Know Your Wedding Gown Fabrics: A Bride’s Guide

It’s happening! It’s time to start shopping for your wedding gown. Many brides begin by browsing online. One thing you will notice when you are reading the descriptions are all the different types of fabrics out there. All gorgeous, but all different and unique in their own way. Just remember, the dress fabric you choose will define what type of look you are going for. Certain fabrics definitely lend themselves better to particular bridal styles. Whether you choose a gown with one main fabric or a combo of a few, it’s good to know what each one has to offer. Below is a quick guide of today’s most popular fabrics (along with photos of a gown that features that particular type) to help you along.


Made from silk or rayon. Easily confused with organza, but does not have the sheen or luster. This matte fabric is sheer and very lightweight.


A heavier version of chiffon, with more body and resilience. Used more for structure but still has some movement. Perfect for twirling!


A midweight fabric that clings to the body. A popular choice for brides who want to flaunt their curves. Most commonly used for sheath or fit-and-flare silhouettes. A modern minimalist gown go-to.


A heavier, smooth fabric with a high sheen on one side–can be made with polyester or silk, among others. Ideal for the traditional bride.


Typically made out of silk or cotton in a variety of stunning patterns. Some popular types of lace include Chantilly, Alencon, Lyon, Brussels and Venise. A true classic that fits any bridal style.


A sheer fabric of polyester/silk with a crinkle crepe-like surface. Commonly used to create layers while adding movement and texture.


Sheer, net-like fabric used mainly for necklines and sleeves. Perfect for giving a nude look without actually exposing skin.


The most expensive and luxurious fabric. Silk is a natural fiber and comes in many weights and weaves, including mikado, duipioni, and charmeuse. It can appear as highly structured and stiff to light, airy and flowy.


Mainly a netted fabric used in wedding skirts and veils; silk, nylon, rayon polyester. Comes in many weights and textures (soft to stiff) often to create dramatic volume for that fairytale look.


 A thicker, woven fabric usually made with satin or twill. The design is raised and often floral, but may also be abstract or geometric. Ethereal and exquisite.