26 Popular Wedding Dress Fabrics (Part 1)

Have you ever sat down and wondered: "Which fabric should I wear on my wedding day?" If your wedding is less than a few months away, then it’s possible that you've thought long and hard about this question.

Well, allow your #1 Wedding Dress Cleaner in Vancouver to give you the low down on some popular options. In this blog post, we're breaking down 26 wedding dress fabric options, their pros, their cons and the in-between. Let's start with the first 13:

1. Batiste - This wedding dress fabric is thin, soft, lightweight, drapable and breathable. What's the downside? Batiste wrinkles easily. It also doesn't retain heat very well, which means its not ideal for winter months.

2. Charmeuse - Charmeuse is a satin weave that's soft, delicate & insulating but lightweight enough to create a fluid drape. However, be very careful with this fabric. It's known to produce static and can snag very easily.

3. Crepe - Known for its textured and grainy feel, crepe fabric is susceptible to runs and pulls. Despite this trait, Crepe fabric is an excellent option for draping and is a favourite for wedding gowns.

4. Dotted Swiss - This fabric is flexible when draped making it easy to move and manipulate. Like wedding dress fabrics, it's thin, lightweight & breathable. The only drawback is that Dotted Swiss gets worn out easily.

5. Faille - Faille is a tightly woven fabric with a textured and ribbed design. It's difficult to clean but benefits from the soft glow of its reflective surface and an ability to create a volume.

6. Illusion - Think wedding veils. That's the Illusion fabric. It has a cobweb appearance due to the hexagonal shapes in its weaving. The illusion has a mesh-like quality which many brides use for bridal trimmings.

7. Moire - Moire's has a watery appearance due to the way it's woven. This quality gives it the pseudonym, the "watered textile." Brides use Moire for trimmings due to its lustre and durability.

8. Point D'espirit - Point D'espirit is another meshed and knotted fabric that is lightweight and breathable.

9. Polyester - Polyester is machine washable, shrink-resistant and wrinkle-resistant. It also retains heat well but resists sun damage. Unfortunately, it's non-biodegradable, creates static and can cling to the wearer, thereby making it hard for the skin to breathe.

10. Satin - Smooth, silky and lustrous are all words that come to mind when we think of silk. Regrettably, this fabric doesn't breathe well and is not machine washable.

11. Silk - Silk is a strong, lustrous, natural fabric that is non-static, heat retentive and flame retardant. However, this fabric absorbs water well and will become much weaker when it rains or when you sweat. It's also susceptible to sunlight and carpet beetles.

12. Tulle - Tulle is known for its versatility and its ability to let air flow through its fabric. Sadly, it's susceptible to heat and is very difficult to launder.

13. Velvet - Velvet is possibly the softest and most luxurious fabric on our list. Just a note that this fabric is prone to matting, thereby trapping dust, dirt and pollen. In other words, this fabric is dry clean only.