Fall and Winter Wedding Dress Styles

August 21st, 2018 |

As we transition from bright and colorful spring and summer weddings to fall and winter, trends shift to accommodate the changing season. As an Annapolis wedding photographer, I truly see the best of all seasons. From sunny (and sweltering!) summers to gray, chilly winters, my couples definitely have to consider the season when planning their wedding.

As an artist, it’s so stimulating to see the transition of color palettes and wedding décor throughout the year. As warmer, brighter color palettes give way to muted, deep colors during fall and winter weddings, I see changes in wedding dress trends as well. And with these fall and winter wedding trends come shifts in wedding dresses. Today, I am so excited to be sharing with you a few considerations to make regarding fall and winter wedding dress styles.

Sleeves
To go for sleeves or to go sleeveless? That’s the big question! While you can certainly opt for a sleeveless gown in the fall and winter, the changing climate is a perfect opportunity to choose a wedding dress with show-stopping sleeves. I love the return of Princess-Kate-inspired, full-length, lace sleeves on gowns. And it’s an incredibly romantic touch to a wedding day look! But sleeves of different lengths on fall and winter wedding dresses are also popular. From off-the-shoulder sleeves to bohemian, bell-sleeved gowns, I love them all!

Dress Color
Fall and winter weddings also lend themselves to fun wedding dress colors. The neutral backgrounds make colored dresses pop! Plus, blush, grey, champagne, and even light lavender gowns are incredibly on-trend right now. Find a dress color that compliments your skin tone and color palette, and you’ll be good to go!

Accessories
Staying warm is so important at weddings during the colder months! Fortunately, there are very many accessory options to help keep brides cozy on their wedding days. You can go for the more classic approach: a vintage fur jacket or shrug. Or, dainty, lace dress toppers are a perfect way to convert your sleeveless dress to a cold-weather-ready dress! I love when my brides convert their dresses with an illusion dress topper; it allows them two completely different bridal looks.

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Fabrics
Fall and winter weddings also bring opportunities for unique and intricate dress patterns and fabrics. While a modern, sleek, satin wedding dress may not be ideal for a hot summer affair, it would be a perfect and classic addition to any winter wedding. Intricate lace appliques and structured gowns also look amazing during the colder months!

I am so excited to see what dresses my brides choose to wear this winter and look forward to photographing so many of these trends!

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