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Wedding Dress Wednesday: Fiorenza by Morilee

Meet Fiorenza!

Designer: Morilee

Morilee Fiorenza
Morilee Fiorenza

Why We Love Her: Fiorenza will make every bride feel like a PRINCESS! She has a combination of every feature a bride can think of! She is a beautiful full ball gown with layers of tulle on top. Within those layers, there is an entire layer of glitter tulle and a top layer that is covered with floral lace appliques that gracefully cascade down the skirt. On top of the appliques are more 3D lace flowers and small subtle patches of beading in the center.

3D lace detailing over a sparkle layer
3D lace detailing over a sparkle layer

Her v-neck bodice features a traditional look that will be flattering on every bride that tries her on! Extending up are gorgeous, thick illusion mesh straps that will delicately lay on the very edge of the shoulders, creating a lovely open neckline and collarbone look. She also has a small piece of nude meshing that ensures the straps and bodice will stay in place all day long!

Keyhole back with buttons on Fiorenza wedding dress by Morilee
Keyhole back with buttons

Fiorenza’s straps perfectly transition into the gorgeous keyhole back of this dress! This back is perfect for a bride who wants to show a little skin, while still keeping proper coverage and support in the bodice. On top of the zipper closure around the waistline, she even has buttons! Moving down the skirt, Fiorenza has a luxurious chapel length train that will light up the night.

She is available in three different colors: ivory/almond/honey, ivory/porcelain, and ivory/honey. Having this variety will allow the bride to change the look of the dress in order to match the vibe of the wedding!

Gorgeous back details on Fiorenza including buttons, keyhole, and glitter cathedral train
Gorgeous back details

She’s Great For: Fiorenza is great for a fairy tale wedding! She will match perfectly in a ballroom venue paired with lots of florals and glitz. On the dance floor, Fiorenza will take the spotlight and everyone will know it! A bride will not have to worry about blending into a crowd or getting lost among other decorations and events happening, she will easily be spotted at any given point, so the bigger the better with the venue!

What Makes Her Special: What makes Fiorenza special is her unique combination of all of her features! All the sparkle, lace, beading, and detailing work together in the ideal way in order to make her magnificent! While in most cases, too much detailing can end up distracting from the bride or look too busy, Fiorenza’s detailing and placement of lacing by Morilee is SPOT ON!

Wedding Dress Wednesday: Danica by Morilee

Meet Danica!
Designer: Morilee

 Danica by Morilee is a beautiful fit and flare with a strapless neckline and a fabulous godet skirt

Why we love her: Danica is drama! She’s a stunning mermaid that is every bit as sexy as she is romantic. She will make brides look and feel their best on the big day. Her mixture of sparkle and lace will leave everyone speechless in the best way possible; if they can say a word, it will definitely be “WOW”. Danica has a strapless sweetheart neckline.

She comes with detachable off-the-shoulder straps, giving brides two looks with one dress! The straps are covered in stunning 3-D lace appliques. Danica’s bodice has boning like a corset, which not only helps carry the dress but also creates a dynamite shape on our brides. The exposed boning juxtaposed with rose appliques gives this dress a modern twist.

Danica's sweetheart neckline, off the shoulder straps, and exposed bodice boning
Sweetheart neckline, off the shoulder straps, and exposed bodice boning

Danica has floral appliques that cascade down the gown. The bodice is layered with gleaming flowers, gorgeous leaves, and delicate vines. The appliques continue down the dress where they drip down the skirt like a waterfall. Her sparkle level could be considered a triple threat; she has an ethereal layer of glitter tulle, shiny sequins stitched onto the lace appliques, and delicate beading on her bodice. The layer of glitter tulle is underneath the layer of tulle with the appliques, which softens the shimmer to keep it romantic and elegant. Clear sequins on the flowers and leaves give them a gentle twinkle. It doesn’t get more “WOW” than that! 

Close up of Danica's lace, clear sequins, and glitter tulle
Close up of lace, clear sequins, and glitter tulle

 Danica is fitted through the hips and then flares out at the knees in a classic mermaid silhouette.  The floral lace fades out down the skirt, allowing the sparkle tulle to steal the show! However, there is a stunning design with applique on the very bottom the train; this will make the bustle look extra-special when it’s time to party!

