A Short Guide to Wedding Dress Materials

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Choosing a wedding dress can have you trekking around shops for hours on end, looking for that perfect gown to wear on the big day. In the end, you might settle for something that isn't quite what you had in mind, simply because it's the closest you can find. For that reason, custom wedding gowns are an excellent choice, giving you precisely what you want without the need to compromise.

Of course, if you're going to get a dress designed and made just for you, there's still a lot to think about. From the shape and style to the colour, having control over each aspect means you need to make a decision. One of the most important is the fabric, and you may be unsure of what will suit your ideas best. Here are some of the more common wedding dress fabrics.


The glossy finish of satin gives a dress a luxurious look. This is one of the more common wedding gown materials, loved for its appearance, strength, and surprising heaviness. If you want to save a bit of money, you can get satin made from man-made materials without compromising the look.


With a somewhat similar look to satin but a lighter weight, charmeuse is a good choice for keeping the bride comfortable during a hot summer wedding. This fabric needs a bit of care to avoid damage.


This is another light fabric with a surface that adds texture to the dress. It also has a bit of stretch, which can increase comfort on close-fitting designs.


Because it's often translucent, organza isn't normally used for large parts of a dress. However, it can make a beautiful train, sleeves, or other details.


The quality and cost of silk is well-known, making it highly prized as a wedding dress material. A full silk dress will set you back a fair bit, so if it's outside your budget, you could opt for certain sections being silk instead.


Velvet has a thick pile that gives it a unique look and feel. It's relatively heavy and warm, so it's excellent for weddings during the cold part of the year.


With its net-like appearance, tulle is ideal for using in veils and trains, as well as building up layers in a big dress. Think of a ballet tutu and you'll get the idea.


Delicate, pretty lace comes in many patterns and designs and can be used to add interesting details to a wedding gown. It can either be layered over the top of another fabric or used on its own in sleeves or other parts of the dress where transparency isn't a problem.

For more information and options, contact a custom formal wear business in your area.