Types of Wedding Dress Lace

By on October 26, 2015

Wedding dress descriptions often mention a type of lace used to make the gown. One dress may have chantilly lace while another has guipure lace. Without being able to inspect the gowns up close in person, you might not know the difference. Have you ever wondered how the types of lace are different? Here are descriptions and some photographs of common types of wedding dress lace.

Alençon Lace
Alençon Lace
One of the most widely used bridal laces is Alençon lace. This lace variety is sometimes referred to as the “Queen of Lace.” Named for the city where it originated, Alençon lace has a long history of adorning women’s dresses. This lace was first produced in the 16th century. It is a needle lace. The designs on Alençon lace are outlined with a fine cording. This type of lace often is embellished with small crystals, seed pearls, or sequins.






Brussels Lace
Brussels Lace
Brussels lace is very old fashioned. This lace was first produced in the fifteenth century. It is extremely delicate. It is said that it was woven in dark rooms for fear that the light would cause the threads to become brittle. Brussels lace is occasionally used for wedding dress details. However, this delicate lace is not as common as other lace varieties.









Chantilly Lace
Chantilly Lace
Chantilly lace is one of the most common laces used on wedding dresses. The lace has a fine, plain netting background. Chantilly lace often is used for wedding dress sleeves and overlays.








Duchesse Lace
Duchesse Lace
Duchesse lace is a variety of Brussels lace. Duchesse lace has more open space than many other types of bridal lace.










Guipure Lace
Guipure Lace
The characteristic difference between guipure lace and other types of lace is the lack of netting. Most types of lace are formed on a netting, the guipure has an open design. This type of lace also is called Venise lace, not to be confused with the spelling of the city of Venice. Guispure lace is heavier than most types of lace. It is a favorite fabric for winter wedding gowns. This lace has a raised texture. It can create a very bold look if used over the majority of the dress.





Schiffli Lace
A lightweight, machine-made lace used as an overlay or edging. Sometimes, this term is used to describe chemical lace. The chemical lace has no netting background, because the netting is dissolved with a chemical treatment after the lace design has been embroidered.

Many people include eyelet as a type of bridal lace. Eyelet is a cotton fabric with embroidered cutouts. It’s not a traditional lace since it’s made on the cotton fabric rather than a netting. Despite not being a true lace, eyelet is a popular trim with scalloped edging for vintage appeal.

For more information about wedding dresses and embellishments, please browse the Best for Bride blog. There you will find detailed descriptions of wedding dress elements including the bustle, veils, and different lengths of trains.

About Olga Pomeransky

Olga is manager at Best for Bride since 2005. Currently Best for Bride operates 4 bridal stores in Canada (Toronto, Etobicoke, Hamilton and Barrie). Best for Bride sells wedding, bridesmaids, mob dresses and more. http://www.BestForBride.com


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    Candice Delaney

    October 30, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    I sort of like lace, but I am being talked out of it because it is just not modern enough. Is that true?

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    Lindsey Gray

    October 30, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    I have always been a fan of lace. There are so many different styles and you can really customize it if you want.

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    Nicole Lundgren

    November 16, 2015 at 7:56 AM

    Lace is not for me. I do like the designs and things like that, but I never really liked how it looked on me.

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