She has a cathedral length train; the fabric of the train is lightweight, so it won’t feel too heavy or cumbersome! Fanning out in a circular shape, this train radiates from every angle!

The back of Danica showing all the pretty details
The back of Morilee‘s Danica showing all the pretty details

Danica is available in Ivory/Cappuccino (pictured) and Ivory/Ivory. 

She’s great for: modern brides who want to feel sexy! Danica and all her pizzazz will make brides glow with confidence and radiate beauty. Danica has a lot of support in the bodice, which will give brides a stunning silhouette. She is perfect for brides who want to make a statement! She suits all venues well, from country clubs, to arboretums, museums, and beaches!

Godets in glitter tulle on the skirt add fullness and flare between the layers of lace
Godets in glitter tulle on the skirt add fullness and flare between the layers of lace

What makes her special: Definitely her godet-style skirt, meaning triangular pleats give her so much volume and movement! Brides will look like they are gliding down the aisle with this skirt. The placement of the lace appliques flowing down the skirt between the pleats allows the sparkle tulle to shine through. The pleats start high enough that dancing will be a breeze, and there is enough volume to twirl like a princess! Morilee‘s Danica will help brides make a dazzling statement walking down the aisle and on the dance floor.   

Wedding Dress Wednesday: Cairo by Eddy K

Meet Cairo!

Designer: Eddy K, Italia Collection

Cairo by Eddy K bridal is a fit and flare with an incredible amount of sparkle
Cairo by Eddy K is a fit and flare that shines and sparkles from every angle

Why We Love Her: Cairo is a drop-dead gorgeous dress for brides looking to make a statement. She has a stunning fit and flare silhouette that will hug every curve on the bride while the bodice boning will give a dream hourglass shape. Her stretchy material will let the bride move freely without being too restricted as well! She has a slight plunge neckline that is lined with mesh in order to give a sexy look without being too scandalous. Extending up from the bodice are thin, mesh double-bead lined straps that perfectly transition into the scoop-back.

Thin double beaded straps on Eddy K Cairo dress give extra support to the plunge neckline
Thin double-beaded straps lend extra support

Cairo’s back is just another glamorous detail that contributes to this dress. It begins with a beaded-edged illusion lace low back that makes it have a sexy look while also showcasing the lace design of the dress. The lace then graciously transitions down into the beautiful lace-edged tulle train. Because the ivory underlayer of the dress is cut to floor length, the extension of the tulle train shows off Cairo’s detail even more!

Incredible sparkle and detailing on Eddy K Cairo dress as seen from the back featuring the chapel train
Here you can see the incredible sparkle and detail!

Cairo’s intricate detailing and over-the-top sparkle is to die for! She has a tulle skirt that is heavily embroidered with various sized iridescent sequins and will sparkle in any lighting. On top of that layer, Cairo has a gorgeous floral and leaf lace layer that softly cascades down the dress. And of course those appliques have sequins on top!

Close-up showing the lace detailing including floral overlaid on vines with sequin detailing underneath on Eddy K Cairo
Close-up of the lace details and sparkle

Cairo is available in two different colors: all ivory (shown in store pictures) and ivory/mocha/almond. As you can see, the all ivory version focuses on showcasing the glitz and glam of this dress, whereas the ivory/mocha version will make the lace pop!

She’s Great For: Cairo is great for the glamorous bride that wants to have a WOW wedding dress! Her sparkle will be seen by every person at the weddings no matter how far the bride is standing. With the sparkle vibe of this dress, it would perfectly fit into a ballroom venue. However, if the bride wanted a more summer themed wedding, then switching this dress color to the ivory/mocha version and highlighting the floral lace would be the way to go!

Eddy K Cairo dress has a very low back with mesh detailing and buttons and a very unique and sexy sweetheart at the back waist!
Gorgeous details on the back including a very sexy addition of a sweetheart at the waist!

What Makes Her Special: What makes Cairo special is the amount of sparkle that she has, and her ability to completely transform looks by simply switching the color of the underlayer. Unlike most dresses whose sparkle gets muted, Cairo’s sequins will be easily seen throughout the entire night and in photos (as pictured). Also, because her glam comes solely from sequins, the bride will not have to worry about the shedding glitter that sticks to ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING!

