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Get To Know Bridal Fabrics Personally!

Having been in the position of being a customer recently it became apparent that as a customer you do like to know who you are dealing with and so we thought this was an ideal time to introduce you to our company and current managing director.

Platinum Bridal Fabrics is part of DHJ Weisters Ltd based in Darwen. In 2012 we will be celebrating our 80th Anniversary which is an extremely exciting time for us. We are proud of our British heritage, having been weaving in the same mill in Darwen, Lancashire since our inception into this particular industry.

The current MD is Duncan Weisters, who is actually the 4th generation of the family to run the business. Duncan joined the business in 1998, having completed a degree at Durham University in Economics with French. Our business makes fabrics for a wide variety of end uses including ties, scarves, waistcoats, bow ties, cummerbunds, ecclesiastical wear, coffin linings and curtains.

As there are so many end uses for our fabric there was a great detail of technical information and various training required. Our manufacturing process incorporates a full design service, weaving, finishing and making up. As with any business, there is a whole myriad of different functions to learn, including finance, HR and design and after 80 years we are still learning in an ever changing world.

 In 2009, Duncan decided to expand on the range of in house wedding brocade fabrics and decided to add imported and UK manufactured Bridal Fabrics and Groom Fabrics. At first it was a case of attending textile fairs and visiting design houses and factories throughout Europe and Asia.

The collection has since evolved from being mainly fabric based into one that is now concentrated on Laces, Lace edgings and embellishing crystal edgings. We continually add to the range and are always on the lookout for a new quality that will enhance a wedding gown. In 2012, we can't think of any wedding lace stockist that can offer such a versatile range bridal fabrics and wedding laces such as ours.

We supply our fabrics either by the full piece or by cut length to both retail and trade customers. When Duncan is not at the weaving mill or sourcing new lace qualities, you can normally find him on the golf course or skiing down the snowy slopes in the Alps! At home, his hands are kept full looking after 4 gorgeous children who you can see in the picture!

Bridal Fabrics look forward to supplying you with beautiful bridal laces and fabrics throughout 2012. Please send us pictures of the finished wedding gown and details of the fabrics you purchased so we can feature you on our website and show off your stunning dress to everyone. Selling fabric is fun but it is lovely for us to be able to see the final article too!

For more information then please do not hesitate to call us on 01254 873333 or email info@bridalfabrics.co.uk.

Types of Bridal Lace

Lace has been used for many centuries on wedding dresses, and especially since the Royal Wedding when Kate Middleton wore a lace bridal gown there has been a rise in popularity and more brides are choosing to use bridal lace as part of their design.

Lace is an openwork fabric which is usually handmade and is created by various twisting, braiding and looping of the threads with another backing thread.

Platinum Bridal Fabrics manufacture and offer our customers a wide selection of high quality fabrics all aimed at the wedding market for both brides through our selection of bridal fabrics or grooms through our selection of groom fabrics.

Have a look at our range of laces, lace trims and crystal edgings. We know of no other supplier that offers such a combination of quality, price and diverse designs.

Choosing the lace for your wedding dress can be a daunting challenge – the wedding dress is such an important feature of a wedding. Our free samples and descriptions can help you make the decision but maybe it would help if we tell you a little about each of the main types of bridal lace.

What is Chantilly Lace?

Possibly the best known type of lace, Chantilly lace or Galloon Lace as it can be known, is very fine and delicate, and is made on a lightweight hexagonal mesh background. The motifs are sometimes outlined in a heavier silky thread or exhibit shading effects. Chantilly laces normally have doubled scalloped edges. Kate Lace is a good example of a type of Chantilly lace.

What is Beaded Lace?

Especially popular in the last 12 months, the type of lace is embellished with beads, crystals and sequins to produce a slightly antique look. They often have a scalloped edge. Please have a look at Madeleine Lace for a good example of one of our beaded laces which we have in stock.

What is Corded Lace?

These laces are elegant and originally were made exclusively in Northern France. Also known as Alencon lace, they are formed by outlining areas in the lace using a heavier thread or cord, giving these laces a three dimensional look. They are generally fine, light and floaty and make beautiful wedding dresses. Rachel Lace is good example of a corded lace again which we have in stock although there is a whole range available at Bridal Fabrics.

What is Guipure Lace?

This lace always has a continuous motif, which creates a denser pattern than with other laces. It is normally quite a firm feeling lace and commonly contains a floral or geometric design. One of the earliest types of lace, it is also sometimes known as Venetian Lace. Please have a look at our Emma Lace or Lucy Lace for a good example of our Guipure laces.

