Outfits for Winter Wedding. Winter may not be the most popular time to attend a wedding but when it happens, it definitely livens up the season! A winter wedding is just the sort of thing we love to look forward to. And if you came searching for just such an article to help you figure what the heck to wear, you came to the right place, friend!
Dressing for a winter wedding is, after all, quite tricky. Comfort is important. You would not want the day ruined because you did not dress warmly enough. And the colors and fabrics are different, too. While a pretty floral frock will suit a summer wedding, it may not be the best option for a winter one. So just where does one start? Not to worry, in today’s article, we will be covering everything you need to know about attending a winter wedding and how to dress for it.
What to Wear to Wedding in Winter
First off, here are some tips for what to wear to a winter wedding. And if you know a bride who is still looking for her winter wedding dress, we also recommend you check out this helpful post on Wedding Dresses with Open Back.
- We don’t recommend wearing a hat because, while cute, it will give you hat hair, and if you want to remove the hat at any point in the day, this will be tricky to figure out.
- Whenever possible, opt for closed-toe shoes. Your toes will thank you.
- If you are a part of the bridal party, or just know you’ll be taking photos at some point, keep in mind that pictures will probably be taken outside. If so, you will definitely want to make sure you are dressed warmly enough!
Now, let’s get to the big question: what do you wear?!
Here are our top picks for outfits you can wear to a winter wedding. Check them out!
#21 – Floral Ruched Dress
Alright, we know we said floral dresses were best left for summer weddings. But a floral dress is a floral dress. And if you are going to wear one, you may as well know how to do it for winter! We love this shade of the dress, the length, and the cut, which is decidedly perfect for winter weather. Belt it at the waist and pair it with some classic pumps. Lastly, add a coat and scarf and/or tights to warm it up a bit.
# 20 – Wedding Attire for Plus-Size Women
For our curvy ladies, here’s a stunning option for you. A tiered peasant dress belted at the waist will not only highlight your best feature but it will be a drapey, flattering look you will adore wearing. Pair with tights, silver ankle booties, and a wool boater hat.
We are also pretty obsessed with this look.
#19 – Classic Wool Dress Cut
When it comes to weddings, women usually consider wearing chiffon or other such material dresses. But here’s a great hack to dress up in winter weddings: opt to wear a woolen dress. This will keep you warm and you can also choose the cut, color, and dress of the length according to your own level of comfort.
#18 – Old-School Glam
A wine red velvet dress is so utterly glamorous, we are obsessed. This particular frock is floor-length, off-the-shoulder, and long-sleeved. Quite perfect for a winter wedding, actually! If you’re going to a garden or vineyard wedding then vintage style would definitely be the best option, for more ideas, here are What to Wear for Vineyard Wedding-18 Outfit Ideas.
#17 – A Bold Colored Velvet Dress
Winter automatically makes us more inclined towards thick textured clothing. A similar idea can be applied to winter wedding dresses as well. You can wear an off-shoulder, long velvet dress. You can choose bold and dark colors to add more charm. This can be worn with simple black stilettos to complete the look.
#16 – Winter Wedding Dress Idea for Teen Girls
Wear a shimmery and glittery top with black leggings and a black top. This is ideal winter wear. The look can be further enhanced with smokey eye makeup and long loose hair.
#15 – Play with Neutral and Dark Tones
Another fun way to go about your dress is to wear neutral and dark tones together. Wear a lightly textured dress and wear a leather jacket over it. This looks very edgy and chic at the same time. You can carry this look at weddings in winter without any trouble.
#14 – Long Skirts For The Win
We are sure most women must own a long skirt or two. The great deal about long skirts is that you can combine them with feminine tops and use them as wedding attire. The overall covered dress is ideal for chilly days and you can add accessories to make it look fancier. A statement necklace and a contrasting clutch would be perfect.
#13 – Keeping it Simple!
A nice and simple way to dress up for winter weddings is to wear a black blouse with a black skirt… leggings are optional. An overall black attire looks really classic and if you want to add something more than opting to wear a statement necklace with a contrasting clutch, this will instantly uplift your whole look for the wedding. We definitely advise bringing some color into the look so as to keep it from looking too solemn.
#12 – Hairstyle for Winter Weddings
With your shimmery dresses, you should also be aware of how to style your hair accordingly. An ideal way is to create a messy side braid or a messy side bun. This adds drama to the look and gives you a different look than the typical hairstyles.
#11 – Fifty Shades of Gray
Grey is usually considered a dull color in contrast to many other colors, but we will tell you some great ways to combine different shades of gray to make it a perfect wedding dress. You can wear a frilly/net skirt in a light gray tone and comparatively darker tone of the top. Add some gray footwear and wear a bold red lip shade to compliment the look.
