If you’re well in the midst of wedding planning with more to-do list essentials than you can shake a stick at, it can be hard to see the wood for the trees. You don’t want to be stressing about the preparations for your nuptials so much that you can’t enjoy your big day. As a bride, one of the most important aspects of feeling special on your wedding day is your dress. It doesn’t matter whether you are into 1920s flapper dresses, 1950s vintage attire or a sleeker, more modern outfit, the dress you choose will be an extension of your personality and bring smiles to the faces of your nearest and dearest. Take a look at the sorts of dress fabrics you could find in your very own bespoke wedding dress.
Hugely under-utilised, tulle was once the fabric of choice for trendy twenty-somethings in the 1950s. If you think of the thick, mesh-like netting that tutus are made from, you’re thinking of tulle. While you might not want to look like you’ve stepped out of Swan Lake, tulle can be used in a subtle way to create a vintage look. With clever tailoring, tulle can be used as the main material to add shape to a dress or as subtle detailing upon a bodice.
A softer, more tactile relative to tulle, lace has grown in popularity since Kate Middleton decided to marry her prince in a dress made from this fabric. With Chantilly lace, you can create a dress that is very delicate and feminine. For a more resilient outfit, Venise lace is much more suitable to create a more insulated and less fragile dress. The fantastic thing about lace is that you can utilise the material across a wedding theme. You could mirror the material in lace wedding invites, wedding favours with a lace theme and even lace buttonholes.
A wonderfully luxurious and special fabric, silk is a more expensive option when looking at wedding dresses. The satin finish on many figure-hugging strapless dresses made of silk will add a more impressive sheen to your dress. Silk is often seen as a delicate fabric, and you don’t want to be walking on eggshells worried about tearing your dress on your wedding day. With a satin finish, your dress can be wrinkle-free, thicker and more resilient.
One material that does need a little bit more care when it’s worn in chiffon. For a more ethereal and feminine look, chiffon is ideal when it is layered and pieced together to create a summer or beach style wedding dress. Chiffon definitely isn’t the sort of fabric to use if you’re planning a winter wedding as you may freeze before you’ve even made it down the aisle, but if you’re looking to marry overseas somewhere balmy and sunny, lightweight chiffon is perfect.
Take time to consider which dress fabrics will suit the season when you are getting married and your overall theme. Most importantly, choose a fabric and a dress that will see you feeling comfortable and will allow you to blossom on your big day.
*This is a contributed post