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What to Wear as a Winter Wedding Guest

by Cathie Wigert
What to Wear as a Winter Wedding Guest

So you’re going to a wedding in winter. First and foremost let’s talk about how dreamy and romantic winter weddings can be. From the potential for breathtakingly crisp backdrops of snow, to the stunning long-sleeve wedding gowns winter brides might wear, we love a good winter wedding.

We also are seeing a rise in winter weddings as the more “traditional” wedding seasons of spring and summer result in quickly-booked venues and higher prices. We love when couples begin exploring alternative times of the year for a wedding.

But a wedding during the winter can sometimes throw guests for a loop. Their usual sundresses and light cotton button-downs may not cut it. For wedding guests who are more accustomed to attending weddings in warmer weather, don’t worry. We’re looking out for you.

Here’s the secret: wear layers!

Okay, so maybe it’s not that big of a secret. But we are repeating it since it can save you next time you are a guest at a winter wedding. What can get tricky is finding the right layers to wear. A crisp blazer accented by a scarf? Yes! A pair of sweatpants and your grandmother’s old bathrobe? Maayybe not.

For men we’re a big fan of classic overcoats in warm winter colors, like this wool-blend coat from H&M.




Under that coat you can wear a comfortable and effortlessly smart sweater. Whether you go for an ultra-soft cashmere v-neck or a comfortable crew sweater, this timeless look will keep you comfortable at any winter wedding. Top it all off with a cozy scarf and you are set for any temperature!

Women, you can’t go wrong with a floor-length dress, like this dreamy (though admittedly pricey) dress from BHLDN. But don’t feel like you are limited to long dresses for a winter wedding.



Experiment with fun tights paired with your favorite summer skirts and dresses. There are fleece-lined tights you can wear that will keep you cozy and stylish. For layers of warmth try a cardigan, a shawl or scarf, and wrap yourself in a decadent coat like this wildly affordable one from Target.

The main thing to keep in mind when attending a winter wedding is bringing what need to stay comfortable. While it may be cold outside, the inside of venues can become warm. Dress in a way that gives you flexibility and the ultimate comfort. And for help with everything else wedding-related, let the team here at Joy be your virtual assistant. We’re here for you in rain or shine.

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