How to dress for a winter wedding

An ornamental snowflake

Snowy landscapes, transparent skies, and holiday spirit; winter can be a wonderful time to hold your wedding. As beautiful as the season is, the weather can be cold and temperamental; so whether you’re the bride, groom, groomsman, bridesmaid, or a guest in the wedding party – you’ll want to make sure you stay chic and warm throughout the ceremony. Below, we share our top tips for wrapping up and styling yourself beautifully for a winter wedding.

Groom Style

When it comes to your suit, a wool-cashmere blend is warm and classy: perfect for the frosty winter weather. If you’re looking for something a little more individualistic, which still retains a classic air, the quirky tweed suit may be the one for you. As Wedding Ideas magazine’s Rachel Morgan mentions “In contrast to the rural and informal associations of yesteryear, tweed is often seen as chic, whimsical and authentically British”.

Bridal Style

A white wedding dress looks incredibly striking against a snowy backdrop. Winter wedding dresses call for beautiful embellishments; delicate crystal beading, pearled sleeves, and sparkled accents. In addition, in the colder winter months you can go for a luxurious, warm fabric such as a heavy silk, rayon, or velvet. Long sleeves and fall skirts will also add warmth and style.

Guest Style

A woman wearing a black coatFor a winter wedding, you’ll want to make sure you look stylish but keep yourself warm and comfortable. A winter coat or fur wrap can really add to your outfit, and also keep you warm and protected from the icy winter elements. Winter is a great time to break out the faux fur, and you can find some gorgeous coats or wraps on the high street, or in vintage stores.

If you’re a gentleman guest, you might like to get yourself kitted out with a well fitted pea coat or a stylish tweed jacket; winter allows you to bring class and character to your look with a unique outer garment.

Groomsmen Style

As a groomsmen, your look should compliment or echo the groom’s; whether he’s fitted out in a smart tux, or looking relaxed in braces and a smart dress shirt. If you’re taking matters into your own hands, be sure to pick out a smart, well fitted suit and trousers, and make sure that your shoes and accessories are sharp and match the overall theme and colour scheme of the wedding.

Bridesmaid Style

In the winter, it’s all about the shade of dress. Ruby reds, rich metallics, and royal purples all look beautiful against a cool winter backdrop. For the fabric, you may like to go for a slightly warmer material than the chiffons of summer; velvet looks incredibly luxurious and will set a beautiful, rich winter colour alight. In contrast, brocade combines a beautiful ornate design with a super-warm fabric.

Dress to Impress

Winter offers a stunning winter landscape for a fairytale wedding and we hope our post helps you look chic and feel warm and snug during the celebrations.

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