Winter weddings are not only a great way to save money, but they also offer the opportunity for beautiful, frosted wedding photos. Something that many couples find tricky about planning a winter wedding is the outfits.
Spring and summer are the most popular seasons for weddings, with August being the busiest month to get married, which means the majority of gowns and suits are designed for warm weather.
With winter weddings, the outfits need to be warm enough for chilly temperatures, but not so warm that you’ll be uncomfortable in the cosy, heated indoors of your venue. Here are three things to consider to help you get your winter wedding outfits just right.
1. Brides and Bridesmaids Should Opt for Layers
If you’ve always dreamed of a beautiful strapless gown and don’t want to let go of your vision for the sake of staying warm, you’ll be pleased to know that you don’t have to. Although it’s common for brides and bridesmaids to opt for long sleeves for winter weddings, short sleeves, sleeveless and strapless gowns can work just fine when you add a cosy layer on top. A cape, wrap or bridal coat can help you stay warm at chilly moments, and you can enjoy a big reveal of your gorgeous gown at a time that suits you.
2. Renting is Much Cheaper Than Buying Winter Coats
The additional cost of coats, jackets, capes or coverups can quickly add up and make it incredibly expensive to kit out your entire wedding party. This is especially true if you’re looking at formal winter coats. If your wedding party will be paying for their outfits themselves, be sure to tell them
that there could be an additional expense for a co-ordinating coat or jacket. A great way to save money is to rent part or all of the outfits instead of buying them. The average wedding suit costs £300, whereas renting a suit can start from as little as £50.
3. Have Spare Shoes on Hand
If you’re hoping to capture some wedding portraits outdoors, no matter the weather, it’s helpful for all members of the wedding party to have a spare pair of shoes on hand for walking between locations. The spares don’t have to be glamorous as long as they’re warm and waterproof. For a bit of fun you could opt to get everyone matching wellies and ask your photographer to capture some group photos with everyone proudly displaying their boots.
Speaking of shoes, winter weddings usually call for closed toes for the bride and bridesmaids to keep feet warm and dry. You should also prepare for the possibility of ice or snow and choose a heel height and style that’s appropriate.
Give Yourself Time to Find the Perfect Winter Wedding Outfits
The hunt for the perfect wedding outfits should begin around nine months before the big day to make sure there’s enough time to order garments and have alterations made. Keep these three tips in mind when planning for a winter ceremony to make sure the wedding party stays warm without losing style points.