Post # 1
I am having a July wedding in NC and although it will be at a high elevation destination, which will be a bit cooler, I definetely DO NOT want to be sweating! I had originally though Chiffon, but I found a dress that is lace on top and tulle on the bottom. What are some fabrics, if any, that I should stay away from for a summer wedding??
Post # 3
@Mrs_Garmon: Definitely stay away from satin if you’re concerned about the heat. It can get heavy and pretty hot.
Post # 4
Satin would be too hot. I was uncomfortable trying those dresses on in the air conditioned stores, let alone outside. My dress is organza and it’s fairly light.
Post # 6
I also went with organza. I was baking hot, but it was also 100 degrees on my wedding day, so I don’t really know that anything could have helped that.
Chiffon/organza are lighter fabrics, while I’d stay away from probably satin, taffeta, and obviously velvet.
Post # 7
Is tulle basically the same as organza??
Post # 8
@Mrs_Garmon: No, tulle is not the same as organza. Tulle is the poufy and stiffer “ballerina” style fabric, while organza is thinner, smoother, and lighter. I am getting married in July as well and expecting it to be really hot outside and I went with organza.
Another tip is to avoid the crinoline skirt. I tried on a few in store to add volume to a skirt, but I found it doesn’t all for any air circulation at all and I was getting super hot even in the store. My dress actually has a plactic hoop at the bottom of the skirt to hold the fullness but allowing for air to circulate. I don’t think it’s a common feature but maybe a seamstress can add it if you really wanted it.
Post # 9
@Mrs_Garmon: as long as you stay away from synthetic materials you will be fine. Organza can be also missleading: it could be great during summer, e.g. Organza is a thin, plain weave, sheer fabric traditionally made from silk. HOWEVER, I had tried on several dresses which were made of organza, but they felt like plastic, the reason of that is that many cheaper modern organzas are woven with synthetic filament fibers such as polyester (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organza).
So same is true for satin: So satin is a fabric formed with a satin weave using filament fibres such as silk, nylon, or polyester.
So cheap, synthetic satin is made mainly using synthtic fibres such as polyesters (fleeces are made of that so you can get really hot in those). Silk satin on the other hand will feel great but comes with a higher price tag!
You will be fine as long as you look for good silk based organza or silk satin.
Post # 10
@christinaval: Thank you! I will keep your advise in mind!