For more information regarding our bridal lace then please contact our friendly team today on 01254 873333 or email info@bridalfabrics.co.uk.

Get Expert Help When Choosing Bridal Fabric and Groom Fabric

Choosing bridal fabric or groom fabric is most definitely not the easiest of tasks especially when this is such a special day and everything has to be simply perfect!

Before choosing to buy just any old fabric for your wedding dress or for use on the groom for waistcoats, ties, cummerbunds and elsewhere then you need to consider the various options available to you. Bridal Fabrics have laid out a number of popular choices, what they are usually used for and reasoning why they may be so popular.

Satin is a very popular choice for many brides as it has a shiny surface and oozes grace. When this is combined with embellishments and bridal laces it can compliment any bride’s natural curves and shape. Satin is a popular choice for the groom as well for use for his tie, bow tie and cummerbund. It comes in a full range of colours which means it can compliment or match any wedding colour theme.

Silk is a very popular choice as a wedding fabric too and this is usually because of its breathable properties. Again as with the Satin bridal fabrics, silk is extremely luxurious. The groom may too want to have silk ties, bow ties and a silk cummerbund as silk is available in a full range of colours which again means that it can compliment or match any colour which has been chosen for the wedding.

Both Satin and Silks can be found in our plain fabrics section although there is nothing all that plain about them at all! Make sure you take a look at the full selection of colours which we have in each type of fabric.

A Brocade is a brilliant fabric for adding that striking appeal to a bride or groom's attire.Our range is extremely modern and stylish with a full range of patterns. Brocade fabric for brides is usually used on the bodice of wedding gowns.  For grooms the brocade fabric is used for the waistcoats. Our diverse and stock supported range of designs can be found in Jacquard brocade. Brocades give the illusion that the fabric has had a design embroidered onto it when in reality brocade fabric has the patterning actually woven into the fabric itself.

Bridal Lace has become more and more popular following the Royal Wedding when Kate Middleton wore a lace dress. Wedding Laces coming in a wide range of different qualities and weights. Our choice of laces offers our customers a wide selection, with some incorporating heavy beading, sequins and diamantes and other featuring cording. Chantilly laces are extremely fine and lightweight and can be almost transparent. Most designs are offered in ivory, but some also in white and black. Some designs are also available as an edging or trim - see lace edgings. These can be used to edge a veil or the bottom of a dress.

Embellished fabrics allow the brides to stand out on their big day. Browse our crystal embellished fabrics which glint and glisten in the light as they move. Although the majority may choose these for use as their veil material there are some which have our crystal embellished fabrics as an overlay on their skirt or bodice. For those who want a bit of sparkle but not as a whole piece then they may opt for some of our crystal edgings which can be used on the sleeves of the dress, around the neck line or on the bottom of the dress.

If you are planning your wedding and need some help in selecting your bridal fabric and groom fabric then you need an expert. Bridal Fabrics have an expert team which has been in this industry for a number of years. We know our fabrics inside out and take the time to listen to exactly what our customers want. From this we can then recommend a number of choices to them for them to then make the final decision.

The hardest part will be choosing just a few of our bridal and groom fabrics as there are so many stunning designs and options available to you.

For more information then please contact us on 01254 873333 or email info@bridalfabrics.co.uk.

New Bridal Laces to Pre-Order!

Bridal Fabrics Ltd is extremely pleased to announce that we have added two new bridal laces to our extensive range of laces currently in stock. We chose these two because they will add to our range of Chantilly laces and provide our customers with even more choice.

Louisa and Lindsey are the two laces which we are adding to our collections and although they will not be in stock until the third week in January 2012 we are taking orders for them as they are part of our laces for pre-order.

A superb Chantilly lace, Louisa is available in ivory and has a composition of 35% cotton and 65% nylon. This is a stunning piece of lace which features a scalloped border with a fringe and comes in pieces which measure 145cm wide.

Throughout the lace there are flower motifs on stems with leaves and at both sides of the lace there are borders which are extremely elegant. It is these borders which offer some complimenting shapes and give the lace extra character.

The second of our laces is Lindsey and this is also really beautiful Chantilly bridal lace. We will be supplying it in white and you can see from the pictures it has eye catching flower motifs and these extend quite a way into the design around 50cm extension. This is slightly wider than the Louisa lace and measures 150cms wide. It is made from nylon and will not be in stock until the end of January 2012.

