There are so many gowns to choose from and it can be overwhelming taking your first step into a bridal shop. A great place to start is to figure out what fabrics you like so you can begin to narrow down your search before you even begin. Listed below are the most common fabrics bridal gowns are made in, along with their pros and cons.
Silk is a very elegant, formal, and ”high end” bridal fabric. Although silk is known to be expensive, what is not commonly known is that it wrinkles easily and is very hard to clean.
Satin is a soft fabric with an elegant shine that tends to be less expensive than fabrics like silk and organza. Satin is easy to clean, but can snag and wrinkle easily depending on the type of satin. After trying on a few voluminous satin gowns you will notice the fabric is much heavier than taffeta and chiffon.
Charmeuse is a romantic fabric that is stunning on slender body types. Depending on the style of the gown and body type, charmeuse can lose its charm as it is thin and shows body imperfections.
Lace is a very popular fabric for its vintage and romantic look. Once pressed lace does not wrinkle as easily as other fabrics and it can be easily cleaned. A con to this fabric is that it does not age well unless properly taken care of. Lace lovers beware as the less expensive laces can look cheap and can look like nightgowns.
Tulle is a lightweight fabric that captures the fairytale look. When layered, tulle gives the skirt the fullness of a grand ball gown. Tulle can be embellished with lace and beadwork to enhance the otherwise plain fabric. Like lace, tulle is delicate and does not age well, but it also likes to catch lint from dirty carpets.
Organza is very lightweight but gives more structure to a gown than chiffon or tulle. Although expensive like silk, it is easy to clean. Organza is very elegant, but once a wrinkle shows up it is very hard to get out.
Chiffon is great for a beach wedding because it is very lightweight, elegant and drapes well over the body. It is easy to clean so no need to worry about getting the fabric dirty on the beach. Chiffon can scar when altered, and depending on the style it can lack structure.
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