Do you remember the ugliest wedding gown you ever saw? A gown you felt was nice, but  had a totally inexplicable aura that made it inappropriate for a wedding? Or have you ever followed a friend for bridal fitting and you just could not understand a word that was being said? Worry not. With an hour or two of research, you can cover a lot and at least, on a base level, understand q lot of the foundational principles of what makes a wedding dress what it is.

A lot is considered when choosing the right fabric for a wedding dress. Various fabrics are chosen for their various reasons. Some fabrics give the dress a soft look, some add a sensational factor, some make the outfit look modest and classic. Understanding the fabrics being used in the making of dresses would give one an idea of the ideal dress one wants for their wedding.

Types of wedding fabrics

Wedding fabric choice is a personal thing, but it is pertinent to choose something that fits the season and refrain from fabrics that the bride would not be comfortable in. The circumstances around the wedding matter too (imagine a lace bridal gown in a beach wedding). Propensity to wrinkle too should be considered; destination weddings where one has to pack might wrinkle the dress before time. Here are some wedding fabrics and their characteristics. These would give an idea on the type of fabric that is appropriate for the wedding in mind

  • Lace

This is perhaps the most popular kind of fabric. It is one of the best for bride wedding dresses. is typically light threaded with a decorative pattern of holes made from a single thread. It has always featured in a lot of gowns due to it being associated with femininity, delicacy, and modesty. It is also flexible enough to be bent into different shapes. It is usually built from silk or cotton. There are many kinds of laces including Chantilly, Venise and Alencon, which are French laces. It can be used all round the year.

  • Polyester

This is a synthetic lace that is relatively cheap, but can be bent into any shape and can be woven into any material. A good substitute for silk, it has its own advantages; like being more wrinkle resistant and less filmy.

  • Satin

Satin is a very elegant fabric. What lends to its elegance is the fact that it is filmy and has a nice sheen to it. It is heavy, and is built from silk and nylon fibers with a very high thread concentration.

  • Dotted Swiss

This fabric type is lightweight and perfect for weddings at summer and spring. It is a thin cotton fabric interspersed with small dots. It is usually decorated with embroidery.

  • Crepe

This fabric is usually made of silk, wool, or a synthetic substance and is thin with a wrinkled surface. It is ideal for soft dress types and is useful for accentuating curves.