10 Type Of Fabrics For Your Wedding Outfit

Feb 21, 2022

The wedding day is the most important day in one's life. It’s something most of us have dreamt about since childhood with the detailed visualization of how everything should look like. And the one thing that’s the highlight for every bride is her wedding outfit. Recently we all have swooned over the gorgeous pictures from Vicky Kaushal and Katrina’s wedding, especially raving about how amazing all her outfits were. The same goes for Rajkumar Rao and Patralekha’s stunning ensemble on their big day. The plethora of couture options we see on social media and the rising trends in the wedding fashion industry have set ‘the perfect outfit’ goals for all brides.

Is there anything more difficult than settling for the ‘ONE’ wedding dress? The process of choosing your wedding dress can be simplified by answering a few basic questions like What dress style would best suit you? What are the latest upcoming trends for bridal couture and lehengas? What are the suitable fabric choices? What type of fabric can make you look taller, slimmer and the one that could highlight your body features the best? We are aware that there is no single standard answer to all of these questions. That’s the reason we are here to lay it all out for you in our best wedding outfit fabrics guide. 

There is a lot to consider when choosing the right dress and knowing what type of fabrics you prefer and how they’re best styled and worn can make the process less cumbersome. The choice of fabric is one of the most crucial factors that determine the overall look and aesthetic of any dress – so when it comes to the most important dress for a girl i.e. her bridal outfit there should be zero confusion. You only want the best one. Not only the best in looks but the drapes, color, weave, embroidery, style, and material weight should be just right. At the same time, it should fit your budget as well.

Not all dress fabrics are made equally especially in terms of seasonality. Some people say that bridal couture isn’t seasonal but that’s not entirely true. Just as one would decide to wear particular patterns, weight, materials, or colors for spring, summer, autumn, winter – the same can be said about your wedding outfit selection as well. A heavy satin dress would be an uncomfortable choice for a summertime event just like a cotton dress would be out of place at a winter reception. Thus the season, venue, weather types are also to be taken into account for determining the fabric type.

When you visit any fabric store, one look around is enough to make an ordinary person dizzy – not giddy with happiness but due to sheer astonishment. The wide array of choices for designs, patterns, shades, color, and type can be quite overwhelming. It is enough reason for a man to go back and cancel the wedding, but not us girls. We girls delight in options and as we know variety is the spice of fashion.

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The fabric choice seems to be a personal one, but it is the silhouette and style of the bridal dress that will dictate the right direction. Some materials are better suited for free-flowing, light looks, others for more structured designs, and others for the extravagant larger-than-life gowns. There is a definite rise in the popularity of modern, constructed fabrics as compared to the demand for traditional favorites like satin. This is due to the rise in destination weddings as structured materials travel better. The same goes with synthetic fabrics like polyester that are low-maintenance and won’t fall victim to wrinkles. Lace and crepe are more delicate and are an excellent travel-friendly choice.

We Indians love our myriad of colorful clothes. We like dressing up for every occasion and are clueless about the huge variety of fabrics that are indigenous to our culturally rich nation. Be it sarees or suits, pants or dresses, our fabric choices are as varied as our culture.

Before you jump into your wedding dress shopping, here’s the guide that will help you decide what to expect in terms of fabric. Here are some of our best fabric recommendations to suit your style for your long list of events. We’ll tell you all about the materials that are most commonly used to create wedding couture and the reason why they work. Read on to know more!

1. Organza

Source: Dhanika Choksi Photography; Raw Mango; Ananya Dhall

Organza is a delicate, crisp, and sheer material which resembles closely organdy. Glass organza has a bright sheen to it while sparkly organza is quite blingy. While it is sheer and lightweight like chiffon, organza provides a greater structured and firm silhouette, making it perfect for winter weddings. Traditionally it is woven from silk, however, modern options also comprise synthetic fibers. This fabric provides a crisp drape and a lustrous finish. Organza is mostly used for creating overlays over the skirts of wedding gowns or for designing sleeves, for adding fullness in trains and veils as it doesn’t increase the weight. It is ideal for fairytale, whimsical, and princess moments as this sheer fabric is the highlight of romantic and enchanted open garden events. But one needs to be cautious as this delicate material is susceptible to pulls and snags.

2. Velvet

Source: Ketki Dharod; Busy Bee Studio

A bride dressed in velvet for her wedding day look would be an absolute vision with its grand, regal, and royal appeal that exudes an ethereal aura. In medieval times velvet was mostly worn by royalty and was a fit for the aristocracy as robes made out of this fabric gave a magnificent and rich appearance. Velvet is a heavyweight and soft textured material with a soft and smooth felt surface and a plain inside. Velvet provides a warm appeal making it ideal for winter events. Crush velvet is considered to be the most trendy for wedding outfits.

3. Chiffon

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Chiffon is transparent, soft, and sheer material that lacks any sheen. Often used in overlays and layers, chiffon is regarded as the lightest wedding outfit fabric. This weightless fabric promises a flouncy and flowy bridal gown or any attire in a drape style. It’s mostly seen in simple styles and designs, like prom and formal dresses. Highly lightweight and sheer, chiffon is a light woven material. Due to its sheerness, it's often used in layers or as an overlay for a more structured and substantial fabric. This delicate material has a floaty and weightless appearance, but it does fray, tear and snag easily. When used with multiple layers it appears heavy on the outside and feels heavy on the inside. Chiffon is the first choice for designers when it comes to summer outfit fabrics.

