Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Bridal Fabrics vs Your Wedding Venue

Are you the bride that wants your dress to go perfect with your venue?
Or are you all about comfort for your wedding dress?
Check out the the differences in fabrics and how it might help you find your dream gown!
Satin fabrics are smooth, matte colored, and tend to be slightly heavier than other fabrics. Silk Satin adds a nice compliment to satin with adding a glossy look. Both of these fabrics are perfect for the traditional bride, getting married in a church, or having a more formal wedding.


Chiffon is a shear fabric containing silk and nylon fibers. This fabric is very light weight, breathable, and movable when walking or dancing at your reception. Organza is a similar fabric to chiffon with a slight crisper look. Organza contains a little more shine compared to chiffon. Charmeuse is a very soft fabric, again made out of silk fibers. Charmeuse is most of the time referred to from brides as a "slip" like material. All of these fabrics are perfect for the bride wanting something comfortable, a romantic look, or getting married outdoors.


Shantung and Dupioni fabrics are raw silk materials. These fabrics contain visible grains, and a coarse feel. Shantung fibers are closer together creating a slight sharper look. Dupioni fibers are more noticeable. Both of these fabrics are light weight and high quality. They are similar to a linen fabric, with less worries of wrinkles. These are perfect for the bride wanting a natural (Go Green) look or a bride wanting something a little different.

Taffeta has become a very popular fabric with bridal designers. It is a medium weight fabric. It is plain woven and smooth exterior. It usually has a shine to it. This fabric is perfect for the bride wanting a still formal dress, yet with out having Satin. It can be worn indoors or outdoors. This fabric can be very versatile with the style of the dress.

Lace is a timeless fabric. French Alencon lace has been around for centuries. It is a delicate needlepoint lace and it normally has a solid design. (This is the lace probably your grandmother wore) The edges of most bridal gowns with this lace will be scalloped. It is a very high quality fabric. Chantilly lace is similar to French Alencon with more detail. It is a more modern lace style and usually designers will include pearls or beading with it. These lace fabrics are perfect for the bride wanting the traditional or vintage style. They can be used in a variety of venues, everything from a church to a simple garden wedding.

Most fabrics have a variety of colors that they come in and will sometimes look different on different styles of dresses. Overall, if the bride loves a dress, it doesn't matter what or where the venue is, she should buy it and her pictures will be unforgettable.
Vote what your favorite fabric is...

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Top 10 Advice on finding the DRESS!

  • Number One Rule: Be open minded! What you think reminds you of your grandmother's dress on the hanger, may in fact be the dress of your dreams.
  • Bring someone that knows your style better than their own. I'm sure the groom doesn't want to see you in something that your bestfriend would wear on her wedding day
  • DON'T PURCHASE YOUR DRESS ONLINE! You miss out on the whole experience.
  • Don't worry what the groom will think. If he loves you, he will love what you pick.
  • Have fun! Remember that you have been dreaming of this day since you were five. Don't let the decision put a cloud over your head
  • If you hate the little bow on the dress, ask the consultant if you can order it without.it. Chances are you can. Keep in mind (contrary to what the magazines always say) there might be a charge for it. It won't lower the cost of the dress.
  • Price vs. Love: If you love the dress, GO FOR IT! Don't settle for less on what your wearing for your big day. You can always take some of the budget from the centerpieces and so on. No one will know and we won't tell.
  • Research designers online and make a scrap book of styles that you like. Do keep in mind, that it may all change when you start trying on.
  • Save the group shopping for the mall. This should be a personal experience that you should only share with one or two.
  • When you find it, you find it. Don't second guess yourself or you will pick your second favorite.