Are you planning on a winter wedding in London? You’ve probably got your wedding venue booked at this stage. You’ve probably even chosen the perfect wedding gown for yourself. With that out of the way, it’s time to look for your bridesmaids’ dresses.
Your wedding may be in winter; however, does that mean shelving ideas of off shoulder/sleeveless bridesmaids dresses and gowns made of delicate material that would leave your bridesmaids exposed to London’s chilly winter?
Thankfully, no. Your bridesmaids can have the perfect dresses to complement your wedding theme. Here’s some help on how you can have your (wedding) cake and eat it:
Tips for choosing winter bridesmaids dresses
- Pair the bridesmaid dress with a coordinated jacket, fur coat, or elegant shawl that can be worn with the dress for the outside photoshoot but allows your bridesmaids the freedom to remove them while indoors.
- You can have your bridesmaids stay warm and stylish. Instead of high heels that can increase the risk of falls, choose trendy winter boots.
- If your bridesmaids are wearing long, flowing gowns, pair up their gowns with matching tights that they can wear underneath their gowns to keep warm. If the dresses are shorter than floor-length, get them tights that are skin-coloured.
- If your way is forecasted to be particularly chilly and windy, take their preferred style of the dress into consideration.
- Opt for heavier fabrics that fall gracefully, such as satin, faille and silk. Not only do these fabrics add warmth, but they also emphasise the cold-weather style. For an evening wedding, you can even get them to try luxe.
- Go with dark and bold colours that winter gives you the advantage of – these colours are celebratory but cannot be carried off in the summer months.
Here are some ways you can put the above tips into practice:
Faux fur wraps
The good news is that winter weddings are usually held indoors – except for the photoshoot when you will want to take off to a scenic location to shoot your pictures. That’s when your bridesmaids will need the most protection.
You could consider graceful gowns in icy blue that sweep the floor to gowns in beautiful satins. These can be paired with a faux fur wrap to keep your bridesmaids warm.
Go bold and bright
A bridesmaid dress must be comfortable enough for your bridesmaid to stay in it through the church service, the photo session, the dinner, and the after-party. Something bold and bright would stand out lively and brightly against the cold grey of the day. Try burgundy gowns that sweep the floor, have panelling on the top half for a graceful and slimming effect. These can be paired with a bolero – a look that will not only ooze aesthetic charm but will also be practical for the weather.
Go shimmery silver or sparkly gold
There’s nothing quite as pretty as silver on a winter dress. Silver comes across as a warm and cosy colour and can get you dreaming of snowy winters. It is a colour that is well-suited for winter rather than in summer when it comes across as a flashy colour. A winter bridesmaid dress of silver complements the colour scheme that is made up of frosty shades.
Or you could choose cream soda, which is a beautiful shade of pale blush/gold. Cream Soda suits almost every skin tone, and it’s the ideal background shade for delicate sequin embellishments to pop. A high neck and maxi length add class, style and elegance, and is perfect for an autumn or winter wedding.
One gown in different styles and shades of purple
Colours like Frosted Fig are lovely for a bridesmaid dress. Not only is it rich and luxurious, but it is also a colour that exudes warmth and romance. If you have several bridesmaids, why not consider dressing your girls in purple bridesmaid dresses. A gorgeous shade of deep purple or more subtle shades of lilac are very feminine, as well. Try combining shades or having bridesmaid dresses in different styles and shades. Burgundy is another shade of purple that can be carried off with ease during winter and paired with a matching jacket.
Try a batwing sleeved bodice for warmth
A graceful chiffon-style gown, with a batwing sleeved bodice that gracefully hugs the body shape in a colour of your choice, is ideal for a winter wedding. The batwing sleeved bodice smoothly hugs the shoulders and keeps them warm. The gown itself can have a low back. Check out our Caroline and Suzanne dress for this perfect combination.