There are few things as exciting and stressful as planning a wedding, let alone a winter wedding. According to Knot, although only 9% of weddings take place during the winter, there are many reasons why marriages take place during the cold weather months. Your photos will look beautiful, and you’ll get better venue prices during a recession—not to mention all the unique ways you can style your winter wedding.
Now that you have your beautiful engagement ring and wedding dress, it’s time to think about what your bridesmaids will look like. The bridesmaids are here to support you on your wedding day. You have to make sure that it is elegant and comfortable at the same time during your winter wedding. No matter what kind of wedding you’re planning, we’ve got these 8 great bridesmaid style tips for winter weddings. Read on to find out what the bridesmaids should wear and how they should dress up for your special day.
Shop with them
You may be nervous about shopping for your big day. Your bridesmaids may be just as nervous as you. After all, they will also play an important role. Be with the bridesmaids in person when they shop for their clothes, shoes, and accessories. If you can’t be with them face to face, you can ask them to video chat with you when they are in the store or shopping online so that you are there in their spirit. Encourage them to fall in love with the dress they will wear again even after the wedding.
For any jewelry, make sure she doesn’t spend her budget just to get quality jewelry for your big day. Inspire them to wear jewelry they already own or just buy beautifully handcrafted and affordable jewelry.
Make sure it’s comfortable
Nobody wants to wear an itchy bridesmaid dress. During a winter wedding, you may want to consider additional layers other than the dress. You may need to think outside the box and consider dressing warmer with smart pants and jackets instead of a slim dress, especially if any part of the wedding is outdoors.
Also, consider their body types and shapes. What looks good on your friend who looks like a pear may not look good on your friend who is more athletic. Be open to bridesmaids wearing different styles similar to everyone else’s attire at the wedding. For example, if the theme of your wedding is a winter wonderland, allow one friend to wear a pretty silver pantsuit and the other to wear a silver dress up to the calves.
The costumes should match your wedding theme
Before considering dress length, cut, or even color, what would the bridesmaid’s dress look like along with the wedding theme? How would it look compared to your wedding dress or tuxedo? Bridesmaids wear may also have a distinctive coat.
If you want to have an ice blue winter wedding theme, the bridesmaids can wear ice blue or snowflake clothes. They can accessorize with other perfect winter symbols like icicle earrings and reindeer necklaces.
Think of a full outfit
Besides just thinking about the dress, you’ll want to think about what your bridesmaids wear from head to toe. How would you like the bridesmaids to style their hair? Would you rather have everyone rock their hair, or do the bridesmaids want their hair up? Is there a particular hairstyle you’d like to see, like braids or a bun?
Winter wedding themes often feature rich jewel colors such as ruby red, emerald green, or sapphire. Bridesmaids can match the same jewel tones or go in a different direction with muted colors like ocean periwinkle, blue-gray or slate gray.
Be sensitive to budgets
Between the bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, hairstyling, makeup and everything else in between, the bridesmaids probably spent a good chunk of makeover just to attend your wedding. Keep their budget in mind and be sensitive to all kinds of budgets.
This may mean that you need to be flexible about your expectations of exactly what your bridesmaid will wear. Don’t let your friend or family member fall into debt just because you really want them to wear that exact dress or those particular shoes.
Detailed management vs. no direction
You don’t want to be a helicopter bride or groom. At the same time, you don’t want to be completely uncooperative and leave the bridesmaids wondering what to wear at the risk of disappointing you or looking completely uncoordinated with everyone else at the wedding. Suggest that your bridesmaids wear a wedding bracelet of a certain color or a gemstone as an additional accessory, but you don’t have to tell them exactly which bracelet they should be wearing.
It doesn’t have to be perfect
Bridesmaids don’t have to look like they came straight out of a department store catalog. They should have a relatively cohesive theme or a general style that you all stick to. If you’re going to a bohemian wedding in the winter, it wouldn’t make sense for your bridesmaids to wear structured satin dresses. If you are going to a black tie event, make sure the bridesmaids all wear appropriate black tie clothes and accessories, but it doesn’t have to be the exact same dress.
Let them show their characters
At the end of the day, getting ready for your wedding doesn’t have to be a chore. Things will go as quickly as they came, and your bridesmaids will remember whether or not you treated them with grace, patience, and understanding—not to mention a little fun by letting them show off their personalities with what they’re wearing.
They can wear affordable, conflict-free and high-quality jewelry at the same time to your wedding. There are plenty of bridal earrings that bridesmaids can choose from to accentuate their personality while still being a perfect fit for your winter wedding.
Your beautiful winter wedding will be here before you know it. Now that you know these 8 great tips on how to dress your bridesmaids to your wedding, you can get back to planning everything else.