November 28, 2019

How to Choose the Right Wedding Dress Fabric For Your Big Day

Excited to have guest blogger Allison Craig share how to choose the right wedding dress fabric for your wedding!

How to Choose the Right Wedding Dress Fabric For Your Big Day 
Two words: the dress. As soon as you said yes to the big question, you probably immediately started thinking of how you’re going to walk down the aisle on the day itself. Your wedding is one of the most memorable days of your life, which is why finding the right dress is crucial in order to make the day even more magical.

Film image of Galia Lahav sweetheart neckline gown from Gala Collection 3, Del Mar Country Club Wedding by Cavin Elizabeth Photography 
The question is, where to begin? Everyone has a dream wedding dress designer in mind, but the key to really making your wedding one to remember is finding a dress that’s perfect just for you. Choosing the right fabric can make or break your dream wedding dress, as the right fabric will accentuate your body properly as well as be able to portray intricate details that will leave everyone in awe. Here are my top tips for choosing the right wedding gown fabrics:

San Diego Bridal Boutique: The White Flower Bridal Boutique 

Think About Silhouette

Do you want your dress to be dreamy and floaty, or do you prefer something a little sleeker? Brides emphasizes that knowing what silhouette you want to have can help you narrow down your fabric choice. Chiffon, for example, is a lovely and loose fabric that creates gentle drapes over the body. On the other hand, satin and charmeuse stick closer to the figure. These fabrics are thus perfect for brides who want a more sophisticated and modern look.

Pronovias sweetheart neckline lace gown with removable sleeves, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography
Pronovias sweetheart neckline lace gown with removable sleeves, film photography by Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Consider Your Skin Tone

Surprise, surprise: not all shades of white are created equally. The bright, almost bleached white shade is what typically comes to mind for wedding gowns, but the true range runs all the way from creamy off-white to stunning champagne. As a starting point, Lifestyle writer Sheena Dizon recommends taking your skin tone into consideration when picking out a wedding dress. Even the basic shade of white has a lot of undertones to it, and the brightness or dullness of the color can be accentuated by the fabric.

Bride with loose curled updo, natural soft makeup and a deep v silk tulle wedding gown with floral embellishments in front of a rocky beach cliff for her wedding at Montage Laguna Beach. Film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography. 

Think About the Details

In reality, most gowns aren’t just made of one fabric. The best designers layer a bunch of fabrics over one another — whether it’s layering a tulle skirt to create volume, or adding lace details on the bodice to add a more delicate and feminine touch. The White Flower’s curated designs are the perfect examples of how a beautiful dress comes from more than one fabric. Mixing fabrics also adds an interesting visual aspect to your gown, and it’ll show up great in photos.

Bride posing in front of pink fireplace with blue and golden tiles for ceremony backdrop adorned with large floral installations. Marchesa couture gown with blush feathers, gold lines, and floral embellishments. Honey and Beekeeper Inspired Wedding on sunrise terrace patio at Rancho Valencia on film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography 

Consider Your Travels

Are you planning a destination wedding? If so, you’ll probably want a dress that can easily travel. Martha Stewart Weddings lists crepe as one of the best fabrics to travel with, especially as it doesn’t wrinkle easily. Crepe also has a naturally textured surface that means that even small wrinkles won’t be noticed as easily. Lace and tulle are also travel-friendly fabric options. Even if you aren’t traveling for your wedding, be sure to pick the right fabric that ensures your dress stays picture-ready all the way until your reception.

Bride and groom in a rose garden in front of an ivy-covered building. Bride wearing a Galia Lahav Gala gown with a sweetheart neckline. Del Mar Country Club Wedding by Cavin Elizabeth Photography 
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By Allison Craig