Getting married in the chilly months of the year has been gaining popularity in recent decades. While late spring and early summer are still considered parts of “wedding season,” fall and winter nuptials have a certain uniqueness that appeals to brides and grooms. However, saying “I do” in the cold presents a new set of challenges: there is a greater chance for bad weather on your big day, your dream of an outdoor ceremony might be too far-fetched, and a classic strapless gown may not work with the temperature. Therefore, couples planning a fall or winter vow exchange need to get extra creative – but don’t think the weather will force you to sacrifice style.
When it comes to the wedding-day ensemble, autumn or winter brides have the opportunity to forgo the exposed-shoulder look and opt for a gown with long sleeves. Though they may sound too traditional or modest for some women, there are plenty of sexy and sophisticated silhouettes incorporating longer sleeves, whether it be through the use of sheer fabric or lace. To see examples of these chic designs, scroll through the gallery above featuring dresses from collections that debuted at New York Bridal Fashion Week in October 2016.
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