(Closed) Satin or Taffeta??

posted 7 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Which do you prefer??
    Liked Satin! : (34 votes)
    39 %
    DiD NOT like Satin (whatever reason) : (15 votes)
    17 %
    Liked Taffeta!! : (23 votes)
    26 %
    Hated Taffeta!! ( Whatever Reason) : (15 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
    285 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I’m wearing silk taffeta, and I LOVE it. It looks and feels amazing. I tried on satin, and while it’s really nice, it’s much more formal. I’m getting married outside under an oak tree, and when I tried on a satin gown, I felt like I should be getting married in a ballroom or something. So I guess your venue and what type of wedding you envision having could help you make this decision. 

    Post # 4
    4887 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Taffeta x1000!!  I tried on a few satin gowns and they were heavier, hotter, and shinier than I was willing to put up with.  Taffeta is so much lighter, breathes easier, and -to me- sometimes looks better in pictures because it’s less shiny.  My runner up dress was satin and it made my legs so hot just standing in the thing, I knew I’d never last all day wearing that dress.

    Post # 5
    1829 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    Definitely depends on the quality of the material.  Personally, I’m a satin girl, but that could be because I went to DB and the taffeta dresses I saw there looked rather cheap in my opinion.   The satin dress I bought does not feel overly heavy at all, despite being a full A-line dress, so I don’t imagine it will be extremely hot on my wedding day.

    That being said, I have seen beautiful silk taffeta dresses that I absolutely loved, but they seem to be the higher end dresses, at least from what I saw when shopping.

    Post # 6
    966 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    My dress was satin. I love the lightweightness of taffeta, but that’s about it. When trying dresses on, I didn’t like the look of taffeta (wrinkled) and the sound it made when I walked around. Sure my satin dress was a bit heavier than a taffeta dress would have been, but it photographed ridiculously well!

    Post # 7
    353 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I think the most important thing, as Ree723 mentioned is the quality of the material. That being equal, I found that good quality satin was lovely as it was soft and smooth but was far too heavy and hot for my small frame. I also found it quite shiny which wasn’t the look I was going for. Taffeta on the other hand had a rich creamy shine (or more of a glow) which I loved and was much lighter. It also keeps its shape well and so worked for the structured gown I’ve gone for. And, some people don’t like it but I really like the rustling sound it makes. Makes me feel I’ve stepped back into time and I’m a noblelady in a royal court 😉

    Post # 8
    11068 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    It is a personal thing. Satin looked cheap on me. The first dress I tried on was taffeta and I loved the feel of it. I don’t like the shine of satin, I know taffeta has got a shine but it’s not as much. Though some of my favourite dresses that bees have on here are satin but they just don’t suit me.  

    Post # 9
    99 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Taffeta it is for me, I tried a beautiful satin gown, but it was so hot and heavy!  Taffeta is much much lighter, and shiny in it’s own way.

    Post # 10
    2450 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    i don’t like satin… it’s TOO shiny for my tastes. reminds me of all my aunt’s dresses from the 80’s.

    Post # 11
    117 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @sfsjcs:  I think Satin gets a bad wrap…  I went into dress shopping thinking organza… maybe tafetta… and ended up with satin.  I think it is all about personal taste and the dress.  Some of the organza dress I tried were amazing but then again some looked cheap…. some tafetta dresses I tried were awesome… but some looked like I was wrapped in a bed sheet.  My wedding has a vintage feel to it and I just loved the cut of my dress… yes its a bit heavy… but its worth it to me… and while my dress may in fact be a little to fancy due to the fabric…there was that little childhood voice in the back of mind that said its your big day, teh one day to be fancy… and this is it!  Good luck, I say dont rule anything out because of the fabric, try them all and find out what works best for you!

    Post # 12
    5423 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I prefer satin over taffeta, thought my overall preference is organza.  It really does come down to quality because I have found some nice taffeta dresses.  But to me, taffeta will always have a soundtrack.

    Post # 13
    655 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @froydis: I agree with everything you said!

    I tried on some gorgeous satin dresses, but they were so hot and heavy, I thought I would die during our summer wedding! Then I tried on a couple taffeta dresses and fell in love, because they are light and comfortable even in a ballgown and you can still get great structure out of it design wise. Love my taffeta dress!

    Post # 14
    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    My dress is sueded silk taffeta, which means it has the lightness of taffeta, the soundtrack free quality of silk, and is shine-free because the fabric has been sueded. I definitely knew that satin was too shiny for me, and I was even concerned with the shinyness of cheaper taffetas that I saw. But the quality of the taffeta in my dress completely eased my concerns. And my Mom found it ironic that I bought a taffeta dress because I had to wear a cheap taffeta dress as a flower girl when I was young and I hated the fabric.

    Post # 15
    9029 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    There are different types of satin and different types of taffeta. I generally dont like satin, especially if is the very glossy shiny satin becaus its just too shiny and silky looking for my liking and also because it stains so easily, even water spots create stains on satin.  But there is a more matte duchess satin which I think is ok.

    With taffeta, I generally like it a lot!! The cheaper synthetic versions are a bit too crunchy but the higher end versions of silk taffeta are to die for!! My dress is tafetta and I love it!

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