Summer 2017 has come to an end, and to some that means the end of wedding season. But to others - those of us that crave PSLs (pumpkin spice lattes, of course), wait all year to wear chunky knit sweaters, and prefer cuddling in front of a roaring fire to pretty much anything else - the start of fall and winter means it’s our time to break out that wedding hashtag.
Fall and winter weddings seem like an unconventional choice for many, but there are so many reasons why a wedding in the colder months can be a dream come true, especially for those of us in the East coast. Who wouldn’t want to incorporate rich jewel tones into their color palette? You can’t forget those homey fall flavors, like apple and pumpkin, that you can feature on your menu - delicious!
You can’t forget those homey fall flavors, like apple and pumpkin, that you can feature on your menu - delicious!
Best of all, a fall or winter wedding allows for truly elegant fashion choices, not to mention uniquely beautiful trends you won’t see on the summer brides. Take a look for some of the hottest (or should we say coolest) fashion trends for fall and winter weddings:
Lovely Lace Sleeves
Yes, Kate and William got married in the springtime month of April, but we can still credit the Duchess of Cambridge for bringing sleeves back to the bridal fashion scene. Her gorgeous, long-sleeved gown has inspired many brides to go for the lacy look, and this trend could not be more perfect for the colder months. Not only are long sleeves subtly sexy, they will help you stay warm as you exchange vows with the love of your life. What could be better?
Glamorous Fur Wrappings
Weddings, more often than not, are elegant, fancy affairs. And for many plus size women, the words “elegant” and “fancy” lead to one, panicky question: what will I do with “the girls?” Believe it or not, the answer can be as simple as finding a classy fur wrap and draping it over the shoulders. Not only will this stunning accessory help avoid any modesty concerns, it will add a touch of old Hollywood glamour to your bridal look. Of course, if you’re opposed to fur, a faux piece or a cloth shawl will do the trick too - don’t be afraid to make the look your own!
Bold Textures and Big Designs
Could you imagine wearing a full-length ball gown in the middle of July? You’d be drowning in your sweat before you’d even said “I do!” However, the fall and winter months mean cooler temperatures all around, and that means brides like you get to play with all kinds of fun fashion choices. Full tulle skirts, bold dramatic detailing, even two piece numbers with cashmere sweaters are making waves in the world of bridal fashion. Really, your only limit is your imagination.
Seasonal Florals & Decor
As fun as it may be discussing bridal gowns (and trust me, I could do this all day), I’d be remiss if this article on fall and winter wedding trends didn’t tell you about your gorgeous decor options. These seasons are filled with awe-inspiring natural beauty; after all, people travel across the country to see the fall colors, and winter isn’t just called a “wonderland” in songs.
Getting married in fall or winter is a wonderful opportunity to incorporate seasonal florals, fruits, and colors into your decorations. Burnt oranges, bright yellows, and deep reds are great for your color palette, particularly when you pair them with a warm, lighter color (for fall) or an icy white or blue (for winter). You can also add seasonal fruits and veggies to your menu for a ceremony that truly embraces the spirit of the season.
Shannon Lochwood currently lives in Southern California. She has a passion for weddings and loves to write about anything related to special "I do" moments. In her free time she loves to hike and spend time with her family and her two lovely dogs.