Taking a risk on the weather and aiming for a winter wedding is a bold choice, but it can be argued that winter is the most romantic season. The softly falling snow, the crisp, early dusk and the lush red and greens of Christmas… and of course the dress. Winter is a less traditional time to get married, and so winter bridal collections can lean towards more unusual and eye catching trends. Here are the top trends for the autumn 2013/winter 2014 season.

Minimal, clean lines.

As the leaves fall off the trees, it’s time to ditch the lace and ruffles and go for a dress with a simple, clean line with as few complications as possible. A sleek and simple look will catch the eye and let your beaming smile do all the talking while you walk down the aisle. If you’re scared of your look not having enough glitz, a couple of high impact accessories will really set off your look, like this dress by one of Kate Middleton’s favorite designers, Jenny Packham.The simplicity of this stunning gown is accentuated by a leaf motif silver belt and a Summery floral headband with an icy winter twist.


winter wedding dress - Minimal clean lines

source: http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/


This season’s big alternative color is gold for the bride who wants to feel like a million dollars. If you think gold may look a little brash, this beautiful Romona Keveza gown tones down the shine with lacy see-through layers and a floor length veil. If you’re the kind of bride who wants to dazzle, you should definitely go for gold this winter.

winter wedding dress -Gold

source: http://www.romonakeveza.com/

Lace Sleeves

A winter wedding means you’ll have to face the cold for the photos, and though there are plenty of shrugs, pashminas and boleros available, an eye-catching alternative is a dress with ornate lace sleeves. Floral lace patterns are a popular choice this season, and the covering will keep you warm during the chillier moments of your ceremony. This beautiful gown from Milly Bridal, rich with detail, is a perfect option for a winter bride on a budget.

winter wedding dress - Lace Sleeves

source: http://www.millybridal.com/

Column Shapes with Cap Sleeves

Part of a wider trend for Victorian style dresses, the column shape with cap sleeve detail will make you look like your favorite Jane Austen hero. This is a more demure and understated style that would suit a countryside or forest wedding, such as this gorgeous gown with lace detail by Phase Eight. The smaller sleeves may mean investing in a fur stole that will add a bit of glamor to this simple but very sweet looking style.

Winter wedding dress - Column Shapes with Cap Sleeves

source: http://www.phase-eight.co.uk/

Disney Princess

If you grew up wishing to be a Belle, Jasmine or Sleeping Beauty, you’re in luck. Oozing with traditional romance, big Disney-style ball gowns are on trend this winter. Alfred Angelo has recently released a whole collection inspired by each iconic princess. The highlight of the collection for your winter wedding has to be the Belle, complete with a crystal corset, shrug detail, gold embroidery and a huge, full skirt, the Belle dress will help all of your Disney princess dreams come true.

winter wedding dress - Disney Princess

source: http://www.alfredangelo.com/

Covered Up

Let’s face it, winter weddings are going to be cold, and however much flesh you show, it’s going to be covered in goose pimples. The covered up trend is big this winter, complete with button up necks, high sleeves, long skirts and completely covered backs. It may sound draconian, but the result, with enough detail, can look stunning and elegant. This couture dress by Claire Pettibone gets the covered up trend just right, with a dress that’s guaranteed to make you look beautiful while keeping you snug. No-one wants a cold on their honeymoon.

winter wedding dress -Covered Up

source: http://www.clairepettibone.com/

Weird and Wonderful

If having a wedding in winter is bucking the trend, then why can’t the dress? This winter, avoid the traditional and go for something completely quirky and memorable. Unusual shapes can make a huge statement, like this incredible dress by Venezuelan designer Rafael Cennamo, an explosion of silk, unusually large ruffles and petticoats, all in a rich cream colour that will certainly brighten up your winter day.

Winter wedding dress -Weird and Wonderful

source: http://www.rafaelcennamo.net/

Christmas Sparkle

If you’re having your wedding around the holiday period, Christmas is the perfect excuse for you to glitter and sparkle like a star. If you want to indulge in your love of crystals, this dramatic dress with a beautifully detailed corset by Lazaro should be perfect for your Christmas do. Partnered with a sweeping, multilayered skirt that will fill up the aisle, adding lots of sparkle to your outfit should really put your guests into the Christmas spirit!

Winter wedding dress - Christmas Sparkle

source: http://www.jlmcouture.com/

There are so many reasons to love a winter wedding – the way the cold weather brings a natural blush to your cheeks; decking the halls (or at least your Christmas party venue!) with boughs of holly; warming your hands around glasses of mulled wine and dazzling your groom in your winter wedding gown. Whatever you wear on the big day, we wish you happy winter wedding planning!

Author’s Bio: Anisha works alongside The City Rooms, when she isn’t busy making other people’s dream day come true she is busy daydreaming about hers.

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