Your guide to wedding dress fabrics

July 30, 2014

When shopping for a wedding dress, it's easy to get overwhelmed by the whole process, taking into account everything from shape and length to the very fabric of the gown itself.

Don't be afraid to arm yourself with a little more information before you start searching and attending dress fittings. If you have any questions about some of the popular gown fabrics, check out this guide to get a grasp of the basics. 

Your guide to wedding dress fabrics

Lace – Lace is commonplace for wedding dresses. While usually it will form just part of a dress, such as the neckline, entire dresses can be fashioned from lace. This much-loved material adds a touch of vintage elegance to any gown.

Silk  – Silk lends a lavish air to any dress and is incredibly popular, however it's also one of the more expensive materials.

Satin – Satin is heavier than silk but can also provide the shine and soft touch that many brides desire, so it's used for many gowns as a silk alternative. It immediately adds an elegance to any look with its structure and drapery. 

Tulle – Tulle is a form of netting that can be made from materials such as silk or nylon. This is often used for princess-style skirts, achieving the ballerina tutu effect. It's also often used for veils. 

Organza – Organza's similar to tulle, but is less rigid and more malleable, allowing it to flow and drape slightly with ease. It can be regularly seen the skirt or train of dresses.

Chiffon – Chiffon is a breezy, transparent fabric and is frequently used for layering up skirts or forming sheer sleeves or necklines. 

Batiste – Batiste is a very soft fabric, which is plainly woven and light and airy. It's great for summery, outdoor weddings and for brides who enjoy the vintage, rustic and bohemian looks. 

Now that you know more about some of the common materials, you'll know what to expect on your search for the perfect gown.