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  • Writer's pictureColleen Thorsen

Wedding Dress Fabrics: Silk vs. Satin

One of the most common questions I hear from brides is, “What is the difference between silk and satin?” It’s difficult to find a concise answer online. That's because the real question is, "What is the difference between silk satin and polyester satin?"

So you set out shopping for a wedding dress and you're finding dresses priced anywhere from $800 to $8000. Why the price disparity? Fabric. Well, there are other factors, too, but fabric is a biggie. First of all you need to know that fabrics are made from different types of fibers. And some fibers cost more than others to produce.


Silk, polyester, nylon, rayon, cotton

Fabric manufacturers weave the fibers into different types of fabric, and voila! we end up with some fabrics that cost more than others. Silk fabrics are on the more-expensive end of the spectrum, while polyesters are over on the less-expensive side.


SILK: satin, taffeta, crepe, chiffon, georgette, velvet, tulle, organza

POLYESTER: satin, taffeta, crepe, chiffon, georgette, velvet, lace, organza, tulle

NYLON: tulle

RAYON: crepe, velvet

COTTON: lace, organdy, eyelet embroidery

Pricing example: Silk Duchesse Satin is approx. $90 per yard while Polyester Duchesse Satin is in the $15 per yard range.

While the polyester versions are more readily available and are much more affordable, they tend to lack the inherent beauty of their silk counterparts. And while it's difficult to see the differences in photos, you will know the difference when you can compare the fabrics side by side.

French Knot Couture carries wedding dresses in a variety of fabrics, including silks and polyesters. Make an appointment on our booking calendar to see our bridal samples in person, or drop by one of our open houses. We can't wait to meet you!

Our showroom is located at:

12221 Village Center Place, Suite 202

Mukilteo, WA 98275



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