Winter is an underrated, yet magical time to get married. It’s the one season where a little precipitation on your wedding day can actually be a good thing. After all, if you’re lucky enough to have a dusting of snow for your holy matrimony, all you’ll need is your groom, your dress, and a few accessories to get the perfect wedding photos. So scour the internet and bridal magazines for winter wedding dress ideas and have fun trying on dresses. Let your winter wedding dress search begin!
Winter Wedding Dress Ideas
Types of Long Sleeves
While you don’t have to choose a long-sleeved gown, long sleeves are a slightly warmer choice for winter (depending on your choice of fabric) and very seasonally appropriate. Long-sleeved wedding dresses are just as beautiful as they are unique, and long sleeves are flattering on nearly any figure. Whether you’re going for a bohemian effect or a 1920s art deco look, you have options:
- Bell Sleeves: From the medieval era to today, bell sleeves are a tried-and-true trend that is here to stay. If you want to feel a little royal like Queen Anne of Brittany, take a look at this gorgeous frosted Alençon lace gown.
- Beaded Sleeves: If you’re a sucker for details, you will fall head-over-heels in love with dresses with beaded sleeves. If you want to feel a bit like Daisy from The Great Gatsby, check out this vintage-inspired gown with a Sabrina neckline and detailed sleeves. If you’re looking for a more modern feel, go with a fashion-forward dress like this long-sleeved mermaid gown.
- Transparent Lace Sleeves: Lace has been appearing on gowns for centuries, although we usually see it as an overlay detail on the bodices, skirts, or hems of gowns. However, lace sleeves are becoming very popular, and the contrast of lace against skin is stunning. We love this ethereal and romantic dress with long lace sleeves.
Accessorize with Faux Fur
One of our favorite winter wedding dress ideas is an accessory: the faux fur shawl. This accessory will not only look beautiful and chic, but it will also keep you warm during a long outdoor photo session. Faux fur shawls come in a variety of colors like blush, white, ivory, and even brown. Many brides choose not to wear their faux fur shawl during the ceremony, so the details of their dress can stand out. However, the choice is up to you. You can even get a set for your bridesmaids for a cohesive bridal party look.
Warm Winter Wedding Shoes
Most brides want to be both comfortable and fashionable. Save yourself from a case of cold feet (no pun intended) with a warm, yet beautiful, pair of shoes. If your wedding has a southwestern theme, a pair of white cowgirl boots will keep your feet warm while looking pretty. Thinking along those same lines, white Victorian-inspired of lace-up boots can also look beautiful with your dress. If you do choose to go with a pair traditional heels or flats, make sure they are closed-toed (and if you can find a pair that is lined with fur, that is a huge bonus).