(Closed) Taffeta vs. Satin

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I also chose taffeta, I never thought of this before, but for me personally I like the sheen from the taffeta more than the shine from satin. 

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

One more thing, I think that satin is heavier than taffeta btw. 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

Satin snags really easily as well, doesn’t it? Satin is typically much hotter and heavier than taffeta.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Satin is heavier.  There are silk satins and synthetic satins.

Taffeta is usually synthetic I think although sometimes has some silk mixed in (like French Taffeta)  It’s lighter than satin.  Usually has a bit of a sheen to it.  It’s meant to look similar/a more cost effective version of Raw Silk / Silk. Dupioni.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

PS  taffeta is lighter but is not the most breathable fabric since it is synthetic.  if you are looking for a comfortable/breathable fabric similar to taffeta you should consider silk dupioni

 

whether this is a pro/con depends on when and where your wedding is or what you are looking for I guess

Post # 8
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Helper bee

After trying on super-heavy satin dresses, I liked how my taffeta dress was so much lighter/more comfortable to wear.  I also like the look of taffeta – kind of a little more… organic?  Not sure if I’m explaining that right, but my dress has a lot of folds and draping and I liked the rougher crunchier look of it.  And mine’s silk taffeta, so I’m hoping it cooler to wear (than synthetic and satin) in the summer.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We’re having a spring garden wedding and I felt the taffeta was a better choice for our type of wedding & venue.  I think the satin dresses are much heavier where the taffeta dresses are much lighter. If we were having a wedding in the winter or fall I might have gone with satin.

I also think the taffeta looks more slimming than satin especially if there is ruching.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I love the look at satin but the first time I put a satin dress on I felt like I couldn’t breathe. It was so amazingly heavy. I’m still looking for the perfect dress but the one thing I know is that it won’t be satin.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@StrawberryBaby: taffeta is a very old fabric, and has existed since before synthetic fabrics ever did.  Taffeta is a traditionally 100% silk fabric, but today is made most frequently with synthetic fibers, yes, more often than satin.  My dress is 100% silk taffeta and several pieces in my wardrobe are silk taffeta…it is definitely still out there.  I don’t think the term “French Taffeta” denotes any specific fabric blend…that seems to be just the term applied by one brand to a synthetic-silk blend taffeta (I have never seen such a blend, btw).

 

 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I think taffeta is a stiffer fabric with more sheen to it….while silk is very soft and has more of a glow…

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I LOOOOVE the look of satin and was only looking at that material for dresses.  But then I tried on a “silk-like” taffeta and it was over.  I’m having an outdoor wedding in the middle of July.  The weight difference was impossible to ignore, taffeta is SOOOO much lighter.  And cheaper!!

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I chose taffeta but only b/c that’s what my dress came in. My friend wore satin and it looked nice on her. Satin on me usually emphasizes my body in the wrong way–makes my chest look larger and stuff. I liked the matte finish in general with taffeta…i felt like I could get away with really blingy jewelry easier because my dress wasn’t shiny, also.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

i am wearing a taffeta dress and perfer the material bc i too am nervous about pulls in the satin or how the rouching may appear!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My dress is taffeta, I picked it because I loved the swwoooshing sound it made. Thats a huge pro in my book

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