The 12 Best Winter Wedding Dresses of 2023

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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.

Whether you’re getting married indoors or outdoors, consider wedding dresses crafted from heavy-weight fabrics like crepe, velvet, lace, and brocade if you're planning a winter wedding. These fabrics are warm, look luxe, and feel particularly fitting for wintery backdrops and cozy venues. We researched the best winter wedding dresses that are both stylish and season-appropriate from retailers like Lulus and Reformation, and designers like

Best Illusion Details

Watters Frances Gown

Watters Frances Gown


Sizes: 0-16 | Material: Polyester, Stretch Polyester Lining | Length: Floor

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

Price at time of publish: $2,850

Best Open-Back

Danielle Frankel Simone Gown

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Sizes: 0-14 | Material: Satin | Length: Floor

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. 

Price at time of publish: $4,600

Most Simple

Lulus Feeling of Forever White Long Sleeve Mermaid Maxi Dress

Lulus Feeling of Forever White Long Sleeve Mermaid Maxi Dress


Sizes: XS-3XL | Material: Polyester, Spandex Polyester Lining | Length: Floor

This achingly chic dress was designed for the unfussy bride who appreciates clean lines and simple silhouettes. Wear yours with minimal jewelry and a matching white coat for a timeless monochromatic look.

Price at time of publish: $99

Best Lace Long Sleeves

Lulus Following Your Heart White Lace Long Sleeve Maxi Dress

Lulus Following Your Heart White Lace Long Sleeve Maxi Dress


Sizes: XS-XL | Material: Shell: 40% Cotton, 30% Polyester, 30% Nylon. Lining: 100% Polyester| Length: Floor

Crafted in pretty floral lace and featuring warm long sleeves, this dress is a fresh take on bohemian style for winter. Keep the intricate detailing as the focal point by finishing with a pair of drop earrings and a bare neckline. 

Price at time of publish: $119

For the Bold Bride

Erdem Macie Caped Lurex Gown

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Sizes: 2-18 | Material: Silk-Lurex Blend | Length: Floor

This dramatic cape gown is ideal for the winter bride dreaming of making a bold entrance. Beyond its eye-catching cape silhouette, Erdem's "Macie" gown is crafted from pale gold Lurex for a dazzling effect.

Price at time of publish: $3,057

Most Boho

ASOS EDITION Curve Embellished Bodice Wedding Dress

ASOS EDITION Curve Embellished Bodice Wedding Dress


Sizes: 12-26 | Material: Polyester, Stretch Polyester Lining | Length: Floor

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 $300. 

Price at time of publish: $168

For a New Year's Eve Wedding

Retrofête Camille Sequined Chiffon Maxi Dress

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Sizes: XS-XL | Material: Viscose | Length: Floor

In dazzling all-over sequins and featuring 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. 

Price at time of publish: $985

Most Dramatic

Erdem Kenley Cape-Effect Gathered Sequined Chiffon Gown

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Sizes: UK6-UK22 | Material: Chiffon, Chiffon Lining | Length: Floor

For a winter wedding, there is nothing more glamorous than a dramatic cape gown in all-over shimmering sequins. This breathtaking style from Erdem will catch the light beautifully as you float down the aisle.

Price at time of publish: $5,995

For a Winter Beach Wedding

Paco Rabanne Exclusive Crystal-Embellished Satin Maxi Dress

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Sizes: 2-10 | Material: Polyester | Length: Floor

We love a beachy winter bride (yes, it's a thing!). In places like California, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean, this lightweight satin maxi dress is a gorgeous pick. Plus, it's embellished with tiny sparkling crystals perfect for catching the light in all your photos.

Price at time of publish: $1,194

Best Under $100

Lulus Awaken My Love Long Sleeve Lace Maxi Dress

Sizes: XS-XL | Material: Polyester| Length: Floor

For the winter bride on a budget, this long-sleeve gown is dreamy as ever. With long lace sleeves, an open back, and a soft ethereal skirt, no one would guess it's under $90! 

Price at time of publish: $62

Most Glam

Taller Marmo Casta Diva Feather-Trimmed Silk-Chiffon Kaftan

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Sizes: IT38-IT48 | Material: Silk, Chiffon, Viscose | Length: Floor

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

For a Black-Tie Wedding

Tadashi Shoji V-Back Long-Sleeve Dress

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Sizes: 0-18 | Material: Polyester, Nylon| Length: Floor

This effortlessly chic long-sleeve dress would be right at home at a cold-weather wedding. Details like lace paneling over translucent mesh and a dramatic V-back silhouette make this gown all the more unexpected and alluring.

Price at time of publish: $998

What to Look for in a Winter Wedding Dress


A long-sleeve crepe gown with a high neck or open back is spectacular if you're the type to keep things classic and minimalist, yet high-impact. We love cape sleeve options as well, like the Erdem Kenley Cape-Effect gown, featuring a cape overlay so you float as you walk down the aisle. 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. We also love the Awaken My Love Navy Blue Long Sleeve Lace Maxi Dress, which features long lace sleeves.


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. 


You want to make sure the fabric is comfortable and allows for easy movement. Fabrics like silk, lined chiffon, and viscose are ideal for winter wedding dresses. Accessories are also a thoughtful touch, and can contribute to a wintery look. We love this bridal cape from Etsy made of a felt, wool blend. This capulet will keep you warm and chicly pull your look together.

  • What wedding dress fabrics work best for a winter wedding?

    For winter weddings, you'll want to choose warm fabrics like heavyweight crepe, velvet, thick lace, brocade, and silk.

  • What wedding dress silhouettes work best for winter weddings?

    This will depend on whether you're getting married indoors or outdoors and what silhouettes work best for your body type. However, generally speaking, floor-length wedding dresses with long sleeves and high necklines work particularly well for winter weddings.

  • What should I wear over my winter wedding dress?

    If you're baring your shoulders, décolletage, or back, you may want to invest in a shawl, faux fur shrug, or bridal jacket to keep you warm.

  • How do you accessorize a winter wedding dress?

    Accessorize a winter wedding dress with a shrug or bridal cape. A faux fur or shawl is another option that adds a touch of elegance. Cozy boots or embellished shoes are functional, and an exciting opportunity to bring glamour into the design aesthetic.

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