The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Dress Fabrics

 Have you said yes to the man of your dreams?

Whether or not you are planning to get married soon, if you’re like most girls, chances are that you have started thinking about your wedding dress and can imagine it in your head. However, wedding dress selection is easier said than done. In addition to being the most exciting part of wedding planning, finding the perfect wedding dress can also be the most daunting and difficult task, especially when you don’t know how to go about it.  

While there are several elements that need to be considered while choosing your wedding dress, the fabric can make or break the game. Fabric selection is crucial to the final look of the dress.

However, there are so many varieties of bridal fabrics available these days that it can get really overwhelming for most brides-to-be to choose one. But don’t worry; we’ve got you covered!

To help all the confused brides out there, here we are giving a list of some of the most popular bridal fabrics that you will find at every bridal salon.

Top 6 Bridal Fabrics

The following are some of the most widely available and used fabrics for bridal gowns. Take a look at what each of them has to offer to make sure the fabric you are considering is apt for the kind of look you want:

1.    Satin

Evelyn - Satin A-Line Wedding Dress with Lace Bodice

Known for its ultra-soft feel and shine, satin exudes grace like no other fabric. It’s also durable and extremely versatile. While the fabric comes in several varieties, the following two are best suited for bridal dresses:

  1. Duchess Satin – As its name suggests, this variety of satin looks and feels super classy and has been one of the topmost choices of royals. Since this satin fabric can hold its shape, it is best suited for structured dresses and pleated skirts.
  2. Charmeuse – This satin variety is the opposite of duchess satin. It’s soft and slinky, but also see-through. So, it will be an ideal choice if you are planning to go for a sexier look.
  3. Mikado – Combines silk and nylon for a thicker and heavier fabric. Mikado is perfect for wedding gowns that have seamed lines and structured details.

2.    Crepe

Valentina - Modern Crepe Sheath Wedding Dress with V-Neck

Looking for a minimalist look that also looks classy and elegant? Do not want to go for a ball-gown silhouette?

Opt for a crepe!

Simple and chic, this slinky and lightweight fabric with a matte finish is ideal for A-line and mermaid gowns. It’s an ideal choice for brides-to-be that have an amazing figure and want to accentuate it on their big day. Crepe drapes beautifully around your body, offering the perfect combination of style, comfort, and allure. It fits your body but isn’t as body-hugging as lace or net.

Crepe is also available in several varieties, ranging from very lightweight to luxuriously heavy ones, so make your choice wisely.

3.    Taffeta

Have you always dreamed of wearing an ultra-voluminous gown on your D-day, but don’t want to get your movement restricted with those heavy ball-gown style bridal dresses?

Get your wedding dress made in Taffeta!

This tightly woven fabric can hold its shape but is also very lightweight, so it won’t weigh you down, and you will be able to easily move around on your wedding day.

4.    Organza

Carolina - Beaded Ball Gown Wedding Dress with Tiered Skirt

This classic fabric is an ideal choice for tiered dresses or layered gowns. It holds its shape but is not too stiff. It’s lightweight, so your dress won’t get heavy even with several layers. Organza, however, is transparent, so it will need to be lined with another fabric.

5.    Lace

Flora - Allover Lace Mermaid Wedding Dress

While lace is a classic choice for bridal dresses, it can be tricky to choose the right variety of lace as they come in several different patterns, weights, and textures. Some of the most popular varieties of lace fabric include:

  • Chantilly – Highly drapey, but very thin and delicate at the same time. It generally comes in floral patterns
  • Alencon – Comparatively thicker than Chantilly with much less negative space. It usually comes in floral motifs.
  • Guipure – Thick lace fabric that’s the heaviest of all lace varieties and gives an impression of embroidery. Since it is thick and heavy, guipure lace is best for fall and winter weddings.

Lace is used for dresses that cut close to the body and are a perfect choice for ladies who want to go for a look with both traditional and modern elements.  The right choice of lace gives an elegant and chic look.

6.    Chiffon

Anna - Chiffon Draped Wedding Dress with V-Neck

There couldn’t be a better fabric for flowing dresses and dramatic trains than chiffon. Soft, lightweight, and breathable, chiffon is super comfy and drapes beautifully. You can never go wrong with chiffon.

There you have it – the top eight fabrics for bridal dresses. Make sure to take your time to consider all your options and evaluate which one is best suited for the kind of look you want before making the final call.

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