Getting hitched in the winter could be a magical experience—snow makes for an enchanting backdrop. But there’s also the obvious—temperatures drop a lot, and you have to take that into consideration when looking for a wedding dress. Finding a gorgeous dress to wear on your most special day, when that day happens to be freezing, doesn’t mean you have to compromise style over warmth. Below are some things you should consider when looking for that perfect winter wedding dress.
1. The Silhouette
Sleeves are a must-have in a winter wedding dress. Winter is the perfect season for a statement gown. Full skirts, or a mermaid silhouette, dramatic long trains, elegant sleeves, and details galore.
2. The Fabrics
Always takes into consideration that you might have the ceremony or pose for photos outside and will therefore need a warmer gown. Try to incorporate richer fabrics and fuller skirts to hold in the heat and yourself comfortable throughout your special day. Silk and satin tend to be the richest and heaviest fabrics while still appearing luxurious and wedding appropriate. For those of you who already have their eyes on lighter and thinner fabrics, add a satin lining to keep you warm.
3. The Details
And since winter also happens to be holiday season, this is the perfect time for a little sparkle. Delicate crystal beading, tiny sequins, or seed pearls offer a subtle nod to the season. This is the time to incorporate silver or gold as an accent in your gown and overall wedding theme. Play with corded textures, or metallic thread. A bold pattern looks so beautiful in the snow or set against twinkling lights and candles.
4. The Length
While a floor-sweeping design is probably a no-brainer when temperatures are low, there is good news for brides who like their hemlines on the short side. The dress would need to look like a little wooly structured coat with very high boots or even slim embroidered pants. If a bride decides to go in that direction I would recommend wearing it with sheer tights and a large topper to warm up with.
Finally, just remember that looks are important but the last thing you want to be left with after your wedding is a serious cold.