Prosecco & Petals
Wedding planning guide
So you look truly radiant on your wedding day, it is wise to understand what wedding dress shades and fabrics will flatter you most. Below is a straight forward guide to the different wedding dress colours and fabrics on offer and what complexions they suit best.
Picking a colour can be very simple for some complexions, but for others, it is worth trying out more shades in a shop. As a general rule; fair, pale or medium complexions should opt for an ivory or champagne hues. Brides with medium to dark complexions have more options as most shades will be flattering.
Both ivory and white are equally traditional and beautiful wedding dress colours. Therefore, it is wise to base your decision on which will make you look the best version of yourself on the day. If you aren't sure what colour will suit you best, below is a simple method to ensure you pick the right tone:
If you do not notice a difference when comparing, you will probably suit different shades of white and will have more choice when shopping.
Below is a guide to wedding dress fabrics, which range from thick, structured materials to floaty, softer fabrics.
Satin is a crisp, high shimmer fabric that is weightier than others. It is often traditionally used for wedding dresses that have a structured shape and detailing. This material works well for most wedding dresses and also looks very elegant for short, more conservative dresses. Satin dresses are generally viewed to be the most luxurious and expensive dresses.
Taffeta is another weighty and crisp fabric that has less shine and also works nicely for bodices that have a side sweep or ruffling. Taffeta makes a rustling noise when moving, which some brides adore. This material works well for striking ball gowns and A-line dresses where a bold, flat colour is needed to complement detailing.
This fabric appears to look more floaty like chiffon but has a little more weight and structure to it. Certain organza fabrics can also have a soft shimmer. This fabric is used to give A-line dresses and mermaid styles an elegant, pristine finish. Organza is an excellent option for off-season weddings when dresses need to keep their shape in adverse weather.
Charmeuse is a flowing fabric with a high lustre finish. This material creates slinkier column or sheath dress silhouettes. Due to the sleek nature of this material, charmeuse dresses can be less flattering unless coupled with seamless, shapewear undergarments. As such, charmeuse wedding dresses are best wore in low light for evening ceremonies or as a second more sophisticated evening gown.
Chiffon is the lightest wedding dress fabric, which gives a floaty yet comfortable feel. Chiffon dresses will have less lustre than other materials and may need additional beading or sequins to make them look a little more bridal. Alternatively, Chiffon dresses can be enhanced by a lot of accessories and a gorgeous veil. Chiffon dresses are fabulous romantic, bohemian-style dresses, which are perfect for hot-weather destination weddings.
Tulle is a net fabric which is often used to add volume to ballgown or A-line skirts. This fabric can be quite rough against the skin but is perfect for creating a fairytale princess look.
Lace can be as intricate or as sparse in detail as preferred but will feel very soft and much lighter than tulle. Three main types of lace fabrics used in wedding dresses are:
In the peak wedding season, it is essential to go for lighter breathable materials, such as chiffon, lace or tulle. These fabrics can be mixed or used alongside an organza bodice for extra elegance. Alternatively, a slinky charmeuse dress can create an understated elegant look for outdoor ceremonies.
In offpeak seasons heavier lace materials, such as venise or satin and taffeta, can provide extra warmth and look very striking against autumnal and winter colours. Alternatively, a slinky charmeuse dress can be teamed with fake furs in winter for a Hollywood wedding look.
More crisp, thicker materials such as satin or taffeta that can hold and support curves in just the right places. An all organza dress with tulle layers in an A-line shape can also hold a larger bust perfectly in place.
Tulle can add a flare or volume to a wedding skirt where there may not be any. Alternatively, small intricate lace on a slim body can add interest, or a charmeuse material can emphasise a slender frame if your figure is well proportioned.