Cold weather doesn't have to put a damper on bridal style! Sure, there may be some bare designs that just aren't practical for winter, but there are also many gowns that perfectly complement – and even enhance – your chilly surroundings. Rich fabrics, detailed embroidery and beading, and long sleeves are beautiful elements of a winter wedding dress. And even if you still get a little cold, you'd be surprised how chic a fur wrap or shawl can be!
But don't take our word for it – the real brides pictured below demonstrate exactly how to look effortlessly chic in the dead of winter. These women chose luxurious gowns embellished with elegant details and topped them with warm accessories that may even make warm-weather brides envious. You'll be amazed at how beautiful and fashion-forward a winter bride can be!
Sleek and Cozy
A clean, tailored fit-and-flare dress paired with a fur shoulder wrap pops against a snowy backdrop (and keeps you warm)! Photo by Aaron Delesie Photographer; Bridal gown by Anna Maier ~ Ulla Maija
Drama, Drama, Drama!
Winter is the perfect time to rock a classic ball gown featuring a skirt with layers upon layers of ruffles – especially if you will be tying the knot at a grand venue. Photo by Callaway Gable; Bridal gown by Lazaro; Consulting by Sterling Engagements; Floral design by The Hidden Garden
Get inspired by the Duchess of Cambridge's timeless gown and sheer lace sleeves. The design, popularized by Kate Middleton, offers just enough coverage to keep you from feeling too bare, while still showing off delicate, feminine style. Photo by Katelyn James Photography; Bridal gown by David's Bridal
Illusion and Lace
This gorgeous gown, similar to the one above, offers pretty lace sleeves, plus an illusion neckline that provides modesty for a low neckline. Photo by Handeland Tesoro Photography; Bridal gown by Mark Zunino; Consulting by Alex Events Inc.
Lush embroidery dotted with rhinestones and crystals echoes the sparkle of snowflakes. Cover up with a furry scarf to complete a "winter wonderland" look! Photo by Handeland Tesoro Photography; Bridal gown by Stephen Yearick; Bridal salon: Mon Amie Bridal Salon; Consulting by Alex Events Inc.
In the summer, a gown adorned with layers of beading and embellishments might feel a bit too heavy, but in the colder months, rich designs beautifully enhance the textures, icy colors, and formality of the season. Photo by Jai Girard Photography; Bridal gown by Stephen Yearick; Bridal Salon: Dimitra's Bridal Couture; Consulting by Hope Weis Consulting; Floral & lighting design by HMR Designs
This elegant pick-up skirt makes a strong statement as you walk down the aisle! The long train is ideal for a dramatic entrance at the ceremony. Photo by Regina Hyman Photography; Bridal gown by Maggie Sottero
Ethereal and Sexy
For brides who want to cover up during the colder months while still showing off some sex appeal, consider a modern, backless gown. For more coverage, seek out an illusion or sheer back, rather than a cutout. Gorgeous! Photo by Lucas Rossi and Michelle Kyle; Bridal gown by Pronovias
If you've fallen in love with a strapless gown but don't want to cover up with a heavy wrap or shawl, top your gown with a bolero jacket. They're stylish enough to blend perfectly with your gown. Photo by Simone & Martin Photography; Bridal gown by Monique Lhuillier; Consulting by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants
The Dark Side
There's no better season than winter to let your dark side out! This fashion-forward gown features a black bodice and ebony floral appliqués on the back. Pretty and powerful! Photo by Joseph Lin Photography; Bridal gown by Vera Wang
For more wedding dress inspiration, visit our fashion pages, follow our inspiration boards on Pinterest, and check out our extensive photo galleries showcasing the gowns real brides wore on their wedding days!