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Tips for Choosing Fabrics and Details for Your Custom Wedding Dress

Tips for Choosing Fabrics and Details for Your Custom Wedding Dress

Your wedding day is a celebration of love and individuality, which we take pride in being a part of when it comes to wedding dress shopping!

While there are gorgeous seasonal collections and off-the-rack deals to browse, some brides go the custom route, which allows you to express your unique style and personality. 

The journey towards creating the gown of your dreams involves careful consideration of fabrics and details. 

To help, here are our best tips to guide you through the exciting process of selecting materials and embellishments for your custom wedding dress.

Define Your Style

Before delving into fabric choices, think about how you want to define your wedding style. Whether you envision a romantic, vintage, modern, or bohemian theme, understanding your desired aesthetic will guide your fabric and detail choices.

The 101 on Fabric Selection

The fabric sets the tone for your dress. There are so many choices to get creative with, and surely you may have favorites. However, keep functionality and comfort in mind. Consider the season and location of your wedding. 

For a classic look, opt for luxurious fabrics like satin or silk. Lighter options such as chiffon or lace are ideal for warm weather, while heavier fabrics like velvet or brocade suit cooler climates.

Embrace Texture with Lace

Lace adds a timeless and romantic touch to wedding dresses. It’s also a wonderful way to get a sensual, unique sheer look that is on trend. 

Consider the different types of lace, such as Chantilly, Alençon, or Guipure, and how they align with your vision. 

Lace detailing can be incorporated into the bodice, sleeves, or even as an overlay for a truly ethereal look.

Play with Layers

Layering fabrics can add depth and dimension to your gown. Tulle, organza, or chiffon overlays create a striking display that can be fun for a formal wedding or contemporary glam theme. 

Remember that you want to look fabulous, but also feel comfortable. You can make your skirt detachable if you think you might want fewer layers later in the evening when it’s time to boogie on the dance floor.

All About Beading and Embellishments

Beading, sequins, and other embellishments are another creative way to take a minimal wedding gown to luxe status and amp up its uniqueness. 

Whether you prefer intricate beadwork, subtle sequins, or delicate embroidery, choose embellishments that complement your overall vision while ensuring a comfortable fit.

You don’t have to go crazy with it either. Sometimes all you need to make a statement is a string of pearls running down a plunging back or a lightly sequined bodice.

Clever Details

A wedding dress is more than just a style masterpiece to sashay around in. The details can be functional and not just pretty.

For example, you can make your custom gown a heirloom while also making it all yours. Incorporate meaningful elements such as heirloom lace, embroidered initials, or symbolic motifs to infuse your dress with sentimental value.

For functionality, consider sewing hidden pockets into the skirt, so it’s easy to keep your essentials close. This also nixes the need for a clutch- free hands! 

Consult with a LOVE Bridal Stylist

Of course, creating a custom wedding dress can feel overwhelming. Besides the design, there are also multiple fittings and alterations to consider on a strict timeline. This is a process that occurs months in advance of your big day.

Seek the expertise of a professional bridal stylist to bring your vision to life. At LOVE, we can get you started by connecting you with the best in the business, and recommending where to go for design work and alterations. We can help you find the style you love and provide plenty of inspiration.

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