Another unique characteristic of Cairo is that she has a matching veil! No need to worry about the hassle of finding the perfect matching veil, because the Eddy K design team already did the work for you!

Wedding Dress Wednesday: Petra from Eddy K

Meet Petra!
Designer: Eddy K

 Petra by Eddy K, a stunning ballgown with lace, beading, and a beautiful cathedral train with a finished lace hemline
Petra by Eddy K, a stunning and classic ballgown

Why we love her: Petra is classically bridal! Elegant, romantic, and sparkly, she is everything you could ever want in a ball gown. She has a classic ball gown silhouette; she brings the drama without even trying. This silhouette is good for all body types, especially curvy brides. Being fitted through the bodice then coming out at the skirt allows brides to accentuate their waist and chest. This beautiful wedding dress is flattering on everyone!

She has a beautiful beaded plunging neckline. Thin spaghetti straps hold the dress up while the beading on top of them adds a gorgeous sparkle. A sweetheart neckline is accompanied by a deep yet narrow plunge. Her bodice is covered by gorgeous floral applique. Flowers and petals decorate the top and gently trickle down the waistline. This helps elongate brides by not cutting them off at the waist. The lace applique is continued on the skirt and comes up gracefully along the train. A scalloped hem lace adds a beautiful, delicate finish to this statement gown. A layer of sparkle tulle throughout the dress gives her a gorgeous shine. 

 The pretty V back with lace applique and buttons
The pretty V back with lace appliqué and buttons

Petra has a stunning lace illusion back. The floral applique is unlined on the back, which creates a surreal effect. The back comes down in a V-shape, and it is lined with the same beading as the straps and neckline. She has a zipper closure, but there are a dozen buttons as well– super romantic! Petra has a chapel length train; it’s the perfect length for a dress with this volume. Her train will bustle without creating any unnecessary bulk. While being a ballgown, she is light-weight! She is made up of tulle, sparkle tulle, and some crinoline. Some crinoline can always be taken out in alterations, but why mess with perfection? 

Side-by-side showing Petra in ivory/mocha and ivory/ivory
Side-by-side showing Petra in ivory/mocha and ivory/ivory

Petra is available in Ivory/Ivory or in Ivory/Mocha. The Ivory/Mocha color matches perfectly with our Mulberry tuxedo, and the Ivory/Ivory gown matches everything!

Petra in the ivory/mocha color pairs perfectly with our Mulberry tuxedo
Petra in the ivory/mocha color pairs perfectly with our Mulberry tuxedo

She’s great for: Classic and romantic brides! She is a timeless ballgown with such sweet details. Petra will do great in many venues, like hotels, country clubs, and churches. Her flowers and lace give spring/summer vibes, but ivory ballgowns work all year long. Brides of all body shapes will love how she lays, as she is highly flattering. 

 The back of Petra is beautiful with a cathedral train edged with scalloped hem lace
The back of Petra is beautiful with a cathedral train edged with scalloped hem lace

What makes her special: Eddy K brilliantly combined lace, sparkle tulle, and beading on a ballgown without it becoming overwhelming. The craftsmanship in the details keeps this gown from becoming over-the-top. There is spacing between the lace patterns, the beading is so delicate, and the sparkle tulle is a very light layer. Petra has it all without having too much! She is a bride favorite, and it is very clear why!


Wedding Dress Wednesday: Abigail by Madi Lane

Meet Abigail!

Designer: Madi Lane

Gorgeous Abigail by Madi Lane is a bride favorite
Abigail by Madi Lane is a bride favorite

Why We Love Her: Abigail is the ideal combination of fun, glamorous, and sexy for all brides! Her natural a-line silhouette complements all body types by flawlessly cinching at the smallest part of the waist, making for a very flattering look on everyone. She has a single layer of glitter tulle that lays under the applique lace layer to make the whole dress subtly sparkle from all angles and perfectly complements the appliques on top! The florals are the unique mix of leaves, vines, and flowers throughout, and they even have clusters of iridescent sequins to add even more glitz!

Abigail by Madi Lane has a Low scooped back with illusion lace and buttons
Low scooped back with illusion lace and buttons

Her bodice consists of a gorgeous deep, yet not too revealing, plunge neckline that is ever so slightly covered with the petals of the appliques. She also has a slight ruching tulle layer that softly lays beneath the lace and creates an enhanced slimming illusion. She is finished with thin delicate mesh spaghetti straps that lead into the even more glorious back.

