Fall For These Wedding Dress Fabrics

Before you head out to find “the one,” let us help you narrow down some great fabrics for your fall wedding gown.

Light and airy fabrics like tulle and organza are perfect for fall weddings. Their airy weight and translucency allow for many layers, which keep you warm without becoming too heavy. Layering also creates a wispy, romantic look. As you walk down the aisle, the light layers will lift with the breeze creating a flowing, ethereal appearance. These fabrics are most commonly found in full dresses like ball gowns or A-line styles. A current trend is to have the layers end at varying levels of the skirt to create a tiered effect, which adds texture and allows for the fabric to dance and lift as you move.

Allude to old elegance with silk and lace. Easily malleable, silk is a popular wedding fabric for designers as it can be shaped into a variety of dress styles. Silk has a beautiful luster and rich sheen that will make your wedding dress feel and look luxurious. Pair a silk sheath gown with a headdress to mirror a vintage 30s bride.  Lace is often overlaid onto other fabric to create texture and design. Romantic and old-fashioned, lace is an extremely popular fabric, especially for fall and winter weddings. Add a fur muff to either of these styles to get the Old Hollywood look.

Raw silk is an option for the more rustic bride. A bit stiffer with a slightly dull luster, raw silk is not quite as glamorous as her extra-shiny sister. This fabric is great for fall as it will mimic the subdued autumn environment, while still exuding beauty and romance. When thickly draped, raw silk is extremely elegant, yet not overpowering. It is a perfect fit for any environment, but would be stunning outdoors or in candlelight.

Fall and winter are about the only times you can get away with wearing velvet, and done well, it can be exquisite. Velvet is not a chart-topper when it comes to popular bride fabrics, but it holds it own. Best for the outgoing and original bride, velvet will definitely make a statement at your wedding. Its iridescent sheen and soft texture will have you feeling lavish, while its thickness will keep you warm. Velvet would work best in a sleeveless fitted or A-line dress style, and would be most appropriate for nighttime weddings.


Fall 2013 Wedding Colors

With colorful autumn scenery and crisp, refreshing air, it’s no wonder fall is inching its way up the best wedding season ladder. September and October are hosting more and more weddings as outdoor ceremonies and autumn color palettes become increasingly popular. Recently, Pantone released its  Fall, 2013 color trend predictions, and if you’re planning autumn nuptials, you’ll want to check them out here.  To help you decide, we’ve picked out a few of our favorites from the lineup.

Koi – a muted, soft orange

Koi is the Japanese name for an Asian fish that often features a bright orange coloring. Though the fish is very common, the color is anything but mundane and will add the perfect pop to your color scheme. Koi is a great pick for fall, as it will mirror the autumn leaves and pairs beautifully with earthy neutrals and deep, bold tones.

Acai – a deep, elegant purple.

Named after the popular super fruit, the Acai berry, this color imitates the small berry’s dark purple tones. Next to creamy white and candlelight, this color will set a romantic autumnal ambience. Acai often has a hint of maroon, which adds subtle warmth to a crisp fall wedding. Accent with lavender and gold to finish off this enchanting palette.

Emerald – a  robust, rich green.

Already deemed 2013’s Color of the Year, emerald is a popular trend that is starring in elegant weddings everywhere. The deep, bold green is beautiful next to teal, purple, and gold, alluding to an exotic theme. The rich, gem tones will make for a lavish, royal environment. If lavish isn’t your cup of tea, take a more subdued route by pairing the exuberant color with soft peach and matte gold.

The richness of fall’s natural wedding palette also makes it the perfect time of year to embrace neutrals. So if bold tones aren’t exactly your thing, let nature provide the richness, and embrace your neutral tendencies with varying shades of ivory, gold, and blush for a just-as-lovely fall color scheme.


**Emerald color scheme picture from color-www.allureconsulting.com

What to Wear: Mother of the Bride (or Groom)

With all the focus on the bride’s dress, mom’s attire is often left on the back burner. However, make no mistake: The mother of the bride (and mother of the groom) have their dressing the mother of the eventown guidelines and etiquette to follow when picking the perfect dress. Here’s a break down of some dos and don’ts for MOBs and MOGs.

Don’t procrastinate. Finding a great dress can take quite a bit of time, and you don’t want this to be a last minute decision. It is customary for the mother of the bride to find a dress first, and then let the mother of the groom know what she’s picked so as to avoid a fashion faux pas, like matching or clashing. Though this tradition is less common today, it is still respectful and considerate for the moms to communicate about their attire.

In addition, the moms need to communicate with the bride. Before making any decisions, ask her if she has any attire requests. While the bride’s opinion should count toward what you choose, also make sure you are comfortable and happy with the choice.

As for the style of the dress, follow suit with the formality of the wedding. If the wedding takes place at night or the bridesmaids’ dresses are formal, the mothers’ dresses should be formal as well. A long dress with a matching jacket is a popular formal style. If the wedding is more casual, takes place outside, or the bride simply tells you it’s fine, a more casual dress or a pantsuit would be appropriate. It is generally a no-no for mom to wear a low-cut, short, or strapless dress. A wedding is not the place for a sexy mama; you want to be sure all eyes are kept on the bride!

When it comes to color, the bride may have a strong opinion. Many brides like the mothers to coordinate with the wedding colors, while others are strict about them not looking like the wedding party. Check with your bride on this. In most cases, bold, bright colors are to be avoided. Much like a revealing dress would catch guests’ eyes, so would a bright red gown. In addition to bright colors, white, black, and ivory are often on the “don’t” list.  To be on the safe side, choose a dress in a toned-down color like purple, blue, gold, burgundy, or silver hues.

Though these are common dos and don’ts, all weddings and brides are different. Use these tips as guidelines, but be sure to put the bride’s opinion first.