Fabric Facts

Fabric Facts

Brides have a lot of things to consider when choosing their perfect wedding dress. Length, color, size, fit and the designer are some common concerns for brides to be. I also concerned myself with not sweating profusely (Thanks, Florida). If sweating is a concern for you too, then another thing to consider is the look, or the fabric, of the dress. The problem here is many brides, including me at one point, have no clue what the difference is in some of the fabrics found in Wedding dresses. We’ve learned after many years of watching wedding shows that tulle and organza are different, but many of us don’t even know why they’re different.

A common misconception is most of these ‘fabrics’ are not really fabrics at all. For example, satin is a ‘finish’ or a feel. It can be polyester, silk or any type of blend. Same as tulle, Organza, or lace which are also blends. Reason being, it’s cheaper to use synthetics or blends of a fabric than the 100% silk or natural fabrics that can cost more. Many bridal dresses use the below fabrics that blend silk with their respective finishes. If you choose a fabric with natural fibers, they would feel better but wrinkle much easier. If this is still all confusing you, never fear! The Plush Bride is here! Below are only a few of a never-ending list of fabrics but most commonly used in wedding dresses.

  • Tulle
    1. You know those fabulous poof skirts that look like tutus? That fabric is known as tulle. It’s a sheer fabric that’s open and breathable and looks a lot like netting. It’s the same fabric you would see ruched on a gown paired with lace. Or used as draping decoration for Baby Shower chairs (ugh) or weddings. Oftentimes, Tulle is designed on the outer part of a ballgown to give it the light and airy look. This is a highly sensitive fabric that will tear easily by being snagged on stuff like your fancy wedding ring.
David's Bridal Jewel Tulle Plus size dress

David’s Bridal ‘Jewel’- Tulle Skirt

  • Lace
    1. This fabric is one of the few things from the 80s that i’m glad made a comeback. Lace is a type of fabric that you would commonly see on your grandmother’s dining room table runner, or a doily. It also is a very popular wedding dress fabric that has many different types and is commonly used as an overlay or added detail to a dress. Like Tulle, it is open and airy (great for the sweaty bride like me) and susceptible to tearing as well. Below are some types of lace that you can choose from on a wedding dress:
      • Chantilly: A very detailed lace with borders around each design and has large spaces between each one on the netting. Usually seen on the open back looks of a wedding gown or sleeves.
      • Julietta A-Line Gown

        Julietta Chantilly lace Gown- Mori Lee Bridals Style # 3156

        open back chantilly lace

        Open Chantilly Lace Back

      • Alencon: a lace with grand designs on the netting that is trimmed with cord. It’s usually seen on the trims of veils or dresses.
      • Alencon Lace Veil

        Alencon Lace trimmed Veil

        Julietta Alencon Lace Dress

        Julietta Alencon Lace Dress. Style # 3143

      • Venice: A much heavier fabric that has a tighter detail and thicker feel. Perfect for cooler weather and often seen as an overlay on a wedding dress or on the neckline and sleeve details.
      • Mori Lee Madeline Gardner Venice Lace

        Mori Lee Venice Lace Gown. Style # 3131

  • Chiffon: A lightweight and sheer fabric commonly used as an overlay (because sheer dresses from head to toe may not be what Grandma is looking for) and designed in several layers. It also snags easily (sensing a theme?) and has a beautiful weightless look to it. This is the main fabric of my wedding dress seen on this blog.
  • David's Bridal A-Line Chiffon

    David’s Bridal A-Line Chiffon Style # 9V9743

  • Organza: Another light and ethereal fabric that is very similar to chiffon that can also easily snag. It’s made from silk usually so it’s soft but It’s not a draping fabric due to it’s structured feel. It works nicely for summer and spring weddings and It’s a great fabric for a plus size bride who lives in hotter places like Florida or Texas.
  • Ruffled Organza Mermaid by Mori Lee

    Mori Lee Ruffled Organza Wedding dress Style # 3124

  • Satin: This is a shiny, smooth, stiffer fabric that is perfect for gowns that have structure. It can be used in almost all dress styles and a designers dream. It’s the perfect fabric that works with any body type and used commonly in ball gown styles or Ruching designs. Bridal satin is usually all silk and extremely durable so if you live in a cooler area or have a winter wedding, Satin is your friend.
  • David's Bridal Satin Dress

    David’s Bridal Satin A-Line Dress Style # 9V3204

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