Best Fabrics For a Wedding

You are going to desire to look so very beautiful on your wonderful wedding day, so we will look at some best fabrics for a wedding: fabrics for you.

best fabrics for a wedding

How Important Is The Dress Fabric?

In a section of TheWeddingCentre we already looked at the various styles of wedding gown that that suits your particular figure; I covered some of various Styles of wedding dress that will make you look really beautiful and will suit your particular body shape.  You need to realize that the style of dress you carry is not the only consideration. As well as the cut, texture, the drape and the style of your dress the material that is made of is very important too.

So, how important is the dress fabric?  The answer is, ” very important”.  Two dresses identical in style can look very different from each other. depending on the materials they are made of. Some fabrics are designed to hug your body and cling to it gracefully while Other fabrics are designed to stand away from your body. Some materials are crisp and very fresh while others are fluffy light as air like silk.

Wedding dress materials are divided roughly into two categories.   These categories are generally classed as  structured’ and  ‘soft’.   The structured fabrics are stronger,  more robust and keep their form well.  These are the best fabrics for a wedding dress sections such as a  detailed bodice or underskirt.   The softer fabrics. being more floaty and delicate ae ideal for soft flowing skirts and these add more romance to your wedding gown.  ‘Duchess Satin’, being heavy, plain and lustrous is an example of a structured fabric.  it’s mostly popular due to its dress shape and natural sheen.   on the other hand Tulle is a soft fabric adding allure, femininity and romance.

A Rich Selection

As a bride today thinking about the  bridal lace and fabrics you are now so fortunate.   You have a far greater choice than your predecessors ever had because there is such a very wide range of lovely materials all calling out to you to wear them.     Each fabric has its own texture, uniqueness and loveliness.  This is great new for you but knowing which fabric ( or fabrics)  to choose can be  a little overwhelming as you try and decide.

 As you think about which bridal lace and fabric to wear various factors will help you make your decision as to what materials you will use to enhance you loveliness.   Are you going to have an indoor or outdoor wedding?   Are you going to be a spring- bride. Are you going to be a summer – bride or even a winter bride?  Certain fabrics will be too heavy for the summer.  Others will be too lightweight for winter.   If for example  you are planning an outdoor winter wedding you can still indulge yourself in luxurious silk satins that will still be light enough not to weigh you down.   A winter wedding can be the time to wear a Ball-Gown.  Ball gowns with their full skirts really come into their own in winter.   If your having a winter wedding and are thinking of  using lace, you can choose the heavier Battenberg Lace which will keep you warmer than a more delicate Chantilly Lace.

Then there is the price considerations that can help narrow your choice  of a fabric.   Some fabrics are the ” twins” of more expensive fabrics but similar to them.   For example,  Duchess’s Satin (Silk rayon) can be a lighter and more affordable alternative to Silk- satin.  You can also  suit the fabric to the silhouette of wedding dress you choose.   For example if you are choosing a ” sheath ”  dress  Chiffon is a great choice.   It is soft and flowing and an ideal choice for soft styles like the Sheath Silhouette.

Silk is one of the best fabrics for a wedding

Girl In Silk Wedding Dress

Below I have given a list of different lovely materials used for wedding dresses. In our list we will begin with silk: .

Silk – The Ultimate Wedding Dress Fabric

Silk is considered as the ultimate, or at least one of the best fabrics for a wedding dress..  This material is a natural protein fiber which is composed mainly of fibroin and is produced by certain insect larvae to form cocoons. Because it is considered the ultimate wedding dress fabric  and is  cherished and sought after so much, of course it is the most expensive.
There are several types of silk with different textures and Silk threads are woven to create various fabrics including Satin.


Satin is woven from silk thread. This is a densely woven silk possessing a beautiful gloss. This fabric is heavy and smooth having a high sheen on one side and it is very very popular in wedding dresses.   Its soft flowing nature makes it an ideal choice for soft styles like the Sheath Silhouette.


Taffeta is considered to be a “high-end” and is one of the ‘structured fabrics’ that  holds its shape better than many other fabrics. .  It is suitable for use in wedding dresses and also for curtains or wallcoverings. It is also used in for corsetry.  An extremely thin, crisp type of taffeta is called paper taffeta.

Taffeta is obtained from synthetic fibers such as polyester and/or from woven silk or nylon. The criterion of the fabric’s quality is that the highest quality of Taffeta is the stiffest. If Taffeta stays crunched after being pressed and crinkled in your hands it is hight quality; if instead it reverts to being flat the quality is more inferior.   An interesting fact about these materials is that synthetic Taffetas are of better quality than Silk-Taffeta.

