Where on earth do you begin when planning a wedding? This is a question which many will ask; however no matter whether it is one of the first items to be thought about or later along the line the wedding dress is without a doubt one of the most important aspects. Everything has to be perfect for the bride and choosing her bridal fabrics can be stressful but it doesn’t have to be.
One of the most important aspects to bear in mind is actually the season in which the wedding will be taking place. More and more brides and grooms are choosing to get married abroad and with this in mind it is important that you do take into account the chosen destination when selecting material for your dress but abroad or not you do need to take note of the season.
If your wedding is taking place around summer then you do not want to be wrapping yourself in thick fabrics which are not breathable and comfortable to wear. Although the design and styles of the Wedding Gown is important, it is also essential to us the best type of fabric - we explain some of the popular choices below:
- Silk, Cotton and Linens are natural fabrics and are more likely to crease than those with synthetic fibres in them. If you want your dress to remain crease free then Bridal Fabrics does recommend that you go for bridal fabrics with synthetic fibres in them.
- Brocades are a popular choice and Bridal Fabrics are the only remaining weaver of this fabric in the UK. The brocade fabrics have a raised pattern to them and can be very striking to the eye. They are used within the bodices of bridal gowns as well as the waistcoats and cravats of groom attire.However appealing to the eye they may be and however beautiful they are they are not suitable for overseas weddings in hot climates due to their thickness. The bride or groom would simply sweat although many do still have them as part of their dress or groom attire.
- Duchess Satin is another popular request for both brides and bridesmaids dresses. It is ideal for adding structure to a dress as it has stiff but shiny qualities. Due to this stiffness it is not suitable for use in dresses which are required to be floaty.Due to its firm quality, although duchess satin can be used in dresses which are to be worn abroad or in warm temperatures it is not advised. For colder temperatures this is great as the structured dress can provide the bride with added warmth on her big day.
- Bridal Lace has been a popular choice following the wedding of Kate and William where she wore a stunning wedding gown with bridal lace incorporated into the design. The fact that lace is suitable for almost everything is possibly why it is incorporated into the designs of many wedding dresses today. One of the only items which we wouldn’t recommend bridal lace for is within a dress that has a lot of seams as it is hard to get the pattern to match.It is a popular choice for both summer weddings, winter weddings and weddings abroad as the lace can be used to add sleeves in cold weather whilst being decorative in hot weather.
- Taffeta is a very papery and lightweight material which as the bride moves it will make a rustling noise. It is great for creating wedding dresses which are big and have a full skirt. It is a popular choice in “fairytale princess” dresses where the brides want big dresses like the ones they see in Disney films and the like. If you are wanting a smooth finish though then taffeta isn’t for you as it will crinkle easily. It is a popular choice for many summer weddings and weddings abroad where the weather will be hot due to its papery and lightweight qualities.
- Tulle has a soft and beautiful appearance and hangs extremely well. It is a popular choice for use in a brides wedding veil and as an under layer to a skirt.
If you still are struggling to decide what bridal fabric or groom fabric to choose then why not speak to a member of our expert team who can advise and guide you every step of the way.
1st February 2012, 9:54