As @InsideWeddings says, “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.” Offering a wonderful colour palette and often providing atmospheric backdrops for a characterful ceremony, cold weather weddings can be the perfect choice for couples looking for something that little bit different.
One of the best things about a winter wedding is that it offers the perfect excuse to wear a long sleeved gown. Elegant, stylish and eye-catching, long sleeved gowns can help a bride look even more spectacular on her wedding day.
Why choose a long sleeved dress?
At some point in pretty much every wedding, the bride and groom will find themselves outside. Whether it’s to pose for photos, to walk between the ceremony and reception venues or to enjoy pre-dinner drinks, the great outdoors often feature at some point during the day. If you’re getting married in the depths of winter, even a brief foray into the fresh air can be chilling. Wearing a long sleeved gown will give you a little extra protection from the cold, keeping you warm and comfortable on the day.
Adding winter style to your wedding photos
As well as keeping you warm, a long sleeved wedding gown will help to add a touch of winter style to your wedding photos. Whether you pose for snaps inside or brave the cold and head outdoors, your dress will give the images a fantastic wintry aesthetic.
Solid sleeves versus lace sleeves
When it comes to choosing a long sleeved wedding dress, you have two main options: lace sleeves or solid sleeves. If you know you’re going to be outside a lot during your wedding day, or if your chosen venue isn’t the warmest, solid sleeves are probably the best choice. Recent brides to opt for solid sleeves include Meghan Markle and Princess Eugenie, both of whom got married outside of the peak summer season.
If you want to add a little more detailing to your dress, and avoid overheating in a warm venue, opt for a gown with lace sleeves. Kate Middleton famously wore a lace-sleeved gown when she married Prince William in 2011. A fantastic way to soften a long sleeved look, lace offers brides the perfect combination of style and practicality.
As well as being warmer than short sleeved alternatives, long sleeved dresses have a number of other benefits. For a start, they cover your entire arm. If you’re self-conscious about your bingo wings or any other part of your arm, a long sleeve is the perfect choice.
A great choice for a stylish winter wedding, long sleeved gowns are attractive and on trend. Find out more about modern and traditional trends, and about the ins and outs of planning a wedding, by exploring the information on our site.