Some various bridal veil fabrics include tulle, silk chiffon and polyester chiffon. Others include organza, English net and silk tulle. French net material is also used to create birdcage veils.
Tulle is a type of netting used for bridal veils, sometimes sold under the name Bridal Illusion or Glimmer Illusion. This netting is made from 100 percent nylon and may be matte or shiny and transparent or opaque, depending on the bride's choice. Transparent fabric allows for easy viewing of the bride's face, while opaque fabrics are chosen for less visibility. Most bridal veils are made from matte transparent tulle fabric, especially longer veils.
Silk chiffon is crafted from 100 percent silk and is opaque. It has the look of cloth and only shows a shadowy glimpse of the bride. Veils made with silk chiffon hang straight. It is usually used for short to medium-length veils. Polyester chiffon has the look of silk without the worry of getting it wet. It is normally used in long or full veils.
Organza is made from 100 percent polyester. It has a flowing look but is a bit stiffer than silk or other types of materials used for veils. English netting has tiny holes in it that make it semi-transparent.