There are a lot of things to consider before you purchase your wedding gown. So many elements to your dress-the venue, the planned activities, the weather-should really be considered before even thinking about purchasing a dress. The fabric of your dress is the first thing to consider, and if you don’t know much about popular wedding gown fabrics, now is the time to learn.
Chiffon: Delicate and sheer, chiffon can be made with silk or rayon, and is usually soft to the touch.
Why wear chiffon? Wear chiffon as overlapping layers for draping skirts or as single-layered sleeve. The Brianna is a gorgeous example of a column-like, soft customizable wedding gown. It is the perfect light dress for a summer 2016 beach wedding ceremony.
When to avoid chiffon? Chiffon should flow loosely and naturally. Avoid dresses that give chiffon any artificial starching or formed “poofing.”
Satin: Heavy and traditionally bridal, satin is very shiny on one side and matte on the other.
When to wear satin? Any traditional bride should consider satin, especially if you are looking for a dress with some shape. And yet, this gorgeous Melinda gown by Ieie’s Dress Boutique is a prime example of a non-traditional take on the use of satin and gives the dress a vintage touch.
When to avoid satin? When you’ve got any curves you’re hoping to hide. Despite being totally luxurious, satin is sadly unforgiving to those of us who don’t want to show off too many love handles.
Cotton: Basic and durable, cotton is a great choice for tons of brides.
When to wear cotton? Relaxed backyard weddings and destination weddings considered to be small affairs.
When to avoid cotton? Cotton isn’t the fabric of choice for large weddings or weddings in churches when it can be avoided.
Organza: Like chiffon, Organza is sheer. However, it’s crisper with the ability to created a ruffled look seamlessly.
When to wear organza? When you’d like tulle-like skirts of finer, more chiffon like quality.
When to avoid it? Organza isn’t the fabric of choice if you are hoping for something effortlessly mobile.
Silk: While the most popular wedding gown fabric, silk is also the most expensive. It’s soft to the touch and beautifully polished.
When to wear silk? Whenever! It’s gorgeous and lightweight and can be modified for any season.
When to avoid silk? Like satin, silk can be massively unforgiving. Still, sometimes it doesn’t matter what other people think. What matters is how you feel!