(Closed) Does Taffeta Look Cheap? Post your Dress!!

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Post # 32
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Personally, I LOVE the ‘shine’

Post # 33
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

i dont think it looks cheap at all. EVERY one of these dresses are GORGEOUS!!!!!:D

Post # 34
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

maggie sottero sabelle

Post # 35
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Copying my rant about this from a similar thread…

Don’t listen to people that say all taffeta is cheap, they don’t know what they are talking about! Obviously there are ranges in quality of any fabric, taffeta, satin, tulle, etc. Personally I HATE the look and feel of cheap satin, it’s gross to me! But high quality is soft and buttery. Same goes with taffeta. Cheap taffeta can be overly shiny (same with satin!) and cheaper taffeta also has a more coarse texture which causes the noise. You friends who said this probably have only seen cheap taffeta, such as in a Bridesmaid or Best Man or cocktail dress.

All taffeta has a bit of a soft sheen to it, which I like because I think it photographs beautifully, catching the light just enough without looking cheap. The great thing about taffeta is that it is a material that has structure to it, but it is still light. It allows you to do thinks in design that satin is too heavy for, or that something like chiffon doesn’t have the structure for. I also think its great because a big dress made of taffeta is a million times lighter and less hot to wear than a big dress made of satin.

My dress is Pronovias in taffeta, and I didn’t notice it being overly loud or shiny like people say about taffeta. If anything like other posters have said, I think taffeta has a bit of a “glow” to it that I love!

Also, just to give a bit of a reality check, I searched some gowns on the Kleinfeld’s website and clicked budget of $10K and up, here are some examples of taffeta gowns I found:

http://www.kleinfeldbridal.com/index.cfm?pid=52&item_id=12980&rowid=190&page=16

http://www.kleinfeldbridal.com/index.cfm?pid=52&item_id=11029&rowid=145&page=13

http://www.kleinfeldbridal.com/index.cfm?pid=52&item_id=12569&rowid=95&page=8

http://www.kleinfeldbridal.com/index.cfm?pid=52&item_id=12857&rowid=89&page=8

Not sure if those links work but those are some gowns WAY out of my price range by Pnina Tornai, Michelle Roth and Amsale that are all made of taffeta. Do you think those designers would use a “cheap” material on a dress that costs more than $10K? No way!

Sorry about the rant, it’s just really annoying me when people assume all taffeta is cheap.

Post # 36
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I absolutely LOVE taffeta.  In fact, I tried on all sorts of satin gowns and they were just sooo heavy and the thicker material added at least an extra inch to my waist–who wants THAT?  When I tried on taffeta gowns, I immediately fell in love with them–so much lighter and didn’t add inches to my waist either!  Here’s mine, with lace.  Oh, and I love taffeta so much, my Bridemaids dresses made of it too!

Post # 37
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Here’s a picture of me trying on an Amsale in the Serena style.  (I don’t know why some of my pictures upload sideways.)  It’s a gorgeous silk taffeta (not polyester taffeta). This was the dress that made me feel the most like a bride but at the end, I felt the dress sort of just overwhelmed me. The taffeta did not feel cheap at all. 

The key to buying polyester taffeta is to buy it in an off-white because real silk taffeta is never a white white color.

Post # 38
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Twist: Is that maggie sottero tabrett lynette (one of the two styles??) 

My dress:

Post # 39
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Post # 40
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I loved my taffeta dress!  When I first started shopping I wasn’t sure what I was going for, but once I tried on my dress, I just loved how it felt! It was perfect for me.

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Mine is “Bourdeaux?” Tafetta I think its lovely! I went in to the appointment saying NO TAFETTA! And I left with Tafetta! I loved the fabric the most out of all of them. Its beautiful but lighter than Satin lol! 

Post # 42
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@amyddlz:  I LOVE this dress!  i tried it on too, no petticoat though if i choose it to be the one:) 

looks beautiful on you!

 

and no, i do not think Taffeta looks “cheap”  If you find something you love, dont let the fabric affect your decision:)

 

Post # 43
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@BruinBee: WOW! beautiful dress!!

Post # 45
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

princess diana’s iconic wedding gown was taffeta.

Post # 46
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

One of the selling points on my dress was that it was taffeta. We are having a Destination Wedding and it is lighter and easier to travel with (I think I will need to have it pressed rather than steamed when I get there, but it won’t wrinkle as easily as satin). I don’t think  it looks cheap at all! It wasn’t a cheap dress so I guess, like satin, there is “cheap” taffeta too but also high quality taffeta. I think my dress is made of tissue taffeta. I love the slight sheen of the fabric.

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