Winter weddings are becoming increasingly popular among UK brides, and for good reason. Not only can wedding venue prices be cheaper in the colder months, but winter weddings are packed full of unexpected charm. From the snow-dusted photographs to festive feasts and roaring log fires, there’s something totally magical about them.
If you’re planning a winter wedding, you’ll want your winter wedding dress to make a statement. Luckily, the winter months are the time to have fun with fashion.
From high necklines to long sleeves, dramatic capes, sparkly embellishments and luxe fabrics, these winter wedding dresses will have you feeling like an ice princess. Here are our favourite winter wedding dresses to shop now…
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The Best Winter Wedding Dresses
We’ve rounded up the best winter wedding dresses for you to fall in love with. Take a look!
1. Noor - ÉLYSÉE
We're big fans of Enzoani's beautiful ÉLYSÉE range, which has the same stylish aesthetic as the main collection but at a more accessible price point. The Noor dress is a winter-wedding showstopper, crafted from baroque lace that's hand-embroidered with thousands of beads and sequins.
2. Petal - Katya Katya
Katya Katya's Petal dress is the perfect example of a springlike dress that can be easily styled for a winter wedding. Simply add a faux-fur coat for when you're outside, and some glittering accessories that pick up the sparkle of the Swarovski detailing at the waistline.
3. Bianca & Jagger - Jenny Packham
This tulle gown is such a glamorous choice for a winter wedding, with its feather-edged bolero and sparkling detailing. As the name suggests, the dress has a rock 'n' roll-royalty edge, too.
4. Ripley Dress With Jacket - Justin Alexander Signature
Design house Justin Alexander suggests styling their sleek fit-and-flare Ripley dress with their bridal moto jacket - what an excellent call. The look is fresh and modern, but the floral detailing on the jacket shoulders brings an element of romance.
5. Maria - Whistles
This Whistles dress is pure red carpet. Pair with an opulent cover-up - we think feathers would look particularly elegant against that lace.
6. Valentina - Joyce Young
Joyce Young's Valentina gown is a contemporary classic - and the fluid skirt, collarbone-skimming neckline and low back make it a masterclass in subtle sexiness.
7. Curtis - Ashley Graham x Pronovias
The collab between supermodel/body activist Ashley Graham and luxury design house Pronovias is a thing of beauty, designed to suit every shape from size 0-34. The Curtis dress from the collection is made of Mikado silk - a luxurious fabric with a heavier weight than other silks, making it ideal for a winter wedding.
8. Laurel - Morilee
No, an illusion sleeve won't keep you toasty-warm on the chilliest of winter days, but that's what your cover-up is for. This stunning Morilee ballgown has crystallised embroidery to make you shine - the way this cascades from the bodice into a scattering of sparkle at the top of the skirt is bewitchingly pretty.
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9. Aston - Sottero & Midgley
The beaded embroidery at the cuffs and back of Sottero & Midgley's Aston gown is just exquisite, and provides a chic contrast with the sleek silhouette.
10. Laurel - Ghost
We love the statement sleeves of Ghost's Laurel dress, with fabric buttons running up the inside of the arms. The silhouette is made for the modern minimalist.
11. Style MJ614 - Allure Bridals
Allure Bridals' style MJ614 is a fresh take on the classic ballgown: a sleek crepe bodice with long sleeves and bateau neckline that goes into a full, frothy tulle skirt. It's modern romance in dress form.
12. Mila - Sassi Holford
Sassi Holford is known for her unfailingly figure-flattering designs, and that's certainly true of this ultra-chic Mila dress. The sculptural silhouette is perfect for a fashion-forward bride, while the lace detailing on the sleeves adds a romantic note.
13. Style VW351488 - White by Vera Wang at David's Bridal
Yes, you can go strapless with your winter wedding dress! All you need to do is choose a style that will work well with a cover-up - like this divine White by Vera Wang gown. What you're looking for is a nicely shaped neckline and a nipped-in waist - plus plenty of wow-factor for when you remove your cover-up indoors to reveal the full glory.
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14. Orla - Grace Loves Lace
Grace Loves Lace are known for sexy, carefree designs that work particularly well for boho summer weddings. However, you can still rock this aesthetic at a winter wedding - just take their Orla gown. The fitted sleeves will work well under a cover-up - remember, a floaty sleeve can be tricky under a jacket - and the pearlescent lace fabric gives a wonderfully subtle shimmer.
15. Hayden top - Catherine Deane
When putting together your winter wedding look, don't overlook bridal separates such as Catherine Deane's Hayden top, crafted from stretchy silk satin. It's styled here with their Jewel bodysuit, but would go just as well with wide-leg trousers or a tulle skirt.
