Wedding Dress Fabric Types
Wedding dress fabric is completely down to the bride’s personal choice. With a variety of different fabrics to choose from, Ziva Wedding Dresses is here to support you in your decision-making on what type of material will suit your style of gown.
Ziva Wedding Dresses are all made with high-quality fabrics and tailored to suit your body shape.
Our fabric suppliers supply silk taffeta, silk blended satin, handmade lace and fine chiffon.
If you’re in the stages of planning your wedding dress, here is an overview of the fabric types commonly used. We have also provided some tips for selecting the right fabric for your dress choice.
Consider the time of year that you are getting married. Heavier materials or highly structured dresses are warmer to wear, so would be preferable for a Winter and/or Autumn wedding.
It is also important to think about how wearable the fabric is, aside from looking your best, feeling comfortable and being able to move (and dance!) freely is also crucial for a happy and enjoyable wedding day.
Satin is a smooth fabric. It has a shine to one side and a matte finish on the other.
Satin resists wrinkles, holds beading and other embellishments well. It’s an extremely versatile fabric, but is best used for formal, structured dresses such as A-line or ballgown.
Satin is a heavy fabric, and is ideal for autumn or winter weddings.
Chiffon is a very fine, transparent fabric.
It can be a preferred choice for veils or as a soft layer over other fabrics such as satin or silk. Chiffon can be made from silk but tends to mark very easily if water or perspiration touches it.
Our chiffon wedding dresses are made from a blend of fine polyester thread so that it isn’t as easily stained.
Organza is a flowing and sheer like georgette or chiffon. It is a little stiffer than these fabrics, so it can handle beading and embroidery.
Organza holds its shape well and doesn’t crush easily which makes it ideal for light ruffles or pleats.
It has a soft shimmer to it, so you’ll be sparkling in the sun and on the dance floor!
It is luxurious, resilient and strong but a lightweight fabric.
Silk, although a natural fiber, tends to repel water, so you may want to avoid it if you’re getting married on a hot summer’s day.
Silk is best worn for lightweight unstructured sheath style dresses where the fabric can hang naturally on the body.
Taffeta is a medium weight crisp fabric that rustles as you move!
It makes beautiful creases and is great for ruching.
Taffeta has a shimmery finish and is usually made with silk. It is best suited to A-line or ball gown style dresses which have netting layers underneath.
Taffeta is ideal for an evening wedding as the shimmery fabric attracts light.
Tulle (also known as Illision)
Tulle is a very fine netted fabric, that is quite soft to the touch.
Often when you think of tulle, you imagine a ballerina’s tutu, however, the tulle we speak about for wedding dresses is far more delicate.
Often our dressmaker will sew lace designs onto tulle to recreate the desired look.
Tulle is commonly used in veils and can be eye-catching when layered to form the skirt of a wedding dress.