Mishaps with Tulle

I was a bad bride. I ironed tulle.

I wanted a long, raw-edge veil that could be lifted up dramatically behind me by the wind:


A gorgeous, flowy veil…le sigh. Photo by Christian Oth Studio.

I researched my options: I could make my own veil, or I could order a used veil from another bride. Buying a new one from a bridal shop was out of the question—veils seem to fetch a pretty high price around here. Feeling overwhelmed by the process of making invitations and tissue paper garlands, I opted to purchase a used veil—besides, reduce, reuse, recycle, right?!

I found a beautiful Vera Wang walking length veil that another bee was re-selling. The price was great. I ordered her veil, and waited patiently for her wedding to pass so she could ship the veil to me. When the veil finally arrived, it was pretty wrinkled in the shipping envelope. I was really excited to try it on, but the wrinkles bugged me. So I began to iron out the wrinkles with my roommate’s regular old household iron.

I was completely oblivious that ironing tulle is a total faux pas. After I had run the iron across the whole length of the veil several times, I noticed that a hole had begun to form towards the bottom of one of the tiers of tulle. I stopped right away, but there was no way to undo the gaping hole.


Iron + tulle = mess. Personal photo.

Really, this is not a big catastrophe. Since the veil has a raw edge, I just trimmed off the bottom 3 inches of that tier of tulle, and it looked just like new. It mostly took me by surprise. I laughed for several minutes straight. I’ve never been involved in another wedding, so how would I ever know any better? The veil is still beautiful when you take a couple steps back:


A full view of my slightly damaged veil. Personal photo.

Let this be a word of warning to those of you who haven’t yet gotten their hands on tulle veils and dresses. I found out that most tulle is made of nylon, which can melt from too much heat. The very easiest way to remove wrinkles from a veil is by hanging it in your bathroom the next few times you take hot showers. The steam from the shower will release the wrinkles without damaging the tulle. After my little mishap, I did this, and the veil looked fresh as ever.

I’ve also read that you can use a regular iron on a very low setting, but test out the iron on a scrap piece first. You can also buy a hand-held garment steamer to iron out the wrinkles, but this can still be a little risky. A safe bet is to take the veil to a dry cleaner, and leave it up to the professionals.

Have you learned about the danger of ironing tulle the hard way? What silly novice mistakes have you made during your wedding preparations?


Mrs. Wallaby

Wedding Date:
November 2012
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  1. Member
    asia 2555 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:56 pm


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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 4:11 pm

    I used a steamer on my bubble veil and it made it less bubbly! Apparently even steam can take the poof out of tulle.

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    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 4:23 pm

    Ouch. But good that it wasn’t the demise of the veil!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 5:01 pm

    yep, didnt know this at all. thanks for posting!

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    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:22 pm

    yip! it always sucks to learn the hard way. =/ tulle is an absolute pain to work with. I feel like every single rule about working with fabric just goes out the window with tulle. ugh

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    daffadowndilly 441 posts, Helper bee @ 5:48 pm

    When my veil arrived in the post it was really creased. I folded it through a coat hanger and hung it up from my office door for a few days. It is a floor length veil so the weight pulled the creases right out after a few days.

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    Danielle, Guest @ 6:09 pm

    Than you, thank you, thank you! I have this exact veil, and after trying it on and folding it up noticed t had become creased…….I was going to iron it soon so v glad I read your post!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 7:15 pm

    I’m so glad you were able to fix this easily! Your veil is beautiful!

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:22 pm

    I’m glad it was just a minor mishap.
    I’m safe knowing I can use my steamer with my veil, since my seamstress steamed it before giving it to me, but I would have used it either way, without thinking it can damage it, it could have been a disaster.

  10. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:01 pm

    @Danielle: Sure you’re welcome!happy to help prevent this from happening to other brides!!!

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    anastasia, Guest @ 6:44 pm

    one way to get rid of wrinkles in a veil is to hang it up in your bathroom and turn your shower on HOT for about fifteen minutes. the steam that forms does all the work for you.

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    Daniiella, Guest @ 8:06 pm

    Hi please assist. I have a wedding dress. I bought it from someone. The tulle is wrinkled. I phoned and they have put the dress in a spindryer. I have tried steaming, iron with wet cloth but the wrinkles stay. I give up. Anyone out there that can give me more options to try please!

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