Calire Pettibone floral wedding dress

As we close out The Dress month at mywedding, we've discussed just about every wedding dress silhouette, trend, and style imaginable (in fairness, this is an overstatement, because we all know it would take years to exhaust the subject of gowns).  But one thing we've yet to spotlight is the awesomeness of a wedding dress with loads of texture.

It's one of those details that is often overlooked.  Between finding a dress in the right color, and in the most flattering silhouette, and matching your theme, sometimes a bride has enough to consider already when she hits the bridal boutiques.  However, more often than not, texture is what sets apart the average from the spectacular.

Above, flowers spring up from this Claire Pettibone wedding dress. Creating a sort of Secret Garden effect, it's both a little modern and a little vintage.

wedding dress with ruffled trim

Fabric choice is a major component of adding texture. This lace overlay dress above also features tucks and ruffles in the bodice and trim. The result is a bouncy wedding or reception dress with tons of personality. Fine or small-scale lace patterns often don't read as "texture" but Edwardian lace definitely does. With it's larger lace patterns (and more gaps in between), wedding dresses with this type of lace (below) photograph really beautifully because the texture pops out.

Edwardian lace reception dress

The most popular ways to add texture to the fabric of a wedding dress is though embroidery or applique. Applique can create a "3D" effect, with the appliqued objects popping out from the background fabric.  With embroidery, raised patterns are made throughout the dress either with a thick thread or beading.

beaded wedding dress
  
beaded satin wedding dress

One example of applique and embroidery we are crazy about is this stunning BHLDN wedding dress (below). Both the dress and the tulle skirt overlay feature countless blossoms sprouting from the fabric as well as swirls of embroidery.

tulle and embroidered wedding dress

The same technique is shown on this ballgown wedding dress (below, left), which proves that this detail doesn't get lost even on a voluminous skirt.  And, of course, you can embroider fabrics other than tulle and lace. As you can see in this dress below (right), it is especially striking on satin, creating texture from the otherwise liquid smoothness.

wedding dress with metallic flowers
  
embroidered satin wedding gown

 

An effective way to coax texture out of finer gauge fabric is to feature embroidery in a silhouette-enhancing pattern. This dress below gets interesting texture from its satin sash neckline and statement back, as well as from the concentration of embroidery around the bodice and hemline of the dress.

simple wedding dress with satin accents
tiered wedding dress
 
ruffled wedding dress

 

Ruffles, pleats, and tiers are surefire way to increase the texture of your dress, no matter the fabric. Both of these dresses above have extravagant detail work throughout their dramatic skirts.

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