Winter brides must deal with a few challenges when choosing their bridesmaids' dresses. First, the color: the soft pastels of summer likely look a bit too light for the festive winter season, where metallics and jewel tones rule. Second, the cut of the gowns shouldn't be too bare or revealing, unless you want your girls to freeze in the cold temperatures! Finally, the fabrics should be heavier and more structured than spring and summer materials – consider how uncomfortable a satin mermaid dress would feel in hot weather, and how out-of-place a breezy chiffon frock would seem outside a snow-covered venue.
Take inspiration from the following winter brides, who chose gowns that kept their 'maids comfortable and warm as well as beautifully festive for the season. For these brides, sparkle, pretty neutrals, rich colors, and weather-friendly design guided their choices. With gowns as pretty as these, who says "wedding season" has to be during the summer? A winter wedding can be truly magical!
A bit of sparkle and shine brings holiday cheer to a winter wedding. The V-neck and mermaid skirt of these sleek gowns add the perfect amount of drama. Dresses by Amsale; Photo by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography
Conventional wisdom claims no one at a wedding can wear white except the bride. But these chic ivory peplum dresses prove that not only is that "rule" completely false, crisp white dresses beautifully complement the winter season. Dresses by Marzanna Cudnik; Photo by Roey Yohai Photography