Wedding Dress Fabric Explained

Wedding Dress Material

There are so many choices of wedding dress fabric that lend themselves to different styles of dress. Being bombarded with lots of new wedding dress fabric names when you start shopping can be confusing. You may recognise a few materials such as Satin or Tulle but we thought we’d give you a run down of the top traditional wedding fabrics and what’s best for your short wedding dress.

Most wedding dress fabrics can also have a variation to them too and can come in lots of different ways. Here are some of our favourites that feature in the short wedding dresses at Cutting Edge Brides.

Satin / Silk

Satin is a traditional wedding dress material; it’s a very versatile fabric, holding its structure well. It can be manipulated into lots of different styles such as ruching or draping. It’s smooth to the touch and has a sheen to it which makes it ideal for wedding dresses. The only difference between Satin and Silk is that Satin is a man made fibre where as silk occurs naturally, making it more expensive to buy. Hattie is a vintage inspired tea length satin dress by Lou Lou Bridal

HATTIE Vintage inspired tea length satin dress - wedding dress fabric

HATTIE Vintage inspired tea length satin dress

Mikado Satin

Mikado satin is for more structured wedding dresses due to its heavier texture. It allows the fabric to swing in a certain way and hold its shape whilst creating clean, strong lines. Being heavier, it’s more traditionally worn in the chillier months of the year. HARRIET by Brighton Belle is a fabulous 1940s inspired short wedding dress is made from Mikado fabric.

Harriet Brighton Belle by True Bride - wedding dress fabric

Harriet Brighton Belle by True Bride

Chiffon

This lightweight fabric is a firm favourite for summer weddings. It’s light and airy and moves easily. Helping to keep a bride cool on a hot summers day. AMALFI is a beautiful tea length short wedding gown by Rita Mae, subtle colour and beautiful decoration give this elegant wedding dress the real ‘wow-factor’.

AMALFI, beautiful tea length short wedding gown by Rita Mae

AMALFI, beautiful tea length short wedding gown by Rita Mae

Organza

Organza is a lightweight fabric similar to Chiffon but is stiffer so holds shape better. It holds pleats crisper and has clean lines. Elizabeth is a calf/ankle length vintage 1950s Timeless Chic wedding dress. This tea length 1950s style strapless wedding dress has a sweetheart neckline and zip/button back.

ELIZABETH Calf Ankle Length Vintage 1950s Timeless Chic Wedding Dress Fabric

ELIZABETH Calf Ankle Length Vintage 1950s Timeless Chic Wedding Dress

Tulle

Traditionally associated with ballerina’s skirts and it’s a very delicate and floaty material. Tulle builds up in layers to give a full and voluptuous skirt that is soft and romantic. It’s also often used for wedding veils and is sheer enough that it doesn’t hide a silhouette. Poppy by House of Mooshki, is a beautiful tulle and lace vintage 1950s inspired wedding gown with cap sleeves and a button back.

POPPY by House of Mooshki, beautiful tulle and lace vintage 1950s inspired wedding gown

Poppy by House of Mooshki, beautiful tulle and lace vintage 1950s inspired wedding gown

Lace

Lots of dresses have a lace overlay or lace detail on the shoulders and back. Some have the illusion of being sheer with the use of lace. Lace is another delicate fabric that can tear easily if put under too much pressure. Mae is a Tea Length Lace Vintage Wedding Dress With Sleeves by Timeless Chic.

MAE Tea Length Lace Vintage Wedding Dress With Sleeves by Timeless Chic

MAE Tea Length Lace Vintage Wedding Dress With Sleeves by Timeless Chic

Guipure lace

The intricate lace is traditional made using bobbins, it’s very delicate and stunning to look at. It’s made with a thick thread and is often used to finish edges around arms, neckline or shoulders.  Maeve by House of Mooshki calf length short full guipure lace Dior inspired gown with full circle skirt overlaid in heavy guipure lace.

MAEVE by House of Mooshki calf length short full guipure lace Dior inspired gown with off the shoulder straps

MAEVE by House of Mooshki calf length short full guipure lace

 

If you aren’t sure what wedding dress fabric will suit you then let us help, book your consultation today and we can advise. Why not follow us on Instagram and Pinterest for more short wedding dress inspiration.

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