25 Spellbinding Winter Wedding Dresses for 2023
Author: Caitlin Martin
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If you’ve got a smaller wedding budget but aren’t willing to sacrifice on scenery then a winter wedding might be the answer. Venues and catering tend to be cheaper in the colder months and a frosty winter’s day can offer a gorgeous backdrop for your photographs. Now a strappy wedding dress might not be the best idea in winter but being a winter bride certainly isn’t boring, we have some lovely winter wedding dresses for you to choose from below. The challenge? How to pick just one!
What is a winter wedding dress?
A winter wedding dress is a gown that isn’t going to let you freeze but isn’t going to sacrifice on beauty either. Expect to see long lace sleeves, fax fur cover-ups, and just a little bit of sparkle! A strapless or short dress may not be your friend in winter so opting for a high neckline can help you stay warm for any outside portions of your wedding or if you’re willing to brave the frost, choose whatever dress you want but make sure the heating is on inside the wedding venue! Live out your Frozen fantasy in a gorgeous winter wedding dress.
Here are our top 25 winter wedding dresses for 2023…
This Bardot wedding dress is designed to skim the silhouette and is certainly suitable for the winter weather with its long sleeves. This elegant gown features an elegant train and should be paired with simple jewellery for a classic bridal look. If you love lace, this will be your dream wedding dress! Image credit: Whistles
You could wear this dress to your wedding and then a red carpet event as you’ll look truly glamorous in this elegant long sleeve gown covered in metallic-look sequins. It features soft tulle frills and comes in a range of colours such as dove blue or champagne, for the brides that want something a little unusual! Image credit: Needle & Thread
We love this style for a winter bride! It features a v-neckline, lace-look long sleeves, a ribbon belt and finishes with a small train. This romantic style will make you feel like a princess on your special day, just imagine walking down the aisle wearing this. The search is over! Image credit: Phase Eight
Go full Elsa in this ice blue long sleeve tulle gown from Needle & Thread! It features floral sequin artwork meaning you’ll sparkle from top to toe and it has a very flattering silhouette. One for the modern bride but not one for those who wish to stick to the traditional white. We love it! Image credit: Needle & Thread
This open back beaded bridal dress is great for any brides on a budget, coming in at only £160. It features long sleeves, a round neckline, and sequin embellishment. It is full length but does not include a train which is great if that’s not your style. You’ll feel like you’ve jumped straight out of the 1920s in this stunning dress! Image credit: ASOS
This beautiful full length sequin gown is sure to bring a tear to the eye of your guests as you walk down the aisle. This chic style is a bargain at £150.40 as it’s currently on sale, and would be a big saving in your wedding dress budget, leaving room for other ideas. This is the dress you’ve been searching for! Photo credit: Dorothy Perkins
Be fashion forward and dress to impress for your winter wedding in this stunning champagne sequin gown. If white isn’t your style then looking at champagne gowns is a great idea as you’ll still feel like a bride but you won’t blend into the snow-filled winter background! This dress features full-length tulle sleeves and a high neckline, it’s sure to impress your husband or wife to be as you walk down the aisle! Photo credit: Needle & Thread
This classic, open back winter wedding dress is almost vintage in its style. It has a delicate train, long sleeves, and beautiful embroidery. It’s even made from sustainable materials. Pair this romantic dress with Monsoon’s Faux Fur Bridal Jacket for extra warmth. Great for the bride marrying in a historic country house or castle! Photo credit: Monsoon
This dress from Chi Chi London is a classic lace style gown, perfect for winter weather as it has a detachable jacket which you may choose to remove for a more chic style at the reception. It features a sweetheart neckline, shoulder straps, and a small train. We love that this style offers you a choice of design, it’s the complete package! Photo credit: Selfridges
If you’re looking at slinky, chic, one shoulder winter wedding gowns, this is the perfect one. A simple yet stunning design to flatter you from head to toe. It comes slim fit with a tie waist, split hem and billowing sleeve to make you look effortlessly graceful. Worth every penny! Image credit: Net-a-Porter
This full length chiffon lace wedding gown features an amazing cape detail that is sure to make you feel like a princess as you float down the aisle. This would be stunning in winter or summer and includes a plunging neckline for those who aren’t scared to show a little skin in the snow! Image credit: JJ’s House
This dress has a form fitting bodice, a mermaid skirt and floral lace sleeves. It’s a winter wedding dream and is sure to keep you warm as you cross the courtyard to your wedding reception. The details in this dress are what makes it, you certainly won’t come across as casual in this classic gown as it oozes glamour and sophistication. Wear it for a day to remember! Photo credit: Reformation
