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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, a 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.’ (Need a few examples? Think Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio and even Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip).
In addition to cozy color palettes, unique floral arrangements, and scenic venues, you’ll also need to consider winter bridesmaid dresses if you’re having a cold-weather wedding. While a springy peach chiffon frock might feel less at home during a December ceremony, there are a slew of fresh fabrics and silhouettes that look especially fitting for winter, such as swaths of velvet or even sequin embellishments.
Ahead, discover 20 winter bridesmaids dresses that hit the mark for a December, January, or February wedding.
Best Jewel Tone: Jenny Yoo Ellis Velvet Dress
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
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.
For a Classic Wedding: Reformation Winslow Dress
A classic silhouette is made especially flattering thanks to the deep V neckline and fitted waist. And, thanks to its effortless aesthetic, accessorizing is all the more easy.
For a Black-Tie Wedding: After Six Strapless Crepe Trumpet Gown
Throwing a black-tie wedding in the winter? Meet your bridesmaid dress(es). The simple elegance of this strapless gown makes it a fitting pick.
For a Modern Wedding: STAUD Amaretti Dress
If your aesthetic skews modern, consider a black dress in an unexpected silhouette, like this puff-sleeve piece from STAUD. It’s the perfect canvas to add in bold jewelry and heels, giving each bridesmaid the opportunity to diversify their look.
Best One Shoulder: David's Bridal Crepe-Back Satin One-Shoulder Bridesmaid Dress
A one-shoulder gown in a soft grey shade is a classic pick for the winter bridesmaid dress. If you’re leaning toward timelessness, this should be on your shopping list.
For a Minimalist Wedding: Khloe Jaymes Casey Bridesmaid Dress
While sweetheart necklines and plunging V’s are often the pick for bridesmaid dresses, there’s something surprisingly fresh about a simple straight neck with spaghetti straps. If you live for minimalism, this gown is likely up your alley.
For a Trendy Wedding: Jenny Yoo Logan Dress
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.
For a Glamorous Wedding: Badgley Mischka Dara Gown
If your wedding is on New Year’s Eve, go all out and dress your bridesmaids in sequins. Long sleeves are always a flattering detail to go with the extra sparkle.
Most Comfortable: Show Me Your Mumu Tuscany Maxi Slip Dress
If your style is reminiscent of ‘90s minimalism, a simple black slip dress is the direction to go for bridesmaid dresses.
Searching for winter bridesmaid dresses? We've answered three common questions brides have when shopping for bridesmaid dresses with sleeves.
- Is it okay if my bridesmaids dresses have sleeves? Of course! Not only are sleeves beautiful they can also be super flattering and will make the bridesmaids who prefer a little more coverage comfortable.
- How far in advance should the bridesmaid 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 bridesmaid dresses? More and more orders are being made online and we have a list of the best websites you should check out here. When browsing just keep in mind the timeline and take into account tailor visits and potential returns.