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The 8 Wedding Dress Fabrics to Know Before You Shop

By Jacqueline Tynes, May 30, 2018
Jacqueline Tynes
The 8 Wedding Dress Fabrics to Know Before You Shop

Use this handy, helpful guide to wedding dress fabrics while you're shopping to help guide your associates to the gown that's right for you!

Are you in the process of wedding dress shopping, and sort of feel like a novice when it comes to wedding dress fabric? Don’t worry — we get it. From figuring out the different silhouettes to learning that a sweetheart neckline isn’t for everyone, it can be hard to master wedding dress fabrics, too. So, we decided to define and showcase the most popular wedding dress fabrics for you! This go-to guide will not only be a lifesaver when it comes to learning the difference between the most popular wedding dress fabrics, but also will help guide your bridal associates to the gown that is right for you. From organza to charmeuse, just browse through this roundup to get a better understanding of the beautiful fabrics that help create the swoon-worthy wedding dresses you’ve been browsing.

Check out all the most popular wedding dress fabrics here.

Elizabeth Fillmore


A slinky, sheeny silk that is excellent for movement and draping. It clings to every curve, which makes this wedding dress fabric a perfect pick for a romantic evening.

Dress by Elizabeth Fillmore

Dan Lecca


When we think of taffeta we’re immediately reminded of the late Princess Diana’s gorgeous royal wedding gown. This wedding dress fabric has a crisp texture and is made from fine silk — making it a great option for a formal affair.

Dress: Amsale

Dan Lecca


Mikado is a clean wedding dress fabric that’s perfect for winter weddings, since it’s quite heavy. It’s made from a blend of different silks and can easily give gowns structure, as well.

Dress: Allure Bridals

Dan Lecca


A stiff transparent netting made of natural or manmade fibers that is layered to create a full effect. This wedding dress fabric is best for brides looking for a classic Cinderella wedding-day look.

Dress by Galia Lahav

Dan Lecca


A flowy fabric with a matte finish that is sheer but not entirely see-through. It is a great wedding dress fabric to dance in, too.

Dress by Theia

Dan Lecca


A lightweight silk fabric that has a crimped or crinkled look and feel. Brides hoping to wear a clean or form-fitting gown will love this wedding dress fabric. 

Dress by Anne Barge


A sheer fabric with a stiffer texture, but not quite as stiff as tulle — and definitely not as flowy as tulle. Often used for overlays in wedding dress skirts.

Dress by Ines Di Santo

Dan Lecca


Lace is a delicate fabric made by looping or knitting thread into patterns. Some of the most popular include Chantilly, venice, Alençon and even guipure. Designers often mix different lace patterns together to create a one-of-a-kind bridal look.

Dress by Gracy Accad


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