The Perfect Fabrics for Brides & Bridesmaids on your Summer Wedding

When its hot, you need to keep cool

If you’re planning a summer wedding or destination wedding, it’s safe to say the weather could be very hot and humid (especially in the UK this year!?). That means you want to consider a few key fabrics when dress shopping to help you stay as cool as possible. You don’t want to spend the day sweating!

Here’s a list of a few fabrics that will be perfect for any bride or bridesmaid in a summer wedding.


This is a sheer, lightweight fabric and is usually layered or used as an accent on many gowns. It’s ethereal and drapes beautifully. If you’re having a beach wedding, choose a gown made from chiffon. You’ll look so glam when your gown is blowing in the ocean breeze! The perfect way to get some gorgeous photos!

summer wedding dress in chiffon


This is a sheer fabric that is often used to add a unique detail or element to a gown. Sleeves, necklines and backs in this material are all popular choices. If you want to show a bit of skin but still keep things classy and elegant, this is the one for you and it is a popular choice amongst the big bridal brands today.

summer wedding dress with illusion back


You want to have something with a bit more structure that’s still lightweight? Organza is the summer bridal fabric for you! This material gives off such a romantic feel as it has a glistening finish. It’s often used to intensify fullness on skirts or lengthy trains.

summer wedding dress in organza


Crepe is a durable and lightweight silk fabric that drapes in such a chic way. It’s very flattering as it has a clean and crisp appearance. If you want to avoid structured silhouettes and prefer something softer, this is the best choice for you. It’s also not usually layered with anything else, so would be a perfect pick for a summer wedding.

summer wedding dress in crepe


Don't think of tutus! This fabric is used much more practically and beautifully in bridal. It is used underneath dresses to add volume to the bottom half predominately. It’s usually light and delicate, and it can be used in so many different ways. If you find a dress with layers of tiered tulle, this creates a lovely romantic look. This is perfect for a summer wedding if you’re a bride who wants to make the most of her princess walk down the aisle but without adding too much weight. Although it may not be too practical on the beach...

See how our designers at Brides & Bustles and have used these fabrics in-store by booking your appointment with us. Over your 2 hour stay you can relax and enjoy trying on the summer wedding dresses of your dreams in style and comfort.

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