Guide to Winter Wedding Dresses

Thursday, December 29th, 2016 Wedding IDEAS, INSPIRATION AND INSIDER TIPS

There is just something about a winter wedding that seems more romantic and magical than any other season. It could be the frost in the air or the fluffy white snow covering the ground, either way, it sounds beautiful.

Your winter wonderland wedding sounds amazing in theory, but the more you think about it, the more you realize it may not be ideal. One of the main deterrents is probably the temperature. Thinking about how cold it would be in the wedding dress of your dreams as you are walking down the aisle and standing at the altar with your soon-to-be husband could cause you to move away from the idea. Well, rejoice!

You no longer have to sacrifice your winter wonderland dream wedding just because it’s too cold to wear the wedding dress you picked out. We have come up with six features to look for in a wedding gown that will be appropriate for your winter time wedding.


What to Look for in a Winter Wedding Gown

Sleeves

With the chilly weather, you may think bundling up in a heavy coat will be the only thing to keep you warm. This may not be the case.

On your wedding day you’ll have a lot of adrenaline running through your body as you are about to walk down the aisle and marry your soulmate. If this is the case, you may only need a thin layer to cover your bare skin. A winter wedding gown with sleeves may be a great option to help keep you warm.

A few options of warm wedding dresses for the chilly weather include:

  1. Long sleeves - a full sleeve that covers your entire arm.
  • ¾ length sleeves - sleeves goes down just past your elbows.

  • Illusion long sleeves - A wedding gown with illusion long sleeves  accented with elegant lace appliques gives you some coverage from the chilly air but it does not take away from the elegance of the dress.

  • Lace sleeves - all laced mermaid gown with laced long sleeves could be the perfect match for you and your winter wedding. Some even say that these dresses were designed and beautifully made just for winter weddings.


If you are someone who enjoys the cooler weather, a cap sleeved dresses or an off-the-shoulder dresses is perfect for you. The placement of the sleeves will elegantly cover just the right amount of skin to keep you from shivering down the aisle. A romantic lace cap sleeve wedding gown would give you slight coverage on the shoulders and the sophisticated design will make you feel like winter wonderland princess.

Heavy Fabrics

During the winter, the heavier or thicker the fabric, the warmer you will be.  If the dress that you are in love with is a lacy dress over chiffon fabric, opt to have the fabric underneath changed to satin rather than chiffon. Luxurious satin is a thicker fabric, keeping you that much warmer during your wedding ceremony.

Fuller silhouettes like ball gown and A-line shapes are perfect for a winter wedding as you stand at the altar with fresh fallen snow in the background. They will keep heat inside while also making you feel like royalty.  

Length

Longer wedding gowns are more suitable for winter weddings. Dresses that reaches the floor and/or have longer trains combined with the winter weather gives the whole wedding a more whimsical and magical feel. The longer length will help fend off shivers that may run through your body during your wedding in the colder months.

With the chilly weather, you may think bundling up in a heavy coat will be the only thing to keep you warm. This may not be the case.

On your wedding day you’ll have a lot of adrenaline running through your body as you are about to walk down the aisle and marry your soulmate. If this is the case, you may only need a thin layer to cover your bare skin. A winter wedding gown with sleeves may be a great option to help keep you warm.

A few options of warm wedding dresses for the chilly weather include:

  • Long sleeves - a full sleeve that covers your entire arm.

  • ¾ length sleeves - sleeves goes down just past your elbows.

  • Illusion long sleeves - A wedding gown withillusion long sleeves accented with elegant lace appliques gives you some coverage from the chilly air but it does not take away from the elegance of the dress.

  • Lace sleeves - all laced mermaid gown with laced long sleeves could be the perfect match for you and your winter wedding. Some even say that these dresses were designed and beautifully made just for winter weddings.

If you are someone who enjoys the cooler weather, a cap sleeved dresses or an off-the-shoulder dresses is perfect for you. The placement of the sleeves will elegantly cover just the right amount of skin to keep you from shivering down the aisle. Aromantic lace cap sleeve wedding gown would give you slight coverage on the shoulders and the sophisticated design will make you feel like winter wonderland princess.

Heavy Fabrics

During the winter, the heavier or thicker the fabric, the warmer you will be.  If the dress that you are in love with is a lacy dress over chiffon fabric, opt to have the fabric underneath changed to satin rather than chiffon. Luxurious satin is a thicker fabric, keeping you that much warmer during your wedding ceremony.

Fuller silhouettes like ball gown and A-line shapes are perfect for a winter wedding as you stand at the altar with fresh fallen snow in the background. They will keep heat inside while also making you feel like royalty.  

Length

Longer wedding gowns are more suitable for winter weddings. Dresses that reaches the floor and/or have longer trains combined with the winter weather gives the whole wedding a more whimsical and magical feel. The longer length will help fend off shivers that may run through your body during your wedding in the colder months.

Collars/Necklines

Just because you are getting married in the winter doesn’t mean you have to wear long sleeves.

Winter weddings allow brides to play with necklines more freely. In the recent years of wedding dresses, there have been more styles of necklines. A sheer bateau neckline with lace appliques allows you to be more fun and flirty with your wedding gown. The different neckline draw everyone’s attention to you and your beautiful wedding gown while still allowing for some coverage and warmth.

Accessories

There are beautiful accessories available that can be worn during the ceremony and taken off for the reception or vice versa. If you always dreamed of a strapless dress, a jacket might be the most beautiful option to help keep you warm.

Our bridal jackets come with lace or beaded details and can be worn over or tucked seamlessly inside your bridal gown and when you are ready it can be removed for a second look! Convertible styles are great because they are an affordable way to change up your look on your wedding day.

Color

Wedding gowns can easily be lost in a sea of white during a winter wedding. Adding a crystal and rhinestone sash will bring your wedding gown to life against the winter air. Whether it’s embroidered on your wedding gown or worn as an accessory, embellishments will make you sparkle and shine brighter than the winter snow.

Stand out from the pure white snow background by finding a gown with gorgeous embellishments. A silver embroidered wedding gown is not just flattering and fun, but also shine bright against the wintery background.

You also have the option to choose a colored wedding gown to really stand out against the white snow. Anything from a light blue gown to a light apricot gown will capture every guests’ attention at the ceremony and reception. Holiday weddings are becoming more and more common in the last few years. A red Alencon lace ball gown could be a great option for the reception of a holiday wedding. It captures the essence of the holidays without sacrificing the elegance and sophistication of your wedding day.

We hope that you’re now convinced that your dream of a winter wedding is achievable. You can have your wedding day during your favorite season while wearing your beautiful winter wedding dress. Visit your local authorized Moonlight Bridalretailer to try on the wedding gowns mentioned in this blog along with many others.

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