What to Wear to a Winter Wedding

Winter weddings are undeniably romantic, but it can be tough as a guest to know what to wear to such an event. Unlike spring and summer weddings where you can wear the bare minimum, winter weddings generally call for dresses and pantsuits that are made from thick fabrics like velvet and come with sleeves or high necklines. There are plenty of fun and stylish ways to dress seasonally appropriate from dark and rich hues to beautiful cover-ups and winter worthy fabrics, consider these options when you’re getting ready for a winter wedding.

Winter Wedding Attire Considerations 

For weddings in general, it’s always important to figure out how formal the event is going to be. Is it black tie, cocktail or more casual attire? Winter weddings often lean toward formal or semi-formal attire, so opting for a suit or a formal dress is a safe choice unless the invitation specifies otherwise. Check the wedding invitation for dress code instructions, theme, color scheme and whether any part of the gathering will take place outdoors. If you’re unsure, ask the bride or check the couple’s wedding website.

The next consideration is the venue and setting for the event. Will it be windy, snowy or sunny? Is it a city or country wedding? What’s the terrain like? Will you need to be outdoors at all? It’s good to have a gauge on the temps and conditions you may encounter so you can be prepared by bringing the proper outerwear, layers and shoes. Even if the majority of the celebration will be indoors, still consider the amount of time you’ll need to walk outdoors to get to the venue and remember if it’s snowy or wet, it’s completely fine to wear boots then change into heels.

Another thing to consider when choosing what to wear to a winter wedding is the color palette. Couples will often incorporate their color scheme into their wedding invitations so be sure to look closely for any clues as to what the dress code is as well as a possible color palette. Popular colors to wear to a winter wedding are deep or darker colors like navy, hunter green, plum, black, deep brown, maroon, etc. For a more formal event consider metallics like silver, gold and copper or a little sparkle.

What to Wear to a Winter Wedding

Once you’ve considered the formality and weather conditions, it’s time to decide what you’re going to wear. Are you the kind of person who always runs cold? Layering will be key to ensure you’re comfortable and still feel stylish. Opt for longer sleeves, a long dress, tights, a pant suit, faux fur jacket, scarf or shawl. Are you intent on wearing a shorter dress despite chilly temps? Use your layers, pair with closed toed shoes, and a long jacket. Are you dying to wear a pair of stilettos? Go for it, bring an extra pair of shoes along if you need to.

Winter is perfect for rich jewel tones and darker colors like deep blue, purple, or classic black and gray are excellent choices for winter weddings. They not only look elegant but also help to create a warm and sophisticated appearance. Choose heavier fabrics such as wool, velvet, or satin for your clothing to provide extra warmth. You’ll want to avoid lightweight summer fabrics like linen and cotton. You can also pair these color pallets with glamorous textures, gold, silver, or sequins, whether with a scarf, shoes, or purse.

Accessories like scarves, gloves, and hats can not only keep you warm but also add a touch of style to your outfit. Consider matching these accessories to your attire or using them to introduce a pop of color. Don’t forget a stylish overcoat or a warm winter coat to wear when you’re outside, make sure it compliments your outfit and is easy to remove once you’re indoors. 

Remember the key to dressing for a winter wedding is to balance style with warmth. You can look elegant and feel comfortable even in cold weather simply by choosing the right fabrics, layering, and accessorizing appropriately.

Located on beautiful rolling hills, Historic Acres of Hershey is a beautiful setting for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and other special events any time of year with both indoor and outdoor event spaces. Give us a call at 717-298-6340 to learn more or contact us