Thursday, October 27, 2016


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

Photo 1:Jim Vetter Photography
Photo 2 and 3: Pixamage
Photo 4: im Vetter Photography Photos 5 and 6: Pixamage
Photo 7: Smoot Photo
Photo 8: Scott Photography
Photo 9: S1 Studios


Ashley said...

Beautiful selection!

Sheila said...

Hello, Amy-Jo,
This glossary will be of great assistance to future brides! However, I am still primarily a tulle fan, The Nylon or Poly Tulle and the Silk Tulle pictures are just so beautiful. Also, to me the fact that six of these brides also wear my favorite opera length gloves, adds so much to the elegance of each of them.

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