Know Your Fabric
Fabric affects the texture, drape and movement of each dress (and
how it’ll appear in photographs) When describing your dream dress to your
consultant, it’ll help to have a basic knowledge of a few of the top bridal
fabrics. After silhouette, a wedding dress is best described in the fabric
you’re envisioning! Here are a few of the top fabrics used to construct dresses
found at The White Rose Bridal.
Silk: Fiber made from silkworm cocoons. Silk fabric comes in many
different varieties including shantung duchesse, zymboline and mikado.
Satin: A heavy, tightly woven
fabric that’s glossy on the front and dull on the back.
Organza: A sheer fabric more flowy than tulle, but stiffer than
chiffon. A favorite choice for multilayered skirts.
Taffeta: A light, crisp, lustrous fabric with a paper feel.
NOTE: Organza and Taffeta are light
weight fabrics perfect for summer weddings!
Tulle: A netting made of silk, nylon, or rayon. Tulle can be soft as
seen on veils or stiff, used in layers under skirts to give them body and
Charmeuse: A lightweight, semi-lustrous fabric with a soft texture.
Chiffon: A delicate, semi transparent fabric with a soft finish. Most
often seen layered on skirts or veiled.
Linen: A fabric woven from flax. It’s cooler than cotton but tends
to wrinkle easily.
NOTE: Linen wrinkles very easily. So you may
want to be sure you take all your wedding portraits earlier in the day or
prepare to retouch your photos!
Brocade: A heavy, intricate woven fabric with 3-D designs.
Damask: Similar to brocade with designs expressed in texture.
Illusion: Although not made of one specific fabric, this fine
translucent netting is usually seen on neck panels, back panels or sheer
NOTE: Illusion netting is very delicate. Be
careful not to wear jewelry that may snag it on your wedding day.
Lace: A delicate and classic open fabric
made by looping, twisting, or knitting thread in patterns. There are many
different types of lace from Alencon to Chantilly to Venice.