Baby, It's Cold Outside!

10 Tips to Keep the Winter Bride Warm

Winter weddings are definitely fabulous, but sometimes frosty! These ten practical tips will help keep the winter bride and her party warm and fashionable on the big day.

1. Select your winter wedding gown and the dresses for your bridal party in lush, warm fabrics. Taffeta, moiré and velvet are warm and cozy as well as elegant and luxurious.

2. Sometimes a bride's just got to go strapless, or sleeveless, in spite of the frosty weather. Opt for a great reception-ready cover-up, like a floor-length white velvet cape with white faux fur trim, just in case you get chilly. Make sure it is one that will wrap or button nicely at your neck, without mussing your hair and makeup.

3. Consider wearing elegant elbow-length gloves in stretchy velvet with your winter wedding dress. If you'd rather keep your hands bare, think about a chic and old-fashioned fur or faux muff for a glamorous look.

4. Fashionable and functional cover-ups for you and your bridesmaids are important. Whether it's warm velvet cloaks and capes, cozy pashmina's or a luxurious faux fur stole or wrap, find the right cover up in the right accent color for your party. Consult with your dressmaker or seamstress for tips and ideas.

5. If you want an invisible extra layer to keep you warm, try a bolero or shrug designed to complement the lines of your dress. Ask your seamstress to create a beaded bolero from the same fabric as your dress, or opt for a delicate lace shrug with beaded details.

6. Outdoor nuptials in the winter months may require long underwear! Don't panic, sleek silk thermal underwear worn underneath your gown will hug your body and keep the cold out. Sneak away in time to make the switch from thermals to stockings when you reach the reception.

7. No bride wants Jack Frost nipping at their toes! A winter bride may require more sturdy footwear than the traditional white pump. Definitely don your bridal shoes at the ceremony and the reception, but bring appropriate footwear for the outdoors. A simple, heeled boot in white leather will look elegant and keep your toes covered while traveling. Carry your wedding footwear in a gift bag with you to the location, and then make a quick change before anyone sees you.

8. Winter weather is unpredictable. Rain, sleet and snow can ruin that beautiful hair and make-up! Bring matching umbrellas for you and your bridal party in a complimentary or wedding accent color. They will keep your winter wedding gown dry and your make up and hair picture perfect.

9. Wearing a bulky winter coat over your wedding dress is not how you envisioned your big day. But if you don't want to buy a new coat for the occasion, there's nothing wrong with wearing a good, warm coat while no one's looking. No one has to see you arrive in your old overcoat; chances are that everyone will be waiting for you inside! Drop the coat as you pass through the doors.

10. If you really don't want your everyday winter coat to be "something old", borrow or rent a fur coat, or go faux. Imagine the glamorous movie star feeling you'll get from wearing a luxurious and fluffy white coat on your big day.

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