We started our mini series of ‘Our Guide To…’ blogs last year with wedding dress necklines, wedding dress backs and bridal underwear. This year we are back with our fourth instalment – Our guide to wedding dress fabrics.
We have a range of brides visit our bridal shop Birmingham – some who know everything there is to know about wedding dresses, fabrics, cuts and colours, and others who are so overwhelmed by the sheer amount of choice out there that they just don’t know where to start. Well worry not those of you who need a little direction – we are here to help!
We have highlighted the 5 most popular wedding dress fabrics and detailed a little bit about each of them, how they are structured and the result for brides who chose a gown created from each.
You may come across different names when it comes to lace – Chantilly or Alencon for example. These names refer to where that particular lace originated from. Each has its own unique style and patterning resulting in an incredible array of lace wedding dress designs available to modern brides.
Lace is often used as an overlay or detail in combination with other fabrics when it comes to wedding dresses. Thanks to its ability to hide imperfections, lace wedding gowns can be can be extremely flattering.
A versatile and smooth finished fabric with a natural sheen. Satin has been one of the most popular fabrics for wedding gowns for as long as one can remember. Largely due to its durable structure making it an ideal material for ruching and draping. As satin is a thick and heavy fabric, most brides would chose a satin wedding dress for a winter ceremony – choosing this fabric for a summer wedding may not be the most comfortable choice. In this instance you could look at lighter fabrics such as crepe…
Crepe is a light, thin, matte fabric which is mainly used in slim cut or draped detail wedding gowns. The nature of this fabric lends itself to a figure hugging style and can unfortunately cling to any lumps and bumps – so in order to achieve a seamless silhouette, choosing the right bridal underwear is key.
One of the most expensive wedding gown fabrics, although to find a pure silk is very rare. One of the most common blends of silk you will see when researching wedding dresses online is Mikado. This blend combines silk and nylon resulting in a heavier fabric, which works perfectly for those wedding dresses that display elegant, sweeping lines and structured detail.
Tulle is often associated with ballerinas tutus or wedding veils. However, its voluminous open-weave creates a dramatic effect and so is just perfect for ball gown skirts. Most of the time, tulle is mixed with other fabrics on a wedding dress and photographs so beautifully. And there’s no need to be smoothing out those ruffles – tulle looks at its very prettiest the messier it is!
One little word of warning however with this fabric – due to its open weave, tulle is prone to holes and ripping but as long as you’re mindful of the fact, bringing tulle into your bridal outfit could be show stopping.
If you have any more questions, or any particular focus you would like us to promote for our next ‘Guide to…’ post then please do feel free to leave us a comment.
If you’re on the look out for your perfect wedding dress for a 2018 wedding, then head on over to our appointment request page now to arrange a time to pop in and see us. We can’t wait to meet you!