There are many different types of bridal veiling fabrics available today and if you do not regularly work in the industry you may not know exactly what the pro's are talking about. We have compiled list to help you understand the fabric options and their qualities that are available on the market today.
The most common veiling fabric mostly due to its economical cost is bridal illusion tulle. Many of the veils you have seen are made of this type of material. Bridal illusion tulle is supposed to be softer than the standard tulle you see in the craft store however it still has some body to it. There are various qualities of tulle available also so I strongly recommend ordering a sample so you can see the tulle quality you are getting from where you plan to order your veil. Also a smart choice for color matching to your wedding dress. At Melinda Rose Design we use a soft 100% nylon tulle that is manufactured in the US.
Silk Tulle is the cream of the crop veiling but it comes with a hefty price tag. It has a soft hand and is super drapey. The most expensive and luxurious is French Silk Tulle. There is also English and Italian silk tulle and are both incredibly beautiful. English and Italian silk tulle are less expensive than french silk tulle but still expensive. Silk tulle also ranges from slightly opaque to sheer. Silk tulle is a great option if you are looking for an heirloom quality veil however it must be preserved correctly. At Melinda Rose Design we use English Silk tulle because it is the most sheer and strong enough to handle lace sewn to it. It is imported from the UK. We also use a french silk tulle for some of our veils. These are best for brides who are looking for a super soft veil. We do offer french silk as well. Our listings will indicate whether they are made with French or English silk tulle.
Cathedral English Net Drop Veil
English Net is another beautiful option if you are looking for something that is soft and drapey but without the silk tulle price tag. It is a little more opaque so this will be something you will want to consider especially if wearing it over the face. It is also a narrower fabric (54") so it is only available in a light fullness. At Melinda Rose Design we use a 100% nylon english net imported from the UK.
Silk chiffon is incredibly beautiful, silky soft and has a beautiful drape. It is more opaque than traditional tulle and also only comes in a light fullness option (54"). I wouldn't recommend it for a blusher covering the face but it makes a beautiful flowy long veil. At Melinda Rose Design we use 100% silk chiffon fabric.
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