Winter Wedding Dresses – What to Wear When It Is Cold
February 7th, 2017 Wedding Ideas, Tips and Inspiration
Holding a winter wedding give you the opportunity to choose a wedding dress that is the epitome of elegance and drama. Cooler climates allow you to indulge in luxurious fabrics that may otherwise feel too heavy during other times of the year. Vintage lace, full skirts, long trains, and sophisticated sleeves all have their place in a formal winter wedding. So don’t shy away from fairy tale-worthy attire. Instead, embrace the flexibility that the winter climate provides and choose a dress that includes the ideal mix of understated and opulent to create the winter wedding dress of your dreams.
To help you locate your perfect winter wedding dress, here are some of the more popular designs and materials that especially appropriate for these colder months.
Full Ball Gown Skirts
If you imagine walking down the aisle during your winter wedding feeling like a princess, wearing a wedding dress with a full ball gown skirt will share that inner feeling with the world. Ball gowns exude a classic elegance with a hint of regal flair. And winter is an ideal time for a fuller skirt.
The layers of material necessary to create the full, sculptural look of a ball gown wedding dress skirt can provide additional comfort on cold winter days as it holds heat. And that can make these layered creations more comfortable to wear than during other times of the year.
Ball Gowns with Sleeves
Recently, there has been a resurgence of ball gowns with sleeves. Whether your ideal winter wedding dress has princess inspired three-quarter sleeves, delicate cap sleeves, or anything in between, choosing additional coverage can help you remain comfortable in cooler weather while providing a feeling of grace and sophistication.
Additionally, the combination of a full ball gown skirt and intricate sleeves can be an ideal combination for a classic bride who prefers a more modest look that still conveys a sense of classic romance.
Many brides who choose a winter wedding intend to have the ceremony and reception indoors. Once benefit of choosing to keep the festivities inside, besides alleviating any concerns about the weather, is the ability to have a long, flowing train.
Often, outdoor ceremonies present risks to a train’s delicate material that are nearly impossible to avoid. Contact with the ground may stain white and ivory fabrics, and debris can wreak havoc on lace, embroidery, and embellishments.
By choosing indoor locations, many of these risks are eliminated. This allows you to select a winter wedding dress with a cathedral train, creating a point of drama that few other styles can provide. And, for brides that have always imagined having a wedding that makes them feel like royalty, having a lavish and ornate train may feel like an appropriate luxury.
For those looking for an updated look that portrays classic femininity and high-fashion, delicate ruffles can add softness to a fitted, embellished bodice. The layers of the skirt capture light like rolling, snowy hills, making an exquisite statement during the winter months as it gently flows down the aisle.
Lace is a classic choice for a winter wedding dress. Its delicate nature carries with it a sense of romance and femininity, and vintage-inspired lace wedding dress designs can stand alone in their elegant simplicity or support additional adornment and unique flair.
Fits can also vary to suit your unique style. Simple, elegant sheaths create a timeless feel while fit and flare gowns produce silhouettes reminiscent of old Hollywood. Sheer lace trains can feel as glamorous as they do innocent while updated necklines can give a classic cut a touch of the modern.
Winter weddings make satin a lovely choice. Often, satin can feel heavy during warmer months of the year, but that level of richness is perfect for the time of year when snowfall is common. The material can serve as its own embellishment as it catches the light or can serve as a backdrop for beading and appliques.
A satin skirt can be combined with a lace bodice, or a full satin gown can feature lace sleeves and overlays, allowing you to combine two classic looks into one stunning winter wedding dress. Satin’s structure also allows it to be combined with a bolero jacket, creating a refined, formal appearance with the flexibility to add or remove the jacket as the festivities progress.
Care, Climate and Venue Selection
Just as your winter wedding dress can make you more comfortable during colder weather, it is important to consider the comfort of those around you as well. Make sure to select a venue that has available storage for coats and even shoes. If there is deep snow on the ground, some guests may prefer to wait until they are at the venue before putting on delicate high heels, so see if there is a place they can discretely store heavier boots if they might be changing after arriving.
Additionally, make sure you have access to climate control, especially if your ceremony and reception are in the same space. Even if an event starts out chilly inside, leading you to turn up the heat, once everyone hits the dance floor, the space may heat up. And, while you don’t want any to freeze during your winter wedding, you don’t want them to overheat either.
Similarly, do your best to set up your receiving line in a space where everyone can be comfortable indoors, as you wouldn’t want your guests to feel stuck outside while they wait their turn to congratulate you.
Creating a Winter Wonderland
Winter also provides additional options regarding décor that can complement the feel of your winter wedding dress. Having the primary colors of the wedding be shades of white or ivory, only highlighted with metal toned accents create a feeling of snow and ice, while combining a shade of white and black creates a feeling that is as classic as it is distinct.
Additionally, for those who love the romance of gently twinkling lights, winter wedding décor welcomes hints of light as a design element all its own. Since the days are shorter this time of year, using light as a feature feels especially appropriate when paired with simple colors, creating a feeling of starlight and snowflakes.
Glass and crystal also work well when your goal is to choose décor to create a full winter wonderland. The items are placed against black, white, or tones of silver as easily as they can be combined with natural wood tones, making them ideal selections for everything from the most formal black tie affair to those preferring a more rustic approach.Winter weddings truly have the ability to be thoroughly elegant in their simplicity in a way that is hard to capture during other times of the year. Take advantage of the natural beauty that simplicity can offer, and you may be surprised how polished your wedding can feel. So don't wait! Find a retailer near you and make your appointment to start your search for your dream winter wedding dress today!