Wintertime is synonymous with activities like skiing, ice skating and relaxing by the fireplace, but it is also becoming an increasingly popular time for weddings.
For those who think that a "June bride" is the standard, it is time to think again, and a glance at a few winter wedding dresses is a good place to start.
Perhaps the first thing that would showcase a winter bridal gown is its color. After all, in many areas, the world is awash in white, giving brides a perfect chance to really stand out. A gown with an icy blue tint, or warm ivory tone can be stunning against a background of snowy white.
While summer brides take the style and material of their gowns into consideration when anticipating soaring temperatures, a winter wedding leaves your options wide open.
Winter wedding dresses made of heavier silks and satins can only serve to keep a bride warm on her big day, as well as looking great. The addition of lace accents, likewise, while often avoided in the hot summer, are stunning on a gown worn in the winter.
While the venues will certainly be warm and cozy, some winter brides still prefer sleeveless or strapless styles of dresses. This affords them the chance to add perhaps the most elegant accessory a winter bride can have... the cover-up.
Picture a stunning bride, gorgeous white gown, with a deep cranberry red cashmere wrap against a snowy backdrop: or a flowing cape, matching the material of the gown, accented by faux fur at the neckline and a shimmering clasp.
While that may sound like the peak of glamour, consider the many options for a wedding gown with sleeves. Whether a bride's arms are covered by three quarter sleeves made of intricate lace, or dramatically cut trumpet sleeves, these styles seem to revisit a more classic elegant time. Or perhaps the compromise is a delicate cap sleeve, coupled with long, satin gloves.
Warm and wonderful weddings can take place any time of the year. Winter brides have many beautiful options from their dress's material, to the embellishments, sleeves and accessories, all coming together to create the perfect gown for the perfect day.