Just because you’re getting married doesn’t mean you’re obligated to walk down the aisle swimming in tulle and lace. Structured wedding gowns are the perfect alternative for modern brides who want a more sophisticated and refined look (no worries, structured wedding dresses are anything but plain!). Check out these ways to create a custom structured wedding gown that is classic and timeless with Anomalie:

Fallon in Mikado ballgown custom wedding dress from Anomalie

Photo: One Love Photography

Pick your fabric:

When it comes to creating a structured wedding dress, your Anomalie stylist will steer you away from flowy fabrics, such as tulle and chiffon. Instead, these six fabrics will do just the trick to get the elegant structured look:

Duchess satin – A heavyweight, lustrous satin that holds its shape and is perfect for adding beading and embroidery.

Mikado – Silk and nylon combine to make another heavyweight fabric that is suitable for clean lines and shapes.

Dupioni – A stiff fabric that has a slight, horizontal texture to it (called slubs), making it perfect for pleats and volume for formal dresses.

Silk Faille – A medium-weight silk that has a ribbed texture similar to grosgrain ribbon. It’s perfect for creating a modern, tailored gown.

Silk-Cotton Faille – While similar to Silk Faille, the addition of cotton makes this fabric more durable and not as shiny as it’s sister in 100% silk.

Taffeta – Another type of silk, taffeta is crisp and smooth with just a little bit of sheen.

Erica in silk cotton faille fit and flare structured wedding gown

Photo: Rosy and Shaun Wedding Photography

Choose your silhouette:

The most popular dress shapes work perfectly with stiffer and heavier fabric, even princess-style ball gowns! A-line dresses don’t have to be created with flowy fabric; instead, dupioni, mikado, or duchess satin are perfect choices for a gown that holds its shape. Fit-and-flare styles also work for a more structured look on your wedding day. When you design a custom wedding gown with Anomalie, you get to choose the silhouette and fabric that makes you feel like a queen.

Duchess satin ballgown with 3d flowers custom structured wedding gown

Photo: Craig Warga Photography

Add a little glam:

Structured gowns are the epitome of glamour, so they certainly don’t have to be plain. Add a little sparkle with beading or a small amount of lace that will still look mature and refined. Pleats also accent the silhouette of the dress for a chic bridal look.

Stylist Tip: Feeling lost on what style of dress is for you? Think of five words that describe how you want to feel or look on your wedding day. An Anomalie stylist can guide you to the perfect flowy or structured wedding gown. Schedule a call today!

Duchess Satin A-line gown with lace on bodice custom wedding dress from Anomalie

Photo: Nikhil Shastri

Duchess satin fit and flare with beading custom structured wedding gown from Anomalie

Photo: Morlotti Studio

Silk cotton faille fit and flare structured wedding gown from Anomalie

Photo: Rosy and Shaun Wedding Photography

Mikado ballgown structured custom wedding gown from Anomalie

Photo: One Love Photography

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