What to Wear to a Winter Wedding

You’ve just been invited to a winter wedding and visions of picturesque snowcapped mountains, fluffy flurries falling from the sky, and warm, cozy fires begin filling your dreams. That is until reality sets in and you realize that winter also means with slush, unexpected snow, and subzero temperatures. Suddenly you’re left stressing over a million unknowns. Will it be warm in the venue? Will I be walking through snow to get to the reception? Will there be heat lamps and blankets outside for the ceremony? Will my outfit keep me warm, still look fabulous, but not overheat me when the party turns up and the dancefloor gets hot? How the heck do I decide what to wear to a winter wedding?

Looking fabulous in the dead of winter can be a challenge, and it’s no secret that choosing what to wear to a winter wedding can be a struggle. Our handy guide will help you choose an outfit that leaves you feeling amazing and wedding-ready, no matter what kind of winter weather comes your way.

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Deep Colors

Winter is the season for bold colors and deep earthy tones. Navy, gunmetal, wine, and dark purples are just a few hues on a winter color palette that we just can’t get enough of. Choose any seasonal color then find a style of dress in that shade that you feel most comfortable wearing.

Man wears kilt and formal Scottish attire and woman wears a green long-sleeve sheath dress with a plunging neckline and waist-defining tie by Bec & Bridge from Rent the Runway.
Bec & Bridge Emerald Tasha Dress
Model in a sleeveless, v-cut fit-and-flare dress is elevated with springy pleats down to just below knee-length from Slate&Willow available at Rent the Runway.
Slate & Willow Navy Midi Flare Dress
kate spade new york metallic dress with three-quarter length sleeves and low neckline featuring a surplice bodice and swinging pleated skirt.
kate spade new york Metallic Wrap Sweater Dress

Metallic Hues

We won’t turn down any excuse to shimmer and shine. Metallics, especially gemstone colors, get a lot of attention in the winter. Rock a sparkly number as part or all of your winter wedding look. If maximum sparkle isn’t what you’re going for, opt for a glittery accent or metallic pop whether it be in the pattern or in the form of an added accessory.

Sleeveless, curve-hugging black gown with metallic floral pattern skirt overlay
Dress The Population Black Lorena Gown from Rent the Runway
Green, shimmering Badgley Mischka dress on woman standing in front of mountains. with high neckline and three-quarter length sleeves.
Badgley Mischka Emerald Sequin Sheath
Pleated, leg baring Ramy Brook blouson dress with collared neck and no sleeves in a shimmery ruby color.
Ramy Brook Velvet Lori Dress

Little Black Dress

There’s a reason the LBD has been a wardrobe staple for decades. It really is perfect for all occasions! Dress it up, dress it down. Pair it with a coat or with no jacket at all. Accessorize it with a brooch or keep it simple. No matter the season, no matter the celebration, the little black dress is the ultimate choice if you find yourself struggling with what to wear to a winter wedding.

Monique Lhullier midi-length velvet and lace detailing, a sweetheart neckline, and an exaggerated ruffle hem
Monique Lhullier Velvet Ruffle Hem Midi Dress
Rent the Runway dress from Fifteen Twenty with a split neck and billowing long sleeves.
Fifteen Twenty Black V-Neck Shift
Couple at a wedding. Man on right is wearing a suit and bowtie and woman on left is wearing a black, floor length, one shoulder gown from Dress the Population on Rent the Runway.
Dress The Population Tiffany Sheath

Jumpsuits

If the weather forecast is predicting a chill, stay warm with a jumpsuit. Seriously, does it get any better than dressing up and getting to wear pants? The pants will keep you warm and the jumpsuit will keep you looking hot!

Black velvet jumpsuit from MISA Los Angeles with halter top neckline, cinched waist, and long, flowing pant legs.
MISA Los Angeles Velvet Xandra Jumpsuit
Dark green velvet jumpsuit with elbow-length puff sleeves and plunging neckline with a bow that can be adjusted to cinch the waist to desired look.
Adelyn Rae Jeanine Velvet Jumpsuit
Amanda Uprichard jumpsuit in shimmering bronze metallic. Ruched bodice, defined waist, and a wide-leg silhouette create a classic, flattering silhouette.
Amanda Uprichard Metallic Gunnar Jumpsuit

Sleeves

Do you tend to run cold? Are you worried about the venue not having the heat on as much as you’d like? Be prepared for icy winter temps by covering your arms with sleeves. Winter is the perfect time to break out all those dresses that you love but it always seems too hot to wear.

A plunging V-neckline and high front slit expertly balance each other to create a cohesive, sexy dress in luxe black velvet.
NISSA Black Velvet Deep V Dress
Art Deco red sequin dress with long sleeves falling to knee length. Woman has dress paired with gold clutch and black pumps.
Dress The Population Burgundy Emery Dress
Olive green stretch velvet jumpsuit with long sleeves, flowing pants, and tie that be knotted in the front
STYLESTALKER Olive Velvet Leila Jumpsuit

If sleeves aren’t your speed (hello sweat stains on the dance floor) stick with something sleeveless and find a shawl or other accessories to keep yourself comfortable.

Accessories Stay Warm

Sometimes, the outfit we’ve set our hearts on wearing isn’t always the most practical one for the weather. Pair these life hacks with your outfit for some additional insulation that will only enhance your look.

Rock booties or knee-high boots on your feet with a pair of thick, warm socks tucked in them. Your feet will thank you.

Shapewear isn’t just for creating curves. For the record, we’re not advocating for shapewear, everyone looks flawless just the way they are. What we are saying though, is that if you need another layer of warmth, shapewear pairs better with wedding fashion than a layer of long underwear.

Tights. Wear them, store them in your bag in case it’s colder than you think, just have them with you. They may be thin, but they can keep those legs warm and look super cute with your dress or as an added layer of heat under your jumpsuit.

And once you’ve made yourself comfy and warm, don’t forget to accessorize with jewels!

What have you worn to winter weddings you’ve attended? Tell us below or tag us in your winter wedding photos on Instagram @happilyeverborrowed

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