Demystifying bridal fabrics

The Hint Registry demystifies bridal fabrics Bridal fabrics on your mind? The Hint Registry knows that while you are putting together your perfect gift registry, you are also engaged in the search for the perfect wedding gown. Wedding gowns are constructed from luxurious couture-grade fabrics, not all of which may be familiar to modern misses. In days of yore, when most women were able amateur seamstresses, the swathe of bridal fabrics may not have presented quite the same, sometimes baffling or even intimidating, experience. So let The Hint Registry show you around the bridal fabric atelier. By the way, we can’t help but notice that many of the words are as beautiful and evocative as the fabrics themselves. The words trip off the tongue like the fabrics kiss the body. Seriously, what poet can be behind such linguistic aesthetics as “silk”, “organza”, “taffeta”, “chiffon”, “Georgette” and “damask”? Say them out loud and see what we mean.

Seduced? Well, then, let’s describe these luxurious and sensuous materials and how they are used in bridal fashions. chiffon: ultra-lightweight and often made from silk, delicate chiffon is similar to georgette but even more sheer and light, and gives beautifully flowing silhouettes crepe: one for the bold and the beautiful, this soft and thin fabric with a crinkled texture is a figure-hugging beauty that drapes and clings damask: often a silk, damask refers to floral or geometric patterns woven into the fabric in a raised texture, and is a lighter choice than the heavier brocade that it resembles duchess satin: this is a silk and rayon blend with a lightweight yet strong texture ideal for constructed shapes dupioni: with a similar sheen to shantung, this popular bridal choice is a silk blend with a slightly coarser texture faille: a more structured silk, it tailors more beautifully than most while having a glossy sheen and finely ribbed texture georgette: often made from silk, georgette is crepe-like in texture, sheer and superlight in weight and with a matte texture, and wonderfully suited to summer gowns moire: a silk that is heavy and crisp in feel, moire is ideal for colder weather organza: another silk, with a light weight and sheer, crisp translucency, it creates structure and volume peau de soie: a high-quality soft satin with a grainy lustre, peau de soie is perfect for draped constructions satin: many a bride’s choice for skirts due to its smoothness, density and weight, it has a lovely sheen that flatters constructed silhouettes shantung: a silk with texture similar to that of raw silk and a little smoother than dupioni, this is a time-honoured choice for wedding gowns silk: the definitive luxury choice for many a bride, this comes in innumerable permutations, some of which we describe here. Its famous shimmer is due to its fibres being shaped like little prisms that refract incoming light producing a spectrum taffeta: with a crisp, papery texture that makes a famous soft rustling sound, taffeta comes in a variety of weights tulle: a silk that is the fabric of choice for veils, tulle is similar to organza but a little stiffer, and is also especially fitting for creating volume in full skirts


The Hint Registry’s top 10 tips for picking your ideal reception venue

You want the perfect venue for your perfect day, and take our word for it, you really can have it. Your big day is likely to be the biggest planning project of any kind that you have ever undertaken. And therein lies the key. You really only need to do three things: budget, research and plan. But, as always, the devil is in the detail. So, let us fill in some of that detail for you with our top tips for a perfect venue.


The Hint Registry presents … our 5 favourite dinner sets

Dinner parties are not going out of style any time soon. They are and will remain your chance to not just bring conviviality into your home, but to impress with your taste and unique style. So: style it up, and set the perfect table with these superlative choices.

Japanese chinaware company Noritake established itself in Australia in 1958 and had a mid-century heyday downunder as the quintessential and, indeed, ubiquitous wedding gift. Now experiencing a second wind for their practical yet pretty and very fine quality tableware, Noritake offers a large range of dinner set that are a great pick for couples with contemporary or vintage tastes.


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Vera Wang

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Ah, Vera Wang. There are not too many other designers who could bedazzle your finger, scent your bridesmaids, style your reception tabletop, and then ice the cake with all your most luxurious stationery needs as well. In fact, if you loved Vera Wang as much as we do, you could conceivably go elsewhere for not much more than your cake.


Honeymoon Inspiration - Pippa Middleton's Honeymoon


Who wouldn’t envy Pippa Middleton’s smooth and stylish transition from world’s most famous bridesmaid to bride? We also like how she brought part of sister Kate’s wedding gift from their parents along the way, a pair of Robinson Pelham diamond drop earrings specially commissioned for the royal wedding which she wore as bridesmaid.


Wedding Expos

Where better to gather ideas about how to make your special day even more special?

We at The Hint Registry love a good expo, and we are pretty sure you do, too. It’s the chance to meet with favourite and up-and-coming designers, to check out the trends and – let’s admit it! – to maybe pick up a prize or discount or two. We love a good private showing of high-end new season looks in bridal gowns, too. Who doesn’t?


Bridal shower gifts we love right now

Attending a bridal shower, kitchen tea or hens night and in search of the perfect gift?  Or maybe you're setting up a bridal shower registry for yourself or a bride-to-be.  Well look no further, here are our favourite gifts for the bride-to-be!

Nothing says style and sophistication like a monogrammed leather clutch.  We love the burgundy envelope clutch (pictured above) from The Daily Edited and think it exudes quality. Remember, if you are going for the monogrammed option you have some important decisions – is the bride-to-be changing her name so she will new initials?  If you’re unsure, it may be safer to arrange for the personalisation later or go for something more general, like her first initial or name only.


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