Deep plunge with illusion tulle and ruching
Deep plunge with illusion tulle and ruching

Abigail’s back is a statement by itself. She has a perfect low scoop shape that gives even more of a sexy appeal by allowing the bride to show some skin! The thin straps lead down to a gorgeous illusion lace back that is closed with buttons (yes, another bonus detail!). Going further down the back, Abigail has a long stunning train with a leaf-edged hem lace that allows the train to lay perfectly shaped!

Dramatic and romantic cathedral train perfectly edged in lace
Romantic and dramatic train perfectly edged in lace

Abigail is available in three stunning colors: ivory/mocha (shown in photos), all ivory, and all white. The ivory/mocha version of this dress shows off Madi Lane‘s signature color while also enhancing all the lace detailing, making sure the lace can be seen up close and far away! The all ivory and all white versions show off the sparkle of the dress, while also keeping the more traditional look on this bohemian lace dress.

Leaves, vines, and shimmery floral lace appliques really pop over the mocha charmeusse lining
Leaves, vines, and shimmery floral lace appliques really pop over the mocha charmeusse lining

She’s Great For: Abigail is great for spring and summer weddings! Her floral and leaf applique perfectly fits the warm weather while her sequins and glitter will shimmer in the bright sunlight. Despite all her glamorous detail, she can keep a light and airy composure that will be comfortable in all levels of heat!

What Makes Her Special: What makes Abigail special is her unique detachable bubble sleeves! Those sleeves can completely transform her look by adding the perfect touch of fun! They further add to the complete bohemian uniqueness of the dress , and they serve as the perfect “WOW” factor that will leave the guests stunned!

Darianna Bridal & Tuxeedo's "I Said Yes To the Dress" sign on Abigail's gorgeous lace train
Our “I Said Yes” sign on Abigail!

Wedding Dress Wednesday: Omarra from Blue By Enzoani

Meet Omarra!

Designer: Blue by Enzoani 

Omarra from Enzoani Bleu is a layered tulle ballgown with spaghetti straps, sparkle and applique
Omarra from Enzoani

Why we love her: One of the newest additions to the store, Omarra is a total work of art. Her floral appliques, delicate beadwork, and layer of sparkle tulle come together seamlessly to create a perfectly romantic, whimsical dress.

Omarra has a full a-line silhouette; the top layer of tulle is sewn with pleating, adding volume to the skirt without adding weight to the dress. This makes her a great choice for brides getting married in the summer or at a warmer destination. Omarra’s skirt has a layer of sparkle tulle underneath; it’s a shimmering mix of different sizes of glitter. It’s unique yet subtle.

Omarra's Beaded lace and sparkle bodice has a tightly cinched waist for a super flattering shape
Beaded lace and sparkle bodice

Omarra’s bodice is supported by boning and thin spaghetti straps. Floral embroidered applique covers the bodice and drips down the skirt. A mix of flowers and leaves, there are clear beads and silver sequins throughout the design. The mix of these two materials gives the dress a dazzling sparkle without being over-the-top. There are cutouts under the arms to avoid uncomfortable rubbing. The straps, neckline, and cutouts are lined with beads. The sheer bodice adds a little spice to this very sweet dress. 

Omarra’s back is just as special as her front. She has a deep V-shaped back with a beautiful illusion. The same beads that line her neckline and straps continue down the back of the V shape. There are a handful of buttons on the back of the bodice as well.

Omarra's Low back and gorgeous ethereal layered train adds drama without weight and makes for a easy and lovely bustle
Low back and gorgeous, ethereal layered train

She has a stunning train, with the embroidered applique and sparkle tulle creating an ethereal vision. When it’s time to party, bustling this lightweight train will be a breeze and still allow the appliqués to be visible!

Omarra is available in ivory/nude and all ivory. 

She’s Great For: brides who want the vibe of a ball gown without wanting the heaviness of ball gowns. Omarra’s voluminous skirt is the result of pleating in the tulle, not layer upon layer of crinoline. She’s light, she’s dreamy, and she’s sparkly; perfect for spring and summer weddings!

What Makes Her Special: the unique design in Omarra’s sparkle tulle layer!

