What should a guest wear to a winter wedding?
Winter weddings can be a challenge to dress up for because cold weather doesn’t allow for anything much. We’d sure love to come all bundled up and cozy, but that's amongst the list of things NOT to do at a wedding
as a guest. But a wedding is no place for a Yeti. And unless you don’t mind having your toes fall off, then you could try wearing that gorgeous wedding summer getup in - 5 degree weather.
Before you RSVP regrets, we’d like you to know that there is a whole world of wonderful winter outfits that are perfect for the coldest of seasons…Read on to find out what to wear to a winter wedding.
The Difficult Choice of What to Wear to a Winter Wedding
Wedding catalogs are awash with pages and pages of wedding outfits fit for summer simply because most couples get hitched during the toastier months. What if we told you that it IS possible to find outfits you don’t need to cover with a heavy winter jacket … if you know where to look. Read on and steal our tips for what to wear to a winter wedding! And while you’re at it, we’ll let you in our favorite pieces to buy at Target!
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Tips on Picking Out What to Wear to a Winter Wedding
We’ve had our fair share of winter weddings… and tell you what, it’s never a toss-up between being warm and glamming up. Here are some of our greatest tips for what to wear to a winter wedding.
Tip #1: Yes, you can wear a dress!
Yes. You CAN wear a dress! Layer two dresses together and add some serious winter boots. A summer dress easily blends into the season with winter elements such as a winter frock (yey insulation!!), a drape fur or a fur vest.
Tip #2: If you choose to wear a dress, a long dress is preferred
Should you go for a dress, consider a long one with slits or cutouts. Long dresses don’t have to look matronly. Not a huge fan of long dresses? Pair your short dress with thermal pantyhose or tights.
Tip #3: Long-sleeved dresses are totally trendy
When we’re asked what to wear to a winter wedding, our knee-jerk answer is always something warm. Long sleeved dresses are a no-brainer. And they don’t need to look boring! Cute long-sleeved dressed don’t just keep you warm. They help you stand out as well.
Tip #4: Cool tones or jewel tones are always a great choice
Jewel tones (ruby red, yellow topaz, sapphire blue, or emerald green) or cool tones (pink, red, blue/blue undertones) are always great choice colors for the winter months. The colors make it great to wear to a winter wedding. Looks great on photos too!
Tip #5: Avoid pastels
There might as well be an ordinance for this. When asked what to wear to a winter wedding, we normally stick to jewel tones. You won’t be violating the law with pastels. But best to reserve these bright colors for the warmer seasons.
Tip #6: Be picky about the floral prints you choose
If you must wear floral prints, be meticulous with the print. Avoid prints with tiny flowers or prints that are obviously for the spring and summer seasons.
Tip #7: Anything with velvet is a great choice
The lush color and texture of velvet is always a great choice. It’s the perfect outfit for a winter wedding. It goes well with the season and is perfect for keeping yourself warm.
Tip #8: Rock sparkles, sequins, and glitter
If you’ve been holding back with the sequins, glitter and rock sparkles all year… now’s the time to bring it on! Anything that shines and shimmers is exactly what want to wear to a winter wedding.
Tip #9: Strapless gowns + faux fur shawl = perfection
Go ahead and wear that flattering strapless gown! Pair it with a faux fur shawl for that winter wedding wonderland vibe!
Tip #10: Fun jumpsuits are a super unique and trendy winter outfit option!
Who says you have to wear a dress to a wedding? Shake things up with a fun jumpsuit. It makes a super unique and trendy winter outfit option. Plus, it's really easy to pull off!
Tip #11: Want a more subdued look with a pop of color? Get bright-colored shoes
If you opt for a neutral-colored outfit, tie it all together with bright red chunky heels or any other colorful shoe that will stand out. A subdued look with a pop of color makes a great winter statement!
Tip #12: Find the perfect shawl to make any sleeveless look winter ready
If you’ve got your eyes (and your heart) set on a sleeveless dress or look, find the perfect shawl to make the outfit winter-ready.
Tip #13: You can’t go wrong with lace
Lace is a great option for a winter wedding! Bonus if you snag an outfit with lace sleeves!
Tip #14: Metallic material is so in
Metallic material is fun, trendy, and great for winter weddings!
Tip #15: Sheath silhouettes scream winter like no other
Sheath silhouette dresses are sexy and an easy choice for winter weddings!
Our Favorite Pieces to Wear to Winter Weddings
Here’s a little winter present… we’ve done the research for you. Read on to find some of our favorite steals from Target for winter weddings! What to wear to a winter wedding? Here’s our cheat list!
This gorgeous floral print dress takes you from the wedding ceremony to the after party. It’s a great outfit for holiday parties, as well. Layer with tights or leggings, and pair with comfy flats.
Paired with a clutch and heeled winter boots, this jewel-toned midi dress is a classic.
This vintage-inspired dress can get you from dinner to party to after-party with ease. Its modern, minimalist, and effortlessly polished. It's what we would wear to a winter wedding!
This dress combines comfort with naughty and nice. The nylon-spandex blend fabric is stretchable, while the lacy fabric allows your skin to peek through the sleeves. Pair it with heels and you got yourself a great outfit.
A long-sleeved wrap dress flatters any figure. Simply accessorize with a chunky statement necklace and you’re all set.
A floor length or ankle dress is comfort and style at its best. Formfitting at the top and loosely flowing at the bottom, it’s a great getup for morning winter weddings. To amp the formal factor, pair with a statement necklace and winter boots.
This off-shoulder knit dress is a sweater and evening gown in one. Perfect for that winter wedding, night cap, or anniversary dinner.
Anything leather adds a touch of subdued elegance. The relaxed style with a cut out V-neck and a side slit along the hem lends a modern touch. Its winter minimalist at its best. Oh! And it keeps you warm and toasty too!
A wrap dress flatters most figures. But what makes this dress special is its flowy sleeves and midi length. Check out the belt on this one!
Now this is a jewel tone dress we really love! This A-line boatneck dress is a classic. And is made extra gorgeous by floral lace and its bright red color. Go for the demure look with nude pumps. Or go full winter with skinny boots.
Floral patterns are usually reserved for the summer but this velvet kimono is perfect for a winter wedding. Wear over a slip dress or pair with skinny pants.
If you layering isn’t your thing, keep warm with a stylish scarf. This neckerchief provides that much needed coverage on the neck and chest. Plus, it’s a fashion statement that pairs well with almost any outfit.
This faux fur shawl is 50s glam! Think old school Hollywood! This fur shawl wraps around your shoulder and works best with a sleeveless jumpsuit or a fabulous cocktail dress.
This sleeveless maroon jumpsuit offers a variety of styling options. Pair with a blazer or neckerchief. For that all out glam, pair with a fur shawl and embellished footwear. (convert this glam piece for the summer with wedge sandals and a denim jacket).
Another option that you could pair with a blazer, neckerchief, or fur shawl is this black midi jumpsuit. The V-neckline works perfectly with a statement necklace. Whip out the strappy glitter heels for the glam after party look.
What to wear to a winter wedding? A lot! Who says you can’t go for stunningly gorgeous during the chilly season?
Got some ideas to get you glammed up for a winter wedding? We’d love to hear from you! Comment on the section below!
This is a great reading to send to my guests!
Love the velvet and long sleeves!
Great tips!! Thank you!!
Love the jumpsuit.