43 Fresh Takes on the Tulle Wedding Dress

Forget Everything You Know About Tulle

Updated 09/05/14

Photos (from left to right): John Aquino and Steve Eichner; Courtesy of Vera Wang; George Chinsee; Steve Eichner

The same fabric as a ballerina's tutu, tulle is often deemed stereotypically bridal and "poofy." Thanks to a large number of bridal designers' recent runway shows, though, that's no longer the case.

The traditional wedding dress fabric is undergoing a major re-design. Rather than feeling stuffy, dresses from this netted fabric are ethereal and modern—some even feel lighter than the boho and beach bride's beloved chiffon skirts and silk charmeuse sheaths. The best part is that tulle is no longer limited to the oversized ball gown. A wide array of styles feature tulle skirts, including mermaid silhouettes, detachable over-skirts, and breezy A-line designs (another plus—tulle works really well with another favored trend: colorful gowns).

The tulle revival is going so strong that popular designer Hayley Paige created a collection-within-her-collection of dresses, deemed "Love Poets Society," which spotlight removable tulle over-skirts. On the other hand, bridal favorite Monique Lhuillier showed a range almost entirely made up of tulle creations—both featuring removable over-skirts and light-as-air A-line tulle gowns. Carolina Herrera, Marchesa, Amsale, and Christos are just a few other fashion houses to recently craft voluminous tulle skirts that provide drama without the extra weight.

From the simplest sheer tulle layer on a dress's side to a full-on ball gown skirt, plenty of designers updated the classic bridal fabric to feel fresh, feminine, and romantic—so don't count tulle out just yet! Click through to see all of our favorite modern tulle designs!

Courtesy of Vera Wang

Ruched tulle ball gown wedding dress with a long-sleeve lace bodice and cut-out back detail, Vera Wang

Steve Eichner

Style 6458, "Conrad" sleeveless lace mini wedding dress with a v-neckline, shown with lace and tulle A-line overskirt, Hayley Paige

John Aquino

Sleeveless blush tulle ball gown wedding dress with an illusion high neckline and corded lace details, Christos

John Aquino and Thomas Iannaccone

"Celeste" tulle ball gown wedding dress with all-over silver embroidered details and illusion cap sleeves, Carolina Herrera

John Aquino and Steve Eichner

"Fabienne" long sleeve embellished sheath wedding dress with a front slit, tulle overskirt, and keyhole illusion neckline, Monique Lhuillier

Thomas Iannaccone

Wedding dress by Alberta Ferretti

George Chinsee

Sleeveless corded lace and tulle sheath wedding dress with an illusion high neckline, Amsale

Kyle Erickson

"Leeta" strapless beaded dropped-waist tulle ball gown wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline, Kelly Faetanini

Robert Mitra

Long sleeve re-embroidered lace A-line wedding dress with a bateau neckline and tulle skirt, Marchesa

Courtesy of Vera Wang

Sleeveless silk charmeuse halter ball gown wedding dress with a deep v-neckline and full tulle skirt with Chantilly lace applique details, Vera Wang

John Aquino

"Monaco" ivory and blush tulle ball gown wedding dress with an embroidered illusion bodice and cap sleeves, Naeem Khan

John Aquino

Wedding dress by Rivini

Thomas Iannaccone

"Bianca" strapless tulle A-line wedding dress with floral applique details on the bodice and skirt, Mira Zwillinger

John Aquino

"Valentina" strapless corded lace sheath wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline and tulle overskirt, Theia

Thomas Iannaconne

Style 13620, "Paige" strapless tulle ball gown wedding dress with a beaded sweetheart bodice, Wtoo

George Chinsee

Sleeveless corded lace dropped-waist ball gown wedding dress with a tulle skirt and illusion high neckline, Amsale

Steve Eichner

Style 6453, "Josie" strapless tulle ball gown wedding dress with a crystal sweetheart bodice and a tiered skirt with horsehair trim, Hayley Paige

Thomas Iannaccone

Wedding dress by Austin Scarlett

John Aquino

"Milan" sleeveless tulle ball gown wedding dress with an illusion high neckline and horizontal beading on the bodice, Naeem Khan

John Aquino

Sleeveless lace and tulle A-line wedding dress with a v-neckline, Christos

George Chinsee

"Celine" strapless tulle ball gown wedding dress with a fully-beaded bodice and a sweetheart neckline, Ines Di Santo

George Chinsee

Wedding dress by David's Bridal

Steve Eichner

Style 6457, "Byron" sleeveless lace mini wedding dress with a handkerchief tulle A-line overskirt, v-neckline, and spaghetti straps, Hayley Paige

John Aquino

Embroidered tulle A-line wedding dress with a bateau neckline and cap sleeves, Oscar de la Renta

George Chinsee

"Olencia" strapless lace and tulle trumpet wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline, Ines Di Santo

Steve Eichner

Style 8461, sleeveless lace trumpet wedding dress with a tulle skirt and deep v-neckline, Jim Hjelm

John Acquino

Strapless dropped waist lace ball gown wedding dress with a bustled tulle skirt, Kenneth Pool

Kyle Erickson

"Neela" strapless silk trumpet wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline and tulle skirt, Kelly Faetanini

John Aquino and Steve Eichner

"Velletta" sleeveless Alencon lace Ball Gown wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline, thin straps, and a tiered tulle skirt, Monique Lhuillier

George Chinsee

Wedding dress by Luna Novias

John Aquino

Off-the-shoulder tulle A-line wedding dress with taffeta embroidery detail, Oscar de la Renta

John Aquino and Steve Eichner

"Karlotta" white Chantilly lace A-line wedding dress with a portrait neckline, illusion long sleeves, and an embellished tulle overskirt, Monique Lhuillier

John Aquino

"Haven" sleeveless silver floral jacquard crop top wedding dress with a tulle ball gown skirt, Theia

Robert Mitra

Wedding dress by David Tutera for Mon Cheri

George Chinsee

Strapless corded lace and tulle ball gown wedding dress, Amsale

John Aquino

Strapless blush tulle ball gown wedding dress with a layered skirt and floral details, Christos

John Aquino

Wedding dress by Rivini

Thomas Iannaconne

Style 13614, "Persiphone" sleeveless tulle A-line wedding dress with a beaded bodice and v-neckline, Wtoo

John Acquino

Strapless dropped waist corded lace and tulle ball gown wedding dress with a layered skirt and sweetheart neckline, Kenneth Pool

John Aquino

"Madison" strapless tulle trumpet wedding dress with an embroidered threadwork bodice and a sweetheart neckline, Naeem Khan

Steve Eichner

Style 3452, sleeveless beaded and embroidered tulle A-line wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline and jeweled spaghetti straps, Lazaro

Related Stories