Blue by Enzoani uses different sized glitter and sparkle to create a stunning yet subtle glow. Adding to that glow is the delicate bead work across the bodice. Without being gaudy or over the top, this dress perfectly combines appliqué, sparkle tulle, beading, and sequins. She has total fairy tale vibes in the best way possible! 

Enzoani has world-renowned designers and highly-experienced pattern-makers and beaders who work tirelessly to keep them at the cutting edge of bridal design. They produce gowns that fit perfectly, utilize the latest and most premium materials available – the highest grade fabrics and Swarovski crystals – to make each bride feel beautiful. There is no compromise when it comes to quality and construction. Each wedding dress produced by Enzoani is custom designed and custom made. The dresses are hand-beaded, and most dresses require several hundred hours to create!

Wedding Dress Wednesday: Evie Young Winter

Meet Winter!

Designer: Evie Young

Winter by Evie Young, full lace and long sleeve wedding dress with a plunge neck ans chapel train
Winter by Evie Young, full lace and long sleeve wedding dress

Why we love it: There is no dress more perfect for a winter wedding than Evie Young Winter! Her timeless design is perfect for elegant brides with a little boho side. She is covered in intricate lace from top to bottom. The detailed, geometric pattern of the lace adds a modern touch to a classic style – the perfect blend of edgy and sweet!

Intricate geometrical patterned lace over a charmeuse layer
Intricate geometrical patterned lace over a charmeuse layer

Winter has a gentle fit-and-flare silhouette; she hugs your curves while allowing you to walk and dance comfortably! The inside lining is so soft and comfortable, making her easy to wear all day long. And as with all picture-perfect winter wedding dresses, she has long sleeves that add a beautiful and soft touch. The lace continues unlined down the length of the sleeve, creating a striking illusion that shows the intricacy of the lace pattern. There are some adorable buttons on the ends of the sleeves as well. 

The V-neck neckline has a deep yet narrow plunge. It’s modern, it’s sexy, and it won’t offend any grandparents. The plunge runs almost the length of the bodice, and it gradually narrows down into a point. The plunge, and the neckline in its entirety, is lined with a finely cut crocheted lace. The neckline leads down to a waistband with diamond-patterned crocheted lace that hits at the natural waistline, giving brides a beautiful silhouette! Winter’s sweep-length train means no bulky bustles or heavy material following brides around all night.

Plunging neckline leads to the bandedbnatural waist with seed pearls
Plunging neckline leads to the defined waist

Her train and the hem around the rest of the dress is scalloped, creating a soft and romantic finish to this modern-style dress. 

Available in Ivory/Nude, Ivory/Sand, and Ivory/Ivory (shown).

What she’s great for: Winter is a perfect fit for modern brides with a boho side. Her silhouette works well with brides looking to show off their curves. With fuller coverage, this gown is appropriate for ceremonies in religious spaces. And is it too obvious to state that Winter is a great dress for winter weddings?

Keyhole back with illusion lace makes a sexy statement!
Keyhole back with illusion lace makes a statement!


What makes her special: The superb intricacy and detail in the lace, which makes up the entire dress, is truly a work of art. The lace pattern is eccentric yet tasteful; the geometry of it invokes a mandala-esque vibe. Winter brings a little heat with a keyhole back! In a unique triangle shape, the keyhole back is lined with the same crocheted lace as the neckline. It’s another stunning feature on this captivating gown. 

Evie Young is a label of modern contemporary wedding gowns that embody synergy and femininity. The collections are harmoniously representative of the women who wear them – beautifully diverse and supremely exceptional and the creations feature in-house designed exclusive laces, earthen textural layers and innovative silhouettes. With a focus on the multi-faceted diversity of beauty and all that is feminine, our label is akin to a montage of individual love stories. They are consistent in our dedication to making their footprint smaller in all creative and business processes in solidarity with ethical and mindful production principles.

Wedding Dress Wednesday: Calla Blanche L’amour Sutton

Meet Sutton!

Designer: L’amour by Calla Blanche

Sutton wedding dress by Calla Blanche is ethereal and shimmery
Sutton is ethereal and shimmery

Why We Love Her:

Sutton is the definition of simple, romantic, and stunning! She truly demonstrates how less can be more when it comes to detailing. Sutton has a stunning natural a-line silhouette that perfectly flows and flatters from all angles! Her skirt consists of a very lightweight and flexible tulle that will move with the bride. She is perfect for a bride who wants the look of an a-line without all the weight and layers!

