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What to Wear to a Winter Wedding

As a guest, it can sometimes be difficult to decide what to wear to a winter wedding. There are SO many different things to consider when you are trying to make your decision: from the formality of the event, to the weather, to the location. All of these factors can be used to help you determine what to wear to a winter wedding!

Choosing What to Wear to a Winter Wedding

Deciding what to wear to a winter wedding shouldn't be stressful or hard. To make it simpler, we rounded up some inspirational outfit ideas for you to check out. If you click on an image, it will take you directly to the site where you can purchase the item! (You're welcome!) See the image carousels below for dozens of gorgeous dress options that are perfect to wear to a winter wedding.

Consider the Winter Weather

First of all, you'll want to consider the weather. If you're in an area that gets very cold during the winter, you'll want to dress for warmth. Make sure you wear something that will keep you comfortable without sacrificing style. If you're attending a winter wedding in a colder climate, the wedding will likely take place indoors. Chances are you won't have to bundle up all night! In some areas, you might need a warm winter coat, but in others you could probably get away with a sweater or shawl. Be sure to consider the climate when deciding what to wear to a winter wedding.

Consider the Event Formality

When deciding what to wear to a winter wedding, you'll also want to consider the formality of the event. For a black tie wedding you could easily wear a floor length dress with long sleeves which would give you the benefit of extra coverage and warmth. If the wedding is more of a laid-back or casual atmosphere, you would look overdressed in something so formal.

Long Sleeve Dresses for a Winter Wedding

Browse the slideshow below for long sleeve dress options that are great to wear in a cold climate or a more formal event!

For a more casual event, opt for a knee-length dress with stockings or tights to stay warm. Pair your dress with close-toed shoes, and perhaps a sweater or wrap to keep your arms warm. Check out the carousel below for good dress options to wear to a winter wedding with a more casual vibe. 

Colors to Wear to a Winter Wedding

Another thing to consider when choosing what to wear to a winter wedding is the color palette. Often, couples will incorporate their color scheme into their wedding invitations so be sure to look closely at it for any clues as to what the dress code might be as well as any possible color palette. Popular colors to wear to a winter wedding are deep or darker colors like navy, hunter green, blacks, deep browns, maroons, etc.

For a more formal wedding other good options for colors to wear to a winter wedding are metallics like silvers, golds, and coppers. A little sparkle never hurt anyone, and would be appropriate for a formal occasion, especially during a festive time like Christmas or New Year's!

Fabrics to Wear to a Winter Wedding

Your fabric choice will likely have a bit to do with the formality of the event as well. Options such as lace, satin, or even velvet are popular for winter weddings, especially if the temperature is quite cold. 

Velvet Dresses for a Winter Wedding

What to Wear to a Formal Winter Wedding

If you're invited to a formal or semi-formal wedding in winter, you'll likely want to choose a long dress or gown. Most formal dresses are not exactly warm, so be sure to have a good, dressy coat to pair with your wedding attire to keep yourself comfortable. Browse some of the options below for long, formal dresses for a winter wedding, as well as warm dress coats!

Formal Dresses for a Winter Wedding

Dressy Coats to Wear for a Winter Wedding

If you're still having trouble deciding what to wear to a winter wedding, be sure to visit Pinterest where we are pinning winter wedding inspiration, outfit ideas, and more! 

On a budget for your winter wedding outfit? Try using Rent the Runway to rent a gorgeous dress and even a fabulous winter coat for a fraction of the cost of buying new! 


is the founder of TheBudgetSavvyBride.com, and author of the best-selling book,The Budget-Savvy Wedding Planner & Organizer. Jessica's expert wedding advice and money-saving tips have been featured by Good Morning America, COSMOPOLITAN, Glamour, and more.