Winter bridesmaid dress and outfit ideas for a seriously stylish winter wedding
by Rachel Geeser

With a winter wedding there are no rules about what color, length or style your bridesmaid dresses should be, but it’s a good idea to think about balance. If you love a short dress, think about choosing a winter bridesmaid dress with sleeves. If long is more your style it’s OK to show a little more skin on top. A tulle skirt and cozy sweater is unconventional, but can really make your wedding party stand out.

Regardless of the dress(es) you choose, a winter wedding is the perfect opportunity to really make a statement with accessories. No one wants a group of shivering, goose-bumped bridesmaids in their photos so think about how you can add layers to their dresses!

Although I will be a spring bride, after looking at all these beautiful options for winter weddings, I'm almost wishing I was a winter bride! From pashminas and shrugs to jackets and even boots here are 15 weddings that accessorized their bridal party perfectly.

Winter Boots

Winter boots are probably not your first idea for bridal party footwear, but if you plan on doing a lot of outside photos these can actually look really great AND you don't have to worry about anyone slipping and falling on snow or ice. Plus, I'm sure your maids will thank you for not putting them in uncomfortable high heels!

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Pea Coats

Photo by  Pepper Nix

Photo by Pepper Nix

A pea coat not only solves the problem of shivering bridesmaids in photos, but it's also such a generous gift to give to your maids that I'm sure they'll be thankful for.

Keep the coats on the shorter side to avoid hiding the dresses and go with something fitted so your bridal party doesn't look bulky or boxy.You can also opt for your bridesmaids picking out a light sweater to go with their dresses as a way to set each girl a part.

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Shrugs, Pashminas & Scarves

Photo by  Landon Jacob

Photo by Landon Jacob

A pashmina is a no brainer and you see these across both winter and spring and fall weddings. You can find these at all different price points and consider adding a monogram to each scarf for a personal touch. For a more wintry look, think about a patterned scarf or faux fur shrug. The oh-so-trendy blanket scarf could be a great accessory belted or draped over their shoulders!

For my bridal party gifts, I'm trying to think of gifts that the girls will use more than just my wedding day. If most of your wedding party lives in a colder climate, you'll know they will use these again and again.

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Mittens and Muffs

Maybe buying each girl in your wedding party a coat or snow boots isn't in your budget, but you can afford a pair of mittens or hand muffs that will still keep them warm while outside. If you only plan on taking a few pictures outside, or you don't think it will be too cold out on your big day this is a perfect option.

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Long Sleeves

Photo by  Leo Patrone

Photo by Leo Patrone

Photo by  The Melideos

Photo by The Melideos

Maybe accessorizing isn't your thing. Think about choosing a long-sleeved dress or a skirt and sweater combo to cut the chill a bit for your wedding party!

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Rachel Geeser is a Chicago newlywed who can't remember a time when she didn't love weddings. As editor of An Eventful Life she writes about fashion, food, entertaining & DIY projects. You can find her on TwitterFacebook, Instagram and Pinterest.