Now that you have found out about the basics and foundations of buying a wedding dress in our previous Wedding Dress Guides, about: the introduction, the cut and the neckline, you probably have a better idea of the detail and final touches for your dress. These are the fun bits and the items that make your dress unique to you. This is what makes it yours.
The finer details of your are covered in four main areas:
Fabrics can quite dramatically change the effect and style of a wedding dress. Our guide here will help you make sense of wedding dress fabrics and materials.
Lace: The Duchess of Cambridge was the bride who brought back lace, though it is a classic fabric and can have a luxurious effect. There is, however, huge variety where lace is concerned, so if you want lace, the scope of potential is massive. Lace can be expensive, and it is easy to go overboard (into doily-world), but when done right, it is stunning.
Brocade: This is a heavier, more luxurious and more extravagant option. It consists of Jacquard-woven fabric with a raised pattern. It is generally for the more extravagant and glamorous of wedding gowns.
Taffeta: one of the most commonly used fabric on wedding dresses over the years. This is a glamorous, extravagant choice and has a bit more hold to it. Most commonly this suits the A-line / ballgown silhouette the most.
Charmeuse: a lightweight, satin-like fabric that can be unforgiving on clinginess. This is usually an option for the slinkier dresses. It is an elegant fabric, and skims the body luxuriously.
Silk: the most expensive fabric and also one of the most elegant and luxurious. It has a huge range of textures so can be very versatile.
Crepe: another fabric that has been used on wedding dresses for decades. It is a silky fabric that has a slightly crinkled appearance. Often it is used to soften the cut of the dress.
Chiffon: a classic wedding dress fabric. It is delicate, sheer and can emphasise a dreamy style of dress. It is usually layered up for a romantic and soft effect.
Organza: another fabric that sits in the family of chiffon. Luxurious, smooth and dreamy, it has a romantic and lightweight effect.
Netting: most often, netting is used for the illusion neckline, sleeves or for cut-outs on the waistline. It is sheer and fine, and is an elegant fabric on a wedding dress.
Tulle: most often used in layers or as an overlay and similar to netting, it is a romantic and dreamy option to add a lightweight and soft feel to the dress.
Wedding dresses nowadays come in such a variety of colours (and we’re not just walking about hundreds of shades of what is basically in the ‘white’ family). Be bold, be brave; your wedding dress can be whatever colour you see fit. Even black is making it as a wedding dress colour nowadays. Hollywood actress, Shenae Grimes, got married in this beautiful Vera Wang dress:
You can have whatever colour dress you like (don’t let anyone tell you otherwise), however if you did want to stick within the ‘white-ish’/bridal range, but didn’t want to go for classic white/ivory, consider colours such as blush pink, peach or even a faded, light grey. You’d be surprised what might look bridal, if you just put it in the right context. It wouldn’t make you any less of a bride on your wedding day!
Don’t let anyone bully you into believing that your dress has to be floor-length either. Of course, very often, the silhouette/cut of the dress will dictate the length, which is great and many brides will know very quickly what length they want their dress to be. But I would say, don’t rule out having a shorter one, especially if it is an A-line or even a mini dress.
Otherwise, if you did want a floor-length gown, then will you have a train? Once again, you can be as flexible as you like on this. There does seem to have been a reduction in the number of brides who opt for a huge, long train, but a shorter one might be a more manageable.
Once again, it is personal choice and try not to let yourself get too influenced by your wedding party.
Finally, when we say detail, we are talking sequins, bling and finishing touches. Again it all depends on the style of dress, the cut, the length and the colour. A simpler dress, might benefit from a bit of bling or a nice belt.
A more extravagant dress, might not need as much. But then again, you might want to go full glam.Perhaps you would prefer to keep it focused on a nice waist clincher.The most important thing when on the search for your perfect wedding dress, is that it is all ultimately your choice. As you can see the combinations and possibilities are endless. You can easily have your unique dress just as you like it.Happy wedding dress shopping!