It's not just for veils and ballgown skirts.
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There's no other material that's quite so quintessentially bridal as tulle. Its lightweight open-weave texture looks whimsical and romantic, and its poufy netting adds dramatic volume to veils and ball gown skirts. Many brides don't realize, however, that tulle is a very versatile fabric, and it has wedding-day purposes that extend far beyond bridal attire. In fact, when used as a decorating tool, the sheer material can add a feminine elegance to ceremony and reception spaces. Not sure you're into tulle as a main part of your decorations? You'll be surprised to see that some of the ceremony and reception décor ideas you've been pinning are actually made of tulle—especially those pretty tents and airy ceremony backdrops.
While we'll always love it best as a veil or skirt, tulle can make a huge impact on your wedding day décor. It makes an excellent ceremony or photo booth backdrop in classic bridal white, but you can always use dyed versions for an added pop of color in your reception space or on your tabletops. Ready to find out how to make the most of this fabric? Here, see eight creative ways to incorporate tulle into your wedding from start to finish.
For a picture-perfect ceremony backdrop, hang layers of tulle behind the altar or on its sides. The lightweight fabric will cascade to the floor and create a dainty ethereal scene, and if you're tying the knot by the water, they'll pick up the breeze. Tulle backdrops are also highly customizable. You can either cut the fabric into thin strips that sway with the wind or bunch it in thick clusters that anchor the ceremony site. When paired with accessories, like clusters of flowers, string lights, and ribbon, a tulle backdrop becomes one of the prettiest ways to ensure all eyes are on your vow exchange.
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Who doesn't love the look of a beautiful table runner? A tulle version can be the prettiest version yet. Whether you drape a thick layer of tulle over a rustic wooden table or pair it with a solid linen, as seen here, a gauzy runner adds an extra layer of dimension to your reception tables.
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Most of the time, newlywed chairs are adorned with signs marked "Bride" and "Groom." Go against the norm and decorate the chairs with tulle instead. You can even think beyond just your own chairs and decorate seating throughout the reception or just at your head table. Draped tulle can be tied in a large bow at the back of each chair, wrapped around the sides, or cut into ribbons and attached with knots. To make chairs even more decorative, think about adding a bright flower, customized sign, or choose a dyed fabric that coordinates with the rest of your décor. With chairs this festive, you might have a hard time getting your guests out of their seats!
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When picking a tent for their ceremony or reception, many couples choose to rent liners—lightweight fabrics that hang from the ceiling and hide the tent's framework. Although liners are a festive and pretty finishing touch, they can easily add up to $1,500 to the rental bill. That's a steep price tag, especially when you consider the fact that most tents already cost $5,000 to $10,000 without a liner. As a budget-friendly alternative, make your own liner using tulle. The airy fabric mimics the billowing softness of traditional liners at a fraction of the price.
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Pom Pom Decorations
Don't be afraid to get creative with tulle! Use the fabric to make your own pom-pom decorations to hang over the dance floor, around entryways, or even on your bar. Countless tutorials for tulle pom-poms exist on the Internet, and most only require a piece of cardboard, twine or string, scissors, and tulle.
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Curtains or Drapes
If the windows at your venue look a bit bare, spruce them up with makeshift drapes created with tulle. The material can be twisted and tied in a variety of ways, so you can find the ideal curtain shape for your taste. As a way to emphasize existing curtains, wrap thin ribbons of tulle around the drapes as a DIY tieback.
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Keep your bouquet (or your bridesmaids' bouquets) intact by wrapping a piece of tulle around the stems of the flowers, and then tying the loose ends in a cute bow or pin them against the stems. Use dyed tulle for a pop of color or layers of white fabric for a classic look.
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A crafty bride can incorporate tulle in countless small details of her wedding. For starters, she can wrap tulle around the ring bearer's pillow, tie it around the silverware at dinner, and stuff it in favor bags in place of wrapping tissue. Tulle also makes the perfect accessory for the bride, her bridesmaid, or the flower girl, especially as a hair accessory.