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When it comes to shopping for bridal party dresses, there are so many fabric choices to take into consideration. Should you go for traditional fabrics like lightweight chiffon and intricate lace? Or maybe you’re searching for something that feels a little more glamorous and glossy? If you happen to fall into the latter category, satin bridal party dresses should definitely be on your radar.
What Is Satin?
Satin is a type of weave made from non-natural fibers. It's typically smooth with a lustrous or glossy finish.
Boasting a similar luminous sheen as pure silk, but often at a fraction of the cost, satin has long been a popular choice for bridal party dresses–and it’s easy to see why. This smooth fabric comes in many variations that range from heavyweight duchess satin to lightweight satin-charmeuse, making it a versatile option for all types of weddings and seasons. What’s more, a satin weave works well for an abundance of silhouettes from slinky ‘90s-inspired slip dresses to formal ball gowns. Plus, thanks to its luster and almost velvet-like appearance, satin always photographs beautifully.
Ahead, the best satin bridal party dresses for every style, season, and budget.
Best Halter Neck: Show Me Your Mumu Satin Halter Maxi Dress
This satin dress is so romantic, featuring a flattering halter neckline and an alluring open back. The rich copper shade is also highly versatile and a stunning choice for fall nuptials.
For a Black-Tie Wedding: David's Bridal Off-Shoulder Satin A-Line Tall Bridesmaid Dress
It doesn’t get more exquisite than this floor-length gown from David’s Bridal. Lustrious navy satin, coupled with a classic off-the-shoulder neckline, make this style as elegant as ever for a black-tie wedding.
Best Back: ASOS DESIGN Petite Bridesmaid cowl back satin maxi dress
Your bridal party will make an entrance as jaw-dropping as their exit in this satin maxi dress featuring a cowl open back. Showcase this beautiful detail by styling hair into a loose updo.
Best Midi-Length: Jenny Yoo Satin Midi Dress
When it comes to bridal party dresses, you can never go wrong with a classic satin slip dress. This tried-and-true silhouette always looks polished and makes the perfect complement to any wedding day outfit.
Most Sexy: Lulus Blush Satin Bustier Maxi Dress
Looking for something a little sexier? This maxi dress featuring an alluring buster-bodice should do the trick. The thin spaghetti straps are also perfect for drawing attention to the shoulders and back.
For a Spring Wedding: ASOS EDITION Satin Ruched Halter Neck Maxi Dress
In soft sage green, this luminous satin gown is a dreamy pick for a spring wedding. The elegantly draped bodice is flattering and comfortable, to boot.
Best One-Shoulder: Amsale One-Shoulder Satin Dress
A beautiful way to highlight the neck and decolletage is with a one-shoulder bridal party dress. This one from Amsale features a delicate pin-thin strap and elongating side slit.
Best Modest Neckline: BHLDN Satin Charmeuse Maxi Dress
In an earthy green hue, BHLDN’s ‘Beckett’ dress is a fool-proof option for a fall wedding. The high neckline is ideal for those who are looking for a more modest silhouette.
Best for Mixing and Matching: David's Bridal Spaghetti Strap Satin A-Line Bridesmaid Dress
Your bridal party will look especially sophisticated in these eye-catching burgundy dresses. Consider opting for a mix of silhouettes and necklines to nail the perfect mismatched bridal party look.
Most Versatile: BHLDN Satin Charmeuse Maxi Dress
Classic yet sexy, this satin charmeuse maxi dress makes for an undeniably stylish bridal party look. Plus, it's available in 10 sophisticated colors to suit any season or wedding palette.
Best Flutter Sleeves: ASOS EDITION Satin Maxi Dress
This feminine and flouncy satin gown will definitely get your crew in the party mood. Our favorite detail? The delicate sleeves that flutter with every movement.
Best Classic Black: Lulus Black Satin Cowl Neck Maxi Dress
A black satin floor-length gown will always be a timeless choice for any season, style, or venue. Even better? A classic black dress can easily be worn again, long after the wedding weekend is over.
For a Formal Wedding: Amsale Halterneck Satin Dress
This sleek and sophisticated gown has a certain Old Hollywood glamour to it. Cut from lustrous satin fabric and featuring a thigh-high split, it’s perfect for gracing the aisle and the dance floor.
Most Unexpected: Lovers + Friends Yellow Satin Dress
For an unexpected bridal party look, yellow dresses are a decidedly bold and statement-making choice. It’s bright, cheery, and perfect for sun-filled summer weddings.
Best Print: Vince Blossom Cowl Neck Slip Dress
Whether you're opting for a lineup of floral bridal party dresses or a patterned style to mix and match with solids, you can't go wrong with this blossom print dress. We love it for an intimate backyard ceremony or a formal garden wedding.
Is satin less expensive than pure silk?
Yes. Unlike satin, silk is made from a natural fiber, making it more expensive than any satin weave. To achieve a similar look and feel as silk, but at a fraction of the cost, opt for bridal party dresses crafted from a silk-satin weave.
Are satin bridal party dresses appropriate for every season?
Yes! Satin bridal party dresses are highly versatile and come in a wide range of colors and lightweight/heavyweight fabrics.
Is satin a shiny fabric?
Typically satin has a shiny finish but some fabric types may appear more flat or matte depending on the light.