20 Gorgeous Winter Bridesmaid Dresses for Every Style

From long-sleeve dresses to luxurious velvet styles

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There's no denying that summer is a popular season to get married: It’s warm, flowers are in bloom, and guests’ travel schedules tend to be more flexible. However, an enchanting winter wedding comes with its own set of perks, which is why heaps of iconic couples have chosen the intimate time of year to say ‘I do.’ (Think Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio and even Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip). Whether it's a festive Christmas wedding, a snowy locale in January, or a Valentine's Day vow exchange, there are many advantages to having a winter wedding. In addition to deep color palettes, unique floral arrangements, and scenic venues, winter bridal party dresses are an opportunity to celebrate the coziest season.

There is a slew of fresh fabrics and silhouettes (available at a range of price points) that look especially fitting for winter, such as swaths of velvet or even sequin embellishments. Don't be afraid to opt for a long-sleeve gown that provides a bit more coverage and warmth for outdoor ceremonies. With peekaboo slits, lace sleeves, and plunging necklines, long-sleeve dresses need not be boring. And if the temperatures are on the mild side, an icy-blue hue in effortless tulle or organza is the perfect match for a winter wonderland theme. Bonus: The colder temperatures will also give your bridal squad an excuse to pile on the faux fur coats, boleros, and wraps.

Ahead, discover the best winter bridal party dresses that hit the mark for a December, January, or February wedding.

Best for Warmth: Jenny Yoo Ryland Velvet Maxi Dress

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Size Range: 0-26 | Length: Maxi-length | Materials: Velvet

Since winter temperatures can be low, why not take advantage and go for long-sleeve bridal party dresses? This velvet iteration is simple but features photogenic design details, including a pleated front and ultra-low back.

Best One-Shoulder: David's Bridal Crepe-Back Satin One-Shoulder Dress

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Size Range: 0-30 | Length: Maxi-length | Materials: Satin

A one-shoulder gown in a soft gray shade is a classic pick for a winter wedding. If you’re leaning toward timelessness, this should be on your shopping list.

For a Trendy Wedding: Jenny Yoo Logan Dress

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Size Range: 00-32 | Length: Floor-length | Materials: Velvet

A hint of dusty rose velvet is sure to add a striking element to your wedding photos. Keep the rest of the details simple; a dainty pair of baroque pearl earrings and strappy sandals in a beige hue will go perfectly.

Best Jewel Tone: Jenny Yoo Ellis Velvet Dress

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Size Range: 0-24 | Length: Floor-length | Materials: Velvet

As if the stretch velvet wasn’t enough to sell you on this striking dress, the soft flutter sleeves and open-back detail solidify the decision. Add metallic heels with delicate jewelry to complete the look. 

Most Romantic: Birdy Grey Christina Convertible Dress

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Size Range: XS-3X | Length: Floor-length | Materials: Tulle

An emerald palette is a beautiful choice for a winter wedding, making this elegant tulle gown a winning choice. Team with a soft updo and ornate earrings.

Most Complementary: Fame and Partners The Libra

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Size Range: 0-22 | Length: Maxi-length | Materials: Polyester

Nothing says winter wedding quite like a champagne-hued gown with a draped bodice and plunging back. It’s the kind of dress that simultaneously contrasts and complements a wedding gown.

Most Sexy: Black Halo Kacie 2 Piece Maxi Dress

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Size Range: 0-14 | Length: Maxi-length | Materials: Polyamide and Viscose

Navy is a timeless color for winter bridal party dresses, and this two-piece dress is no exception. Accessorize with simple black heels and chandelier earrings.

Most Sultry: Amsale Harlee Dress

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Size Range: 00-32 | Length: Floor-length | Materials: Crepe

An open-back and thigh slit are ideal dress details because they lend a dramatic moment for your bridal party without pulling too much attention away from, well, you. It’s the perfect way to add a hint of allure.

Most Comfortable: Show Me Your Mumu Tuscany Maxi Slip Dress

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Size Range: XXS-XXL | Length: Floor-length | Materials: Polyester

If your style is reminiscent of ‘90s minimalism, a simple black slip dress is the direction to go for bridal party dresses. 

Best Plus Size: Reformation Middleton Dress Es

Reformation Middleton Dress Es

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Size Range: 14-24 | Length: Floor-length | Materials: Lightweight Georgette

A cottagecore wedding in a snow-covered locale is just about as magical as it gets. Behold, the quintessential blue winter floral dress. With long puff sleeves and an open back, it can easily be accessorized with a faux fur shrug in case it gets chilly.

Best Mini Dress: Reformation Josefine Dress

Reformation Josefine Dress

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Size Range: 0-12 | Length: Mini-length | Materials: Silk Charmeuse

We're green with envy over here. With a mock neck and wrap front skirt, this emerald silk charmeuse Reformation dress is ready for a fête.

