If you’re marrying in the autumn or winter, then you’re probably wondering how best to dress your bridesmaids – no one wants their girls to be shivering down the aisle in a thin chiffon number! Luckily we’ve rounded up a few of our top tips and some of the chicest autumn and winter bridesmaids dresses for you to choose from.
When it comes to choosing dresses for the cooler months, there are a couple of basic tips that we advise you follow. Firstly, it’s always a good idea to choose full-length gowns for your girls – you may be worried about the hems getting wet or dirty, but if it’s cold, the more material the better! Your bridesmaids will certainly thank you for not exposing their legs to the elements.
We also advise pairing them with a closed-toe shoe rather than a sandal, to avoid the girls getting cold, wet feet during any outdoor photographs or travel. If it looks like there’s going to be snow or ice on your big day, consider putting your bridesmaids in low heels, flats or even wellies – if they’re in long dresses then the shoes are likely to go unnoticed anyway, and it’s better to forgo your dream skyscraper heels than have a bridesmaid take a nasty fall! If you have your heart set on them, bring the heels for the ceremony and photographs and allow the girls to wear flats at all other times.
Material-wise, opt for heavier fabrics that can keep the chill away and look stylish in a colder season. We love the look of a classic satin dress, especially in full length, but other options include duchess satin (which is stiffer than traditional satin and has a matte finish), dupioni, organza and taffeta. If you love lace, then choose a heavier fabric with a lace overlay – this is also the perfect way to incorporate sleeves into your bridesmaid dresses.
It’s your big day, so you can choose whatever colours you like, but there’s no denying that a deep jewel-toned dress looks stunning at an autumn or winter wedding. Choose rich shades like emerald green and berry purple and accessorize with gold or silver for a gorgeous bridesmaid look. We also love classic navy blue for the cooler months (it looks stylish and chic paired with ivory), and a bright pop of red at a winter wedding can look seriously festive! Metallic shades like platinum and rose gold are becoming more popular at autumn and winter weddings too – these look particularly gorgeous paired with more neutral shades like taupe, dove grey and blush.
Looking for dress inspiration? Just check out the gallery below – and don’t forget to take a look at our Autumn and Winter wedding sections for more planning advice!