When it’s your turn to organise a wedding, there will be an array of details that probably won’t have occurred to you until you need to make the decision. One of those is the fabric of your wedding dress!
There are a number of popular options, and they all come with their own features, pros, and the occasional con.
Satin is the most traditional of wedding gown fabrics due to its lustrous sheen. It’s also perfect for dresses with a fixed shape such as heavy folds, as satin has such a high thread count from layer on layer of fibre.
The only real downside to satin is that due to that high thread count, it’s also quite a heavy material, which can make it hot – especially in warm Australian summers.
Taffeta is similar to satin, and it carries a slight sheen for that touch of brilliance. It’s a light material, and feels crisp to the touch. As taffeta is a mix of materials (including synthetic), you will find a range of quality levels, and the way to tell the higher quality options is by scrunching them up in your hand – if the fabric stays that shape, it’s a better quality than one that instantly flattens out again.
The bonus of taffeta is that it’s so light and durable, although some brides prefer not to use it due to the ‘swishing’ sound it makes during movement.
Tulle is soft, pretty, and sheer. It’s the net-like material that you find used in many veils, but is also common as an overlay for princess-like skirts, or even under the skirt to give the dress added shape.
Tulle can be made to be light or heavy, and is perfect for hiding creases or wrinkles in the fabric underneath. The only real downside is the potential for it to catch on things and tear it as it’s quite delicate.
This fabric is often mistaken for satin due to its silky, glossy look. However, there are a few key differences, such as the fact that it’s much more lightweight. For this reason, it’s often used in flowy dresses that move well when you walk. It’s great for summer weddings and is ideal for a bride who wants a more figure-hugging shape than the classic big skirt style.
That said, this fabric is very figure-hugging, so if you prefer to wear something a little less clingy, a thicker fabric may be a better option.
You will quickly be able to spot a brocade dress by its raised (jacquard) designs that are woven into the fabric. This material is a great happy medium as it’s neither light nor heavy, and is stiff enough to create structured designs. Traditionally speaking, it was usually used throughout winter, but can be worn any time of year.
Downsides? If you’re looking for a floaty fabric, brocade may not be for you.