hDressing for winter weddings requires consideration of the location, schedule and weather, and some logistic to look your best at the event. Read what to wear at a winter wedding, and what not.
- What to Wear at a Winter Wedding as a Guest
- Can You Wear Boots to a Winter Nuptial?
- Go for Fancy Outerwear, If Needed
- What Color to Wear as a Guest
- Where to Find Great Winter Wedding Guest Dresses
- Further Wedding Dos and Don’ts
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While June is the wedding season in the US, many Germans like to marry in May. Both months are chosen because of spring (a new beginning). Also many people believe that they have better chance for sunshine. Sunshine elevates the mood. Photos look great. Why do American and German couples favor different months? Well, it’s again weather. Greenup starts latter on the East Coast than in Germany. Despite NY State is at the latitudes of Italy, New York winters can get cold with a lot of snow meaning a later start of spring.
Now what if the couple decided to get married in winter, because – well snow is so romantic, cuddling in the cold in front of a fireplace is so romantic, it’s Christmas time, they could come to church in a sled pulled by reindeers with the aurora watching overhead (ok, very Alaskan), … . Now
Read the invitation to find out where the couple will tie the knot. Lucky you, when it’s a beach wedding somewhere warm down south. Since you have to pay for the airfare, it’s your gift to them that you show up. Therefore, no stress on finding a gift. Best, what you wear you can wear again on your next vacation! Who doesn’t like that?
If the location is somewhere south where it is warm, and you come from a much colder climate region, you will be fine with what you would wear for such an event in your climate region in summer. Also check whether it’s an outdoor wedding for the right shoes. If it’s in the Southeast of the US, get a fancy hat if it’s outside. If the ceremony is on a ranch in the Southwest, go with the upscale clothing related to the theme.
If the dress-code is not given on the invitation take the time as your best bet. After 3 pm dress for an afternoon wedding, after 7 pm, go for formal attire, especially, when the event is at an upscale hotel.
In cold climate regions, unless the dress code is “White Tie” or “Black Tie“, midi or tea-length are best. These lengths wouldn’t sweep the floor or sidewalk that might be wet from snow splash or rain. Wear a coat covers your dress entirely to avoid spots from splash ruining your look.
Another reason to avoid floor length, tail or anything mermaid styles is that you would act as a snowplow fresh snow. Imagine how embarrassing such photos will be in the future at a family reunions.
Tip: If you have a gown in one of these styles and want to reuse it, sew a rubber band together to wear around the hip. Prior to going outside, pull a part of the skirt thru the rubber band until the hem has no ground contact.
When a religious ceremony is involved dress on the modest side.
Tip: When know how to shorten a hem, you can alter a velvet gown for everyday wear.
Velvet looks festive and provides insulation (if not made from cotton). Brocade or thick lace work as well. Silk looks festive and helps you stay warm. When the couple gets married outdoors or in an ice church, faux fur looks great. Wool is great for a tuxedo suit.
In the Southeast, it’s a No-No. In the Southwest on a ranch, it’s ok. When snow is on the ground, yes, for the times that require you to be outside to get there. But if the festivities are in (the ballroom of) a hotel, bring shoes that match with your dress to change or wear evening boots (see featured photos. Check winter boots with the coat clerk.
Wear pantyhose with sandals, pumps, Mary Janes or wedges with tights matching your dress. Tights with sandals would look too casual. Stylish ankle boots or ballerina flats work well with tights.
Cold climate regions require appropriate outerwear. Because everyone takes photos, your outerwear is part of your outfit. Therefore, wear an upscale fancy tailored coat. Furthermore, style your outerwear with a wool felt or other classic winter hat and leather gloves.
Avoid the color of the bridal party and any color that would clash with it. Gemstone colors like citrine, amethyst, ruby, garnet, emerald, jade, aquamarine, sapphire, or lapis as well classic winter neutrals like black, navy, chocolate brown, tan, green, gray or burgundy are great choices. Or dare wearing metallic.
Tip: Stay away from pastels because they add seemingly weight, and look inappropriate for the cold season.
You can find awesome, affordable winter wedding guest dresses at Ever Pretty. I have five dresses from this brand. Their garments look much more expensive than they are, and show great craftsmanship. For more, and how to wear your (semi-)formal attire later check this review of Ever Pretty dresses.
When one of the couple is your kid, see also Mother-of-the-bride/groom dos and don’ts before picking your dress.
Photos of me: G. Kramm
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