Understanding Wedding Gown Fabrics

Understanding Wedding Gown Fabrics

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Mar 01, 2023

The Ultimate Guide to Wedding Dress Fabrics: Which One is Right for You?


We know that your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life!  Every bride wants to look stunning on their big day, and a big factor (and our favorite part) of the bridal look is the wedding gown. When it comes to wedding dresses, there are many new vocab words and bridal lingo to navigate as you start searching for the perfect dress. Some of the new language you’ll likely find yourself coming across involves wedding gown fabrics. In this blog post, we'll take a closer look at some of the most popular fabrics for wedding gowns and help define each for you so you can confidently conquer the dress shopping process!






Lace has been a popular fabric for wedding gowns for centuries. It is known for its delicate, intricate patterns that add a romantic and timeless touch to any dress. Lace wedding gowns can be made from a variety of different types of lace, including Chantilly, Alencon, Crochet and more. Each type of lace has its own unique look and feel and different types of lace can evoke unique feelings for your wedding day.


Lillian West Style 66255 is an example of a wedding dress featuring multiple lace fabrics. The body of the gown is done in a soft chantilly lace that features larger lace appliqués expertly placed on top throughout the design.  This gown also includes a trim along the plunging neckline and waist made from a crochet lace fabric.  





Tulle is a sheer, lightweight fabric that is often used for wedding gowns. It is made from nylon or silk and has a delicate, ethereal look that is perfect for romantic and whimsical weddings. Tulle can be used to create layers and volume in a wedding gown like in the skirt of a ballgown-style wedding dress.  You may also find tulle giving dresses a more soft, flowing look like in an a-line style wedding dress.


Justin Alexander Signature "Mary" is a gorgeous ballgown wedding dress that features a strapless lace bodice that transitions into a full, flowy tulle skirt.  The ballgown skirt is made up of numerous layers of tulle to give it volume, while still remaining airy and light.




Satin is a smooth, glossy fabric that is known for its luxurious look and feel. It is made from silk, polyester, or a blend of both and is often used for a more traditional, formal wedding gown. Satin has a beautiful drape and a lustrous finish that catches the light beautifully, making it a popular choice for brides who want a classic, elegant look.


Sincerity Bridal Style 44361 is an elegant example of a wedding dress featuring satin.  This design features an illusion lace bodice paired with a full satin ballgown skirt. The gown includes pockets.  The sturdy nature of the satin fabric allows for this addition and makes for a fun element to the dress.





Organza is a sheer, crisp fabric. It is made from silk, polyester, or nylon and has a slightly stiff texture that gives it a structured look. Organza is often used for ballgown-style wedding dresses and can be layered to create volume and dimension in a gown.


Allure Romance 3602 is an all organza ballgown with off the shoulder straps.  The stiffness of the organza fabric, allows for the structured pleats in the skirt which give this design character.




Chiffon is a lightweight, sheer fabric that is often used for a-line style wedding gowns. It is made from silk, polyester, or nylon and has a soft, flowing drape that can be romantic and ethereal. Chiffon is often used in boho-style wedding dresses or for beachy weddings, as it is comfortable and easy to move in.


We love Sincerity Bridal Style 44360 for a chiffon wedding dress.  This a-line design is super lightweight, while still maintaining a flattering structured bodice.   The blouson sleeves are also done in a chiffon fabric making them ultra romantic and whimsical.





Crepe is a soft, lightweight fabric that is often used for simple, elegant wedding gowns. It has a matte finish and a subtle texture that gives it a modern and sophisticated look. Crepe is often used in sheath-style wedding dresses, as it has a flattering drape that hugs the body. 


"Fay" by Justin Alexander is a luxurious fitted crepe wedding dress, that hugs the body in all the right places making for a confident and sexy look on your wedding day.  





Mikado is a luxurious, heavyweight fabric that is often used for formal wedding gowns. It is made from a blend of silk and cotton and has a slightly stiff texture that gives it a structured look. Mikado is often used in mermaid-style wedding dresses, as it has a beautiful drape that accentuates the curves of the body.




The "Estelle" gown from Justin Alexander is a stunning example of the use of Mikado.  This ballgown wedding dress features a pointed straight across neckline ruched with a gorgeous bow detail on the back!



There are many different fabrics to consider when looking at wedding dresses each with its own unique look and feel. With this new information in mind, now you can start browsing our wedding dress collections, and building your wedding gown wishlist!  Knowing a bit about each fabric will certainly help you kickstart your gown shopping journey, but trust your stylist to help you navigate the wedding landscape even further!


Whether you're looking for a classic and elegant satin gown or a romantic and ethereal tulle dress, there is a wedding dress perfect for you - we can’t wait to help you find it!

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