This beauty is a little on the pricier side, so perhaps one for those that love a little luxury, but it’s worth every penny for you to glow amongst the snow in your wedding photographs. Great for the free-spirited bride, this gown has a modern silhouette from the designer Jenny Packham, it also features crystals on the neck line. Certainly worth the investment for your winter wedding! Photo credit: The Outnet
This designer wedding dress features long sleeves, a sweetheart neckline and is one of the most classic gowns we’ve seen recently. Complete the look with some glamorous jewellery and some shoes that will allow you to walk through the snow, should you be so lucky to have a white wedding! Image credit: Farfetch
Your arms might not be warm but your legs certainly will be under this beautiful waterfall princess ballgown from WED2B. It features a lace bodice but the stunning waterfall tulle skirt is what really captured our hearts. This dress would be perfect if you’re getting married in a castle, it’s straight out of a storybook! Photo credit: WEB2B
One for the winter bride that isn’t afraid to show a little leg! This snow white mini dress features delicate lace details to be complete with some jewellery and a casual up-do. Your legs may not be warm in this one but you’ll certainly be the epitome of modern day bride glamour. Image credit: Selfridges
This gorgeous scoop neck silk satin gown is to die for! The designer has created a sexy silhouette for the modern bride with a skirt that leads into a tiny train. Long sleeves will keep you warm from the winter breeze as you enjoy your wedding from day to night. Look no further, the search is over! Photo credit: Selfridges
Fluid silk tumbles towards the floor in dreamlike fashion in this winter wedding dress from Rixo at Harrods. It features a plunge neck, long sleeves and a button fastening. You’ll be the bride everyone remembers for years to come in this elegant and romantic gown. Not to be missed! Photo credit: Harrods
You’ll feel like a true winter princess in this ballgown wedding dress with delicate lace detailing. This style will always be in fashion as it is so romantic, and it’s part of an exclusive collection for WED2B. If princess glamour is your style then this is your sign, you’ve found the dress! Photo credit: WED2B
This plunging strapless gown is popular with many brides for a winter wedding. It has a romantic fishtail design in soft blush and long lace sleeves. We have to say, this is one of our favourites and this you’ll be the envy of all brides. It’s perfect for brides that want to show off their shape! Photo credit: WED2B
One for the brides on a budget! This high-street embellished cut-out back maxi dress is a bargain at £175 from Next. Wedding dresses can be incredibly expensive but this really is a steal yet gives the illusion of being more expensive. The sequin detailing is beautiful and the cut out back links together at the top with a small button. A beautiful bargain gown! Photo credit: Next
If you’re a curvier lady looking for a flattering bridal gown then take a look at the wedding dress collection on SimplyBe. This dress would be perfect for winter with its long sleeves and slightly shorter skirt, giving you the illusion of longer legs. The shorter skirt also saves your dress from getting ruined dragging along the floor in the winter weather! Photo credit: Simply Be
This romantic design is perfect for a winter bride. Its graceful floor-length pleats and intricately embroidered overlay creates a stunning design on the bodice and sleeves. It comes with a belt that fastens into a bow at the back, creating a beautiful look for the big day. Pair with a faux fur jacket for ultra bridal glam! Photo credit: Coast
A beautiful example of modern gowns for winter. This wedding dress features a wrap front with a plunging neckline, a deep-V back, long sleeves with flounce cuffs, embroidered lace overlay, is lined, and is floor length. Pair this with the perfect pair of wedding heels to lift the skirt from the floor and dance the night away! Photo credit: Y.A.S. Bridal
One of the most classic gowns to end this round up. A clean crepe gown which is perfect for the minimalist bride, it has long sleeves and a fitted silhouette. There’s an open back and draped train to finish up the look, then just add some statement jewellery for the perfect winter wedding look. Photo credit: BHLDN
We asked Tonya Edinger, Wedding Planner, what her experiences were with brides finding their perfect winter wedding dress and she had this to say:
“I absolutely love winter wedding dresses, with all the accessories! My favorite winter wedding I had involved a bride who choose a deep v back with a Furry white cape to keep her warm! I carried that cape all night mesmerized by the glamour and mystique it brought to the night. It is really magical if it snows.”
We hope this list of the top 25 winter wedding dresses has inspired you, but if you’re still a little stuck, take a look at our tips on how to pick a wedding dress.