Finding the perfect winter wedding dress

Winter is coming, and with it will come the wind, rain and snow. So if you’re having trouble finding the perfect winter wedding dress, now is an ideal time to start looking.

While many brides choose to buy a wedding dress before considering how they will fair during either winter of summer, if you’re going to be spending time outside for your ceremony or photos, then thinking about the weather is a must.

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Fortunately having a winter wedding is just as magical as having your big day in summer. Afterall, it is called a winter wonderland. There are many different ways you can style your dress to a wintery theme, to keep you both looking, and feeling, great on your big day.

Layer up

The easiest way to keep warm in cold weather is always by adding extra layers, and your wedding day is no exception. From having a thick bodice that will keep your torso warm to having a fuller skirt, layers are an ideal way to wear the dress you’ve always wanted without sacrificing yourself to the weather. Extra layers of tulle on the inside of your dress can be beneficial here, while thicker fabrics such as satin will help insulate you further.

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Wear a pair of thick tights

Many brides choose to wear stockings on their wedding day regardless of the weather, but if you really want to go the extra mile to keep yourself warm then consider a pair of fleece tights. Thick white tights are reminiscent of the 1960s, and with vintage and tea-length dresses making a comeback, tights can make an additional statement for your winter wedding wardrobe. Of course, you don’t have to stop at white. If you’re looking for a quirky way to keep yourself warm then consider patterned or bright colour tights to stand out on the big day.

Choose a dress with sleeves

Thanks to Duchess Catherine, wedding dress sleeves have made a popular comeback over the last few years. Not only do sleeves add a touch of elegance and quirk to your wedding dress, but they can also be a great asset during winter. Whether your sleeves are thin or thick, having that extra layer of protection can help take the bite out of the cold. Wedding dresses with sleeves also tend to have higher necklines, which will also leave you less exposed to the elements.

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Invest in a bolero

Despite the temptation to borrow your new partner’s suit jacket during the evening, having your own bolero, shawl or even blazer can help keep you warmer. Not only are many boleros made from warmer materials, being more fitted to you they will also let less of the weather in. They’re also a beautiful addition to your winter wardrobe, and a white bolero can be worn time and time again for other winter formal events.

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If you’re up for a more unconventional look then a surefire way to keep you warm during your wedding day is to cover up with a pantsuit. A pantsuit is a stylish addition to your wardrobe, can be well accessorised, and will give you a touch of modern elegance when you walk down the aisle. Not only that, but it will keep you covered up through the whole day. Who says it’s only the groom who gets to wear a suit?

For more winter wedding dress inspiration check out wedding dress suppliers in your area.

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