Admittedly there is something about the warm weather which makes a wedding fun and full of possibilities. It makes one think of green fresh-cut grass, blue water lines, and summer blooms in poppy colors. While summer weddings have a whole lot of things working for it-warm weather, jaunty flowers, uncompromised fashion, etc.), winter weddings are no less either. As the summer folds into winter, the air shifts to being cold and cozy. Everything feels extra intimate and fuzzy as it is contrasted with the severe elements. The warm glow of a celebration feels welcoming and cozy on a winter night, much like a fireplace on a snowy night. With festivities just around the corner and the air filled with magic and miracles, a winter wedding can be just as magical. While winter provides a serene feeling, winter is also about being prepared, putting in the work, and braving the elements as a soldier would. While there are so many magical things that come with a cold-weather wedding, there come some challenges as well which makes it all the more endearing. While you can trust in your sleeveless lace wedding gown on your summer wedding, a winter wedding needs preparation. It needs layers, consideration of fabric, wraps, and warmers. If you are a bride gearing up to get married in the magical snowy landscape that a winter wedding provides, take notes because preparation is key here. Let us dive a little deeper into the different ways you can prepare a winter-appropriate wedding dress to be weatherproof against the cold winter elements.
If you are facing the consequence of postponing your wedding season, and now have a dress that does not work for the current wedding season, you don't necessarily have to get a brand new dress with a whole different vibe. You can still make it work by keeping certain things in mind, a whole lot of creativity, and an amazing seamstress.
Necklines: One of the go-to alterations for winter brides is to change the neckline of the current dress. While you don't have to completely chuck your original dress offering a scoop neck dress, you can always consider adding a higher neckline, with the help of lacy overlays. If wearing a strapless dress was in your original plans you might want to reconsider and at some sleeves to winterize the look. Work with a seamstress who is experienced and knows what she is doing.
Sleeve Lengths: Please play another crucial role in creating a traditional wedding dress. If your original wedding dress features sheer sleeves you can go for a heavier lace or increase the length of the sleeve from cap sleeve to full length. You can also consider going for three-quarter length if you are planning to wear a cape or a jacket over it. However, if you are contemplating adding sleeves to your dress, let it be known that it is not the most comfortable feeling in the world as there are snaps and buttons involved which essentially attached the sleeves with the rest of the dress however if you want to go for off-the-shoulder swag sleeves, this will provide the same effect without the constrictions.
The Hem: While the hem of your dress is standardized, you can add to the hem to keep the cold out. To winterize your gown, reconsider adding a more extended train or buying a long veil. The extra fabric will immediately make your outfit more winter-ready while also keeping you warm. You can also consider extending the train or the veil in a fabric that is more winter-appropriate to keep things cozy.
Detachable Capes or Skirts: A dress that comes with detachable capes and skirts is perfect for the transitional seasoned wedding. This also allows smooth changes as you move from being indoors to outdoor and back indoors. The detachable elements are also great for transitioning between the ceremony and the reception. Work with your seamstress to create a custom add-on, like a detachable skirt or a cape, so that your dress feels more substantial and has plenty of coverage to keep you warm. Detachable sleeves, like jeweled arm cuffs, hemlines and trains can all reconstruct a dress in surprising ways. You can also attach a cape to the dress during the ceremony in place of a traditional veil for an effortlessly stylish and functional look. (This is also a functional way to keep warm if you think you'll get cold.) Then, remove it during the ceremony to show off the back of your gown.
Accessorize before tailoring: Before you get in touch with your seamstress look carefully if there is anything that can be added in terms of accessories that can instantly transform the look. Maybe also stole can do the job or a cape can add that warm and wintery feel. Maybe a smart pair of snow boots can add to the look and a pair of leather mittens can keep you warm and cozy. Sometimes accessories exist to establish the look perfectly and you might save yourself a trip to the tailors at the end of the day. So take a closer look at the possibilities and you might be pleasantly surprised!
Furry and warm: Nothing says winter like a fur coat. Not only is it perfectly but appropriate, it has the ability to instantly make you look upscale and polished. Go for a vintage or faux fur stole, coat or cape and you will instantly feel dressed for the weather. Not only does this provide you with the opportunity to feel like you are from a Scandinavian period drama, but it also makes perfect sense for a reception at a posh venue downtown or period property. Choose the color which goes along with different vibes, and you are sure to find your match among the lot.
Knitted shawl: Cover your shoulders with a warm soft knitted bridal shawl which will keep the cold away and adjust the perfect winter wedding accessory. Get the wrap-style shawl with closed ends which is perfect for covering up or strapless wedding gowns. This kind of knitted shawls are easy to wear, as it keeps the handsfree for toasts, dancing, and cake cutting.
