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How to select your wedding dress neckline?

Heading into a wedding dress shop can be quite daunting as you are presented with a number of dresses in varying colours, styles and shapes. An important question to bear in mind is how to select your wedding dress neckline.

There is so much choice when it comes to necklines, Bridal Fabrics have outlined the top twelve for our brides-to-be and explained what type of look can be achieved as well as who it is most suitable for.


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The V-Neck wedding dress neckline will as the name describes dip down to a V-shape at the front of the dress. In most cases the back of the wedding dress is also cut in a V-shape and this will suit any bride who has a medium size bust.

The Square wedding dress neckline is cut straight across angled corners where it then meets any straps or sleeves. This is a very popular neckline for a wedding dress because it suits almost any size of bust.

The Jewel wedding dress neckline or t-shirt neckline as it is sometimes known has a round and high cut line which will sit close to the bottom of the throat. This style is particularly good for small busted brides. Any bride who wants to cover up their upper chest of collar bone area will opt for this neckline shape.

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The Bateau wedding dress neckline follows the shape of the collar bone towards the edge of the shoulders and the front and the back panels of the bateau shape are joined by the very tip or can sometimes be separated by a thin strap. Again this is especially popular for a bride who wishes to cover up and for small busted brides.

The Asymmetrical wedding dress neckline is quite a popular wedding neckline style, it is different on the left side than to the right side of the wedding dress bodice. In most cases the one shouldered asymmetrical wedding dress style is chosen and this is suitable for any bride who doesn’t need to wear a bra although in some cases a strapless bra could be worn.

The shoelace wedding dress neckline or the spaghetti strap wedding dress neckline as it is sometimes referred to will be straight in most cases although it can be slightly shaped. The bride is supported by very thin and delicate straps which in many wedding dress designs are detachable. For brides with a larger bust, this style of wedding dress is not advised.

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The scoop wedding dress neckline or the round neckline as it is sometimes known, is more often than not, low cut and the back of the dress will be similar to the front in the way in which it is cut. Again this is similar to the square wedding dress neckline because it suits any bride of any shape and size.

The halterneck wedding dress neckline features a strap which usually will tie at the back of the neck or will be a high neck with wide armholes. This is a neckline which is better worn without a bra because usually it will feature a low cut back. For brides who would like their shoulders on show, the halterneck wedding dress neckline style is ideal or alternatively it can be used for brides who would have liked the strapless neckline but need more support.

The Queen Anne wedding dress neckline is well known and is often selected for a dramatic and striking look. It is known historically as it reflects the style worn by Queen Anne throughout the 18th Century. At the front there is a heart shaped neckline but it will feature a high back. In most cases it is joined to the front by sleeves which cover the shoulders. Sometimes the sleeves will be full length and this is ideal for brides who want to show off their cleavage but in a modest way.

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The sweetheart wedding dress neckline is again quite low cut and is similar in shape to that of the Queen Anne wedding dress neckline only the back is cut at the same or a similar height to the front just erasing the heart shape. This is a popular choice because of the love heart shape which represents love, romance and thus is ideal for a wedding.

The off the shoulder wedding dress neckline is a popular choice for many brides in that it sweeps carefully off the shoulder and has small sleeves or straps which sit just below the shoulder on the upper arm. This particular neckline will show off the bride’s shoulders and collar bone which is great for brides with curves and medium to fuller chested brides. For those with wide shoulders it probably isn’t the best choice of wedding dress neckline as it can make them look even wider.

The Strapless wedding dress neckline is perhaps one of the most popular choices to date. It is figure hugging and has a straight or shaped neckline but it is well suited to those with broad shoulders as well as those with a petite frame. In most cases any strapless wedding dress will actually come with straps which can be added should the bride so wish them to be.

Once you have selected your wedding dress neckline shape as well as the colour and style of your wedding dress, you need to either find it off the peg or design or make it up yourself. If you are going to design and manufacture it yourself or by using a dressmaker, then why not get in touch with us at Bridal Fabrics, where a member of our expert team can talk you through a whole range of fabrics and explain which ones would work to achieve your design and which fabrics you should avoid.

