7 Types of Lace for Wedding Dresses

The Seven Types of Lace You should Know

Lace is probably the most popular wedding gown fabric today as well as one our personal favorites. But, not all lace is created or looks the same. As you begin shopping for your wedding gown, you need to know about the different types of lace that are popular for wedding gowns. To help you out we’re going to cover the 7 of the most popular style of lace used in wedding dresses and although not all gowns include lace, most do, and it’s good to know the difference between the different types of lace.

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Originating from Alençon, France, this needlepoint lace is usually found with a floral design on a sheer or net background.

Alencon Lace Gown by Lazaro

Gown featuring Alencon lace by Lazaro


Also called Venetian lace, Guipure is a firm, stiff lace without a net background. Patterns are created by a series of close, embroidered stitches onto a fine fabric that seems to disappear in the finished piece.

Guipure Lace gown Tara Keely

Gown featuring Guipure lace by Tara Keely


Delicate patterns are tightly stitched onto an illusion base, forming the appearance of an applique.

Embroidered lace detail on a Pronovias Gown

Gown featuring Embroidered lace by Pronovias


Chantilly lace is known for its fine ground, outline pattern and abundant detail. The pattern is outlined in cordennet, a flat untwisted strand.

Chantilly Lace on a Kelly Faetanini Gown

Gown featuring Chantilly lace by Kelly Faetanini


A softer lace, this lace lacks a tulle back, making it more flexible, and contours around the body with more ease.

types of lace: knit lace on a Pronovias gown

Gown featuring knit lace by Pronovias


Brocade is a class of richly decorative shuttle-woven fabrics, often made in colored silks and with or without gold and silver threads.

Types of lace: Brocade featured on a Modern Trousseau Gown

Gown featuring brocade by Modern Trousseau


A lightweight fabric; often cotton, pierced by small holes finished with stitching and often laid out in flowerlike designs, creating a lace-like effect.

Types of Lace: Eyelet Lace on a Sottero and Midgley Gown

Gown featuring eyelet by Sottero and Midgley

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Remember, once you’re wedding is over, you’ll want to make sure your gown gets cleaned properly and preserved. As Nebraska’s only member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialist, we are trained on how to clean every fabric and lace style. We use tried and true, environmentally safe methods and preserve your gown using acid free tissue and a MuseumCareTM acid free box.

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