Satin, silk, sateen. How to choose a fabric for a wedding dress?

Classic gowns never go out of style. Despite the ever-changing fashion, classic models of wedding dresses remain in chief designers’ collections. Today, the stores offer a wide range of wedding fabrics, even so, satin, silk and sateen still stay among the most popular ones.

The fabrics in question are sufficiently dense, have a distinctive sheen, can be used either separately or as a basis for making a dress. So what is the difference between these fabrics? How do you avoid making mistakes? What should you keep in mind before buying some fabric for the wedding dress of your dream?


Natural silk remains the most expensive and luxurious fabric. A bride in a silk dress looks ladylike, dapper and elegant. Wedding dress made of silk requires a minimum of accessories due to the soft texture and gentle sheen of the fabric. It is noteworthy that silk is quite fastidious, though. Like any other natural fabric, silk can wrinkle. Wide and puffy dresses tend to quickly lose their original appearance. Clearly, in case your figure is slim, you should choose fitted models. In addition, silk is difficult to sew with, since the fabric keeps falling and sliding.

Owing to modern designers, silk gowns have gained a vast number of variations today. Silk wedding dresses do not only imply long, puffy models, but also short dresses in the style of 1960s, unconventional dresses with drapes, dresses in the Greek style, etc. Regardless of all its shortcomings, silk wedding dress is a paragon of elegance. It is not without reason that Katie Holmes and Angelina Jolie ‒ both recognized fashion icons ‒ chose to wear silk dresses on their wedding day.


If you want to look smart and formal on your wedding day, then sateen makes a perfect choice for you. Unlike silk, sateen can contain synthetic threads. Owing to this fact, such dresses practically do not crease.

The traditional Princess cut made of satin fabric will look second to none. In this dress you can feel like the main character of children’s fairy tales. The material holds its shape perfectly, lies down in folds beautifully, and emphasizes a delicate A-silhouette. For the decor of such dresses one can use almost all kinds of finishes: lace, embroidery, beads, rhinestones, etc.


Satin holds a special place when you are choosing a wedding dress fabric. If compared with other types of wedding fabrics, satin is in greatest demand. The fabric surface is smooth and shiny, and the density of the material allows you to apply any type of dress trimming. Specifically, satin dresses are often decorated with beads, rhinestones, lace, stones, because due to their characteristics the fabric does not stretch and does not hinge up. Besides, satin makes it possible to create such incredible effects as, for instance, a “crumpled” finish.

When choosing a satin fabric for your wedding dress, it is important to remember a few tips. For example, if you are planning a wedding in the summer, with everyone strolling and moving around all day, satin will not suit you. To start with, you will feel uncomfortably hot in your satin dress; then, the fabric creases. On the contrary, if your wedding celebration takes place during the cold season, you can safely choose a satin wedding dress.

Whichever of these basic fabrics you choose, it is worth remembering that the wedding dress is an indispensable component of your celebration, and yet there is nothing more important than your feelings and emotions on the day you get married.