#10 – Long Floral Dresses, Perfect Guest Dress
We all agree floral prints are the real savior for women in all situations and are a perfect fit for all occasions and every event. If you really don’t know or are confused about what to wear to a winter wedding then simply wear a long floral print dress. This will look absolutely right for the event and you won’t have to mix and match a lot to create a flawless look.
#9 – Festive Footwear for Winter Weddings
You can never go wrong with a simple black pump. Pair them with tights and wear them under a chic color-blocked dress. We love this particular look, made complete with holiday red nails!
#8 – Add Faux Fur Coat
We love the glamour of a fur coat or stole. And what better time to wear one than for a wedding in the winter? This black piece pairs beautifully with a deep emerald-green frock and berry lip. I also recommend that you check out this post on Outfits with Faux Fur Coats.
#7 – The Fairy Tale Look
For young ladies, a good and easy way to look stylish is to wear a plain white sweater and combine it with a layered tulle skirt. The resulting look is girlish and ethereal and perfect for those magical winter weddings little girls dream about!
#6 – Winter Wedding Dress for Hourglass Figure
A beautiful way to accentuate an hourglass figure is to opt for a dress that hugs the figure and highlights the waist. This strategically placed bow does just that. Other things to note about this great dress is the three-quarter length sleeves, the half-v neckline, and the length, which hits right at the knees. The next thing to notice is the lovely deep purple tone of the dress, which is lovely for a winter wedding. Last but not least, utilize shapewear if you like the extra support!
#5 – The Chic Girl Style
Another chic style for girls is to wear a light tone dress with a black coat and other black accessories. To further add to the look is to carry a clutch which is the same color as the dress.
#4 – A Full Tulle Maxi For Daytime Look
If the wedding that you are attending is a daytime event (rather than evening) we like this beige tulle maxi worn with a black lace top. This is a stunning look, perfect for a winter wedding.
The good thing about wearing maxi dresses like the one shown below is that you can easily layer under and over them. For instance, you can wear them with a blazer and you can even wear tights or leggings as they won’t really be visible but they’ll definitely keep you warm.
#3 – Add a Little Velvet
A nice way to carry dresses for winter weddings is to add a little velvet to the costume. Wear a velvet top and you can wear it with a contrasting tone skirt or maxi, which is a dreamy combo. Velvet is perfect for the winter season because it keeps you all warm and comfortable in the chilly weather. Here are some amazing Velvet Outfit ideas to Try This Year.
#2 – Go Classy with Trench Coats
Make your coat a part of your ensemble by opting for a stylish piece. This animal-print fur coat is a total showstopper. Pull a patterned trench coat over a sequined dress and you are ready to rock the winter wedding look.
#1 – Cheetah Print and Red Skirt
If you love a bold look, this combo is the one for you. Here we see two different ways you can incorporate a cheetah-print top or accessory into an outfit built around a red skirt. We like this skater-style skirt as the extra volume will add warmth. You can also add stockings or tights to keep your legs from freezing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions about what to wear to a wedding in winter.
Q. What should a guest wear to a winter wedding?
A. Your first order of operation is to determine if the ceremony or reception is being held outdoors. It’s extremely unlikely but still a possibility. Location is also a factor. Some areas experience much milder winters than others. If you are attending a winter wedding where the ceremony and/or reception is being held outdoors (because the weather isn’t brutal), then you will need to construct an outfit that prioritizes warmth as well as style. A wool dress with thick tights may be just the thing. You’ll also want a stylish coat. Layers are, of course, a huge help. Now is the time to utilize that tucked away fur stole or cute muff.
However, if the ceremony and reception are both being held indoors (which is most likely), then you have more leeway with your apparel. While you won’t want to go bare-legged (because getting to and from wedding locations will require braving the outdoors temps), you can afford a dress of a lighter material as well as fewer layers. Be sure to bundle up for travel purposes, but opt for an ensemble that is a little more comfortable in heated, crowded areas.
Q. What color do you wear to a winter wedding?
A. A winter wedding is not as common as a summer wedding, so there is a wider scope of colors to choose from – colors we don’t see as often with a warm-weather wedding. So the first order of business is to have fun with the possibilities. Look at rich colors like royal blue, emerald green, wine red, and velvety blacks. Cream, silver, and gold-accented dresses are also possibilities.
Q. Can you wear black to a winter wedding?
A. Yes, you can. But we don’t recommend going head-to-toe in it! You are not, after all, attending a funeral. Bring in a black piece or two but be sure to combine it with other colors.
Q. What should I wear to a wedding in 2020?
A. Anything you please! A look through this article is the perfect place to start in determining what you can wear to a wedding in the momentous winter of 2020.
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R.H. Elias is a freelance writer, aspiring author, and freelance transcriptionist. She is a homebody all the way and loves curling up on a cold, rainy day with a good book and a warm cup of tea. Her favourite pastimes include reading, writing, and watching period films. She currently lives in Puerto Rico.