The Ultimate Winter Wedding Outfit Guide

When it comes to finding the perfect winter wedding outfit, there’s a lot of aspects to consider. You want to stay warm but you also want to dress for the occasion and be fashionable. Being invited to a winter wedding can give you the chance to experiment with a new look, but just make sure you follow the dress code and acknowledge the location of the wedding. Check out this guide for being fashionable and functional at your next winter wedding.

Go for Something Form Fitting

Every woman loves something that fits her perfectly. When shopping for the perfect ensemble, find something that fits you and that is flattering to your body type. If it’s a formal affair, don’t go with something flashy or sexy, but something that is modest and appealing.

Make sure you find out if the wedding is black tie, white tie, or casual ahead of time so you can dress accordingly.

Opt for a Shorter Heel

We all love wearing high heels, but let’s save those for summer weddings. Give your feet a break and head out in a smaller heel. Your dancing feet will you love for that.

If the wedding you are attending brings colder weather, opt for a booty so your toes stay warm or make sure your heels are closed-toed. We don’t want your feet freezing, especially if the reception is outdoors.

Keep your Makeup Natural

It’s the holidays, but we don’t need to go all-in on the makeup when attending a formal wedding. Keep the natural look in your mind when you start to get ready. Stick with nudes, light pinks, and subtle shimmer. If you want to spice it up a little consider wearing a bold lipstick or gloss.

Settle for Dainty with Jewelry 

When pairing your jewelry with your outfit, keep it chic and simple. Save the bigger pieces of jewelry for the holiday parties.

Shop for jewelry to match your outfit go with a dainty bracelet and a thin hoop earring, leave the necklace at home this time. We are going for the delicate look this winter wedding season.

Wear Dark Tones that Compliment the Season

Keep to dark and warm tones when planning your outfit. It is the winter season and we should keep that in mind when dressing for the occasion.

Stray away from bright and vibrant colors, we don’t want to take the attention away from the bride. Look for a dark maroon or even black for the occasion. This way, you’ll be able to pair silver jewelry with your outfit.

Choose Long Dresses and Pants

It is winter, so leave the cocktail dresses tucked away. Look for a long dress that flows off of your legs nicely or even a mid-shin length. You either want to show off your shoes or you don’t.

If you want to show off a little leg, shop for a long sleeve so you aren’t showing too much skin. Plus, you’ll be able to stay warm without compromising your look with a jacket.

Consider Layering  

Layering is a must, especially if the event is outdoors. Winter weddings are the perfect opportunity to layer up. Even if the wedding is not outside, wear a scarf and a nice long coat just in case you end up outdoors for a breath of fresh air.

If it is outside you’ll want to make sure you have a heavy coat, leather gloves, and an appropriate hat or headband. You don’t want to be shivering as your friends walk down the aisle.

When planning for a winter wedding outfit, always make sure you plan and acknowledge the formality and the location. Keep it modest and delicate when planning your outfit.

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7 Functional and Unique Bridesmaids’ Gift Ideas

Your wedding is a special day that’s best shared with friends and family. Your bridesmaids help make your experience extra-special, so you want to show them appreciation. Bridesmaids gifts are a great way to commemorate the occasion.

There are plenty of products marked “bridesmaid” on the market. These are cute on the actual day, but after the wedding has passed, who’s going to want to wear a T-shirt that says “bridesmaid” to the grocery store? Instead, choose something unique and memorable to give your bridesmaids that they will treasure.

Here’s a list of some functional and unique bridesmaid gift ideas. Choose something that’s right for your girls’ personalities, your time limits, and your budget.

1. Picture Frame

A picture frame is a thoughtful and relatively low-cost option. Have your photographer take a shot with you and each of your bridesmaids. Perhaps you can designate a spot after the ceremony where you want this to happen (for example, in front of the wedding arch or a particularly nice view), or instruct your photographer to get candids of each of you.

You can gift each girl the frame before the wedding and let them know you’ll send a photo as soon as you receive them from your photographer. Then, print the best shot and send it to your bridesmaid after the wedding.

2. Experiences

The memory of an experience can last much longer than a physical object. Why not gift your bridesmaids with something fun? Treat them to a mani-pedi before the wedding. They’ll look good and you can bond over being pampered. Remember to pre-book this event well in advance to ensure all your bridesmaids can attend. Many salons even offer wine or let you bring in your own.

A winery tour is another great experience gift. Find a wine tasting tour near you. If you want to make a whole day of it, many offer shuttles, limos, or buses to all the various places.

If wine and nails aren’t your thing, consider a relaxing day at the spa. Schedule massages or facials (or both) for your bridesmaids before the wedding. It will help them relax and look their best. There are spa retreats located all over the United States. As a bonus, many are nearby wineries and also offer nail services, so if you’re ambitious, you can combine all three!

3. Jewelry

Everyone likes a pretty new pair of earrings or a necklace. For a personalized twist, get them monogrammed jewelry.

Or, because you know your bridesmaids better than anyone, you can choose something that suits each person’s individual style, like dangling earrings, delicate chains, or bold chokers.

4. Customized Practical Items

If you want to stay on the practical side of things, you can get customized accessories for everyday items.  Water bottles will be used every day. At Zazzle, you can add your own image or logo and there’s no minimum order requirement. Lively Bottle offers customization or ready-made designs.

Personalized phone cases are another special yet functional gift. Just be sure to get all the makes and models of your bridesmaids’ phones first.

A personalized mirror compact is a handy gift to give, too. It’s something the bridesmaids will use constantly. You can add their names, a favorite quote from a movie or show you all like, an inspirational message, or an inside joke.

If your budget allows it, consider a customized backpack or carry-on size bag. This allows your girls to remember your special day for years to come. It can travel with them as they move across the country or just for an overnight trip!

5. Totes

On the note of bags, totes are a great item to have, especially if your bridesmaids do a lot of traveling. They may even be traveling to your wedding and would appreciate a tote. A customized tote would be a fantastic and practical gift for your loved ones. It’s also great to use for the beach. Every time they use it, they’ll think of you. Add a monogram to make the gift stand out even more.

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6. Shoes

If your wedding venue requires your girls to wear a certain type of shoe, why not gift your bridesmaids venue-appropriate shoes? Wedge sandals or espadrilles won’t sink into the ground and of course, can be re-worn. These may especially be appreciated at destination weddings, where it would be one less thing for them to worry about packing.

If you’re concerned about getting shoes that will fit everyone, some cute flip-flops would fit the bill. Some places even sell them in bulk for wedding guests! Let your girls and guests kick off their shoes and slip into something for comfortable.

7. Monogrammed Pajamas

Satin pajamas personalized with your bridesmaids’ names or initials will be worn over and over again.. Hang out in the pajamas while getting ready (these button at the front so they won’t have to pull it over their heads, ruining their make-up).

The possibilities for bridesmaids’ gifts are limited only by your imagination (and wallet). Get creative and think about what the women in your life need or what kinds of splurges they would love. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show these ladies how much you appreciate and honor their presence in your life.