I hate the cold. Despite being a Winter baby, nothing makes me more miserable than trudging around in freezing wind and rain. Give me balmy sunshine with a single cotton cloud in the sky any day of the week.
When it comes to planning the date of your wedding, it’s clear most couples sympathise with my weather predelictions – in the UK for example, May-October are the natural peak.
There are, however, a large number of couples who opt for off-season weddings. Maybe because it fits their schedule better. Maybe because you can (potentially) get better deals and guaranteed availability with suppliers. Maybe because they’re just a pair of crazy cats who like the cold.
Whatever the motivation, if you are planning a cold weather wedding, there will be some different considerations for you, such as how to keep your guests and yourself warm. Brides, if you have skin anything like mine, you get goosebumps (and go an interesting shade of blue) as soon as the thermometer drops an inch. As I wouldn’t rate this in the top bridal looks, I’ve started a hunt for ways to keep yourself warm whilst still keeping fabulously stylish.
A shawl wrapped around your shoulders is an easy way to manufacture a little extra warmth at key moments. If you’re feeling brave, you can always lose it for the ceremony itself although beware chattering teeth when trying to say your vows. wedding shawls need not look like something your Granny made (no disrespect to my Granny, she’s an excellent knitter).
If you want to look insanely cute, go for a fur cape plus hood option, like in this image above. Frankly this doesn’t even look like it was a Winter wedding, but the bride clearly loves the item so much that she’s wearing it anyway. If you go to a specialist designer,like wholesale party dresses,you’ll find ranges of bridal appropriate shawl in whites and ivories that’ll add a fashionable, cosy touch to your outfit.
Finally, if rather than a smaller shawl or wrap, you want to go the full hog for optimum warmth, you could opt for a bridal coat. All you need is a full length jacket in a shade that complements your dress – here, the bride has gone all white – and you’re set.