Lost In Translation

13 Sep

A Bride invests a lot of time and emotion in choosing the perfect wedding gown. The ultimate wedding planner, Mindy Weiss put it perfectly when she said ” What bride isn’t excited to step into six yards of ivory silk and see a version of herself that she has long imagined?” Now I don’t know about you, but if you put 2o wedding dresses in front of me, and asked me to pick out the “ivory silk” one, I wouldn’t be able to tell you!  The choice of fabric for your wedding gown will not only determine  the shape of your dress, but the texture and sheen. The fabric you choose for your wedding gown is almost always hands down the most costly element of your gown, unless you wish to have beading, lace or hand embroidery. Don’t forget you also need to take into consideration your comfort!

So for your information, and with help from “The Wedding Book” by Mindy Weiss with Lisbeth Levine – below is a Glossary of various fabrics that will help you look like an expert when you head out dress shopping!

Brocade – Is a rich, heavy fabric that is woven to create a multitone pattern.


Chiffon or Georgette –  Sheer, lightweight and fluid. Great choice for an outdoor wedding.

Double-faced Satin – Heavyweight with a sheen to both sides. Is used for structured styles and tends to be a high-end, couture fabric.

Duchess Satin – Characterized by a quiet luster, it can be made of silk, rayon or a blend. It can be affordable but this satin is often favoured by high-end designers.

Doupioni Silk – Often on the less expensive end of silk varieties, this textured silk, which sometimes naturally sports a wavy pattern, can be a good choice if you’re on a budget. Also available in many different colours. Is a popular choice for brides and bridesmaids.

Organza – This semi-sheer, stiffer fabric holds a lot of shape, so it is usually used in structured styles, like full skirts of overlays.

Taffeta – A crisp and lustrous fabric with a trademark rustle, taffeta is usually woven of silk or polyester. It can either be draped or structured and tends to wrinkle easily.

Tulle – A fine netting, tulle is the material that ballerinas’ skirts are made of. Though the silk variety is softer than the polyester kind, it’s still rough on the skin and necessitates petticoats of slips.

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