If you are lucky enough to be getting married in winter than you have a range of wonderful luxurious fabrics that are ideal wearing for the cooler months. Here’s a selection of some classic winter weaves you may want to consider when researching fabrics and finishes for your wedding dress or bridesmaid dresses.
Brocade is a thick jacquard (or anchor to jacquard) fabric with a shuttle-woven, raised, and often floral design. For wedding dresses, brocade is often made with coloured silks and gold or silver threads. This rich fabric is just perfect to create a luxurious winter wedding vibe.
Crushed Velvet is created using thick pile of different heights and then pressing the fabric down in different directions or mechanically twisting the fabric while wet. Crushed velvet wedding dresses have a patterned appearance with a gorgeous lustrous shine.
Damask has a soft sheen and woven pattern that uses the same colour as the background. This historically significant fabric has a rich history through Byzantine, Islamic, Spanish and French fashion and commerce from the early middle ages onwards. Rich and complex patterns.
Duchess Satin (aka Peau De Soie) has a medium weight with the smooth feel of satin but more structure and stiffness. It is less shiny than satin. Typically avoided in hot summer weddings as it shows perspiration marks clearly.
Dupioni Silk is a textured fabric with an extremely irregular weave pattern that creates a three dimensional surface and full lustre. Similar to Shantung but thicker and heavier. The unique weaving technique used to create Dupioni gives the fabric an iridescent quality.
Mikado is a stiff blend of silks with a fuller weight and structure. It has a light shine and is a quintessential winter wedding fabric.
Moire is a heavy silk taffeta with a wavy or watery appearance. Can be made from wool, cotton and rayon. When made from silk it is often called watered silk.