Brides on a budget are still entitled to a luxurious wedding dress. In fact, Terry Costa was founded with the goal to create "Dreams Within Reach" for every bride-to-be, regardless of how much they’re looking to spend.
Ready to start dress shopping for “the one”? Lace wedding dresses are lovely, and tulle bridal gowns are terrific, but there’s one budget-friendly fabric that shines brighter, forsaking all others: satin. Satin wedding dresses stand out, unsurpassed when you’re looking to dazzle your darling with uncompromising elegance.
Glamor girls and vintage-inspired brides alike love the luster that satin wedding dresses add to their big day. No wonder royalty and aristocracy exalted the fabric as a symbol of luxury and status. Today’s couture bridal designers also revere it for its sensual feel and luxe looks.
To help you realize your dream of a glamorous, affordable satin wedding dress, we’ve curated this list of bestsellers to help refine your search. But first, let’s get acquainted with the facets of the fabric and how to care for it.
Satin Wedding Dress Basics
Satin wedding dresses are distinguished by their tight weave pattern and signature sheen. One side is defined by smooth, glossy characteristics. The other is generally more matte, though there certainly are wedding dress designers who prefer to work with double-faced satin that shimmers on both sides. Most of our satin wedding dresses are made of traditional silk weave; however, for brides on a budget wanting something more modern can choose from satin wedding gowns sewn from polyester, nylon, or rayon variations.
Satin Wedding Dress Care
One deterrent from Satin Wedding dresses is the work it takes to de-wrinkle them. We find a little heat goes a long way and bit of steam keeps things smooth as, well, silk.
When ironing, choose the lowest setting possible, turn your gown inside out, and cover the dress cotton cloth to protect the delicate fabric. Always avoid dry, direct heat, which could instantly brown and scorch your dress.
You can also stick to steam exclusively by hanging the dress on high in your bathroom and running the shower on hot. Close off the doors and windows to help concentrate the steam, leaving the water running for at least 20 minutes.
If you have stubborn wrinkles, use a clean cotton washcloth to slightly dampen the fabric, using gentle pressure to encourage smoothing out.
Satin Wedding Dress Styles
Now that you know some satin specifics, it’s time to figure out which style of satin wedding dress best represents you as a blushing bride. We’ve even curated a few examples to help you refine your search.
Bloom’s definitely on this satin vintage rose color wedding dress. Erica, from Rebecca Ingram's Fall 2018 bridal collection, is a vintage-inspired wedding dress with a unique high-low bridal cut. The strapless satin bridal gown also features a flattering neckline and box pleats with pockets for your lip touch up or a tissue. This modern take also comes in a variety of colors to complement your skin tone.
Stylish sweethearts will love this glamorous satin sheath wedding dress from Allure Bridals’ Fall 2018 bridal line. Characterized by its sleek sheath silhouette and high neckline, the dress dazzles from front to back with sexy side cutouts and a completely open back. Sheer illusion panels dusted with crystal beadwork offer the perfect balance of modern modesty.
The traditional cut on this Madison James bridal dress is enhanced with a variety of charming flourishes that add to its visual appeal. The Mikado Silk ballgown wedding dress stuns with a fully beaded bodice that’s translucent enough to show an oh-so-classy sneak peek of skin. A breathtaking illusion back is flanked with satin buttons that trail the gown’s impressive chapel train, ensuring you glide down the aisle in style towards your forever.
So chic, so contemporary, so you. Arleigh Rose is a cutout sheath satin wedding dress from Sottero & Midgley's Fall 2018 bridal collection that evokes unparalleled Hollywood-glamour. Similar to Pippa’s bridesmaid dress, the gown is fitting for any prim and proper princess. From its modest high neckline to its elegant shoulder cutouts and demurely open back, the gown shimmers with strategic Swarovski crystals accents along the neck, waist, and back.
The perfectly balanced beauty of this satin halter sheath wedding dress will have you halting hearts in their tracks. Maurelle from Maggie Sottero's Fall 2018 wedding dress collection is a fitted and flattering crepe gown adorned with Swarovski crystals and delicate crisscross back straps. A cascade of satin buttons draws the eye down to the elegant flowing train for unmatched shimmer and dimension.
Whether your ideal wedding day look is old Hollywood-inspired glamour, vintage-inspired silhouettes, or something entirely more modern, satin wedding dresses make the perfect pairing. Choose from a variety of long sleeve satin wedding dresses and contemporary affordable wedding gowns that evoke old and new world charm.