16. Style SWG820 - Galina Signature at David's Bridal
This beautiful Galina Signature dress is all about the sparkle, with sequin lace appliqués on the skirt and a glittering crystal waistband. As an extra-special touch, the skirt has a pink tint, which adds warmth.
17. Cassat Rose maxi dress - KITRI Studio
KITRI Studio can always be relied on for catwalk-inspired bridal, and this glorious maxi dress is a prime example. The style is a nod to the 1970s influences that are hot for 2020 and into 2021, and yet it remains a timelessly pretty look.
19. Zarah - Charlie Brear
Worried about overheating in a long-sleeve dress? Charlie Brear's elegant Zarah gown is crafted from a lightweight satin, so will feel light and airy when you're on the dance floor.
20. Elecia - Phase Eight
Fringing will be forever associated with the glamour of 1920s flapper dresses, and while this design element can be a bit heavy for a summer wedding, we reckon it's perfect for winter - just take this Elecia fringe dress. An easy-wearing cream shade and jewelled straps elevate the look.
21. Style 66096 - Lillian West
We love the figure-skimming cut of this Lillian West gown, and the contrast between the intricate lace bodice and fluid crepe skirt.
22. Style 1765 - Kenneth Winston
The illusion neckline and sleeves of this Kenneth Winston dress are bewitchingly pretty, but the open back keeps the look sexy, too.
23. White Rose - Self-Portrait
This Self-Portrait dress is how to do winter lace. The delicate overlay fabric is backed by a weightier white material, so you'll look delicate but feel warm.
24. Dylan top & skirt - Halfpenny London
Kate Halfpenny is the go-to designer for brides who want a serious dose of fashion in their big-day look. The Dylan top and skirt is a case in point: the interplay of fabrics makes a real style statement, with a note of romance in that delicious tulle hem. A triumph.
25. Musset - St Patrick
Made from luxuriant Mikado silk, this St Patrick princess-style dress has an eye-catching silhouette. We particularly like the contrast of the delicate sleeves against the opulent main material.
26. Style 100 - Jesús Peiró
Sometimes all a dress needs is one little detail to elevate it from good to incredible. That's the case with this stunning dress from Jesús Peiró's Calla Collection. It's chic enough as a simple crepe gown that skims the figure, but the glass beading at the shoulders takes it to the next level.
27. Monarch Leigh – Maggie Sottero
Say hello to the Monarch Leigh dress by Maggie Sottero – the winter wedding dress of your dreams. Its long sleeves make it perfect for the colder weather, ensuring you’ll stay warm even when you’re posing for photos outside.
It's very boho-chic and is crafted in an A-line silhouette with a lace bodice, bead embroidering and a flattering waist band. The scoop neckline is the perfect finishing touch.
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28. One-Shoulder Ruched Silk-Jacquard Gown – Les Rêveries
Brides on the hunt for a simple and contemporary wedding dress will love Les Rêveries one-shoulder silk-jacquard dress. It’s fuss-free, understated and perfectly fitting for the modern bride (plus, it’s only £810).
The long sleeve makes it wonderfully winter wedding appropriate while the exaggerated shoulder and midi length add welcome trendy touches. And can we talk about that thigh split? It’s just the right amount of sexy!
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29. Varuna – Pronovias
Despite the absence of long sleeves, it would look perfect at a stately home wedding in the winter. The structured Mikado cut, expansive skirt and sparkly beaded waistband make it totally wedding appropriate. Now all you need is a veil!
30. Bethany – Rebecca Ingram
How beautiful is the Bethany gown by Rebecca Ingram?
It’s crafted from Chardon crepe, and with illusion cut-out sleeves, a bateau neckline and sheath silhouette, it’s elegant and classy in equal parts.
31. Atherton – Monique Lhuillier
The Atherton gown is from Monique Lhuillier’s Fall 2020 collection, and we’ve fallen head over heels in love for it.
With its high neck, all-over lace and elegant long sleeves, it’s reminiscent of the Victorian era – a big wedding trend for 2020! It’d look just as beautiful with an elegant bridal updo as it would with your hair down and tousled.
32. England Dawn – Maggie Sottero
We adore the England Dawn dress by Maggie Sottero, particularly when it’s paired with their tulle cape.
You could wear the cape for the ceremony before taking it off for your wedding breakfast and reception. You’ll get the best of both worlds!
33. Frostia – Pronovias
Style your hair in a sleek updo and keep your accessories minimal. Those statement shoulders do all the talking!
