Lace Wedding Dresses
A wedding dress bedecked with lace is timeless and romantic. And right now, lace wedding dresses are having a resurgence in popularity. Today we’re bringing you some useful wedding dress terminology paired with beautiful, lacy wedding gowns.
First off, let’s define the different types of lace available. We studied up on lace using the Mary’s Bridal website, which has a helpful glossary of wedding gown terminology.
- Alencón: A delicate floral or leaf design on a fine net background, outlined with heavy threads to define the pattern and add more dimension.
- Battenberg: A heavy lace made with patterns of linen braid and tape connected with decorative linen stitching.
- Chantilly: A web-like floral pattern on a lace background outlined with silk threads; soft to the touch. (Carrie Underwood wore a Monique Lhuillier wedding dress that featured Chantilly lace.)
- Guipure: A heavy lace designed to show large patterns over a coarse mesh background.
- Lyon: An intricate, ornamental design delicately stitched onto a net background; the pattern is outlined in silk or cotton. (Often called French Lyon lace.)
- Point D’esprit: Oval or square dots woven in a pattern on net fabric. (This sweet style is very in right now.)
- Schiffli: Intricate floral pattern (similar to Alenćon lace, but lighter) embroidered directly onto the gown.
- Venise: Heavy floral or leaf pattern in needle point with motifs connected in lines.
We hope this visual guide will help you as you seek out your perfect wedding dress! Brides, what kind of lace will you choose?