(Closed) Is Duchess Satin too hot for summer wedding?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1490 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’d suggest you try on some duchesse satin dresses before you make a decision one way or another. For me, duchesse satin would be way, way too hot. The breeze simply isn’t going to make a difference for underneath your skirt and I assume you’d be wearing a crinoline with your dress? Emily Post has a little chart of season-appropriate fabrics that might be helpful. If you’re set on silk, with a sheen, silk mikado has a lighter sheen, but also a lighter fabric. Duppioni silk is quite light and so is silk crepe. 

Post # 5
6661 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Yes, but I’m wearing a completely beaded dress with tons of layers of organza in June so I can’t talk.

Post # 6
2365 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

To me, it is a very classic and suitable for all seasons.

Post # 7
7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I wore satin for my July 18th wedding.  It was about 90 degrees out and there was absolutely no breeze.  I was also wearing lace up knee high boots and fishnets… Underneath my dress was pretty warm.

We ultimately decided to postone the wedding for about 45 minutes so that there was more shade on the site and the temperature was a little cooler.

Did I regret wearing my dress even for a second?  No way!  I just drank a lot of water and used a really good antiperspirant!

Post # 8
2324 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Yes, you will be burning up. Underneath your dress will be a little sauna, but if you love it go for it, but Hydrate!!! I couldn’t do it though. I’m worried about being hot in satin in October! 

Post # 9
307 posts
Helper bee

i tried on a dress out of that material and for the few minutes i was in the dress in an air conditioned store i was melting.

Post # 10
4 posts
  • Wedding: July 2010

Hello ! My finance and I are getting married in July in Alabama ! It will be scorching hot and my wedding dress  will be made of chiffon. Its light and airy see if you can find anything in this fabric that you like, or like another person said try organza. Satin will not only be hot, it will also be heavy. Satin’s heavy material is beneficial during colder months, or when it’s early spring. But all in all you want the dress that makes you happy and makes youfeel most beautiful and like a bride, if its made of satin then so be it ! You can find a way to make it work. This is just my opinion.  Hope this helps !

Post # 11
144 posts
Blushing bee

You will melt in that dress unless it is made of cotton, rayon, linen, or a combo of these.

If if the fabric is silk or synthetic, you might as well wrap yourself in saran wrap.  Silk does not breathe.  Synthetics are all plastic. 


PLUS – Temps mean nothing.  It is all about HUMIDITY!

80F in Arizona is bearable.

80F in high humidty New Orleans is absolute misery.  It feels like 130F.




Post # 12
4382 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

@Greta- AMEN. Humidity is the real killer.

Post # 13
2365 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Hmmm … my bodice is lined in duchess satin silk … will I be way too hot or no? My wedding is the end of October.

Post # 14
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

All of the satin dresses I tried on were HOT. And heavy. And not in the good way either…


Try Silk Taffeta…and if you love love that dress, go have it custom made, but in a lighter fabric 🙂

Post # 15
1276 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I loved my duchess satin dress.  Though my designer uses silk on silk duchess and a lot of dresses are silk on polyester.  I was not too hot in Michigan on August 1 (though there was some extra cloud cover that day, normally it’s pretty hot and humid at 4:30 in August).  I think that the weight of the crinoline etc can make a big difference in how hot you feel also.

Post # 16
79 posts
Worker bee

If you’re buying you’re dress from a bridal store (as opposed to online) I would talk to them.  I also ordered an Ulla-Maija dress and because they are apparently one the last designers to do it all couture when I ordered they asked if I wanted to use the same fabric or a different one.  I know the fabric that’s on the maree dress is supposed to be the second best for a summer wedding (I think the best may be something like chiffon but I’m not sure) so you could probably have them make the dress in a more breathable fabric but get the same style.  Good luck!

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