Popular Wedding Gown Fabrics and What You Need to Know!

It’s time to start shopping for your dream wedding gown. You are going to see lots of wedding gowns and fabrics from which to choose. Of course they are all gorgeous, but all different and unique in their own way. Just remember, the dress fabric you choose will play a big role in the type of look you want to achieve.

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 with some of today’s most popular fabrics.


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 but modern brides love it too.


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.