Post # 1
I ordered by bridesmaid dresses last weekend–yay! They are shantung silk and silk chiffon. I ordered my own dress very early on and wasn’t really paying enough attention to fabric quality, etc. I love my dress, but it’s made out of polyester organza, namely “Paris Garza.” I think it’s kind of funny my bm’s will have nicer fabric than me. I’m just wondering…does fabric (real or synethetic) matter? Is it important to you guys? Is it something you think is very noticeable in the way it moves, how it feels, etc? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Post # 3
It matters to me mostly because I’m very sensitive to how things “feel” on my skin.
I’m like a five year old when it comes to “itchy” or “pokey” fabric and I HAVE to take it off or I itch myself red.
If you love your dress then that is all that matters. If you loved the dress/fabric when you tried it on, I’m sure you will still love it at the wedding.
Post # 4
Fabric doesn’t matter when it comes to the difference between my BMs and I actually. I wanted lace but now it seems I won’t be getting it because I’ve fallen in love with other kinds of fabrics and styles that fit so much better. I would say though, I think I love silk. I might get my bms silk chiffon dresses or something like that from JCrew. No cotton cady though, they wrinkle easily.
Post # 5
I personally have a “satin” kind of material for my gown. I hate tafetta…that is just me. But oddly enough, my BM’s dresses are tafetta, go figure. Material matters to me, and I just found some bridal gowns to feel “cheap” on my body. I hated the feeling that I was wearing a “comforter” with some dresses. Some fabric is cheap, looks cheap and can feel cheap. It is all what you like and feels good on you.
Post # 6
For me all that matters is how it feels and looks. What it is called and how much it costs doesn’t matter in the end.
Post # 7
it totally mattered to me because i’m having a summer wedding and an outdoor ceremony (hopefully!) and if i have to trek around and dance in this thing, it could most certainly NOT be satin (even though i do actually like satin otherwise). but on the other hand, i wanted something substanstial enough to give me some shape. the dress i ended up with is silk (i believe shantung), and is super lightweight, which is great. i would have also gone for tafetta, but my mom seemed to think she could tell the difference in the grade/quality of various tafettas (even though I most times couldn’t tell).
Post # 8
I don’t think it matters to me- as long as I’m in love with the look of the dress, I don’t really care what it’s made from. In your case, I’d probably rationalize that the idea is that the Bridesmaid or Best Man wear their dresses again when you won’t be- so they need the better fabric! 🙂
Post # 9
I’m really obsessive about fabrics in general. No lie, about 90% of my wardrobe is silk, and my wedding dress will DEFINITELY not be an exception. It’s going to be the most beautiful, rich, thick silk satin, since I get to hand-pick it as my dress will be custom made for me. The fabric is the most important detail of it to me. I’m also insisting that the bridal party be outfitted in silk as well (I’m helping to pay for the costs). I just love the way it looks, moves, feels, and breathes so, so much.
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Post # 10
Fabric is the one reason that I am a three dress bride. The second dress was ok, but the fabric really was a let down for me and didn’t feel special. So I bought a third dress.
Post # 11
I felt that if I was paying a substantial amount of money for a dress, I wanted the fabric to feel and look high quality. I’m sure I didn’t get the highest quality, as I went with a more reasonably-priced designer, but I was picking between two dresses and went with the one I felt had a better fabric, a satin rather than one that felt more “plastic-ky” (a taffeta–it just reminded me of a table cloth for some reason).
For the bridesmaid dresses I tried to find a dress that was lightweight and breathable and wouldn’t be too hot for them for a June, outdoor wedding. We ended up with a satin that was not double-lined, making it more lightweight. I wasn’t looking for the fabrics to match, just to be comfortable (I love chiffon! but I couldn’t find it in a color I wanted)
Post # 12
synthetic doesn’t bother me but I absolutely hate some types of fabric like taffetta. I hate HATE HATE taffeta!
Post # 13
@amariem25: Same here! First thing I said in all my dress appointments was “No taffeta!”. I don’t care if it’s silk taffeta, I just hate the look of it.
I also don’t like heavy fabrics like satin, my dress had to be made of something flowy and transparant (of course not in a way the dress itself is see through). I only looked at lace, tulle and organza.
Post # 14
Honestly, I think I would have avoided silk, because it pretty much has to be professionally cleaned, unlike satin which you can clean yourself.
Post # 15
Yes, I am a fabric snob. I can tell the difference between the look and feel of “real” vs. “synthetic”.
Post # 16
All that matters is that you love the look of it and that it suits you. I personally don’t like the look of satin. I did try on a satin dress and it didn’t suit me because i’m pale and satin is quite shiny it just looks wrong on me. I like tafetta, one dress that was a contender was a silk tafetta mix. The dress i’ve gone for is silk, which I didn’t think would suit me but it does.