Tulle and organza are classic bridal fabrics, chosen by brides for their feminine, ethereal quality and delicate, romantic appeal. Whilst the two fabrics are often used somewhat similarly in bridal fashion, they actually have different benefits and applications, and each manages to be used more effectively for different things. Read on to learn what each fabric is best used for.
(Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Couture)
Tulle’s name comes from the city of Tulle, in France, well known as a hub of silk and lace production in the 18th century. It is a fine, mesh netting, with stiff hold that gives shape to a wedding dress design. Strong and durable, it is regularly used to embellish or give structure to wedding gowns. Full or bell style skirts are very often puffed out using layers of tulle, and when tulle is used as an accent or overlay material, it creates a gorgeous, floaty look. An embroidered tulle can be a truly stunning addition to a simple bridal design. Both plain and patterned tulles are available, and the fabric is commonly used for wedding veils as well, as it obscures the features of the face whilst allowing the bride to see out.
Organza is a sheer, thin, plain weave fabric traditionally made from silk, though many modern versions now use synthetic fibres, like polyester or nylon. Organza, like tulle, is often used for wedding dress material when some stiff structure is required, but it is typically heavier than tulle. Whilst tulle can range from very soft to stiff, making it a little more adaptable, organza is generally far stiffer, which means that it doesn't create the specific flowy appearance achieved by tulle. The stiffness of organza does, however, come in handy for gorgeous design accents and accessories, like bows and sashes on a dress, and it is the perfect fabric to use for such details.
Organza is also beautiful as an ornamental fabric for wedding décor, draped, or gathered attractively over arches, beams, tables and seating, to create an elegant, soft ambience.