Pros of Taffetas

Taffeta is lightweight but very durable fabric that looks really good even when it gets a bit wrinkled. It has the advantage that it and can be manufactured in almost every color imaginable. Taffeta’s manufacturing weaving process allows it to be produced in iridescent colors that often appear as two-tone. Finally, it can be worn at any season of the year because it’s rich enough for winter temperatures and also light enough to keep a bride cool in summer.

Cons of Taffetas

Taffeta is not as luscious as satin and it does have one other drawback that annoy some brides; it tends to make a “swishing sound” as the bride walks.

The Difference Between Satin and Taffeta

The following Video  explains the difference between the two fabrics:

Duchess’s Satin

Duchess Satin is a blend of silk and rayon.  Sometimes polyester is woven into the fabric of this material replacing the rayon.  Duchess satin can be worn in all seasons but because it has a very high thread count and is a heavier fabric it is ideal in winter.  The material has a dull lustrous, rich, buttery and soft finish with fine ribs, a grainy appearance and a dull back.

This material is elegant, luxurious, shiny, heavy and it drapes well. It’ very high thread count makes skirts and gowns look very full.  It is used for the lining in velvet drapes ( and also can be used for ruffles on pillows).
Dress designers hold this material in high regard because being one of the ‘structured fabrics’ it holds its shape excellently. It goes very well with lace, velvet, chiffon, tulle and organza.

ITALIAN SATIN – is a heavier satin fabric, brimming with body, featuring an antique sheen.


Charmeuse is a very delicate lightweight, soft  Silk Satin  that  is machine-woven from silk or sometimes from synthetic fibers.  Rich in its shine but also  of a more subdued lustre than Satin, it still feels Satin-like like to the touch and is very thin and ‘floaty’.   Generally it is s shiny on one side and matte on the reverse..  Because it is both lighter and softer than satin it is frequently found in lingerie; it is indeed ideally suited to lingerie because of its very delicate and especially luxurious feel and rich look.

Charmeuse’s  soft drape follows the body’s contours very beautifully.   This makes it ideally suited to unstructured, flowing styles such as The Empire and Mermaid Silhouette gowns.   This fabric is best worn in warmer months, but because of its unusually rich appearance, can also be worn in the winter.

Price of Charmeuse

Although Charmeuse is less expensive than Silk Satin it is still more expensive than synthetic fabrics.


Shantung is is a material similar to raw silk. This material originally came from Shandong in China.  It is characterised by having a low Sheen and it also has a rough ‘nubby’ quality.  It is similar to Dupioni (See below), but is slightly thinner and less irregular.


Dupioni is a plain weave crisp type of silk fabric with a finish similar to shantung, but with thicker, coarser fibers, and a slight sheen.  It is often woven with differing colors of threads scattered through the warp and weft. This results in the fabric having an iridescent effect. Dupioni can be woven into plaid and striped patterns; floral or other intrinsic, intricate designs.

Chiffon is made from silk or rayon.

A bridesmaid wears a Chiffon Dress


Among the best fabrics for a wedding dress is Chiffon which comes under the class of the ‘soft’ fabrics.   This material is one of the few more gauzy textured silks.  The material is delicate, sheer and transparent with a soft finish that has no sheen. It can, as I said, be made from silk but sometimes it is made from rayon.  Because of the transparent ethereal quality of Chiffon it is often layered and it is very popular as an overlay in skirts, wraps and sheer sleeves.   Like silk. its soft flowing nature makes it an ideal choice for soft styles like the Sheath Silhouette.  Chiffon is largely used in simple styles like prom and evening dresses.   Because it is so light, Chiffon wedding dresses are generally perfect for destination weddings in warm weather.



Tulle is another of the more gauzy textured silks. It is netting and it is very soft, beautiful and floaty.  It can be made of silk but can also be made of nylon or rayon and  is unique because it’s available in different weights and stiffness.

Tulle is quite inexpensive but don’t let that discourage you from wearing it in floaty dresses or as a lovely decoration.  It can enhance and decorate almost anything imaginable. Tulle adds beauty, color, style and romance to any event with any budget.

Tulle because of it’s ‘floaty’ softness is often used in a wedding gown lining.  It is also great for skirts, bridal veils, ballerina tutus and 50s-style ballroom skirts. Tulle can also be used for pettiskirts, Tutu Skirts, Tulle Dresses, underskirts and Dolly Skirts..   Another use for Tulle is as a covering, in layers, of a full Satin skirt.

Limitations of Tulle

Tulle can be used in soft Tulle dresses,  Tu-tu dresses,  floaty skirts and 50s-style ballroom skirts etc.  However, because of its ‘ delicacy’ many ladies find it  too “poofy” and not as luxurious looking as other fabrics in robust style  dresses with a well defined form.    But to repeat, it is fantastic for decoration, veils, petticoats,  soft flowing floaty dresses and skirts, Tu-tu dresses and for  covering a full Satin skirt in layers.


