Your Guide to Bridesmaid Dress Fabrics

The Budget Savvy Bride

An often overlooked truth about planning a wedding is that you are responsible for making a number of fashion decisions. Not only will you choose what you would like to wear, but your family members will likely ask for your input, and your partner might want to hear your thoughts, too.

Plus, your bridesmaids and groomsmen will look to you to either decide or guide them on what they should wear.

Choosing an outfit for an entire group isn’t a simple decision, and a big factor in the decision for your wedding party style hinges on your choice of bridesmaid dress fabric.

So here is a run-down of the most popular fabrics for bridesmaids’ dresses, when they work best, and how you can navigate the many (many) companies you and your best gals can order from.

Popular Bridesmaids Dress Fabric Options


If you’re imagining your bridesmaids wearing a dress made from a “flowy” fabric, you’re likely thinking of chiffon. The most popular fabrics for bridesmaids’ dresses because it works with a number of dress silhouettes, and it also creates a romantic, ethereal look.


If you’re planning to ask your bridesmaids to wear structured gowns, don’t miss out on crepe. This fabric tends to have a “crinkly” look to it (similar to paper), but it’s lighter weight than its satin counterpart.

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