Winter weddings are so romantic – candle light, ice sculptures, white swans (natch) and fairy lights peaking out through the ivy. But winter wedding outfits are an altogether different challenge compared to your run-of-the-mill spring/summer wedding.
How much time are you going to spend outdoors? Are you going to be required to pose in family photos for prolonged periods of time? Do you anticipate rain or snow? Are there muddy paths to be navigated from the church to the charming local pub? What’s the likelihood of developing frostbite?
Stress not, I’m here to provide some useful pointers and suggestions this winter wedding season (and if you require specialised styling services for any event, click here).
Long sleeves are your saviour for winter weddings. I know it seems obvious, however think of the benefits. Not only will you feel a whole lot warmer, but long sleeve dresses tend to be very versatile. Long after the happy couple have returned from their mountain top skiing honeymoon (or Bali), your long sleeved wedding guest dress has already been combined with a casual shoe or boot and leather jacket by way of a casual weekend brunch outfit many a time.
black is a sophisticated option
While an all black outfit might feel a little sombre for a spring/summer wedding, it works well in the winter months. If you’re not entirely keen on all-black then colourful accessories like clutch, shoes, statement jewels and scarves will elevate it to more interesting levels.
closed toe shoes – always
Closed toe shoes are the safest bet, and anything in a bright jewel tone and embellishments (e.g. crystals!) will save them from feeling boring/office.
opt for a statement coat
You’re likely going to spend a bit of time outside, so make your outerwear as epic as the rest of your outfit. There are some gorgeous faux fur options around these days. And the cosiness of a fabulous faux fur enables you to go bare-legged if, like me, you are tights-averse.
If all else fails, you can always go for a leopard print coat. Seriously, it goes with everything (including florals).
Colder weather means you can stray off the beaten path of the pretty dress. Have you considered a glammed-up jumpsuit? Or a suit? These two items will work if done in the most luxe of fabrics. Velvet works beautifully for jumpsuits (worn with with a sharp heel). And think about suits with a difference: bright tones, embossed, metallic…
With heavier fabrics being more apropos, they lend themselves perfectly to the most luxurious of embellishments. Sequins, crystals, heavy satins, velvet and structured silhouettes are all made for each other.
For winter wedding guest inspiration, go no further than the divinely feminine, floaty and whimsical creations of ByTiMo, where this dress (pictured) is from. Its a Norwegian design house, with ethical and transparent production, and designs that will ensure you’re a hit at the singles table (should you happen to end up there).