Post # 1
I’m brand new to this community so I’m hoping you can offer me some insight…I picked a wedding gown a few months ago that I liked more than the many others that I tried on. I thought it looked great on me and was playful and different or whatever…Anyway, my husband-to-be and I are getting married in the carribean on a beach. Although I like my dress, a friend recently said that I shouldn’t wear a taffeta gown for an outdoor wedding because it stains easily. I then read online that taffeta is hot and not good for outdoor weddings…My dress is silky taffetta… Does anyone have experience with this or advice? Should I change my dress? And does anyone know of another light fabric that will still accomplish the same idea of this dress? I’ve already put some $ on it but the shop where I’ve made the deposit will transfer it to another dress if I change my mind. But is that tacky? I’m probably being a bit of a basket case over this but hopefully someone can help heal my heeby jeebies…I’m attaching a photo of the dress…
Post # 3
I think taffeta is actually pretty light weight. i’m not sure about it being prone to stains. If you look at the Watters version of this dress (Watters Gobi), it’s a real silk taffeta. The WTOO version is “silky taffeta” meaning that it’s synthetic polyester taffeta. I know that when I wear polyester, I have trouble with the material breathing. I don’t have trouble with natural fibers such as silk breathing.
Post # 4
Welcome to the bee! The dress is really cute, it’s whimsical and I could totally see it at a tropical beach somewhere.
Taffeta isn’t the lightest of fabrics, but it’s certainly not the heaviest either. I’d much rather have a taffeta dress than satin if I was going to be outdoors. It also depends on how thick the fabric is. Did you feel comfy in the store? If so, then you’ll probably be fine. If it’s 90 and humid, no fabric will make you feel cool.
As far as stains go, all white fabric shows dirt and stains. However, just like any dress, get it professionally cleaned when you get home and you should be fine. They handle this all the time. Every fabric has limitations and challenges. Organza looks light and airy, but breaks easily and has crease lines. Chiffon is delicate and rips easily, and can get misshapen if it gets wet. Silk can break and shows water spots, and changes shape once wet.
So what all that means is don’t worry about it 🙂 You love the dress, and I’m sure you’ll rock it.
Post # 5
I wore taffeta to my beach wedding in the Carribean last month. While it was hot, I think wearing any long dress on the beach in 90 degree weather will be hot! For me, it was more about the layering under the dress. Mine was nice and lightwieght and did not have layer upon layer under there – like a lot of the dresses that I tried on had. That dress looks very pretty and doesn’t look like it has a lot of layers under the skirt. I also didn’t have a problem with the taffeta staining or anything. It was actually a very durable fabric that traveled well (I had to take it on 3 planes, plus a boat) and it did not wrinkle. I did actually have a second dress for a sunset cruise that we did on the night of the wedding that was more casual – it was still long, but it was chiffon and very lightweight (it was from David’s Bridal – a halter style). I only did that though because we were doing some photos that involved getting the dress wet and I didn’t want to ruin my other dress as I am wearing it at an at home reception.
Congrats and good luck!
Post # 6
Thank you ladies! I went back to the bridal shop to try on some dresses in different fabrics over the weekend and ultimately decided to stick with my first mind. I really appreciate the insight.
Post # 7
Your dress is beautiful!!