Hoffman recommends gowns made of heavier fabrics, such as this Justina McCaffrey silk satin gown.

When we think of weddings, we often picture warm weather and spring flowers. Winter weddings, however, are growing in popularity, says Kimberly Hoffman, bridal expert and owner of the online bridal boutique Your Dream Dress. Breaking from tradition and opting for a wedding during the colder months may seem daunting — How can you elegantly cover up to stay warm? What gowns are appropriate for the season? — but Hoffman is here to help. Here’s what to look for when choosing a gown for your winter wonderland wedding.

Heavier fabrics

Not only are they warmer, but heavier, richer fabrics, such as silk satin and silk Mikado, are appropriate for the winter season. Popular dress styles in these fabrics are ball gowns and trumpet mermaids. Cashmere wraps are also great ways to stay warm and look stylish and sophisticated.

Stay warm and look sophisticated with a bolero jacket like this Justina McCaffrey one made with Chantilly lace.

Bolero jackets and wraps

Long-sleeved dresses are prime for seasonal appropriateness and also will keep you warm, but Hoffman recommends that brides opting for a strapless dress cover up with a bolero jacket or a cashmere wrap. Hoffman especially likes the sophistication and luxury of an Alencon lace or Chantilly lace bolero.

Beadwork and embellishments

A wedding dress with beading will complement the winter landscape. “The crystals will sparkle against the glistening snow and the evening candlelight,” Hoffman says.


Blush pink and ice blue gowns are growing in popularity, says Hoffman, as they are unique, elegant and glamorous. Brides in these colors will stand out from the white of winter. Hoffman recommends that brides with fair skin “Look for a subtle, soft blush gown that will bring warmth to a lighter skin tone, especially in the winter months.”

The beading on this Reem Acra silk tulle and silk satin gown complements the sparkling snow.

A blush pink gown, such as this one by Monique Lhuillier, is a glamorous alternative to a traditional white dress.

About The Author

Shannon O'Neill is a senior editor at Bombshell.

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