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

How to choose your wedding dress style, shape and colour?

The Wedding Day is such a special moment in a Bride's life and the dress is one of the central parts of the day. How can the bride be sure to choose the right dress in terms of shape, style  and colour?

Before stepping into a wedding dress shop and being bombarded with a sea of white and ivor dresses in a whole range of styles, shapes and colours the Bride will need to identify exactly what it is you are looking for.

How do I choose a wedding dress style?

With regards to selecting a style for your wedding dress, the Bride will need to consider where they're going to be getting married. If your wedding is taking place in a church then your wedding dress style may be very different to the style of wedding dress if you were getting married on say a beach.

There is no point in choosing an elaborate design, full skirt which is long with a train attached if you’re getting married on as mentioned a beach right by the water’s edge! Instead you may choose a shorter style dress so it doesn’t trail on the floor. Another important factor to bear in mind is the season because if you’re getting married in the summer time or abroad where it is hot a lighter fabric may well be selected.

Lighter fabrics obviously are not going to be worn in winter time when it is freezing cold and there is chance of snow. Obviously in the season of winter a different style of dress would be chosen to than of a wedding dress for a summer wedding.

How do I choose a wedding dress shape?

You need to think about your figure because no matter what size or shape you are, there is a suitable wedding dress to suit your requirements and make you look stunning! You need or rather want it to flatter you in the right places and maybe hide any curves or bumps which you are not so proud of!

For women who have a large bust then they may feel more comfortable with a wedding dress which is halter neck or has straps for support rather than a strapless wedding gown. This would contrast to a woman who has smaller bust who may prefer to have a strapless wedding gown.

Fuller dresses on a larger woman can make them look even larger and so many will opt for a wedding dress with a less full skirt. Smaller sized women may want to wear a slinky wedding dress in order to flatter their shape but many who feel they are skinny choose fuller skirts so that they look a bit larger.

The way to really choose a wedding dress shape is to go and try on a number of styles with varying shapes until you find one which you are happy with. It may well be that you like the top shape of one and the skirt of another and this is okay because if you cannot find one off the peg, you can design and make your own.

How do I choose a wedding dress colour?

When choosing the colour for your wedding dress there are a number of traditional ones available from white, cream or ivory and whereas traditionally many Brides would choose one of these for the colour, an increasing number of brides are opting to try something else.

If you are very pale skinned, then choosing a white dress may not be the most suitable colour! You need to choose a wedding dress colour which will compliment your skin tone. For tanned, dark skin then white could be an option it all depends on your makeup and whether you will be having a spray tan on the day or building up a tan on a sunbed.

Colours of wedding dresses are also chosen based on the colour theme which has been chosen for the rest of the wedding. Bridesmaids dress colours are often taken into consideration and so the colours on the wedding day will match.

Platinum Bridal Fabrics can advise brides-to-be about complimenting colours and contrasting colours for a striking appeal.

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

How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Dress?

You can have lots of fun when choosing your wedding dress for your big day! There are lots of shop, fromwhich you can buy an off the peg wedding dress and the fun part comes when you have to try them all on. However, we think its even more fun to design your very own style and cut of wedding dress. If you agree, you'll find our range of bridal fabric and Wedding Laces extremely useful

When thinking about how to choose the perfect wedding dress you need to think about your shape, if choosing off the peg for your dress when trying it on most brides will know when their dress is “the one” - it just feels special, flatters their figure and makes them feel like they are the centre of attention which of course they want to be on their big day!

There are a number of styles to choose from and colour options as well as fabric choices and decorative features. If you cannot find one off the peg then why not design and make your own. Bridal Fabrics have a huge range of fabrics for you to choose from so once you know what design it is you want,  then please contact us and a member of our expert team will advise you on which fabrics will be the most suitable for creating various effects. 

Currently our bridal lace is proving to be very popular and this has been since the Royal Wedding where Kate Middleton wore a beautiful wedding dress which incorporated bridal lace into its design.

