Choosing or designing your wedding gown is important and the fabric of your gown can make or break the design. Typically bridal gowns are made combining different types of fabrics to make the dress work for each body type. These fabrics are classified as structured and soft fabrics; structured for giving a shape to your gown like a bodice or a slip while the soft fabrics add a certain element of drama or grace.
Here is a bridal guide to wedding dress fabrics with structured and soft elements that will help you design your dream wedding-gown.
Structured Fabrics: Satin - Satin or duchess satin as it is usually called is one of the most popular fabrics used for a bridal gown. Satin is made from silk while duchess satin (though sounds richer) is a mix of silk and rayon. The fabric has a silky feel and natural shine and hence makes a perfect bodice for lace or figure hugging gowns. Team with a light birdcage veil for added drama.
Taffeta - Similar to satin in its look, taffeta is a crisp and smooth fabric, which is perfect for traditional ball gowns or even modern short wedding dresses. Accessorise with a dramatic earring to elongate the neck !
Organza - Organza is a very deceptive fabric that looks like chiffon but is a lot stiffer so provides a solid structure. Made from silk or rayon this fabric gives the perfect structure to vintage gowns with trains and or full-length skirts. Team with draped hair pearls for an ethereal finish.
Soft Fabrics: Chiffon - Chiffon is a see-through fabric that adds a stylish look to a structured bodice. The fabric is sheer, light and soft to touch and perfect for modern gowns that are simple yet elegant. Add an unstructured appliqué headpiece to this wedding look.
Lace - Nothing spells class and grace better than lace. A little element of lace can add a rich look to an otherwise plain gown. Sheer lace looks delicate and sexy when used for sleeves or the neck area but also perfect for the entire gown length when teamed with a perfect bodice. Ideal combined with an antique inspired wedding hair comb like the Marquis.
Tulle - Tulle is soft netting made from silk or rayon and a perfect alternate for lace. Brides who find lace fussy and too dramatic can opt for the soft and romantic touch of tulle for the wedding gown. Coordinate with a french net headpiece like the Serena.
By choosing the right fabrics for your special day you can make a wedding gown that is exquisite to look and yet comfortable. Hope this helps you decide on the perfect fabric for your special dress.
Wedding hair vines are very on trend this year, but if you are asking yourself “What’s a wedding hair vine?”, let us explain. Wedding hair vines are long, flexible head pieces made on thin twisted wire that can be shaped to any design required to suit your hairstyle. Wedding hair vines generally don’t have any combs attached to them and can easily be pinned into your hair wherever needed. This gives them the flexibility to be worn with many different hairstyles.
So, how should you wear your wedding hair vine...
First, decide on how you will be wearing your hair; will you be wearing your hair down, in a long loose braid? Hair vines also look fantastic in half up half down hairstyles. Simply secure into the section of your hair that is pinned up, and then gentle curve down through your loose waves. If you are wearing your hair in a loose plait, the hair vine can simply be plaited into your hair as it is done.
As we mentioned hair vines are a very big trend for this year and here are our top selling wedding hair vines so far...
Our delicate Gold Leaf and Freshwater Pearl Headpiece, made from individual gold leaves blended with freshwater pearls and tiny diamanté crystals for a little sparkle.
The Gold Vine is a light and flexible headpiece that can be worn to the side, back or across the top of the head. It is simply attached with tiny alligator style clips hidden beneath the piece.
Whatever your mood, style, outfit or budget, there are statement earrings out there that make you happy the moment you put them on. We remember the earrings we wore on first dates and on special occasions and, let’s be honest, we can always find an excuse to treat ourselves to a new pair! When it comes to your wedding earrings, the stakes are a little higher but don’t worry, we’re here today with our top tips to help you choose the perfect pair…
You’ll be wearing your statement earrings all say so not only do they need to be beautiful they need to be practical too. If you don’t often wear long drop earrings it might be a good idea to wear your earrings at home behind closed doors for a few days to be sure you get on with them.
Consider any other accessories you'll be wearing or the details of your wedding dress when choosing your earrings. If your dress has embellishments, you might like to opt for earrings that coordinate with them.
Don’t forget that your whole outfit should be balanced, if you want to wear a glamorous pair of statement earrings, don’t rush to wear lots of other accessories, alternatively if you opt for subtle wedding earrings you can then choose to wear lots of other pieces too, our Alisha, Freshwater Pearl Silver Earrings are perfect for this.