Organza is a luxurious, lightweight, gauzy textured fabric. It is versatile fabric that looks similar to chiffon but is stiffer.    Although it is lightweight it is considered to be one of the structured fabrics  that works so very well with many other fabrics.   Organza fabric is traditionally made from silk, but many modern organzas are woven with synthetic filament fibers such as polyester or nylon. Organza is popular for skirts, sleeves, backs, and overlays.

The unique quality of Organza is Its weave.    It is manufactured by a technique called plain-weave,  the fibers are crisscrossed, resulting in a fabric that is sheer and “crunchy” and comes in either a shiny, or sparkly finish. Because Organza is so light and luxurious it is perfect as a sheer fabric for the top layer of wedding dresses.  It is best used for layered gowns, veils, trains, fully-l layered skirts, ballgowns, or column-style gowns.

Cons of Organza

Organza is quite expensive and being very delicate does wrinkle easily.


Gazar (also gazaar) is a silk or wool plain weave, lightweight, gleaning fabric.  It is manufactured with high-twist double yarns woven as one. It has a crisp hand and a smooth texture and so, due to its ” claylike” ability to hold its shape it is very popular in bridal and evening fashion. 


Rayon is a manufactured regenerated fiber made from purified cellulose, resulting in synthetic fibers of nearly pure cellulose. Because rayon is manufactured from naturally occurring polymers, it is considered a semi-synthetic fiber. Rayon is very Similar to silk but less expensive. Additionally it has more elasticity.


Viscose is a semi-synthetic fiber of cellulose origin.  It is a soft fiber commonly used in dresses, linings, shirts, shorts, coats, jackets, and other outerwear.


Modal is another semi-synthetic cellulose fiber; a type of  Rayon. It is used alone or with other fibers (often cotton ) in household items such as pajamas, towels, bathrobes, underwear and bedsheets.


Batiste is a fine cloth made from cotton, wool, polyester, or a blend of these.   It is the softest of lightweight opaque fabrics.  Batiste has often been used used as a lining fabric in top-quality garments. It is also used for handkerchiefs and because of its softness. in lingerie.


Brocade is a very beautiful and ornate fabric, among the best fabrics for a wedding.  This material is among  a class of richly decorative shuttle-woven fabrics that is made from silk or synthetic fibers. These are often made in colored silks, with or without gold and silver threads. It is a Jacquard-woven ( made on a power loom) fabric with raised designs.
This material was originally popular for fall and winter but now it has become popular in all weathers.  The fabric is somewhat stiff and has great body. It is softer and lighter than satin, and is of medium weight. It’s best for: structured, A line, or column gowns.


Similar to brocade with raised designs, but woven in a much lighter weight. (See  Damask  )


Crêpe is a soft, light, thin fabric with a distinctively crisp, crimped appearance. It is made up of silk, wool, or synthetic fiber fabric. The term crape typically refers to a form of the fabric associated specifically with mourning..


A structured, ribbed finish like grosgrain ribbon; usually quite substantial.


A tightly-woven, firm and durable finish, with single diagonal lines on the face.


 Georgette is a sheer, lightweight fabric often made of polyester or silk with a crepe surface.  Light and floaty, it is often used for wedding dress overlays and train embellishments, which can soften the silhouette of the dress.


A fine, sheer net fabric, generally used on sleeves or necklines.


A very elastic knit fabric; the face has lengthwise ribs and the underside has crosswise ribs.


A heavy silk taffeta with a subtle, wavy design.


A stiff transparent fabric.

Peau de Soie

A soft satin-faced, high-quality cloth with a dull luster, fine ribs, and a grainy appearance.


A knit fabric with a waffle-weave appearance, pique has distinct sides. The outside resembles a honeycomb or waffle and the underside is flat and smooth.


An inexpensive man-made fiber that can be woven into just about anything, including duchesse satin

Silk Mikado

A brand of blended silk, usually heavier than 100-percent silk.

Silk-faced Satin

A smooth silk satin, with a glossy front and matte back.


A soft, thick fabric with a felted face and plain underside.


Lace is a delicate fabric made of yarn or thread in an open weblike pattern.  It can be made either by machine or by hand.   Originally lace was made of linen, silk, gold, or silver threads.  Now however, although linen and silk threads are still available lace is often made with cotton thread.   Manufactured lace may be made of synthetic fiber.

Battenberg Lace

This lace will will keep you warmer than a more delicate type like Chantilly Lace

Chantilly Lace

Chantilly Lace

This is a handmade bobbin lace named after the city of Chantilly, France, in a tradition dating from the 17th century.  This beautiful lace is known for its fine ground, outlined pattern and abundant detail.  The pattern is outlined in cordonnet, which is a flat untwisted strand.




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