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Choosing a wedding gown is not as simple as it seems. A perfect wedding dress is structured with a combination of materials. Areas like bodice and underlays are more about strongly structured materials whereas overlay and skirts look best in softer and flowy fabrics. The style you want, season, cut, drape, structure, all should be considered before finalizing the wedding dress material.
A form of silk, satin is considered perfect for structured, draped, ruched and ball gowns. Featuring a smooth finish, satin is suitable for any type of body. The material is comparatively heavy and suitable for cool weather conditions.
Note: With a satin gown, you are more likely to get creases. Do not forget to pack a streamer in your bridal emergency kit.
Tulle is a net-like, light as air fabric. Often confused with net fabric, it is mostly used for wedding veils (for its lightweight). Available in various types like silk tulle and illusion tulle, it can be used for different styles. Tulle make best ballerina style wedding gown. Mixing it with lace detailing gives the chicest effects. To get a more structured look, ruching it is the best option.
Chiffon is a soft and sheer material without any sheen. Used in layers and overlays, chiffon can be called the lightest wedding dress material. The weightless material guarantees a flowy and flouncy bridal gown or gowns in drape style. Chiffon is perfect for destination weddings and warmer weather conditions.
Stiffer than chiffon and flowy than tulle, organza is a lightweight woven fabric. Its delicacy makes it perfect for summer weddings. Unlike chiffon it's more suitable for structured gowns (not drapes).
Lace is an open weave fabric that gives an adorning touch to the gowns. This fabric is used in sleeves, overlays and as a neckline inset. It’s a fabric covered with open holes, flowers and other elegant details. Chantilly lace with more defined edges, Alencon with net as base and decorative motives, Venise, heavy in texture (for winter weddings), are the trendiest laces for wedding gowns.
A fabric full of sheen, it’s one of the oldest and most expensive fabrics especially for wedding. Delicate in looks, actually it’s a durable fabric. A silk wedding gown is suitable for both hot and cold weather. Silk fabric offers a glamourous look in sheath silhouette. Available in various types shantung, silk gazer, silk Mikado are just a few.
Crepe is a lightweight and stretchy fabric with grainy and crinkled surface. It is made of twisted yarns. Brides prefer it for hotter seasons. Though it’s quite delicate in texture, it can still be draped and guarantees an attractive silhouette.
A dress material that is famous for its swooshing sound. The fabric is made up of silk and synthetic fibers. Its lustrous sheen makes it one of the hot favorites for the bridal dresses. It’s a fabric, fit for all types of silhouettes. Especially ball gowns and A-line dresses with ruched or draped detailing, look gorgeous in taffeta.
Charmeuse is a sleek and slinky fabric. The elegant sheen gives a classy look. It looks shiny but less shiny than satin. Charmeuse is considered best for column style dresses. The soft fabric gives you a curvy look and is best for a fit and flattering gown.
Dupioni fabric is very often confused with Shantung as the two share almost the same sheen and style. Dupioni fabric’s raised fibers give it a coarser look. This wedding dress material is suitable for all seasons. From sheath to A-line, this material is perfect for all styles of dresses.
Addition of illusion details simply add a touch of glamour in any bridal gown. Net is the best fabric to be used on neckline, back and sleeves to get an illusion detail. Ruffled and layered net skirts with adorned bodice complement any bridal gown.
Summer brides should not get worried for finding the best summer fabric. Voile is a soft and breathable summer fabric. Its semi-sheer look makes it perfect for summer informal weddings.
Velvet is a soft textured, heavyweight fabric with a plain inside and softly felted surface. Velvet comes with a warm appeal and is perfect for winter weddings. Crush velvet is the trendiest for wedding dresses.
It’s a lightweight and stretchy fabric with light sheen. Brides love to wear it on formal wedding events. A jersey fabric looks great in a sheath silhouette.
A plain knitted silk-like fabric, it’s one of the trendiest fabrics for wedding. Its gives a picture perfect look for draped style dresses. The fabric is favorite for bridesmaids too, as it gives a dramatic appeal in photographs.
Rayon is a great alternative to silk. It’s an airy and lightweight material that is why perfect for summer weddings. Rayon fabric gets creased easily. It’s good for flowy A-line dresses as well as for sheath silhouette.
What makes it different from all other fabrics is its raised pattern. Those who want a more glamorous and embellished bridal look, prefer to wear it. Available in many elegant prints and colors, it is best used for A-line silhouette and Ball gown dress for winter weddings.
Damask is a look-alike of brocade, but lighter in weight. The self-prints, usually with floral designs are available in great variety. Delicately sheened and woven patterns enhance its look. The brides who want to try something like brocade, in warmer season, should opt for this wedding dress material.