Wedding gowns are made from a huge range of fabrics and the type of fabric used will determine how the dress will hang. It is important to choose a fabric that will suit you, is suitable for the time of year and is one that you really like and will be comfortable wearing. Some fabrics will cling to your figure while others will be more forgiving. If you are planning to get married in the summer or in a tropical location, you will probably want to choose a lighter fabric so that you do not over heat or get weighed down. Obviously, if your wedding is going to take place during the colder months, a more substantial fabric might be more appropriate.
Here is a handy guide to some of the most popular fabrics used for wedding gowns.
Very popular for wedding gowns, this fabric is smooth and shiny, comes in different weights and can be used in a number of styles. It has a soft drape when worn and common styles for satin gowns are ballgown, A-line, empire and column.
A soft, sheer lightweight fabric which hangs beautifully. It is often used for overskirts or in layered gowns. Popular styles include empire and ballgown.
This is a lightweight stiff fabric which holds its shape really well. It is the sort of fabric that is used in full skirted gowns and structured dresses. Styles that often use taffeta include ballgown, A-line and column.
Velvet is a beautifully soft textured fabric but it is fairly heavy, although it does come in a variety of weights and thicknesses. It offers a soft drape and is best used in styles such as the column, ballgown and A-line.
This fabric is similar to satin however, it is softer and lighter. It creates a flowing, floaty gown and is best used in styles that take advantage of these properties such as empire and mermaid.
Often called 'bridal satin', this is a medium to heavy weight fabric which is very glossy. It is fairly stiff and is regularly used in more tailor styles or as a base for other embellishments.
This is a type of netting that is very lightweight and is primarily used in underskirts to provide a full skirt. There are softer versions of tulle which are used for veils. It comes in different levels of stiffness so that it can be used in different circumstances.
The style of your dress will often dictate which fabric is used and wedding gown designers will carefully choose fabrics that will enhance their designs. Finding the right wedding gown is probably one of the biggest decisions you will ever make and of course you want to make the right choice, so having a bit of information on some of the types of fabric available may help you make that choice.