Seasonal considerations include keeping yourself warm and your gown clean and dry. Consider the temperature at your wedding and reception venues when deciding on the fabric for your winter wedding dress. A flowing gown of white velvet or a heavy satin would be stunning. If you're hoping for a themed wedding but not sure if you'll be warm enough in say a Cinderella type with lots of tulle or other sheer fabrics, then wear heavy satin or other warm fabric for your under gown, or wear lots of petticoats. Long sleeves or a princess style cape are other ideas.
If your dream wedding dress has short sleeves, you might want to wear a skin toned body suit, or you could wear long gloves, which you remove for your vows and exchange of rings. A winter wedding dress can be a fantasy in itself. An all white wedding; including your dress accented with snowflakes, Austrian crystal and just a bit of color, perhaps in the bridesmaid's nosegays, can be stunning. For more info, please read Winter Wedding Theme.
If traditional white is not for you, choose a color that reflects the season. There are beautiful red wedding dresses that would look wonderful in a fireside winter wedding or in a setting with lots of candles where your dress is the highlight. Blue and green are also good choices for winter. To match the magical, blue-white tones of snow, you might enjoy wearing a shimmering blue satin dress, softly veiled by a sheer white fabric. In celebration of the winter evergreens, symbolic of your everlasting love, perhaps a Renaissance style gown created with emerald velvet and a sheer, silver over gown.
The possibilities for your gown and accessories are many. Here are just a few to spark your imagination.
- A faux fur lining on the neckline and sleeves.
- A muff decorated with white flowers and silver bells and ribbons.
- Snowflake sparkles sprinkled on you hair or on your veil.
- A coronet-style veil or a tiara shining with Austrian crystals or diamante.
If your wedding and reception venues are warm and cozy, but you will need to venture out in the cold to get from one to the other, consider a white velvet, faux fur trimmed, hooded cloak. This will keep you warm and dry and looking stunning for outdoor pictures. If you are more concerned about staying dry than warm, maybe a large, white umbrella tastefully decorated with artificial flowers will do. To protect the hemline of your dress from puddles you may want a dress that can be easily and quickly bustled in the back and let back down just as quickly for pictures at the reception.