Winter weddings are becoming increasingly popular with brides and grooms. And if the happy couple are lucky enough to get a sprinkling of snow on their special day, it will make for an enchanting backdrop for the photographs.
But whilst snowfall on the big day will look magical, wedding guests will need to choose an outfit for the nuptials that blends style and elegance but also keeps them warm and ready to celebrate as the temperatures drop.
If you’ve been invited to a winter wedding and need to pick an outfit, we’ve got some fashion inspiration for you that will keep you toasty and totally on trend!
Dress like a Duchess
Choosing a coat to wear to wedding can prove tricky but is a must-have at a winter wedding. And while your much-loved duffel coat may keep the cold at bay, it won’t look great in the wedding photos.
We suggest taking the lead from the Duchess of Cambridge’s wardrobe. Choose a statement coat to keep you warm and looking fabulous. On her birthday last week, Kate Middleton rocked a funnel-necked plum coat on an outing with Prince William, and we’ve found a similar style from luxury brand Love Moschino that won’t break the bank. If it’s good enough for Kate, it’s good enough for us!
Jump into a jumpsuit
It’s not just the men who can rock a sharp suit at the nuptials, jumpsuits make a practical and striking choice for a winter wedding, and has the added bonus of keeping your legs warm! John Lewis have a large choice and we’re especially fond of this wide legged velvet jumpsuit with a bodice of silvery sequins. Be quick though as it’s currently reduced from £245.00 to £78.40, so even if you haven’t got a wedding to go to it’s a worthy investment for your winter wardrobe.
Pick jewel-hues and deep tones
Pastel pink or lemon yellow might look outstanding against a bright blue August sky but could look wishy-washy in February. Winter months are better suited to luscious jewel tones and make a perfect choice for cold-weather nuptials.
Jewel tones are intensely saturated hues which will stand out against the grey winter sky. Shine in amethyst purple, emerald green, sapphire blue or ruby red. This satin pleated beauty from Hobbs has a fit and flare silhouette, with fluted sleeves and a pretty tie-waist detail.
Wrap up in a wrap!
Pashminas and wraps are your best friend for winter wedding style. Drape a shawl elegantly over your shoulders whilst posing for photographs outside in the cold, then remove it show off your dress as you dance the night away at the evening reception. We love this orange pashmina, which would look amazing as a pop of colour against a navy blue dress.
Closed toe shoes, or even better, boots are your best friend for a midwinter wedding. Even if sparkly sandals complete your look perfectly, do you really want cold feet all day? If the weather is frosty and there is ice on the grounds, choose shoes with a block or kitten heel which will have more grip than skyscraper stilettos. We Heart Shoes offer these ruby red satin shoes with a sparkly embellishment that totally rock.
Or, you could opt for a pair of boots that have the ‘wow’ factor and team with a plain long-sleeved black dress (yes, you can wear black to a wedding if you accessorise with colour pops). These quirky ankle boots from Gracosy will certainly be the star of the show – just be prepared to tell everyone where you bought them because they will be asking!
One last footwear tip: Unless the wedding is taking place completely inside, steer clear of suede. Ice, snow or even rain will ruin them rather quickly!
Hat’s the way to do it!
Embrace your inner Downton Abbey with a wool cloche hat. Super stylish, it will add a touch of individuality to your outfit and you’ll stand head and shoulders apart from other wedding guests – most of whom will have opted for a boring fascinator.
Team your cloche with some wide-legged trousers to modernise the roaring Twenties look and bring it back up to date for 2020.
If you have a favourite hat from a summer wedding, but the colour doesn’t match your winter wedding outfit, why not send if off to a specialist who offers a hat dyeing service? It’s a cheap way to jazz up an old hat and recycle your wardrobe, plus you can be guaranteed it will be the exact same shade as your chosen dress and save you from searching the shops for a hat of the right hue.
Accessorise, accessorise, accessorise.
We can’t stress this enough. There are so many ways to pep up your outfit, beat the cold and still look absolutely fabulous. Here are a few of our favourite accessory hacks:
- Go bling with a brooch. Fasten a shawl around your shoulders with a glitzy brooch. Debenham’s range includes silver, gold and diamante brooches that will add zing to your shawl whilst keeping it in place.
- Choose a slightly larger clutch bag than you would usually pick. The reason? It’s easy to discreetly pop a couple of gel handwarmers into the bag. It’ll act like your personal hot water bottle if it gets chilly as you move around the venue.
- Style with silver jewellery. Silver jewellery is a show-stopping look, because it shines like ice and matches the winter landscape perfectly. If your dress is a plain colour, go bold with chandelier-like earrings, but for patterned or printed dresses, keep your jewellery understated with simple, yet sparkly, studs.
There are so many ways to look amazing at a winter wedding without feeling the cold or breaking the bank. Our tips are designed to help you shine. One last tip though… just make sure that whatever you wear, you don’t outshine the bride!