A Bride’s Guide to Wedding Laces

There are so many different lace patterns, it shouldn’t be difficult to find the perfect one for your wedding gown! Here are a few of the most popular:

Battenberg: A heavier lace with the feeling of a Renaissance fabric

Battenberg Lace

Brussels: Raised lace resembling a flower; very delicate with subtle patterns; also called “daisy lace”

Brussels Lace

Alencon: A design of leaves and rose clusters on a net background, often with an “eyelash” edge

Alencon Lace

Chantilly: Similar to Alencon lace, but without the net; very expensive

Chantilly Lace

Lyon: A fine lace of floral patterns

Lyon Lace

Cluny: A lace of fine linen thread, featuring wheel or wheat designs

Cluny Lace

Venise: A roseleaf pattern featuring heavy stitching and a three-dimensional effect

Venise Lace

Schiffli: A machine-made lace of a cotton/polyester blend

Schiffli Lace

Guipure: Lace with a bold pattern and few connective stitches

Guipure Lace



Published by Shari Grenier

I am an ordained Chaplain with the Community Catholic Church of Canada. In our church, clergy are unpaid, so my income comes from planning weddings and performing marriage ceremonies, funerals and baptisms, as well as Proverbs 31 Bible studies! I am a wife, mother and grandmother, and enjoy my hobbies of genealogy, writing, and history, especially Church history. I am equally at home in Toronto, Paris or New York.

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