(Closed) Taffeta wedding dress

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 18
257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

There’s a difference between silk and polyester taffeta.  I’m a two dress bride and one of the reasons why I bought a second dress was because I realized the first dress I bought was polyester taffeta.  I really wanted silk.  Now I have both.

I tried on an Amsale silf taffeta dress.  I didn’t love the style but I loved the way the silk taffeta felt.

Taffeta is very light and it has a slight sheen.

Post # 21
257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Collcoll: Below is a picture of me in the polyester taffeta dress.  It’s from the less expensive line of Watters & Watters (WTOO Sorella).  (I’ve posted this picture before.)

I love the back:

Here’s Amsale Serena in a silk taffeta.

I don’t have a picture of me in the second dress I bought (even though I did try it on twice in two different bridal shops).  But here’s another bride’s picture.  It’s Watters & Watters Lasara and it’s silk taffeta and silk organza.

Like I said, I really love my WTOO Sorella dress. I love the style.  It wasn’t until I got it home that I looked at the tag and it said polyester.  That’s when I knew why the Amsale dress just felt better against my skin.  The fabric was just more luxurious.  But keep in mind that the Sorella retailed for $989 and the Amsale was between $4-5k (I can’t remember the exact price on the tag.)  The Watters Lasara retailed around $3100.

I’m not sure but I think sub $1k dresses are made of synthetic material.  I’m not sure where Bonny Bridals fall.  I didn’t realize that Watters used better material for their regular line and then used synthetic for their WTOO line.  (I think their WTOO designs are also a little edgier.)

I personally love taffeta because it is nice and light and has a slight sheen to it.  I think both synthetic and silk taffeta has that sheen, it’s the weave of the fabric.  You can see the sheen of my WTOO better if you google for the designer’s picture.  We didn’t take the pictures under the most ideal lighting conditions.

I know that several bees think taffeta looks cheap.  My bridal consultant told me the key to buying taffeta is to never buy it in a white white color because silk is never white white and white white taffeta is a sure sign that it’s polyester instead of silk.  The Amsale is an off-white color.  The WTOO dress is listed as Ivory but it’s off-white.  The Watters Lasara is listed as Ivory but it’s definitely more ivory than the WTOO.

The polyester wasn’t the only reason I decided to buy a second dress.  Yes it was a factor.  I wanted my wedding dress to be made of a more luxurious fabric instead of a regular synthetic.  I felt it took away from the “specialness” of the dress.  The other reason I bought a second dress is because the style of the WTOO is not classic and I knew my mom would want me to wear something more traditional and classic.  So I went ahead and bought the second one.  I’m planning on wearing the second dress as my ceremony dress and then my WTOO as my reception dress. 

Can you try on other Bonny Bridal taffeta dresses to get a feel for the fabric or at the very least, try on some polyester taffeta and silk taffeta dresses to compare?  It’s hard to just show the difference with non-pro pictures.  If you try on dresses at different price points, you will get an idea of why one dress is under $500 and another one is over $5k. 

I know I wrote a lot but send me a message if you have any other questions.  I don’t always come back to read old threads.

Post # 22
7586 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Mine was tafetta too

Post # 24
48 posts

@Collcoll: I purchased Bonny 913 from the Brides Against Breast Cancer event in Atlanta, GA! I love the feel of the fabric! It was actually lighter than the other dresses that I tried in a similar style.



Post # 25
2194 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Mine is taffeta! I was worried about it at first too, but it’s really beautiful. I actually found an article about the designer of my gown (Augusta Jones) comparing silk and synthetic fabric on the runway, and the synthetic flowed better!

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