What to Wear to a Winter Wedding

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Now that’s an alliteration you can take to the bank (sorry–English major in me breaking through). Weddings always seem to put girls into a frenzy of “what do I wear”? It gets even worse when you can’t wear your fall-back attire of a floral dress and strappy sandals, i.e: a winter wedding. Although the wedding will of course be indoors, travelling between venues and even cooler indoors effect your choice of what to wear. Basically there are two categories, formal and semi-formal. You can determine what this wedding is by talking to other guests, looking at the invite and save-the-dates (how formal are they? do they include a dress code?), and the time of day (daytime weddings are usually slightly more casual, where as evening weddings tend to be more formal). Once you’ve determined how formal the wedding is, read on to get ideas for your winter wedding wear:

Formal Wedding:
♥ darker, rich colour tones are formal and appropriate for the winter season

♥ avoid white, not only is it generally a poor choice in winter, but it’s considered taboo at any wedding: white is for the bride only

♥ dark tights add a formal feel to even more casual dresses

♥ glam accessories add sparkle and make your outfit scream special occasion, but avoid tiaras (again, these are reserved for the bride)

♥ a faux fur stole adds luxury and warmth when running back and forth from the limo

dress & bracelets: forever21, tights & shoes: Charlotte Russe, stole: Debenhams

 Casual Wedding:

♥ you can get a little more playful with colours and patterns here, avoid black for a daytime wedding

♥ don’t be afraid to wear separates to a casual wedding, like a skirt and bright top

♥ rather than a fancy stole, a simple cardigan will add warmth without being over-the-top

♥ accessories can be more subdued, or fun, depending on the dress you choose, just make sure it reflects your personal style

dress: ModCloth, shoes: Payless, tights and necklace: Charlotte Russe, cardigan: forever21

Hopefully this gives you a guide, and some inspiration if you have a winter wedding to attend this season. Stay tuned for an upcoming post on wedding guest hair styles that you can do yourself. Do you have any weddings to attend this year? What do you plan on wearing? Let me know in the comments section. Wedding attire is sometimes hard to navigate, but it’s something every college girl should know.

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5 Comments
  1. Caroline Caroline says:

    I’m glad I don’t have too many weddings to go to….yet :) These are beautiful outfit suggestions. Great, clean layout. Love the fur with the dress…formal yet daring. Excellent post.

  2. Jasmine Jasmine says:

    My bestfriend got married last winter and everyone there wore casual dresses which were covered up by a jacket and scarf. Everyone looked really cute and the best part about that outfit is that once everyone got to the reception you can take off the jacket and you are ready to party.

  3. This article is so interesting I am completely engrossed. Thanks for a great read.

  4. leeleelive leeleelive says:

    You should definitely have another one of these for a spring wedding. I am having trouble deciding what to wear to a spring wedding.

  5. Renae Renae says:

    Great article , helped me out a lot! I was soo stumped on what to wear to my friends wedding, to make it worse it was forecasted to be an awful day (rain and strong winds) so this was great help! Came prepared with a gorgeous thick cartigan that wasn’t too casual but worked wonders.

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