The beaded belt waist line is so flattering and a perfect design to a deep plunge neck
The beaded belt waist line is so flattering and a perfect design to a deep plunge neck

Sutton’s bodice is the highlight of this dress! She has a perfectly sculpted plunge neckline with a nude illusion piece that blends perfectly with multiple skin tones and thick illusion straps that give extra support. This plunging neckline gives the sexiness appeal, while also allowing the bride to feel comfortable dancing all night long! When it comes to sparkle in the bodice, Sutton has it! She has not only one, but two layers of a mix of iridescent, white, and silver beading lining the bodice. She will twinkle in every lighting! Her bodice is then completed with a dainty beaded bow belt that adds some subtle drama.

The V-back on Sutton is deep to the waist where it again meets with the beaded belt
The back is deep to the waist where it again meets with the beaded belt

The best part about her beaded detail is that it continues to her back and even cascades down her skirt, while also being broken up directly below the arms with another mesh insert so that the beading does not irritate a bride’s skin! Sutton has a deep V-backline that goes all the way down to her waistline, making for a very sexy look on any bride. Her long lightweight train consists of tulle that is pleated together in order to keep the perfect appearance for the cameras, and a hassle free bustle!

She can be sold in two different colors. For a bride that loves the two-toned trend or hates the look of a bright white, Sutton is available in an ivory/light nude edition that will show off all of the white beading (shown in the pictures). For a more traditional look, she can come in an all ivory color that will make the silver sparkle shine. Both variations have the option to have a lined or unlined bodice as well which is great for offering a more conservative look!

She’s Great For:

Because of her lightweight character, Sutton is great for weddings of all types! Her sparkle detailing can fit right into any season and venue without looking out of place! Based on the vibe of the wedding, Sutton can appear to be whimsical, flirty, romantic, or elegant!

The skirt is simply layers of tulle mimicking walking in the clouds, so dreamy
Like walking in the clouds, the skirt has layers of plain lightweight tulle

What Makes Her Special:

What makes Sutton special is her pleated-like tulle skirt! This type of skirt allows the bride to have the voluminous look of any other a-line dress without the heavyweight material that typically comes with it. Sutton will be comfortable to wear for the entirety of the wedding without needing any outfit change (unless the bride wants one, of course!)

L’amour by Calla Blanche showcases fun and contemporary designs that embody the new woman. This affordable and inclusive collection features sexy and edgy pieces that provide a modern twist for a fun and flirty bride. L’amour by Calla Blanche demonstrates a fashion-forward, unique approach to design while never compromising quality and attention to detail.

Eight Wedding Dress Fabrics

How much do you know about wedding dress fabrics?

The hunt for your wedding gown usually starts online with Pinterest, designer websites, and Google searches. Chances are good you are saving different styles. Chances are also good that you have different fabrics, too.

Do you know what is better for warm weather or what keeps that ball gown skirt fluffed to the max? Do you wonder about which wedding dress fabrics will show off what you love and hide what you don’t?

Let’s get into it and talk about eight common wedding dress fabrics: crepe, chiffon, satin, charmeuse, organza, silk, tulle, and English net.

CREPE

Madi Lane Morrison dress in crepe, the first of our wedding dress fabrics
Madi Lane Morrison dress in crepe fabric

Crepe is a beautiful and form-fitting fabric. It is very clean, has a matte finish (not shiny) and is easy and comfortable to wear. There are few if any embellishments on most crepe dresses, aside from perhaps a detachable train, jacket, or a hint of lace here or there. It may have a lace bodice with a plain crepe skirt, or even a beautiful mixture of chiffon as seen here:

Eddy K Gretchen dress is crepe with a light chiffon bishop sleeve
Eddy K Gretchen dress is crepe with a light chiffon bishop sleeve

The most common embellishment on a full crepe dress would be buttons down the back. It will stretch with you as you move, dance, or sit, but it definitely clings.

CHIFFON

Stella York 7410 dress in chiffon
Stella York 7410 dress in chiffon

Chiffon is a wonderful choice for a warm wedding setting. It is lightweight and very flowy, with a clean look that falls beautifully. It does not cling and is a popular choice for those who want to dance the night away.

