Wedding Planning, Styling & Design: Wedding Linen

Four Types of Wedding Linen Fabric

 1.      Charmeuse




Charmeuse is a soft, lightweight fabric with a satin weave. This is an opaque fabric that is shiny on the front side, and has a dull finish on the reverse side.

2.      Chiffon




Chiffon is a lovely, delicate and transparent fabric that gives a very soft and romantic effect.



3.      Burlap




Burlap, or Hessian, is a woven fabric made from jute or sisal, and looks beautiful when layered with lace. Burlap is very rustic and natural and is extremely popular with Weddings at the moment.



4.      Muslin



Muslin is a fantastic fabric for draping and using as backdrop, as the fabric usually comes in large and wide quantities. It is a loosely woven fabric that is ideal for weddings in warmer climates.




Linen Trends 2014

The trend of linens over the next 12 months is a more progressive take on the trends of 2013 – moving on from last season’s soft, pastel hues of blush and mint, whimsical and watercolour patterns – 2014 will have a lot more earthy, natural isolated floral prints, inverted colour blooms and leaves, baroque and rococo influenced styles, subtle animal and tribal pattern and moving on later in the year to more distinct and rich patterns, smudged and grafitti-like watercolour, and, as we head into 2015, far more vibrant patterns and colours. As 2014 steps it up a notch from last year -pastels will remain very popular, and will continue to influence the catwalk this year, but with the incorporation of exciting, bright fluorescent colours against the pastels.


All of these influences can be seen on the Catwalk (Paris Fashion Week 2014) and will be slowly emerging on the high street, as the colours and patterns continue to grow as the year goes on.

Earthy, Natural, Isolated Floral Prints & Inverted Colour Blooms and leaves:


[Designers: Zara, H&M, Dorothy Perkins, Roberto Cavalli, Burberry Prorsum & Tracy Reese}

Baroque and Rococo:


[Designers: Zara, H&M, Dries Van Noten, Temperley London]

Animal and Tribal Pattern:



[Designers: H&M, Dorothy Perkins, Roberto Cavalli, Temperley London, Valentino, Givenchy, Diance Von Furstenburg, Alexander McQueen, Lug Von Siga]


Smudged and Graffiti-Like Watercolour:


[Designers: Zara, H&M, Dorothy Perkins, Roberto Cavalli, Maria Grachvogel]

Pastels and Fluorescents:


[Designers: Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Herve Leger, Chanel]





In 2014, Bridal gowns will see an increase in colour, as coral, cayenne and shell pink dresses, by Vera Wang, hit the catwalk for Fall 2014. Floor length, whimsical floral laces, organza, illusion (sheer net fabric), taffeta and embellished neck, empire waist gowns that are soft, simple and elegant are also popular for this years’ Bride’s. Moving away from the voluminous princess gowns, there is an evident pattern of lighter, floating fabrics that highlight the natural feminine figure. We will also be seeing far more knee length and shorter style dresses, that give off a chic, yet quirky, vintage feel.  The floral linen patterns appear to be influencing the Bridal gowns this year, with delicate and subtle floral pattern (lace, beading, etc.) embellishing the gown fabrics.


Coloured Bridal Gowns


Bridal Gowns 2014


Short Bridal Gowns 2014


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