Veil Colours & Fabrics
We have a fantastic range of veil colours & fabrics available for our handmade veils. There are 4 main tulle types — Bridal Illusion, Shimmer Tulle, Silk Effect and Italian Style — available in 12 different colours.
For the best explanation of how each tulle looks, feels and drapes, be sure to watch our video! You’ll see close-ups of the fabrics as we go through some of the benefits of each tulle and the different looks each one creates.
We also quickly run through the colours each fabric type comes in, but really, to get the best idea on colours you need to see them in person. That’s why you can order any of our 12 veil colours in our tulle sample packs.
We’ve split our sample packs into three options: Our Lighter Colours pack, contains the most popular veil colours most brides go for ranging from White through to Dark Ivory. If you think you might like a bit of a shimmery effect in your veil there’s a Shimmer Tulles add-on pack with our three shimmer options. And if you know your dress is a much deeper shade than even Dark Ivory, go for our Deeper Colours pack which has our Blush Pink, Champagne and Oyster Pink Options. (If you dress is a deeper colour underneath with an ivory lace overlay, see our advice on two-colour dresses below).
Tip: The vast majority of today’s dresses are a light ivory shade. Sometimes the ivory is so pale that a bride could mistake the colour for white. A white veil next to an ivory dress is a big no-no — the white veil would appear to be glowing next to the softer ivory shade — so make sure you don’t fall into this common bridal mistake and get some samples to double check.
Our Veil Fabrics
Our light and crisp illusion tulle is one of our bestsellers. It has large diamond-shaped holes making it the sheerest of all our tulles. It’s light and airy yet has strength and structure and, when compared to some of our softer, more drapey tulles, is more likely to skim past any lace or beading on your dress rather than catch or cling. If you plan to wear your veil over the face, a beautiful sheer tulle like this always gives a pretty effect.
Pros: very sheer, light and airy – a great all-rounder
Cons: not as soft to the touch as some of our other tulles
Italian style tulle
Italian Style Tulle
Our soft and ultra-smooth Italian style tulle is a great option for those who like a soft feeling tulle that’s still relatively lightweight. The diamond-shaped holes are much smaller than those on our Illusion tulle which helps it feel smooth when you run your fingertips across it but makes it a tad less sheer. It could almost be described as a tulle-chiffon hybrid.
Pros: soft and smooth to the touch
Cons: slightly less sheer, can look shiny under certain lights
Our shimmer tulle is the sparklier cousin to our bestselling illusion tulle. It has very similar-sized diamond-shaped holes so is nice and sheer. It’s created from shimmery threads that give a very subtle sparkle, mostly only seen in direct sunlight or under strong artificial light. It’s a crisp, firm tulle with structure and we’ve used it several times on some of our record breakingly long veils because of its strength.
Pros: sheer, strong and sparkly!
Cons: our most crisp tulle, not very soft to the touch
Silk effect tulle
Silk Effect Tulle
Our silk effect tulle is the softest tulle we carry and has the most wonderful drape. It’s a heavier fabric made from slightly thicker threads but has nice, large hexagon holes so is still fairly sheer. As lovely and buttery soft as this tulle is, however, it’s not for every bride as it’s not at all airy or light and likes to sit in a slim column so is only really suited to slim sheath, column or mermaid dresses and not A-line or ball gown.
Pros: super soft and wonderfully drapey
Cons: heavier than other tulles, prone to falling in a slim column
Our Veil Colours
Bridal Illusion – White
Surprisingly, white is now one of the least popular veil colours. We all think of the term “white wedding”, but in reality, these days it’s rare to find a true white dress. At the very least, they’re usually an off white or “diamond” white shade.
Shimmer Tulle – White
…That said, if you have opted for a white dress, then you may has well have the brightest, sparkliest veil colour to go with it with our white shimmer veil fabric! The same optic white as the regular white tulle, with a subtle shimmer in the weave.
Bridal Illusion – Diamond White
The term “diamond white” can often be misinterpreted to mean brighter than white. In fact, it’s a much softer, more natural white. It’s a neutral colour – neither cool nor warm. It’s very similar to light ivory in terms of colour depth, but without the hint of cream the light ivory has.
Shimmer Tulle – Diamond White
Just the same as our diamond white, only with a touch of shimmer. Some dress designers also use the term diamond white – Maggie Sottero, for example. This, and the non-shimmer version, are the perfect match for those gowns.
Italian Style Tulle – Pale Ivory
Our Italian Style tulle is an ultra-soft and smooth tulle with a finer weave giving it a texture that’s more like chiffon fabric than a traditional netted tulle. The Pale Ivory shade would work beautifully with both off white and light ivory dresses.
Bridal Illusion – Light Ivory
Our most popular shade by far. It’s a perfect ivory shade that matches almost all pale ivory dresses. 90% of all veils are made in this shade.
Silk Effect Tulle – Ivory
This is a very different fabric from all of our other tulles. Our standard tulles are light and airy. The Silk Effect tulle is a much weightier fabric. See this comparison video of silk effect vs illusion tulle which shows the heavier weight of the Silk Effect quite well. We only supply this fabric in one shade: ivory.
Shimmer Tulle – Ivory
A shade midway between the light and dark Ivory here on our chart, with a pretty shimmer effect. This is quite a chameleon colour and has been known to work well with trickier ivory shades like pearl, alabaster and some lighter champagnes.
Bridal Illusion – Dark Ivory
A few shades deeper that the light ivory, our dark ivory is a creamy shade that would suit more obviously ivory dresses. Dresses you would never mistake for white. In paint terms, it’s basically magnolia.
Bridal Illusion – Blush Pink
A very subtle pink shade. In terms of depth, it’s similar to the light ivory, with a hint of pink to slight you might need to hold it next to another colour to see it.
Italian Style Tulle – Champagne
Moving onto our darker shades beginning with champagne. The champagne tulle is very warm, quite peachy and would suit light gold, nude and other deeper shades as well as, of course, champagne. If your dress is both champagne and ivory together, read on about two colour dresses.
Italian Style Tulle – Oyster Pink
The oyster pink option is similar to our champagne only with more pink tones mixed in instead of peach. Kind of a rose gold shade. Matching up oyster coloured dresses is particularly tricky because some dresses can be quite a cool-toned silver version of oyster, and some will be a much warmer shade with pink undertones like ours. Definitely get samples if your dress is in this colour range.
Two-Colour Wedding Dresses
It’s become very popular in recent years to have dresses that are one colour underneath – often champagne or a deeper ivory – with a light ivory lace layer over the top.
If you have this kind of dress, you might be wondering which veil colour to pair with it.
Our advice in this situation is always to match to the lighter colour on top. Trying to bring out the deeper colour from underneath will be much more difficult; ivory shades are a lot more consistent than champagne colours which can vary greatly in depth and tone. Plus, we find the lighter and brighter colour is generally a lot more flattering for most people.
Often, two colour (or two tone) dresses will have more lace, and therefore more ivory colouring, at the top of the dress, and will fade into the darker colour at the bottom. If this is the case for you, you could go for a shorter veil, fingertip or above, so that the light ivory veil will be next to the predominantly ivory portion of the dress. Or, if you have your heart set on a longer veil, consider that although the two colours may be contrasting at the bottom of the dress, the veil will only be one sheer layer of tulle, versus the many layers of your dress skirt, so it may blend in better than you might think.