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Wedding industry professionals have reported an increase in the popularity of winter weddings. Between the cold-weather deals to be had to the unique opportunities for wedding décor, winter weddings have a lot to offer.
If you’re planning a winter wedding make sure to choose a winter wedding dress that will flatter, suit your tastes and keep you comfortable.
Here are a few pros and cons, plus tips for selecting a winter wedding dress perfect for the occasion.
Pro: Sumptuous Styles
A winter wedding is all about the contrast of rich warm tones against the icy cold backdrop of the season. A winter wedding dress may be the traditional cream, ivory or white – but it doesn’t have to be. Winter wedding dresses may be made in bold colors out of luxe materials.
Con: Harder to Find
You will have to do a little more searching to find the dress of your dreams – due to the popularity of the warm and mild-weather wedding, there will be a more narrow selection. Having said that, you may be able to alter an existing gown with a heavy wrap, veil or lining to make it cool-weather appropriate.
Where to Look
You will definitely be able to find some great choices on the rack of most bridal boutique stores. Vintage and consignment shops may also yield a dress that is more unique and one-of-a-kind that fits the bill or will work with some cold-weather modifications. Check online clearance and gently used wedding dress sales for special pieces and great deals.
What to Look for
A key factor in your dress will be its material. While you will want a material that is a little thicker and warmer – you will also want to make sure it is breathable and moisture wicking. Cotton, wool and silk will be your best friends – look for dresses with a lining that blends some of these fabrics for both breathability and insulation.
Cuts with Coverage
If your venue and theme echo the cold-weather season you’ll want your dress to match that theme. This means that instead of bare backs and sleeveless silhouettes you may want to experiment with neck and hemlines that provide more coverage. Think long sleeves with peep-hole shoulders and Illusion, Queen Anne, or high neck necklines.
If you plan to take pictures outside or otherwise need to kick up the warmth factor, consider some seriously fun winter accessories like a fur caplet, gossamer and wool wrap or silk gloves. Pick items made with winter performance in mind – synthetic, poly-blend pieces won’t keep you as warm while taking those bridal pictures in the snow.
Maybe the best part of a winter wedding dress is the chance to combine some of the best luxe elements of any fancy ensemble. Think soft, substantial materials, sparkly crystal or warm gold. Finish that off with a stole or caplet and you have an ensemble worthy of a winter wonderland. For more inspiration and help, visit Bridal Veil Dreams to find a used wedding dress, connect with local vendors, peruse our sales or find inspiration from our real life bride stories.
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A recent poll of brides found that the national average spent on a wedding dress was approximately $1,281, In fact, after the venue, photography and flowers, the wedding gown is the next most expensive item in a wedding.
The cost of the dress can take a bite out of the most carefully planned wedding budget. Here are some tips from wedding planning pros on how to find the right dress at the best price.
2016 is the year of classic, vintage themed weddings. Think 1920s –style crystals and lace for dresses and accessories. A search of local antique shops and thrift stores may yield a vintage treasure that may be altered and accessorized to fit your look. Sites like Ebay will also be a great place to look for these types of dresses.
Check out the Mainstream
Many popular clothing retailers have created wedding-specific lines of clothing, including wedding gowns. The prices on these collections will already be lower than boutique dresses and due to the production scale of these retailers – there are usually wedding clearance sections and sales that will further increase the deals to be had.
Wedding boutiques and other fine women’s clothing retailers hold these sales to sell off remaining merchandise to make room for new items. This often includes floor samples, and items that only have a few sizes remaining. This is an excellent way to get new items at drastically reduced prices. These sales are not always open to the public – so contact the retailers and boutiques that you like and inquire about these event and if you may be added to a preferred shopper contact list for notifications of upcoming sales.
As with the sample sale, retailers and boutiques will often hold trunk shows for select customers only. Invites to these sales are highly prized by fashion-forward, smart-shoppers. In the case of a trunk show, the merchandise is new – a sample of a collection about to be released to the public – and the items are offered at a trunk show will be smaller in quantity and lower in price. The idea behind a trunk show is to attract influential shoppers and entice them to preview – and help create buzz – about a new collection or line of clothing to bring in more shoppers when it debuts.
At the end of the day, the best way to get a gorgeous gown for pennies on the dollar is to shop resale gowns. Savvy brides are increasingly looking to recoup part of the cost of their wedding dress by reselling it. This means that where a bride might have spent upwards of $1,000-$2,000 for a dress, they may now shop designer labels and fabulous finds for a fraction of that cost. Bridal Veil Dreams one of the best collections of barely used gowns, ranging from the eye-catching to the classically romantic.
Whatever you do, remember that this is your day and ultimately you get to choose the gown that fits your figure and your tastes. Trends will come and go and the odds are this is a dress you will wear for one day. For more tips on thrifty wedding planning visit Bridal Veil Dreams to find a vendor, peruse our sales or find inspiration from our real life bride stories.
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