What is a wedding dress made of?

Wedding dresses are normally made a combination of materials. Some materials are stronger which make great structure fabrics and support the shapes of the dress, while other soft materials add more romance and elegance to the look of the wedding dresses.

Lace

Lace comes with different styles and materials. It is often applied over other materials like Tulle. Full piece laces are also used in wedding dresses to give an ornate look. The following are the most commonly used types of lace:

  • Chantilly Lace is a delicate lace, made on a lightweight mesh background. The motifs are sometimes outlined in a heavier thread.
  • Beaded Lace is a lace type which comes with beads, crystals and sequins to create a shimmering look.
  • Corded Lace originates from France, it is also called Alençon Lace featuring a corded edge giving a more textured look.
  • Guipure lace, also known as Venetian lace, is a firm and dense lace that has a continuous motif.

Tulle

Tulle is a transparent woven material that looks like netting. Tulle gives an airy feeling, and is often used as a base material to apply laces on.

Satin

Satin has a smooth and shiny finish, it is reasonably thick, it is popular in formal gowns, and often used as a supportive fabric underneath the lace and tulle layer. 

Chiffon

Chiffon is a soft, light weight and semi-transparent material, has a slight sheen. It is very breathable and is great for summer or beach weddings.

Organza

Organza is a light weight woven material. It looks like Chiffon but is more structured.

Mikado

Mikado is a stiffer fabric and has a slight sheen. It is often used to make more structured dresses.

Taffeta

Taffeta is a structured fabric that is slightly lustrous, it has a smooth finish which is similar to satin.

Charmeuse

A glamorous and lightweight sheer fabric that is rich in shine, and has a touch of satin. It is great with drapes.

Georgette

Georgette is a light weighted fabric similar to Chiffon, but slightly more opaque.

Brocade

A heavy fabric with floral or geometric patterns.  

Crepe

 A lightweight fabric similar to Chiffon, but Crepe has a crinkle or crimp surface rather than smooth.

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