I just got married on October 3rd and spent every Saturday from February til August designing and making my wedding dress. It's silk satin with Swarovski crystal banding on the hem of the skirt and bodice and Swarovski crystals and beads on the top of the bodice. I used metal D-rings for the loops in back and 2 layers of silk chiffon for the lacing, with more crystals at the base.
I also made this Vogue dress as another dress for the reception. Just a warning...the instructions are terrible and the pattern is drafted incorrectly, so it took a LOT longer than expected! I think it was worth it though.