We are taking orders on this bridal lace and so if you would like to make a purchase you can and we will dispatch this too you as soon as we get it into stock.

For more information or if you have any questions or queries then please contact us on 01254 873333 or email info@bridalfabrics.co.uk.

Bridal Fabric and Making the Right Selection

Congratulations! You're engaged to the man of your dreams. Next job is to start planning the wedding and most important of all is of course the wedding gown. It must be the dress of your dreams - the one that you've been imagining since you were a little girl! The wedding dress is such a major part of any wedding and it is for this reason that when selecting your bridal fabrics you should make the right selection.

Everyone realises just how important the wedding dress is to a blushing bride and so in order to make the right fabric selection choice it is a good idea to first draw out a design. Design plays a huge role in fabric selection as you need fabrics which are capable of bringing your design to life!

Bridal Fabrics have many excited brides come in to view and select bridal fabric for their special day. They bring in designs and although they may think they know which fabric they want or have a rough idea, sometimes we have to use our experience to guide them as to their suitability. This is where we can help as our expert team can spend time with you, recommending various bridal qualities we offer and advise on what would be best for each part of the dress as well as suggesting how much of the bridal fabric you will require. For more precise fabric ratings, we would recommend  you to consult a dress maker.

Bridal lace is an extremely popular choice for many brides at the moment and this is probably because of the bridal lace which was used on Kate Middleton’s dress. Whatever the reason, we have one of the largest selections of bridal lace within the UK and so are well worth a visit. If we are too far away, why not order some of our free samples either on the website or by phone.  If you do select lace to use on your wedding dress then we have all the matching lace appliqués and lace edgings so every little detail of your wedding dress design is taken care of.

In addition to our more traditional bridal laces, we also offer ribbon lace fabrics which add a unique touch to any wedding dress. The ribbon is sewn onto a mesh type material into a whole range of patterns and lines.

Usually a bride will have gone into great detail when designing her dress and in most cases the bodice part of the dress is the most decorative. We have a number of bodice brocades which can add that striking appeal and contrast between the bodice part of the dress and the skirt.

When the bridal fabric has been selected we have all the interlinings and linings that you will require so that you can get all the fabrics that your dressmaker needs in one place.

If you are designing your wedding dress yourself and require bridal fabrics then ensure you come to us for a professional, friendly and helpful service where you can get high quality fabrics at a reasonable price along with all the help and guidance you need.

For more information then please contact us on 01254 873333 or email info@bridalfabrics.co.uk.

It Is Not All About The Bride!

It goes without saying that a wedding involves two people - the bride and the groom. The saying goes that it is the "Brides Day" but in truth, it is every bit as important for the groom to look his best on this day as it is the bride. Bridal Fabrics have a number of groom fabrics which are ideal for his special day.

Obviously it is important for the groom and the bride to coordinate and usually there is a colour scheme which will be present. Usually at a formal wedding, the groom will wear suit with tails and a waistcoat, a dress shirt, with a tie or cravat.  Although this is the norm,it is important that the groom too can show a bit of uniqueness just as his blushing bride does with the selection of her wedding dress. The key items which the groom will choose to emphasise are:

Waistcoat

An ideal groom fabric for the waistcoat is a Jacquard Brocade. This fabric can come in a range of designs, patterns, colours and styles and some may even have embellishment on them for that special touch. Bridal Fabrics are the only company within the UK who weave the Jacquard Brocade fabric and therefore we have a fantastic selection with some really striking designs.

Tie or Cravat

Usually the tie or the cravat will be the item which the groom wears in the colour of the wedding. For example if the wedding colours are purple, cream and silver then the groom may wear a purple tie or cravat. The waistcoat is in most cases the patterned part of the grooms suit and then the tie or bow tie would be in a plain fabric which as mentioned matches the colour scheme.  Bridal Fabrics have a whole range of fabrics which are suitable for ties and bow ties and we have these in a full range of colours so that every colour scheme imaginable can be matched. The most suitable fabric for neckwear is Majestic Satin. We also have our own in house sewing factory which is able to make any accessory.

Cummerbund

These have become less popular however still many grooms choose to wear them. These are a broad waist sash normally pleated worn with a tuxedo and can be worn instead of a waistcoat. Again these will match the tie or bow tie and therefore are in a plain fabric although not in all cases.

If you are a groom and are looking for help and guidance on selecting groom fabrics for your special day then come to Bridal Fabrics.

For more information please contact us on 01254 873333 or email info@bridalfabrics.co.uk.


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