4. Georgette

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Indian women love this material and it never disappoints either. It is soft, graceful, and hardly weighs anything, thus making it an ideal match for simple and subtle wedding looks. From evening cocktail gowns to bridal lehengas, this sheer and delicate fabric will elevate your entire outfit. Georgette is similar to a crepe and is mostly created out of polyester or silk. The matte and dull finish is a nice option for warmer weather events as it is not entirely transparent but is sheer – an added benefit when you are the center of attention!

5. Crepe

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This beautiful, delicate material has a crinkly look, a great drape, and is suitable for gowns. It is extremely soft and lightweight with a subtle texture with options in silk, polyester, or cotton. Crepe de chine is a variety of thin and smooth crepe. Crepe is stretchy material with a wrinkled and grainy base. It is woven with twisted yarns. Despite being quite delicate in texture, crepe still drapes quite easily and enhances an attractive silhouette.

6. Silk

Source: Dhanika Choksi Photography

A material full of shine, it’s one of the oldest, most traditional, and most pricy materials, especially for weddings. Delicate and dainty in appearance, silk offers durability in the long term. A silk wedding outfit is suitable for both winter and warmer weather too. Silk material provides a glamorous appeal in a sheath silhouette. Available in numerous varieties: silk gazer, taffeta silk, shantung silk Mikado are a few to name. The best choice is a stylish blend of traditional silk for the bride who wants fitting yet flowing attire. Usually worn as lehengas with embellished cholis but the patterns, motifs, and colors as well as some of the latest and fancy fusion designs will leave you spoilt for choice!

7. Lace Like Effect

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Lace is an open weave material made with either hand or machine that provides an adorning embellished touch to the outfits. This material is used in overlays, sleeves, and also as a neckline inset. This fabric is filled with flowers, open holes, and other delicate detailing. Chantilly lace has edges that are more defined, Alencon lace has a net as a base and fancy decorative motifs. Venise lace has a heavy texture (suitable for winter weddings) These are some of the trendiest lace varieties for wedding outfits and are bridal favorites.

8. Net

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Net provides the addition of illusion detailing. It simply brings a touch of oomph and glamour to any bridal wear. Net is the best material to be used on sleeves, back, and necklines to get an intricately detailed pattern. Layered and ruffled net tiered skirts with embellished bodices enhance any bridal outfit. Net dupattas and veils are the most preferred options for brides.

9. Satin

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Satin isn’t just fiber, it is a finish. There are various types of satin available like all silk, all polyester, or a mixed blend. Generally, materials made from natural fibers breathe better but they’re more pricy and tend to wrinkle easily, thus giving rise to synthetic blends. Polyester satin is often used in wedding sewing owing to its inexpensiveness. Satin is one of the most versatile, common, and durable wedding outfit fabrics. It has a lot of body accompanied by a smooth finish, making it ideal for structured gowns. It is a supportive material that is both sexy and luxurious and works with all body types thus making it ideal for flowing drapes, ruched, and ball gown designs. Most bridal satin is 100 percent silk and is one of the traditional wedding fabrics. Because satin is a thick fabric, it is a perfect choice for cool weather weddings, especially Duchess Satin ( a high thread count satin material that weighs more than regular satin ), an all in all dream fabric for bridal wear sewing. For decades, silk satin was the top material choice for most brides. The beauty of satin is in its sheen and drape. 

10. Cotton

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Cotton fabric has the supreme reign all summer. From a pear shape body to an hourglass figure and from a petite to a tall body structure, cotton bridal lehengas suit one and all. It is light and easy to wear due to its absorbent, cool, and airy feel; this fabric is perfect for a summer wedding. Bonus points for all the light-dark and even pastel shades that can be paired with cotton to create stunning outfits. Most styles and cuts can be created with cotton material and it can also be blended with other fabrics to make a variety of fabrics like twill, plaids, voile, Chanderi, and more! Cotton and its blends are the most commonly favored options by people across the world. Ranging from casual to formal wear, cotton clothing is a must for everyone this wedding season, particularly for spring/summer weddings.

Conclusion

In the fast-paced world of fashion, trends peak and recede rapidly. The classical looks are now back in vogue and termed as Neo-Classical. From long trail-flowing gowns to puffy and extravagant sleeves – nothing remains short of becoming a trend. It is therefore advisable to go for what works best for you. Now equipped with knowledge about the wide range of wedding outfit fabrics, you can be more confident about the look you’re going for on your special day of love. Ultimately what matters most is whatever fabric you opt for at the end, style it with your unique charm and grace confidently and you’ll have all eyes on you.

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About Author

Neha Garg Ahuja

She is Content & Marketing Director at Pyaari Weddings and has been giving wedding inspiration to couples across the globe for eight years!

How does she do the magic: She is always scouting beautiful bridal lehengas, extravagant decor, captivating jewelry, and romantic couple dances.

While not working: You will find her scrolling through Airbnb and exploring, hidden gems for her next travel.

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