21 Stunning Wedding Dresses for a Winter Wedding

Long sleeves, dreamy fabrics, luxe embellishments, and more.

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The spring and summer months always seem to be the most popular for a wedding. On the heels of April showers, May flowers instantly garner a romantic mood while summer sun always sets a joyous tone. But not every bride dreams of getting married in on a warm breezy day or balmy evening. Some dream of saying "I do" when there's a chill in the air, perhaps in a winter wonderland setting outdoors among the snowflakes, with a view of snow-dusted mountains, or an intimate gathering inside with a swanky holiday theme. For such an occasion, a winter wedding dress is essential, of course. So, we've scouted some of our favorites from beautiful budget buys to ultra-dreamy designs.

Not all winter wedding dresses are created equal. It largely depends on the style of your wedding, the venue, and your bridal taste. A long-sleeve crepe gown with a high neck or open back is spectacular if you're the type to keep things classic and, possibly, minimal. For more traditional tastes, lace is always stunning, as are tulle layers and intricate beadwork. For bohemian sensibilities, tiers of ruffles, crochet lace, and elegant embroidery are divine details, particularly with wispy fabrics as part of the equation. For a more casual and intimate winter wedding, a retro-inspired design like a tea-length dress is simply chic, while ultra-luxe details like metallic fabrics, rhinestones, and feathers are just right for a holiday-themed evening wedding. 

From simple to sophisticated and showstopping, keep scrolling for our edit of winter wedding dresses for every budget and style. 

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Watters Ula Gown

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Courtesy of BHLDN

For the winter bride who's been dreaming of a long-sleeve lace wedding dress, this off-the-shoulder design is incredibly elegant. You won't have to worry about wardrobe malfunctions, either — the illusion neckline ensures that everything is perfectly in place. 

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Danielle Frankel Simone Open-Back Draped Wool and Silk-Blend Satin Gown

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For the minimalist winter bride, this satin gown is utterly stunning. The open back offers a chic reveal of skin that's in stark contrast to the high neckline. 

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Catherine Deane Kellyn Gown

wedding dress with pearls

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This cap-sleeve wedding gown captures the glamour of the 1920s, featuring spectacular pearl beading and an open back. The airy silk tulle will allow you to float down the aisle and throughout the reception as you visit with guests. 

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Valentino Feather-Trimmed Beaded Wool-Blend Gown

Valentino Feather-Trimmed Beaded Wool-Blend Gown $29,000

If you're planning a festive evening wedding in winter, we love this feather-trimmed gown for a glamorous look, intricately adorned with beading and crystals. It's unexpected and will wow your guests as you walk down the aisle. 

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White by Vera Wang Halter Plus Size Wedding Dress

White by Vera Wang Halter Plus Size Wedding Dress $349, was $698

Courtesy of David's Bridal

This tulle and lace gown is at once ethereal and edgy—Vera Wang's signature aesthetic. Small sequins add dimension to the whisper-thin fabrics—a spectacular twist we love for your wedding day.

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Reformation Gatsby Dress

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 Courtesy of Reformation

At first glance, this long-sleeve wedding dress is super simple. Upon closer inspection, you'll discover the divinely smocked back bodice, which is a beautiful enhancement to the modern square neckline and allover lace.

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Jil Sander Caped Silk-Jersey Maxi Dress

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 Courtesy of Matchesfashion

For the fashion-forward bride, this twisted jersey dress makes a modern statement. What’s more unique than a cape overlay draped over the shoulders and sleeves?

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DB Studio Allover Scroll Beaded Plus Size Long Sleeve Gown

DB Studio Allover Scroll Beaded Plus Size Long Sleeve Gown $449.96, was $499.95

Courtesy of David's Bridal 

With intricate beading, this long-sleeve wedding gown is so sophisticated. To wit, we love the mesh fabric as a fresh alternative to lace.

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ASOS EDITION Embroidered Flutter Sleeve Wedding Dress

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 Courtesy of ASOS

For the bohemian winter bride, this flutter-sleeve dress is sweet and romantic. Complete with floral embroidery, no one would guess it cost less than $200. 

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Galvan St Moritz Sequinned Side-Slit Gown

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 Courtesy of Matchesfashion

Featuring long bell sleeves and a high slit, we can picture this sequin gown on a New Year's Eve bride—it's party-perfect! If you prefer something more traditional for your ceremony, it's the perfect second-look gown at the reception. 

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Stella McCartney Open-Back Stretch-Crepe Gown

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This stretch crepe gown is impeccably cut for a minimalist bride. For a flash of the skin, the open back is alluring as ever. 

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Erdem Celestina Embroidered-Lace Cap-Sleeve Gown

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This high-neck dress is peak romance, featuring flutter sleeves and a floral-embroidered lace overlay. It's a slightly more casual option for low-key or City Hall brides hitting just above the ankle. 

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Sézane Annalisa Dress

Sézane Annalisa Dress $435

Courtesy of Sézane

This billowing dress comes with a Parisian sensibility and ideal in a warm winter locale. We can picture it with flats or bare feet and tousled hair for low-key, "I dos."

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Victoria Beckham Floral-Corsage Pleated-Peplum Georgette Dress

Victoria Beckham Floral-Corsage Pleated-Peplum Georgette Dress $1,642

For the retro bride, this tea-length georgette dress is charming and elegant. We love it with classic pumps and simple pearl earrings. 

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Self-Portrait Tiered-Skirt Floral-Lace Dress

floral lace gown

 Courtesy of Matchesfashion

We can't think of a better venue to don this dress than a charming garden, perhaps with a cozy shawl to keep warm in the snow. The demure neckline and nipped waist are ultra-flattering while the tiered skirt brings a bit of whimsy. 

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Stella McCartney Arlette Crystal-Cutout Crepe Cape Gown

cape dress

Courtesy of Moda Operandi 

For a winter wedding, there is nothing more glamourous than a cape gown with shimmering crystal embellishments.

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BHLDN Sonya Sweater & Watters Dorota Skirt

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 Courtesy of BHLDN

What could be cozier than this soft sweater and ethereal tulle skirt?

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Alex Perry Morgan Cutout Crepe Jumpsuit

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This exquisitely chic jumpsuit was made for a winter wedding. Wear yours down the aisle, to the reception, to the honeymoon, and beyond.

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Jenny by Jenny Yoo Myla Gown

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This effortlessly chic long sleeve dress would be right at home at a cold-weather wedding. Details like lace cuffs and a flattering square neck make it all the more sweeter.

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Alexander McQueen Lace-Trimmed Crêpe Gown

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This one-shoulder gown is the epitome of elegance and is the perfect mix of romantic and modern. Wear yours with shimmering shoulder-grazing earrings to complete the look.

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Oscar de la Renta Cape-Effect Appliquéd Tulle Gown

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This dramatic cape gown is ideal for the winter bride dreaming of a fairytale wedding gown. We love how the embellishments heighten the effect of the soft, sheer tulle for a showstopping moment. 

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