AND RUSSIAN NETTING--Both have larger holes producing a wider netting but French netting is softer to the touch. Pictured above is Russian netting which is a stiffer version.  I used it for The Bubble Veil because I wanted to add that high fashion drama to this wedding look. Though used mostly for shortie veils, I've seen it pieced in length to create longer versions
(only comes 9 and 18" wide)
SWISS DOT AND POINT D'ESPRIT-Netting that is usually soft and wide with dots on it.  Swiss Dot can be netting, chiffon or organza.  Above is a Point d'esprit pouf veil adorned with a handmade  silk rose.  Very Couture.  By special order through Amy-Jo Tatum
ORGANZA-Lightweight but loftier opaque fabric ideal for veils.  Works best as a single layer, especially embroidered organza like the one above from  A Beautiful Hope Bridal

Photo 2 and 3: Pixamage
Photos 5 and 6: Pixamage
Photo 7: Smoot Photo
Photo 8: S-1 Studios


Ashley said...

I'm a total lover of veils--especially those in different fabrics--Great post

Sheila said...

Dear Amy-Jo,
All the brides in Glossary of Veil Fabrics are just so beautiful and so elegant. All brides are supposed to be beautiful, but I think brides with veils are the most beautiful of all.
Of all these brides, I think the most beautiful of all is the third – bride with bare-shouldered gown and veil trimmed with lace. She is also wearing long above the elbow gloves, another favorite of mine (I wore them at my own wedding). I think that the gal with the long floor-length veil (who also wears long gloves) and the gal with the gown with the lace sleeves and the tulle veil are also especially elegant, but all these brides are SO beautiful! Looking at these pictures it is easy to understand why you are such a success as a bridal designer.
Many thanks for these wonderful pictures,

Rachel said...

Loved the veils brides are wearing. These days veils are coming in various fabrics and the brides who don't opt for it choose flowers instead to give a more natural look or some even just wear a tiara. everything has its charm but none of them can replace the effect veil leaves with a wedding gown.