Wedding Winter Wear

posted on 25 June 2013 by The Tie The Knot Team
posted to Wedding Tips & Advice

Winter Weddings

If you’ve just recently gotten engaged and you’re considering having your wedding around this time next year, then it is probably a good idea for you to start paying some good attention to the kind of weather conditions you will have to deal with. Winter weddings can indeed be incredible and they can afford the most amazing photographic opportunities, but a little extra planning should be done to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible.

One of the biggest considerations is the warmth of the bridal party. Everyone else on the guest list is pretty much able to dress however they want to, but if your wedding party is unprepared for a cold front you might find that you days ends up being a lot less pleasant than you had planned.

The Bridesmaids

It is probably best to choose long dresses and closed shoes for the bridesmaids. This way they can wear thick stockings and even boots underneath if need be. If you would prefer for their dresses not to have sleeves then you might consider making sure that the girls all have matching cardigans to go with their dresses. Capes and long coats might be considered as well.

The Groom and Groomsmen

Summer grooms and groomsmen are rather unfortunate in that most of them have to deal being too hot. Luckily the boys don’t have to worry about this problem in winter. Waistcoats are a great way to add a bit of warmth if needed. Even sweater-vests would work for a more casual wedding. If you are still worried about getting too cold then a t-shit under the dress shirt is a good way to keep warm.

The Bride

The biggest worry when it comes to any wedding is the bride’s attire. Many brides can’t wait to jump into a lovely strapless gown but if you are getting married in winter this may not be ideal. You may of course choose to ignore the cold and don a strapless gown anyway, but choosing a dress with sleeves may be more appropriate. Sleeves will not only keep you warm, but they make the arms look slimmer and also allow you to wear a bra (let’s face it – strapless bras are not nearly as pretty as ones with straps!) If you are still worried about being cold, consider having a cloak made from the same material as your dress. This should be relatively simple to do and choosing a lovely trim to round it off might be fun. Otherwise a shawl or cardigan in your wedding colours could work as well. For the most part all the layers under your skirt should keep your legs warm, but consider choosing closed shoes just in case you decide you would like to wear stockings for extra warmth.

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What Do You Think?


  1. 26 Jun 2013
    Helen says

    I will be a guest at a wedding in the KZN Midlands in August and am already stressing about what to wear! There is nothing worse than being cold!


  2. 26 Jun 2013
    Michelle says

    Winter weddings sound like they will be alot more comfortable!


  3. 25 Jun 2013
    Caro says

    Yay, I’ve been waiting for an excuse to ditch the pre-wedding diet and cover up my wobbly arms with a coat. Comfort comes first ladies!


  4. 25 Jun 2013
    Lara says

    Love the idea of a winter wedding, I think men have it easier in winter because jackets and ties keep you warm. As a female guest it is also difficult because you want to wear a pretty dress, but you don’t want to freeze.