Bridal styling for a winter wedding

Can there be anything quite as romantic as a winter wedding? The promise of bright crisp days, moody candlelit rooms, twinkly fairy lights and the perfect excuse to wrap up in fur or a luxurious silk shawl, adding a whole new glamorous dimension to your bridal look.

Winter weddings are growing in popularity for many reasons, not least that venues tend to be less expensive in the cooler months but also because it takes away the stress of longing for perfect summer weather.

Although we have had some lovely sunny September days there has been a distinct nip in the air these last few weeks as autumn has begun to wrap us in its golden embrace preparing us for chillier times to come. It is time then if you haven’t already done so, to think about how to keep warm on your wedding day.

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Choosing a bridal cover- up  will largely depend on the style of your wedding dress as well as how cold it is likely to be and how much time you will be spending outdoors. Even if your ceremony and reception are to be held in the same place you might want to step outside at some point to get a breath of fresh air or spend a few precious minutes with your beau, away from the guests.

Here we look at a few different ideas for keeping warm at a winter wedding and the sort of dress styles that they would compliment.

Glamorous Lambskin Bridal Shrug

The height of luxury, this style will bring instant glamour to any wedding dress. It works especially well with a lean shape like the slinky 1930s style Madeleine or the more modern bridal separates Bay skirt and juniper top. This style frames the face beautifully, well worth considering for your portrait photos alone.

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image credit Ellie Gillard

 

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image credit Alice Whitby

 

Fringed Silk Shawl For A Boho Bride

Perfect for a boho bride who loves layering and movement and wants a relaxed hippy vibe or an Edwardian vintage look.

A shawl is the perfect way to add a little colour and texture to your look. For mid winter consider a vintage wool jacquard shawl in rich jewel colours or for spring and summer a light  fringed silk shawl with embroidery or beading. A shawl works beautifully with the 70s prairie style Georgie or with our Edwardian lace Carly dress.

 

Edwardian beauty wearing the Carly dress with a silk embroidered shawl
Edwardian beauty wearing the Carly dress by Sally Lacock with a silk embroidered shawl image credit Fiona Kelly

 

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1920s fringed silk shawl in a soft coral shown with the Georgie prairie style wedding dress by Sally Lacock

 

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A richly coloured wool paisley shawl from Vintage London shown with the Emmeline lace wedding dress
A richly coloured wool paisley shawl from Vintage London shown with the Emmeline lace wedding dress by Sally Lacock. image credit Fiona Kelly

 

Luxe Faux Fur Bridal Cape

Not everyone is happy about wearing real fur and this is why we sourced the most luxurious faux fur available for our elegant fur bridal capes.  With a lightly crushed texture the Adrienne cape is sublimely soft. Cut with a squareness to the shoulders to give a slightly structured 1940s shape it falls just above the waist giving a very flattering line to many dress silhouettes. It looks especially chic with a full skirted 1950s style such as our Sylvie dress but works equally well with a lean line wedding dress.

We line our fur bridal capes with luxurious silk satin or silk crepe de chine and there is a secret lace detail inside making each one unique.

 

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Adrienne fur bridal cape worn with Sylvie 1950s wedding dress style by Sally Lacock

 

Adrienne fur bridal cape by Sally Lacock
All of our fur capes have a unique secret lace detail stitched to the silk lining

 

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Our bride Grace wore the Adrienne faux fur cape with her Isadora dress for her March wedding….and it snowed!

 

Vintage Fur

However it is styled, real fur always looks glamorous so this is a choice for maximum star quality impact.

Although sometimes hard to find in good condition vintage fur could be the answer if you are not entirely happy about buying real fur. Maybe there is a family heirloom tucked away somewhere that could be your something old.  Fur tends to be stiffen with age so it may not be as soft as our luxury faux fur capes.

For our bride Katherine we restored a vintage fur stole lining it with new silk. It looked beautiful with the Emmeline 1940s style wedding dress

 

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Our bride Katherine wore a vintage fur stole which we restored with a silk lining. Worn with the Emmeline lace wedding dress

 

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Vintage fur cape and cossack hat combo from Vintage London worn with Isobel slinky wedding dress by Sally Lacock
Vintage fur cape and cossack hat combo from Vintage London worn with Isobel slinky wedding dress by Sally Lacock

 

Cashmere Cardigan

A chic modern alternative to a cape or shawl , a cashmere cardigan works best as a neat shape worn with a fuller skirt like our Rosemary skirt or an A line style like our Mace skirt or Camille dress. If you love this look but have splashed all the budget on your dress, you could try the high street for an angora version and embellish with beads or sprigs of flowers.  Alternatively scour your local vintage shops for a 1950’s  beaded cardigan.

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Olivia Palermo wears a cashmere sweater with bridal skirt

 

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A beaded cardigan from Alfies antique market

 

Neat fitting vintage beaded cardigan
Neat fitting vintage beaded cardigan

 

If you are getting married in the next few months and yet to sort out your winter warmth we usually have stock of a few luxury fur capes so call or email for an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon.