What To Wear To a Winter Wedding?
When I was little, I dreamt of a winter wedding. The ultimate romantic over-kill: riding to the church in a sleigh with snow falling on my white, fur coat...
Well today, my problem is how to dress for a winter wedding. Although most of my friends (yes, they’re all starting to get married!) usually decide on the typical wedding dates in May or June, a friend of a friend decided to get married to the love of her life in winter. This is so cool – but triggered an extreme outfit crisis for me. What to wear to a winter wedding? There are basic dress code rules, like do not wear white, red or black and no jeans or blank shoulders in church, and so on.
When a friend decides to get married during the winter that doesn’t mean the dress code no longer applies. Either way, much of your outfit choice depends on the chosen dress code for the wedding and the location. Does the bridal couple have a motto? If so, you should follow it. Dressing for weddings can be a bit tricky whether summer or winter weddings. But winter requires an outfit with a little more thought.
When checking thousands of online shops, stores and magazines, I found some ideas I’d like to share with you. Apart from the fact that it usually isn't very warm in churches, it can be a nightmare to even wait outside in the cold for five minutes or walk from registry office to church. For this cold season, I recommend that you have the right “outdoor clothes”. Whatever you decide to wear, take some spare shoes with you to keep your feet warm and dry. You can change out of them once indoors instead of wearing a pair that looks neither elegant nor keeps you warm. What to wear? I asked myself, if it’s better to wear a dress or go for pants.
Well, let me say that wearing a dress to a winter wedding isn’t impossible. For one, length is important. Go long with sweeping floor-length designs. Unless paired with tights, the mere thought of knee-length designs can send shivers to the most warm-blooded of us. The same goes for sleeves - skip strapless silhouettes and cover up. If that's too much coverage for you, look for lace and sheer sleeves that reveal glimpses of skin without actual exposure. Next step: take fabrics into consideration. A breezy chiffon creation won't provide a shred of insulation. Gravitate towards rich fabrics, like velvet (which is actually in fashion this season) and jacquard, for a super luxe effect.
And, finally, skip over unseasonably pretty pastels and deepen your color palette to include jewel tones, like ruby, sapphire, and emerald. Definitely avoid wearing black or red. A simple, but wow-effect dress, can be worn to the registry office and the church.The registry office is often the more formal part of a wedding, so I will wear a pair of wool pants paired with a nice blouse or a skirt and blouse combination with heavy polished boots to guarantee the wow-effect of my outfit. You can pimp this look with a warm and elegant (and stylish!) velvet blazer.
A jumpsuit is also a great alternative. It is more special than pants and a blouse and will keep you warmer than a dress. I like to wear jacquard style jumpsuits for such occasions in special colors like dark green or ocean blue. But whether you choose a dress or a jumpsuit, I would choose a long-sleeved version.
You can also opt to change for the church and the party – the rules aren't as strict for the party as for the church.
A sequined dress can be nice for a winter wedding party. The metallic glitter effect will add to the atmosphere of twinkle and sparkle during magic winter wedding moments.
The party dress does not have to have long-sleeves, by the way – let’s hope the wedding party is so fun that you’ll dance the night away. Once you've found your perfect outfit, you can throw on this season's most sought after coat style (add some glamorous faux fur) and voila! Outfit sorted. No freezing.