Winter has become a more popular wedding season in recent years, and not just because it can save you some money. Other holiday events–like New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day–can make it a special time of year to say I do. But the cooler weather can make choosing an outfit harder for both guests and the bride, so take a look at these tips before making your final decision.
Figure out the formality. What you wear to the wedding will determined by how formal the event is, which should be indicated on the invites. For a black tie wedding or formal affair, a ball gown for the bride, while guests can wear floor-length dresses with long sleeves (if you’re worried about being cold). If the wedding is more casual, you can’t go wrong with a cocktail dress, while brides might want to wear something a bit less full and dramatic.
Choose jewel tones or metallic. Winter is the perfect time to wear deeper colors, like hunter green, navy blue, plum, maroon, etc. Metallics like silver, gold and copper are also stunning options, and the bride can easily incorporate any of these colors into their look with a sash or their shoes.
Think about texture. Brides especially can work with more textures and layers with their winter wedding dresses. Think layered skirts made of feathers, a trumpet bridal gown with organza textured skirt, and a ball gown that features beautiful organza roses on the skirt or a layered tulle skirt.
Opt for heavier fabric. You want to stay warm, so choose fabrics that have more weight to them, such as velvet, satin or taffeta. Organza is also a bit heavier than tulle, but still a nice, lighter weight.
Look at winter florals. You don’t have to wait until spring and summer to wear floral prints. Opt for a dark floral-print maxi dress so that can you add some flair to your wedding look.
Go for separates. You don’t need to wear a dress. A well-tailored suit can be a stylish–and even sexy–option. Or you can opt for a midi-skirt with black tights or stocking, and pair it with a sparkly shirt. Some brides are even going for the two-piece wedding ensemble to help their look stand out from the crowd.
Add some sparkle. Sparkle isn’t only for the holidays. Both brides and guests should feel free to add some to their wedding looks, whether it’s through sequins or embellishments on their dresses, through accessories or even their shoes.
Stay warm. If you’re not wearing long sleeves, be sure you have some coverage, such as a shawl, shrug or even a bolero jacket. While a winter wedding will probably be indoors (especially if it’s in a cool climate), you’ll still need to stay warm when going to the car.
Wear closed-toe shoes. Stay warm–but still stylish–with closed-toe pumps, shoe boot or even a beautiful winter boot (especially if there’s snow in your locale).
For more wedding tips, check out mistakes couples make when planning a rural wedding and how to have a vegan wedding.