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8 Popular Wedding Dress Fabrics Every Bride Should Know

8 Popular Wedding Dress Fabrics Every Bride Should Know

How well do you know your wedding dress fabrics? It’s a good idea to get acquainted, because it can help you make more informed decisions regarding your wedding dress when you go in for your bridal appointment.

More than anything, it’s all about what feels comfortable for you and what you’re looking to get out of your dress on your wedding day. Perhaps you’re thinking about something light and silky for an outdoor setting in warm weather, or delicate lace for a classic look. 

It’s also a good idea to get to know how different fabrics can change a dress style that you like. For example, one fabric might look flattering with a silhouette, while a different fabric can alter the appearance completely. Or the cost of the dress can fluctuate due to the fabric.

So, what speaks to you? We’ve listed the 8 most popular fabrics to give you some insight before your appointment.


Feeling elegant? You can’t get more regal than silk! Perfect for those fit-and-flare silhouettes or a lux ball gown, silk is that timeless fabric that always looks perfect and feels so smooth on skin. There are many types of silk, all woven in different ways:

  • Duipioni
  • Faille
  • Crepe de chine
  • Shantung
  • Charmeuse
  • Gazar


Oh so vintage and romantic, lace is the most popular fabric for wedding dresses because of it’s timeless beauty. There are numerous types of lace to choose from, all with their own unique story and origin. 


If you’re planning on a beach wedding, then chiffon is a comfortable, lightweight fabric boasting a bit of sheerness that looks dreamy as it blows in the seabreeze. Chiffon is one of the most well-known wedding dress weaving patterns (like satin), utilizing polyester, nylon or rayon.


This is a thicker type of silk that works well when you want a more structured look. It ‘s commonly used with A-line, fit-and-flare, and trumpet silhouettes, because it helps to hold shape.


This is another versatile fabric that works well with just about any silhouette. This is a mid-weight silk blend that clings and drapes over curves sensually, especially when used for a sheath. This is also a good choice for jumpsuits and minimalist wedding dresses.


Cascading tulle is in for 2021, and it’s a fabric that certainly makes a statement. This stiff netting fabric is made of nyon, polyester, silk or a blend. Tulle is great to wear underneath a skirt to add volume, or if you’re interested in a pop of color, there are some beautiful shades of colored tulle.


Made from woven silk, this is a flowy, sheer type of fabric that is stiffer than chiffon, but less stiff than tulle. It’s perfect for dancing (it gives you that twirl effect) and is a great fabric for appliques or beading.


Satin is as versatile as it is stunning. Smooth with a light sheen, it glides over the body for a look that can be classy or modern. Here’s a fun fact: satin isn’t actually a material. It’s a weaving pattern that utilizes different fibers to create the fabric, such as polyester, silk and nylon.

Courtney L.One Love Bridal Outlet

Courtney L.

June 6, 2023


One Love Bridal Outlet
1171 Beach Boulevard, Suite 104, Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32250