Shantung Wedding Dress

Shantung is a plain weave raw silk fabric, popular in wedding dresses, that was historically first manufactured in the Shandong province of China from which the source raw silk originates.

Shantung is similar to dupioni but is in fact thinner and has fewer, less prominent slubs (textural irregularities), making for a shinier appearance and a smooth finish that photographs well.

Shantung’s subtle weave is suitable for more delicate garments and offers brides a good middle ground between the easy drape of charmeuse and the stiffness of dupioni. We love this Tara Keeley by Lazaro ivory Shantung bridal ball gown; the sheen of the Shantung material flows from the sculpted bodice into the full box pleated skirt with pockets and chapel train. It is elegant and light but not clingy, which epitomises Shantung’s characteristics and makes this fabric flattering for all body types.

Shantung fabric also offers a good amount of body and crispness. Casablance Bridals’ classic A-line ‘Rhea’ gown boasts a full Shantung skirt with a buttery silkiness, complemented by a straight across neckline and beaded lace appliques. Or how about blowing your own trumpet with their silk Shantung trumpet silhouette dress with a sweetheart neckline, ruched bodice and pearl and rhinestone beaded appliques?

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Tulle is a sheer material with an open weave that gives a netted appearance and light feel.


Charmeuse is a silky, smooth dress fabric in the same family as satin. While charmeuse has a similar sheen and drape thanks to being woven with a satin weave, it is slightly lighter and softer with a more toned down sheen.


Crepe wedding dresses are made from a soft silk or lightweight rayon material that clings to the body to enhance your curves.

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