Chiffon can have embellishments such as beading or lace, usually at the bottom back of the train, however, many chiffon dresses have a more embellished bodice and a plain chiffon skirt as shown in the photo above.

While chiffon can wrinkle if left in the dress bag, a quick steam out does the trick and you will be good all day! Chiffon can snag on sharp edges and will pull if caught. Those pulls can be lessened to look better, but you cannot repair a pull in chiffon.

SATIN

Morilee Darcy dress with a plain satin skirt with pockets
Morilee Darcy dress with a plain satin skirt with pockets

Satin has a shine to it making it a more formal-looking fabric. It is heavier than other plain fabrics, and is often embellished with beading, embroidery, or both. Many ball gowns and A-lines are made in a satin fabric due to the formality of that shape.

Because it is a thicker fabric, it will hold a full skirt easily over crinoline layers underneath. Satin is a good choice if you are having a formal wedding and/or a winter wedding, but can also blend beautifully with a lighter lace bodice as in the photo above. It does have a tendency to wrinkle, but a press out will make it perfect.

Madi Lane Dante in satin chiffon blend
Madi Lane Dante in satin chiffon blend

Satin may also be blended with other fabrics like chiffon in the photo above to create a softer and flowier fabric (called luxe satin) that still has the weight and the gorgeous shine of a full satin.

CHARMEUSE

Madi Lane Bridal charmeuse  wedding dress fabric is dreamy with floral patterns all over, even on the detachable sleeves.  Elora is the name of this bridal gown and very popular for outdoor weddings.
Elora by Madi Lane in charmeuse with sheer overlay

Charmeuse is a middle ground between chiffon and satin, think even lighter luxe satin. It is exceptionally soft and a must-try for those with sensitive skin! Usually there is a sheer tulle layer over the charmeuse adding a pretty, more voluminous bridal affect. This layer can include lace applique as shown in the photo above, organza tiers, or even horsehair layers!

The shine of the charmeuse fabric underneath creates a depth and sets off the lace in front beautifully. This is a very comfortable fabric, and works perfectly if you prefer a little shine but do not want the stiffness of satin.

ORGANZA

Casablanca Chelsi ballgown with an organza skirt
Casablanca Chelsi ballgown with an organza skirt

Organza is a softer version of tulle, made from silk so still keeps a good shape, very light and airy. Many tiered skirts are made of organza because of the beautiful way it falls, often given volume and waves by adding a thick horsehair edge.

Because it is so light, it is very difficult to embellish without causing damage so great way around that is to add details in a different fabric between the tiers:

Casablanca dress Jillian with organza and lace tiered skirt
Casablanca dress Jillian with organza and lace tiered skirt

Organza is mostly wrinkle free, easy to carry (great for destination weddings!), and easy to steam.

SILK

Nanelle from Enzoani Blue is a rich silk
Nanelle from Enzoani Blue is a rich silk

Silk is a very tightly woven fabric and that gives it a beautiful, glimmering effect. Silk dresses rarely have embellishments aside from buttons and bows. There are different types of silks, such as dupioni, mikado, and shantung, and all are produced from natural fibers.

Silk has the same luster and is as thickness as satin, however satin is a man-made fabric and costs much less than silk. While most fabrics are able to be let out if a little more room is needed, many silks cannot because the original seams will be visible with stitch marks and pinholes from the needle.

Silks are very rich with a classic, beautiful fit, and some will have “imperfections” due to the way it is made. There is nothing wrong with it and is peace of mind for authenticity.

TULLE

Carrie by Casablanca has layers of tulle with seed pearls
Carrie by Casablanca has layers of tulle with seed pearls

Tulle is a mesh fabric, made mainly from a silk-rayon combination that gives it a lightweight airiness with the strength to add lace or beaded embellishments. Tulle is typically layered over itself or over other fabrics due to its transparency and is one of the most widely used wedding dress fabrics. Most veils are made of tulle as well. Tulle sleeves are lovely and sheer using just one layer.

