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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
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
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
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
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
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 Sultry: Amsale Harlee Dress
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
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
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.
For a Christmas Wedding: Confête Georgie Red Wrap Dress
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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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.
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