34. Style 8281 – Morilee
Style 8281 has a full skirt, boat neckline and sheer sleeves. We love how the embroidery delicately trickles down the skirt!
35. Celine – Monique Lhuillier
As far as simple wedding dresses go, the Celine gown by Monique Lhuillier is up there with the best. Perfect for a winter wedding, it has long sleeves, a dramatic thigh split and a plunging neckline. The knot detailing to the front of the dress adds a welcome touch of interest.
Now all you need is a pair of designer wedding shoes, because thanks to that thigh split, they’ll constantly be on show!
36. Wish – Monique Lhuillier
If you want a gown with a high neckline, the Wish dress by Monique Lhuillier is a total dream.
It’s regal yet stylish and would be perfect for a church wedding ceremony. The high neck and long sleeves make it conservative enough for your religious vows, while the illusion plunge neckline keeps things up to date and a little sexy for your reception.
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37. Terry – Maggie Sottero
All-over lace adorns this soft and romantic ballgown, complete with a plunging V-neckline, long illusion sleeves and a full illusion back.
We also love that this is a wedding dress with pockets, so you can easily carry your lipstick and tissues without worrying about a wedding day clutch! The belt on the Terry dress is detachable, so why not replace with a sparkly bridal belt to add a bit of glamour?
38. Vesta – Pronovias
Channel your inner Duchess of Sussex with this embellished take on her 2018 wedding dress.
Made from Mikado and cut in an A-line silhouette, this traditional wedding dress is perfect for brides who want something classic and timeless. It has a bateau neckline, a sleek waistband and regal sleeves dotted with intricate pearly embroideries.
39. Tuscany Leigh – Maggie Sottero
Keep things simple with this cap sleeved wedding dress by Maggie Sottero. It’s adorned in all-over lace and has a high neckline and button fastening down the back.
You’ll only need simple jewellery to complete this pretty bridal look.
40. Aubrite – Pronovias
The Aubrite gown by Pronovias features a subtle mermaid silhouette, a simple V-neck fastening and decorative illusion sleeves.
The back is made from sheer lace and the built-in train is adorned in lace too.
41. Isotta – Victoria Jane
With its sheer lace long sleeves and feather cuffs, the Isotta dress by Victoria Jane epitomises winter wedding. Seriously – have you ever seen a winter wedding dress more festive?
Available in three lengths and complete with a plunging illusion neckline and sheer back, this gorgeous fitted wedding dress will have you feeling a million dollars and then some.
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The Best Winter Wedding Accessories
No winter bridal look is complete without a fur shawl or cover-up. Here are our favourite winter wedding accessories…
1. Liberty in Love Blush Pink Feather Bridal Jacket – £225
Add a bit of colour to your winter wedding day get up with this gorgeous blush pink feather bridal jacket.
It’ll keep you warm when you’re taking photographs outside, and if you’re dressing your girls in pink bridesmaid dresses, it’ll pull your outfits together perfectly!
2. Grace Loves Lace Iskra Jacket – £380
The striking collar adds high impact while the dusty rose faux fur will pop in your photographs. This is the perfect layer to provide you with the warmth and coverage you need when the temperature dips.
3. Liberty in Love Silver Grey Ostrich Feather Bridal Bolero – £230
If a bolero is more your thing, this beautiful silver ostrich feather bolero is the winter wedding accessory you should be making a beeline for.
Evocative of Hollywood glamour, it’ll add undeniable drama to your outfit. It’s so gorgeous.
4. Liberty in Love Ivory Feather Bridal Jacket – £225
Up next is another ivory fur jacket, this time the beautiful long sleeve design by Liberty in Love.
It might cost £225, but it is crafted from soft marabou feathers and lined in satin. You definitely get what you pay for!
5. Grace Loves Lace Unreal Dream Jacket
Calling all bohemian brides! This one is for you.
Edgy, effortless and chic, the unreal dream jacket is an essentially for the modern winter bride. Available in two tones of nude or grey, it has been made with luxurious faux-fur and is finished with a concealed hook and eye closure.
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7. Monsoon Maria Faux Fur Bridal Jacket – £99
Monsoon's beautiful Maria fur jacket is absolutely stunning.
Made from plush faux fur and with a smooth satin lining, the glamorous cover-up has an open front and cropped silhouette which won’t cover too much of the outfit underneath.
Now you’ve chosen your winter wedding dress, you’ll want to choose your bridesmaid dresses. These gold bridesmaid dresses are so winter wedding-appropriate.