English Net

Colleen by Morilee has an English net skirt.
Colleen by Morilee has an English net skirt

English net is a mesh fabric that is similar to tulle however it is heavier and therefore has a beautiful bridal look. It gives volume without being too wide or puffy, it does a perfect twirl and goes right back to its shape. Softer than tulle and has a slight stretch as well. A beautiful choice for a warmer, outdoor affair. Like chiffon, English net is highly prone to snags so give thought to your choice of shoes, jewelry, and veil. A beaded English net dress can even snag on itself so be careful!

We hope this gives you some helpful tips on wedding dress fabrics that may be more appealing to you now that you read about them! Come in and see for yourself the differences, make your appointment here!

Bridal “Research” – How Do We Learn About Dresses?

With so many wedding dresses out in the market, what research do you need to do to learn what distinguishes one from another? Why would one dress be $250 and another dress be $10,000 or more? Here is some information that can help you!

A row of beautiful Ballgowns

As a leading bridal store in the Philadelphia region, we do extensive amounts of research on the designers and the lines that we bring in. A particular designer may design several lines, for instance: we carry the designer Kitty Chen. She designs a line called Couture, another called Ivoire, and she also designs a line called Jessica Morgan. We happen to carry all of the lines, because of the uniqueness and the price points.

It is the same with designer Madeline Gardner, also known as Morilee. She has seven lines for bridal, one dedicated to curvy brides, one is a higher end couture line, another one is a very simple less expensive line.

“The Other White Dress” collection by Madeline Gardner

How do you know what is best for you? How do you know what you need?

It’s not easy – especially when you are all over Pinterest. There are brides who show us their Pinterest board and it’s full of dresses that are way out of budget. They can be very disappointed and confused. Why would a dress that looks so “affordable” be so expensive? And what do we have that looks like that in her price range?

We have also had the opposite. We have had brides try on dresses and fall in love and when they see the price, they think something must be wrong with it. Why would she fall in love with a dress so under budget? As an experiment, we offered a dress to a bride that was exactly what she asked for but was well under budget. She loved it until she saw the price, then she didn’t. She said the fabric “looked like plastic”. We then gave her a dress by a different designer that was over budget – in the exact same fabric. She tried to convince us of how much better the fabric looked then the “cheaper dress”. The only difference was the label inside.

It is similar to purchasing a car. Certain cars, based on the make, will be more expensive than others. I think it is safe to say most people know a certain make of car will be more expensive than others. They both do the same thing and they have the same main parts, but one goes a little farther for the luxury. If you are not knowledgeable about cars, you could just go and pick out the one you like best based on the look. When you find out the price is usually when you would decide yes or no.

A great choice if you love the look of satin but have a wedding in a warmer location or in the summer months

Now picture shopping for your wedding dress in the same way. If you don’t have a budget, you will find the prettiest ones, try them on, and make your decision. What makes one dress cost more than another would be the same concept, that is mainly the name of the designer. Other things considered are: the fabrics used, the beading/beadwork, how it is constructed, perhaps additional accessories, etc. The bottom line, however, is the name on the label.

The research that we do allows us to find who we feel are the best designers, in affordable price ranges, who offer a wide range of styles and sizes. In addition, we want to make sure we carry unique designers, not ones that are found in every single store. There is nothing better than when a bride tells us she’s been everywhere and is shown the same dresses over and over. We get to wow the brides, which is really what she is looking for!

Satin and sleeves, perfect for a formal event in chillier months

Research for you should also include thinking about the season of your wedding and the fabric that would make sense. If you are getting married in the winter on the East Coast, a heavier satin, sleeves, or layered lace would be more appropriate than a strapless chiffon for example. If you are getting married on a beach, a heavy satin wouldn’t make any sense, but lightweight chiffon would be perfect!

A lovely fitted lace dress, perfect for an indoor
or outdoor affair

Also the venue makes a difference in what type of dress. A formal church wedding followed by a formal reception would dictate a more formal type dress, rather than if you are getting married outside in the garden in a casual type setting.

Having a budget for your dress will make a big difference in making your choice. You can research various lines and find those in budget that have styles you love. If you are a bargain hunter, you can always look for sample sales which is when the dress in the store is marked way down for a faster sale. It is that dress, as is, and has been tried on, but it’s never been worn and you can save a lot of money at a sample sale if that’s your thing! We hold sample sale events several times a year and they are very popular with many brides!

Our dresses new start at $1000 and our selection in various price ranges is outstanding. Make your appointment today to see all that we have to offer!