Our simple guide takes the mystery out of shopping for a wedding gown sewn with lace, the most romantic and oh-so trendy fabric choice of brides.
The tradition of lace, from the enormously popular floral design of Alencon to the tiny dots of Swiss lace, remains popular with brides over the centuries. No wonder! Lace, the most feminine detail, instantly adds real romance to any wedding. The trick is to not over due the amount of lace you add to your wedding dress, veil or train. Too much lace on your wedding dress can draw attention to figure flaws. Just the right amount on your wedding dress plays up your assets.
Lace that is handmade will drive the price of your wedding gown sky-high. Lace that is machine made is more affordable and just as pretty! Even close up, few people can tell the handmade laces from the machine-made laces.
Lace for Wedding Dresses
- Alencon (al-ON-son): French needlepoint lace with a delicate floral or leaf design on a fine net background outlined with heavy threads or chords. Traditional and formal wedding dresses often use Alencon lace on the bodice, skirt and long train.
- Battenburg heavy lace made by stitching patterns of linen braid then connecting them with decorative linen stitching. Sometimes sewn with beaded or sequin trim.
- Chantilly (shan-TILL-ee) Lace: elaborate French floral or ribbon lace on a net background outlined in heavy silk thread to form a web-like pattern. Soft touch!
- Dotted Swiss: tiny circles of flocked fabric over netting.
- Duchesse: An irregularly spaced lace of floral design with a lot of raised work.
- Eyelet: typically cotton with perforated holes embroidered around the edges.
- Galloon: double edge lace with a usable border on both sides that can be separated for matching border trim
- Guipure (gwi-PURE) Lace: few threads connect a series of large motifs often flowers like a rose or geometric designs over a coarse mesh background. Modern brides favor Guipure lace because it has a more contemporary feel and look.
- Lyon: An intricate ornamental design delicately stitched onto a net background; the pattern outlined in silk or cotton.
- Point D'esprit: oval or square dots woven in a pattern on net fabric. You will often find designers use this type of lace under the top layer to create a very interesting and textured fashion look.
- Ribbon: net background with random pattern of ribbon sewn over.
- Schiffli: (SHIF-lee) lightweight, intricate floral pattern embroidered over a net background.
- Spanish: Designed with flat roses on a net background.
- Venise: (ven-EES) heavy floral or leaf pattern in needlepoint with motifs connected in lines.
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