You want a dress to suit your season, especially when it comes to a winter wedding. It would be hard to keep a constant bridal smile on your face when your teeth are chattering, so here’s our pick of the best dresses for the chilly season…
The most obvious option to add some extra warmth to your outfit is sleeves. Three-quarter length sleeves or short sleeves cover your shoulders and add that little bit of coverage to keep the chills at bay. We especially love this Victoria Jane design. The embellished sleeves and decorative waist detail keep the attention on top, so what’s keeping you warm is the most beautiful part of the dress at the same time! Staying warm doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style!
And what about Pronovias’ Balbina? This simple, yet oh-so-elegant design is absolutely flawless. The off-the-shoulder look is not only bang on trend for the winter, and the new year, but also allows for the full-length sleeved dress to still be sexy, as well as sophisticated, without complete coverage.
Another way for winter brides to warm up is layers. You may not think that layering is possible, or a good look, for your wedding outfit, but larger A-line skirts help to hide layers and layers of (warming) material. This Allure Bridal design, MJ13F, is perfect for an underskirt or two, or even a pair of tights! The space for layers and the stunning bodice detail make up for cold arms and shoulders. And besides, a shrug or bolero is easily added when you want it. Why not go for a fur shrug for a vintage look?
Similarly with Paloma Blanca’s style 4511F, there is plenty of room for extra layers to go unnoticed. The beaded bodice is absolutely gorgeous, too, lending the gown a Christmassy feel. You need a bit of sparkle for those duller winter days, remember!
Sparkle really is a winter wedding essential – whether it’s in your dress or in your accessories. The all-over crystal beading of Maggie Sottero’s Skye is complemented by the delicate one-shoulder look. This is also a great choice if you’re trying to create the Great Gatsby look.
The Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner design below, in its warm ivory tones, will instantly warm up a winter wedding. The elegant detailing on the bodice gives it just the right amount of sparkle – the perfect winter wedding dress.
Another top trend for winter and the coming new year is collars. A contemporary detail for a wedding dress, a collar is a great choice for an alternative celebration or if you want to stand out from the crowd. Creating a beautiful and different neckline, collars give your dress an elegant edge. Romantica of Devon’s Aphrodite is a perfect winter number. The simplicity of the lines mean that you can make more of a statement with your accessories or your winter bouquet of in-season flowers like roses or gysophila – but still grab that bridal attention you need!
For a less modern and more traditional look, but still keeping to that cool collar trend, we love Private Label By G’s lacy number. The sophisticated rising neckline lengthens the neck and frames your face beautifully. If you’re going for a look like this, then keep your hair up to show it off – we’ve got some of the best winter hairstyle ideas right here. And you just can’t go wrong with lace for a winter wedding!
These are just some of our top tips when it comes to choosing a dress for winter – and we’ve got lots more winter wedding tips for you to get your hands on here!