Madison James Covers the Spectrum of Fabrics

Madison James, style MJ250: Ballerina dreams are evoked by the enchanting asymmetrical layers of tulle in this dress. Delicate spaghetti straps are the perfect support for the romantically detailed lace bodice. Available sizes: 2-32. Available colors: Champagne/Ivory/Silver, Ivory/Silver, White/Silver.

The best way to determine which types of fabric you find most appealing for your wedding dress is to try on a variety of styles. It is difficult — if not impossible — to compare yourself to a freeze-frame image of a model in a bridal catalogue. You must walk around in your potential dresses and see how the fabrics really wear. Ask one of our talented bridal consultants for some recommendations if you don’t know where to begin.

For a quick, general guide to wedding dress fabrics, check out this glossary of terms from The Knot:

Style, cut, texture, drape, and season are all-important factors in determining the best fabric for a wedding gown. The same style dress can look and feel quite different in a variety of fabrics, since each material is designed to produce a distinct effect. Some fabrics cling to the body, while others stand away. Some are cherished for their crispness, others for being light-as-air. Silk — a natural fiber that exudes an innate quality of refinement — is undoubtedly the most sought-after and cherished wedding dress material, noted for its resiliency, elasticity, and strength.

Madison James, style MJ352: Combining Charmeuse, English Net, Organza, Tulle and Beaded embroidery, this halter style wedding gown offers a plethora of detailing and an illusion bodice. Available sizes: 2-32. Available colors: Gold/Ivory/Nude, Ivory, Ivory/Nude and Gold/Ivory.

Madison James Has Something for Every Preference

We love it when a designer utilizes all the tools available to them. Artistically combining textures, fabrics and styles is a vital part of setting the latest trends and experimenting with fashion. Madison James Bridal delivers on all counts. Here’s another post that explains the qualities of various dress materials if you’re still a bit unsure:


Batiste is a delicate, sheer, plain-woven fabric. It is slightly thicker than cotton. LDS brides who want a Victorian or vintage look may want to consider batiste fabric because of its “home-made” look and translucent texture.


Brocade is a heavy material that is woven of silk with an ornate design and a raised texture. Because Brodade is a heavier fabric, it is a popular wedding dress choice for cooler months.


Charmeuse is one of the most comfortable fabrics to wear, though not quite as lustrous as satin. Pure charmeuse is expensive and must be handled with care: the fabric is prone to being scuffed or marked in addition to “looping” when it catches on something. Less glossy cotton-charmeuse blends are easier to work with, more durable, and therefore more affordable.


Organza is generally a blend of nylon, polyester, and silk. It can be translucent or sheer, depending on the weave of the fabric. Organza’s soft, romantic appearance adds extra depth and an air of elegance to a wedding dress. It is often seen in wedding gown skirts, trains, and veils.


Satin is very heavy, known for its flexibility and strength, plus it has a shimmery depth that no other fabric can quite duplicate. Real satin is expensive, but polyester or rayon blends are similar in appearance and more affordable.


Stiffer and lighter than regular satin, duchesse satin drapes well while simultaneously preserving its shape. Because of its lighter weight, a duchesse satin dress is more comfortable to wear and walk in and is less prone to wrinkling. More details at Wedding LDS

Madison James, style MJ364: With its dramatic beaded bodice and illusion collar, this gown needs no other accessories to captivate. You will be unforgettable without even trying in this showstopper gown. Available sizes 2-32. Available colors: Gold/Ivory/Nude/Silver, Gold/Ivory/Silver, Ivory/Nude/Silver, Ivory/Silver, White/Silver.

Now that you’re more familiar with the various fabrics in use for wedding gown creation, how do they stack up to each other? This is how one bridal site sees it:

FABRICS: Wedding dresses are made from Satin, Chiffon, Organza, Taffeta, Tulle, and Lace. Here are the rankings in terms of:

WEIGHT OF FABRIC (Heaviest to lightest): Satin, Organza (when lined with satin), Lace (when lined with satin), Tulle, Chiffon,Taffeta,

MOST FORGIVING FABRIC (Most to Least): Satin, Organza (when lined with satin), Lace (when lined with satin), Taffeta, Tulle, Chiffon. Additional info at Brides Club

Stop By Anytime for the Ultimate Fabric Selection

New York Bride & Groom is your single stop shop for bridal gowns and all wedding attire. We carry numerous styles of wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses and rental tuxedos in a wide range of finishes and styles to suit every taste and budget. Inspired designs and popular pricing is our firm promise in every department. Come browse our modern luxury salon today and see why we are the premier wedding salon in the Charlotte metro region.

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