Feather extravaganza: The fur and feather go hand in hand when it comes to a luxurious look. An ostrich feather cape can take things from zero to a hundred in one second and screams glamour. Not only does this make you feel like you are straight from a jazz concert in the 1920s, it is also warm and keeps the jarring cold away.
Bridal Cape: While a bridal cake is almost magical against the cold landscapes, reminding most of us about a certain Little Red Riding Hood, wearing a bridal Cape on your special event or wedding is nothing less than a Fairytale itself. Highly convenient and functional for a winter wedding especially if it is happening outdoors, a bridal cape is a perfect transitional piece for an indoor and outdoor wedding day. Also, it doesn't hurt that it brings your wedding day to the perfect fairy tale ending!
Gloves: How capsule you are the coldest Mount to sleep in and get hold of your hand. And we all know that nobody wants freezing fingers on the most special day. Keep your fingers warm and toasty by wearing a pair of delicate gloves. You can go for a silky one or a vintage-inspired one. Not only does this look romantic and sweet, but it also helps the bride keep her fingers warm and away from the chill when she exchanges rings with her husband.
Cardigan: While we associate cardigans with our lazy day-ins for our weekend grocery runs, there are some bridal cardigans that will change your mind. Delicate cardigans with the most intricate of buttons, it has a romantic and sweet vibe to your special day, while still keeping you warm. Go for a tone that is similar to your wedding dress or your accent color.
Boots: When you go for a winter wedding you have to commit, and a pair of snow boots speak of commitment. Embrace the gorgeous weather by turning on a pair of warm snow boots which allows you to explore and go about your wedding procedure without losing a toe. If you are worried it will clash with your bridal look, you can always keep it as an alternative for just the outdoors, and you can slip into your bridal heels as soon as you walk in into the door to the warm interiors.
Poncho: Ponchos are a clever choice as it keeps you covered and warm without messing with your hand movement capabilities or chipping away at the functionality of the attire. Go for a poncho that is short enough to show off your dress while still with enough material to cover up the arms. This is also a viable option for the bridesmaids!
Boleno: If it is good enough for Kate Middleton’s wedding reception look, it is good enough for you, right? If a soft boleno is something that excites your fancy and completes your outfit perfectly, let it into your special day. It is a delicate piece that won’t withdraw from your wedding gown, while still adding a whole lot of warmth to the equation. However, take special care to ensure that the color of your gown matches the color of your wedding gown goes perfectly.
Bridal Jacket: A bridal jacket is not just an opportunity for warmth, it is an opportunity to establish your vibe. Available in a variety of material and a range of different styles a bridal jacket can uplift your look significantly. While there are as many options for bridal jackets as there are brides we are exploring just a select few in the section below:
• Leather: A leather bridal jacket worn over a delicate wedding dress provides the perfect juxtaposition. Not only does it instantly warms you up and prepares you for the extreme climate, but it also adds a distinct edgy, cool-girl vibe, which is unmistakable. You can go for a black leather jacket for an edgier look, or choose a brown one for a boho spin.
• Satin: Satin bridal jacket is not only extremely luxurious but can add just the right amount of warmth without compromising on the style element. there are a variety of different cuts you can choose from even within the satin bridal jacket pocket.
• Lace: A lace bridal jacket is almost like an afterthought and an extension of the dress itself. This is perfect for blending in with the dress while still keeping the bride warm. It is also soft, romantic and vintage-inspired, something that our classic brides will love.
• Denim: The denim jacket has made its way to every occasion even to the wedding, and the effect is endearing, youthful, and laid back, perfect for a rustic country-inspired wedding, or just as a prop for a fun photo shoot. if you want to truly commit to the trend add in a pair of high-top canvas sneakers, and you are dressed in the casual uniform.
• Custom: The custom bridal jacket is the perfect window for the bright to express herself. whether it says Mr and Mrs, or “just married”, or a quote from the book which truly resonates with the couple, this enables the bride to let a bit of her shine fearlessly.
Being wed in the winters doesn't mean you have to cover up the pretty dress under a coat, but rather make it a part of your ensemble. A thoughtful selection of fabrics, smart layering, and clever stitching can ensure that the blushing bride is warm and cozy on her wedding day. While every bride is different, her taste in her wedding dress is also going to be diverse. There are as many options in wedding dresses as their brides and with winterizing your wedding dress you won't have to compromise on the style of your wedding dress, the cut that you like, the colors that you love, or the way that you want to exude. In other words, your dress is optimized to face the winter weather without compromising on anything else. With proper prior planning and execution, your winter wedding dress is going to be justice stunning as you imagined. You can enjoy all of the winter landscapes, brave the snow for some amazing couple portraits, and dance away into the night with your lover in your arms and all the while you will not even field a single sharp winter blow, thanks to the amazing dress of yours.
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