Popular Textiles for Wedding Dresses and Why Lace Tops Them All


From lustrous taffeta to delicate point d’esprit, wedding dresses have, historically, come in all kinds of materials. Fabric plays a large role in the construction and wearability of bridal gowns and can make all the difference when trying to communicate a theme. Crepe, for example, may look more modern and chic, while lace wedding dresses often convey classic romance and intricate elegance. Below, we take a look at popular bridal gown fabrics and why lace remains, in the end, a preferred option.


Tufty Tulle


Like netting, tulle has an open weave that makes the material ultra-light, frothy, and breathable. Not all tulle is created equal, however, as some kinds are used for petticoats to add volume to a skirt, while others are layered to create an airy or smoky feel – as though the wearer were floating on clouds.


Silky Smooth Satin


Satin in and of itself is not a specific fibre weaved to create a fabric, it is merely a finish. This is why satin can be made from fibres, such as silk or a blend. It is, of course, one of the most popular choices for bridal dresses and offers versatility in its luxurious feel and how marvellously it drapes from the frame.


Sheer Chiffon


Another woven fabric, chiffon is utilised for how light and sheer it is. Though woven, it remains rather flowy and its semi-transparency means it is easily layered. Due to how delicate the material is, chiffon wedding dresses are not ideal for outdoor weddings where they will easily catch and snag on things.


Opulent Organza


Like chiffon, organza is considered a lightweight, sheer, woven fabric. It is far less wispy, however, and affords more crisp structure and volume when added to a gown’s design. Organza is delicate too. Snagging and fraying is still possible.


Lovely Lace


Lace wedding dresses are often viewed as luxe, detailed, and sophisticated. This might have to do with the complex production of the textile (whether by machine or hand) that is braided into intricate, webbed patterns. Lace can be used as an overlay over fabrics like tulle, for applique detailing, and even draped top-to-toe for vintage bridal gowns. Even after decades of popularity, lace remains a favoured fabric for its rarity and striking extravagance.


Other popular fabrics used in the design of traditional wedding gowns include crinkly crepe, glossy silk, and even polyester. No matter your preferred textile for wedding dresses, our boutique houses a wide collection of exclusive, designer gowns that are sure to catch your eye. For more information, be sure to contact us for your consultation booking today.