You will see wedding gowns made from all types of fabrics. But the fabrics differ by a great deal. Some provide a light flowing look, while other allows a structured design, and there are those that work very well for ball gowns. Here are six fabrics that you will often see in wedding gowns. I will also discuss why they are such a good choice.
This is a very rich and lightweight fabric. It will give you a glossy sheen and wonderful drape. It will give your dress a wonderful liquid effect. Charmeuse is made of silk usually, but you will also find them made of synthetic fibers. The fabric is very luxurious and is sometimes used in column dresses. But there are some flaws in charmeuse.
Organza is an extremely lightweight and sheer woven fabric that has been made from silk traditionally. However, it is more stiff than chiffon. Organza is more structured, while chiffon drapes. But, it is ethereal, which is why this is a good fabric for a wedding in warmer weather. Remember, this fabric is quite delicate, so you will have to be careful about pulls and snags.
This is one of the most lightweight and sheer fabrics you will find. It is often used as an overlay for a fabric that is more substantial or in layers because of its sheer properties. Chiffon will give you a weightless look, and is floaty. Chiffon will not limit your movements. It is a great choice for a summer wedding. Try bridal chiffon fabric for that romantic and tender look, particularly if you are thinking of a photo session beside the sea. It works very well in bridesmaid’s dresses as well.
Satin is made of polyester, pure silk, and blends. It is a versatile, common, and durable fabric for wedding dresses. It has a very smooth finish. There is a lot of body in the fabric, which is why it works well in structured gowns. Satin will look good on all body types. It also works for a cold weather wedding as this is a thicker fabric, especially duchess satin.
A lace wedding gown looks very graceful. It is often used as an overlay or detail. There are many styles you can pick from too. Like tulle, which I will discuss next, lace also is susceptible to snags. There are different types of lace, such as alencon lace, Chantilly lace, and venise, which is more textured and heavier, and good for weddings held in the winter months. Chantilly lace, on the other hand, is extremely detailed. It has defined border.
This fabric has an open weave and is sheer. Tulle looks like netting. It can also include lace designs. A tulle ball gown will provide an airy feeling, but it can also have more structure. The fabric is very delicate and can snag easily on jewelry.
In recent times, we are seeing silk also becoming popular as bridal wear. For instance, the wedding dress of Kate Middleton was made of gazar, a type of silk.