Wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses in a variety of fabrics on hangers

All About Wedding Fabrics

As you start your wedding or bridesmaid dress search, keep these fabric facts in mind.

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Lace bridal gown on model with insets for chantilly, corded and guipure lace

Lace

Lace is a sheer, delicate, open-weave fabric with a pattern, often floral or scalloped. Types of lace include Chantilly, corded, guipure, and crochet.

  • Weight: Light to medium
  • Soft or Structured: Soft
  • Vibe: Romantic, vintage, classic
  • Best for: Weddings year-round

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Chiffon bridesmaid dress in wine with closeup view of soft flowing fabric

Chiffon

Chiffon is a flowing, sheer fabric with a plain weave.

  • Weight: Light
  • Soft or Structured: Soft
  • Vibe: Ethereal, carefree, classic
  • Best for: Spring and summer weddings

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Organza mermaid wedding dress with closeup fabric view

Organza

Organza is a gauzy fabric as sheer as chiffon but much stiffer.

  • Weight: Light to medium
  • Soft or Structured: Structured
  • Vibe: Polished, elegant, formal
  • Best for: Weddings year-round

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Tulle wedding gown with closeup fabric view

Tulle

Tulle, aka netting, is a sheer yet relatively stiff fabric often layered as a skirt.

  • Weight: Light
  • Soft or Structured: Either, depending on how many layers are used
  • Vibe: Classic, timeless, girly
  • Best for: Weddings year-round

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Satin A-line gown with closeup view of charmeuse and duchesse satin

Satin

Satin is a weave of fabric with a lustrous surface. Types of satin include drapey charmeuse and stiffer duchesse.

  • Weight: Medium to heavy
  • Soft or Structured: Usually structured, but depends on weight
  • Vibe: Classic, romantic, elegant
  • Best for: Fall and winter weddings

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Mikado wedding gown with closeup view of the structured fabric

Mikado

Mikado is a textured fabric with a slight sheet.

  • Weight: Heavy
  • Soft or Structured: Structured
  • Vibe: Polished, refined, modern
  • Best for: Fall and winter weddings

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Mesh bridesmaid dress with closeup view of soft flowing fabric

Mesh

Mesh is an airy, loosely knit open-weave fabric with a bit of stretch.

  • Weight: Light
  • Soft or Structured: Soft
  • Vibe: Effortless, carefree, playful
  • Best for: Spring and summer weddings, or year-round for bridesmaids

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Sequin bridesmaid dress with closeup view of sequins

Sequin

Sequins are decorative discs applied to fabric for sparkle and texture.

  • Weight: Medium
  • Soft or Structured: Structured
  • Vibe: Glamorous, fun, style savvy
  • Best for: Weddings year-round

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Crepe wedding dress in long sheath style with closeup view of fabric

Crepe

Crepe is a crisp, eggshell-textured fabric that drapes nicely.

  • Weight: Medium
  • Soft or Structured: Structured
  • Vibe: Sleek, polished, timeless
  • Best for: Fall, winter, and spring weddings

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