For a Christmas Wedding: Confête Georgie Red Wrap Dress

Confête Georgie Red Wrap Dress

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Size Range: 1X-3X | Length: Maxi-length | Materials: Poplin

Equal parts flattering and festive, this fabulous red wrap dress is perfect for a December wedding. The easy-going silhouette featuring a tasteful V-neckline and optional belt will wow from wedding to reception.

For a Modern Wedding: STAUD Astro Dress

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Size Range: 00-12 | Length: Maxi-length | Materials: Poplin

If your aesthetic skews modern, consider a black dress in an unexpected silhouette with waist cutouts, like this puff-sleeve piece from STAUD. It’s the perfect canvas to add in bold jewelry and heels, giving each member of your bridal party the opportunity to diversify their look. 

For a Glamorous Wedding: Maya Bridesmaid Long Sleeve Maxi Tulle Dress

Maya Bridesmaid Long Sleeve Maxi Tulle Dress

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Size Range: 2-12 | Length: Floor-length | Materials: Tulle

If your wedding is on New Year’s Eve, go all out and dress your crew in sequins. Dreamy layers of tulle, sparkly sleeves, and a gorgeous blush tone. What more could you ask for?

Best Slip Dress: Sachin & Babi Winter Slip Dress

Sachin & Babi Winter Slip Dress

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Size Range: 0-16 | Length: Midi-length | Materials: Satin

Searching for a winter-approved slip dress for your bridal party? Consider this satin stunner in a standout gold hue. The slinky silhouette featuring a cowl back and neckline will look flattering on a range of body types.

For a Winter Wonderland Wedding: BHLDN Beatrice Organza Maxi Dress

BHLDN Beatrice Organza Maxi Dress

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Size Range: 0-18 | Length: Floor-length | Materials: Organza

Bring your winter wonderland nuptials to life by outfitting your bridal party in matching floral organza. With puff sleeves that can be worn on or off the shoulder, be prepared to be swept away by this elegant dress. 

For a Black-Tie Wedding: Sachin + Babi Aubrey Gown

Sachin + Babi Aubrey Gown

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Size Range: 0-14 | Length: Floor-length | Materials: Polyester Charmeuse

Throwing a black-tie wedding in the winter? Meet your bridal party dress(es). The simple elegance of this bow-adorned gown makes it a fitting pick.

Best Wrap Dress: Lulus My Whole Heart Plum Long Sleeve Wrap Dress

Lulus My Whole Heart Plum Long Sleeve Wrap Dress

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Size Range: XS-3X | Length: Floor-length | Materials: Polyester

Cue the romance: This deep plum-hued wrap dress with long sleeves will bring the drama for a winter wedding. For the ultimate entrance, slip into some gold ankle strap heels.

Best Budget: Lulus Rare Beauty Hunter Green Backless Maxi Dress

Lulus Rare Beauty Hunter Green Backless Maxi Dress

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Size Range: XXS-3X | Length: Floor-length | Materials: Tulle

Planning a snowy bridal shoot? This captivating hunter green gown is characterized by a sultry open back and leg-baring slits. Just add a faux fur stole for added warmth.

For a Fairy-Tale Wedding: Jenny Yoo Faye Print Dress

Jenny Yoo Faye Print Dress

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Size Range: 00-32 | Length: Floor-length | Materials: Chiffon

Just dazzling. Make magic with this icy blue chiffon dress that's fit for a princess. Play up the V-neckline and flutter sleeves by accessorizing with some sparkly diamond earrings.

What to Look for When Buying a Winter Bridal Party Dress

With the cooler temperatures of a late-year wedding, wearability is a top concern. Heavier fabrics like velvet and long-sleeves will provide additional coverage to keep you warm. But that doesn't mean you have to steer clear of sleeveless styles or lightweight silk and chiffon gowns—a luxe faux fur coat can be layered on to keep you cozy and balance out any thigh-high slits. During the winter months, rich, eye-catching jewel tones, such as emerald green, ruby red, and sapphire, are popular picks among bridesmaids. Alternatively, if you want to match the snowy scene, an icy blue or aqua green could be the perfect touch. Depending on the wedding date, a Christmas or New Year's ceremony may call for an elegant neckline or other dress embellishments like sequins and lace for a glam touch.

FAQ
  • Is it okay if my bridal party dresses have sleeves?

    Of course! Not only are sleeves beautiful, but they can also be super flattering and will make those who prefer a little more coverage comfortable.

  • How far in advance should bridal party dresses be ordered?

    Factoring in delivery and alterations, they should be ordered at least six months before the wedding.

  • Where's the best place to order bridal party dresses?

    More and more orders are being made online, and we have a list of the best websites to check out here. When browsing, just keep in mind the timeline and take into account tailor visits and potential returns.

Why Trust Brides

Brides contributor Nicole Kliest has over 11 years of experience writing in fashion. Her work has appeared on sites like Vogue, Fashionista, Who What Wear, The Zoe Report, Harper's Bazaar, and Elle, among others.

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