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Wedding Dress Fabrics Guide

All about wedding dress fabrics

What’s the fundamental part of a dress? Its fabric! Fabric is the foundation of any dress and brings a design truly to life. As you start your wedding or bridesmaid dress search, keep fabric facts in mind, they’ll lead you toward your dream dress! Keep reaching our wedding dress fabrics guide for everything you need to know about tulle, lace, and so much more!

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

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

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

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

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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Georgette

Georgette is a medium-weight flowy fabric with a matte finish.

  • Weight: Medium
  • Soft or Structured: Soft
  • Vibe: Sophisticated, modern, elegant
  • Best for: Weddings year-round

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Mikado

Mikado is a textured fabric with a slight sheen.

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

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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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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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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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Now that you know more about fabric thanks to this wedding dress fabrics guide, we can’t wait to help you explore all the crepe, satin, chiffon and more in person! Book an appointment so we can help you bring your wedding dress and bridal party dreams to life!

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