Over the next few weeks Bridal Fabrics are going to be advising all Brides-to-Be about various items concerning How to choose the perfect wedding dress?

We will discuss and provide information on the following:

  • How to decide on your wedding dress style?
  • How to choose your wedding dress shape and colour?
  • How to select your wedding dress neckline?
  • How to select your wedding dress skirt shape?
  • How to select your wedding dress sleeve style?
  • How to choose a bridal train?
  • How to find the perfect bridal fabric?
  • How to choose a wedding dress if you are pregnant?

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

Transform your Bridal Fabric into a Gown

You have taken the plunge and accepted the proposal – that’s it your getting married! After trekking around various bridal boutiques, department stores and other wedding dress shops you simply haven’t found the wedding dress of your dreams at the price you want. The only option you have is to create your own and select your bridal fabric.

First thing is first you need to work out exactly what it is you are looking for and then decide whether or not you will use a readymade pattern or draw up your own. You can hire a tailor or dressmaker who will take the design you want and turn it into a pattern for you which is the same or as close as possible to the dress you have designed.

How do you find the perfect wedding dressmaker for you?

Bridal Fabrics know what it is like when frantic brides-to –be are trying to track down a dressmaker that they can trust enough to make their dream wedding gown and one who will meet their requirements. We have come up with some suggestions on how you can find your perfect dressmaker:

Referrals from friends and family are great because if they have had experience with one you can see photos of their dress or will have remembered their wedding dress when you attended their wedding. Think about how it was made and whether it was high quality and looked good and if this is the case then find out their contact details.

The internet, now almost every reputable company has a website of some sort online and that includes dressmakers. Search online but be careful and make sure that you read reviews. If you do contact one ask them if they have a portfolio or any garments they can show which they have made before choosing them to make the wedding dress for one of the biggest days of your life.

Quality Bridal Fabric Shops, For those selling high end bridal fabric they may well have connections to quality dress makers as part of their services. You should check with them to see if they can recommend anyone who is connected to them as in most cases these will be dressmakers who hold a vast amount of experience in regards to making wedding dresses.

When you find a dress maker it is important that you get an approximated cost and what this includes as some will charge extra for the adding of appliqué, buttons, zippers and crystal embellishments. Ensure that you set a deadline with your dressmaker for when the wedding dress needs to be completed and if possible try and make this date a good few weeks before your actual wedding date.

After you have set your deadline date ensure that you keep your diary free so that you can attend any fittings that you will be required for. Holding off dress fittings will simply lengthen the time it takes to make the dress as the dressmaker needs to ensure that the wedding dress fits before they can continue in the creation of it.

Following our simple hints and tips we hope that you will find the wedding dressmaker which is suitable to your exact requirements and that you get the wedding dress of your dreams.

For more information then please call Bridal Fabrics on 01254 873333 or email info@bridalfabrics.co.uk.

Amazing Choice of Bridal Fabrics for Brides-to-Be

Platinum Bridal Fabrics offers our customers an unparalleled choice of fabrics for the use in Wedding Dresses, Mother of the Bride and Bridesmaids’’ dresses. More and more ladies are choosing to make their Bridal gown entirely to their own taste, rather than “buy off the peg” and for this they need bridal fabrics like bridal lace and brocades.

We offer a full comprehensive range of Polyester Fabrics and Silk Fabrics in which are available in varying weights and handles and we provide a large choice of colour options. Colours are so important and with our range of Jacquard Brocades, you can co-ordinate the Groom and bridesmaids together.

Within the Silk Fabrics our main range is Splendour, which is a Satin Backed Crepe. This is a wonderful fabric for dressmaking with vibrant full colours and a soft drape. It is possible to use both sides. The satin side is far glossier, whilst the reverse or crepe side is more matt but adds a subtly textured look to the  dress. 

Splendour is available in a range of 40+ colours. Additionally, we offer a full colour range in Debutante (silk taffeta) and Cameo (Silk Dupion). Chiffon, Georgette, Double Georgette, Organza, Crepe de Chine, Velvet and Habotai are also available in white, ivory and black, primarily with the Bride in mind. Other colours are available but not from stock, so please let us know if you need something matching.

