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The Wedding Dress Details: Let’s Talk Fabric

When it comes to picking out gown for your wedding, you probably think you know all the details necessary to select the perfect wedding dress. You understand what kind of style you like, the cut, perhaps even the length and overall look you want to go for, but have you taken a moment to consider the fabric?

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That’s right, the fabric. The fabric is one of the most crucial parts of choosing the best wedding dresses, and if you’re less-than-familiar with fabric choices, it could make your wedding dress decision a total disaster.

Fear not, though, we’ve got you covered. We teamed up with our fave gal Jessica, designer for JJ’s House, to have a frank discussion about all the things you need to know about wedding dress fabric.

So, sit back, relax, and get ready to get a quick lesson all things fabric so that you can make the correct bridal gown choice for your wedding!

Talkin’ Taffeta

Similar to satin (which we’ll get to in a bit), taffeta is a very popular, slight-sheen fabric that’s pretty well-known for that rustling sound (you know exactly what we’re talking about now, don’t you?). This is a very popular choice for brides who are looking for structured dresses, full skirts, and a smooth, crisp look. Though a bit heavy, this dress fabric is great for almost all seasons (weather extremity dependent).

Lovely Lace

Does it get more elegant than lacey details? No, seriously, we’re asking, is there anything more sophisticated than a well-done lace dress? We don’t think so! While it’s highly unlikely your whole dress is going to be lace, there are several dresses that have lace overlays, heavy lace details, and almost entirely-laced features. This fabric is stunning, potentially a little heavy if there’s a lot of it, and gives off a beautiful, vintage, classic look. This is a great choice of fabric for all seasons, but there’s something so gorgeous about a winter-lace dress.

Chattin’ ‘bout Chiffon

When you think chiffon, think transparent, think light, think sheer, and think beautiful. While you might think that chiffon automatically puts you in some kind of tacky prom dress, we’ve got news for you, chiffon can be done right, and when it’s done right, it’s really right. Some of the most popular styles of dresses include chiffon in their patterns. If you’re looking for a light, beautiful, and elegant touch to your dress, consider a gown that includes chiffon. This is especially helpful for summer weddings because it’s such a light, breathable fabric.

Simply Satin

Satin is one of the most common fabrics used in wedding gowns. Like we said before, keep in mind that no one dress is (likely) going to be made out of one, single material, so it’s important to understand all the fabrics in your dress to best choose your gown. That being said, satin is a wildly popular choice for brides because it’s a heavier material that’s lustrous. It’s also a really popular choice for brides who are looking for that beautiful, traditional look. That being said, because it’s heavy, it can be a hot fabric, so if you’re intending for a spring or summer wedding, you might want to look at a few other fabric choices first.


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