You love the cold and snow so much that you booked your wedding in winter. Don’t fret (or freeze) because there are ways to make sure you and your wedding party stay wrapped up and warm when it’s the big day.
Skip the Strapless
When shopping for a wedding gown or bridesmaids dresses, stay away from strapless options. They may work for spring, summer, and even fall weddings, but they show too much skin for winter. Your best bet for yourself and your bridesmaids is picking a long dress with short or long sleeves. Pay attention to the fabric too. Silk, velvet and stretch jersey dresses will keep you warm in the winter.
Wrap Yourself Up
If you try on a strapless gown that you fall in love with (I’m warning you now not to do this), make sure you can cover up your arms. There are plenty of options to keep you looking stylish, such as a bolero, faux fur wrap, or shawl. You can go with classic white or ivory, or match your coverup with your wedding colors. You can wear it before the ceremony, and any time you’re outside. Remember, you can still show off your stylish dress during the reception.
Glam Out with Gloves
Not only do gloves make a bold statement, but even better, they keep your hands warm when the weather is cold. Whether you choose short ones that reach your wrist, or long ones that go up to your elbow, make sure you gift a pair to your bridal party too. You don’t want your girls feeling — and looking cold — in any outdoor wedding photographs. And to add a little sparkle, layer some beautiful bracelets over your gloves.
Don’t Forget the Guys
Your groom and his groomsmen have it a little easier. They are already wearing a tuxedo or suit, so their bodies are mostly covered up. But they can add a layer of warmth under their clothes with long johns or thermal underwear. A groom can gift his groomsmen matching scarves so everyone looks dapper and warm when getting ready for the wedding. Another winter accessory the groom can try is a hat. But, be careful, sometimes it can look silly if the groom doesn’t wear it right or if it doesn’t work with the wedding style.
Gift Your Guests a Winter Surprise
What better way to prepare your wedding guests for your winter wedding than gifting them something they can use. If your budget allows, why not hand out simple mittens, cozy socks, or a lightweight pashmina shawl as your favor? It will keep your friends and family warm and they will thank you. There are so many creative ways to tie winter favors into your wedding.
Just remember that you, your wedding party, and your guests won’t have any fun if you’re freezing the entire day, so make sure to plan accordingly, this way you’ll warm their hearts (hands and toes) when giving your wedding vows.