In regards to our Polyester Fabrics we have a variety of different weights and handles in a great range of colours. Please have a look at Majestic, Supreme or Contessa, which are Duchess Satins and Princess, which is a Satin Backed Faille. Supreme is our ultimate polyester satin, which is the one I’d recommend for bridal gowns.

Majestic, Supreme and Contessa are silky smooth and wonderfully soft and luxurious feeling. Contessa is a non-snag satin, that is relatively heavy weight, whilst Majestic  has much more of a drape to it. We also offer Organza, Chiffon, Velvet, Fur and Taffeta amongst other fabrics.

Once the dress is made we can still supply you with everything that you need to add those most important finishing touches. Crystal Embellishments, Laces and Appliqués are all available from use and these can make your wedding dress that extra bit special.

We have an experienced team of Fabric experts who can advise you on what fabrics are best for achieving various types of effects and so please don’t hesitate to contact us and ask for our opinions and advice.

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

Six New Silks Added to Our Collection

Our customers are extremely important to us which is why it is so important that we are always on the lookout for new fabrics which can bring something new to our various ranges. Recently we have added 6 new silk qualities our silk fabric range.

In total there are six new silks which have been added:

Slendour is available in around 50 colours, whilst the others are availble in ivory, white and black. This diverse range of silk fabrics is primarily targeted for use in Bridal gowns, Christening gowns and of course elegant eveningwear but there is nothing to stop their use in Gentleman's formalwear or matching ties for instance.

All of the new silks listed above are now in stock and you can order a sample should you so wish. They will be available by the cut length, 10 metre or 45 metre lengths.

We have an expert team at Bridal Fabrics who all have experience working within this particular industry and thus they are in a position to pass their knowledge onto our customers and offer them the best advice. If you are looking for fabrics for a particular garment but are not sure what fabric would be most suitable then speak to us today and we will be happy to help.

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

Stunning Crystal Embroideries!

We have added seven new crystal embroideries to our collection and these are going to be in stock by the end of the month and ready to purchase. These are absolutely stunning and would look fantastic on a wedding dress.

Leo is the first of our new crystal embroideries and this is quite a small cluster of crystals arranged in a flower pattern with leaves branching out from it. This is an eye catching piece which would look superb as part of any wedding dress design in order to add a touch of sparkle!

Pegasus is the second crystal embroidery to join our collection and again this is quite a small cluster of crystals which are arranged to branch out and then curl up into a tight swirl pattern. This is particularly striking and as part of a wedding dress this would be ideal.

Scorpio is the third of our crystal embroideries and this is quite a compact design but then it branches out and along the various strands which branch out there are crystal star designs. The Scorpio crystal embroidery when incorporated into a wedding dress design would glint in the light and add those finishing touches.

Aquarius is the forth crystal embroidery which we are adding to our collection and this is a very quirky design! It features larger size gems with smaller ones around and then loops of fabric with the crystals embroidered over the top. From the large size gems the smaller ones and embroidered thread combine to create a flower design which is a popular design for crystal embroideries.

Pisces is the fifth crystal embroidery to join our collection and this is a compact design. It features a large crystal in the middle then smaller ones working their way out in a circle pattern until the edges where it creates a wavy edge. From this main design there are then three main strands of gems which branch out.

Venus is the sixth crystal embroidery which has been added to our collection it features a large gem within the middle of the design and then a range of gems which work their way outwards from this. There are pearls incorporated into the crystal embroidery and then around the edges there are triangular gems which add a jagged but attention grabbing edge to the design.

Mercury is our seventh crystal embroidery which has been added to our collection and this is one of our favourites. A larger design it features a flower design made from looping thread this has gems in the middle and then a number of strands which branch out from this and curl at the edges.

You can see from the images attached that the crystal embroideries are of extremely high quality and all have a striking appeal to them. On any wedding dress design either one of these embroideries would add a twinkle as they caught the light and would add that finishing touch to a bride’s perfect wedding gown.

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

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