28 Amazing Winter Wedding Dress Ideas

Lace long sleeves for days.
by The Knot

When the temperature drops and snow begins to fall, it’s time to start dreaming of walking down the aisle in a winter wonderland. While everyone else may be bundling up, you don’t need to sacrifice your bridal look to stay warm. There are plenty of ways to rock a winter wedding without compromising your sense of style. Classic lace, illusion long sleeves, cozy and stylish layers—you’ll stay warm and glowing no matter the weather. Add a faux wrap for drama or go for a high-slit to show off some skin. You will find countless winter styles that will look absolutely fabulous on your special day regardless of what the temperature is like outside. 

Looking for the ultimate winter wedding dress ideas for your day? Get inspired for your cold-weather nuptials with these 28 stunning winter wedding dresses below.

  1. 1. Embroidered Elegance

    Winter wedding dress with floral and lace embroidered three quarter sleeves
    Jules Bower

    Three-quarter sleeves always radiate elegance as you walk down the aisle. With lace embroidery on the sleeves and bodice, this dress with dimension is a perfect way to stay warm and sophisticated in winter. It may look like a rather casual winter wedding dress, but it certainly does not lack elegance and appeal.

    From: A Romantic, Vintage-Inspired Wedding at Villa di Geggiano in Tuscany, Italy

  2. 2. Enchanting Lace

    Lace wedding dress with three quarter sleeves
    Mandy Owens Photography

    Opting for a gown with allover lace gives an enchanted look for a winter wedding. The sheer bateau neckline is perfect for light coverage from the cold air.

    From: A Romantic Brunch Wedding at Alabama 4-H Center in Columbiana, Alabama

  3. 3. Cozy Collar

    Beige fur coat for a winter wedding

    Layer up with a chic faux fur coat for your “I dos.” This fashion-forward accessory is perfect for an outdoor ceremony and can be taken off for an indoor reception to show off your dress. It’s one easy way to rock two different looks on your day. 

    From: A Bohemian Winter Wedding at Thorpewood in Thurmont, Maryland

  4. 4. Subtle Flutter Sleeves

    Delicate lace, sheer sleeves and a gentle V-neck are brought to life by this bride's dramatic earrings, statement eyes and lips, and stunning half-up curls.


  5. 5. Cream Contrast

    Sleeveless wedding dress with tulle and lace details

    Stand out against the bright white snow with an ivory, nude or cream gown. This is one enchanting winter wedding dress idea you won’t want to overlook. 

    From: A Gold Winter Wedding at Trappers Cabin in Beaver Creek, Colorado

  6. 6. Stylish Stole

    Faux-fur wrap for winter wedding

    Jazz up your look with an off-white faux-fur wrap to cover bare shoulders or sheer sleeves. A furry wrap can certainly bring your casual winter wedding dress up a notch!

    From: A Refined City Wedding at Axis Pioneer Square in Seattle, Washington

  7. 7. Daring Deep V-Neck

    Long-sleeve wedding dress with lace and deep V-neck

    Don’t be afraid to be bold. With allover lace long sleeves and a dramatic V-neck, this dress is a sweet and sexy choice for your winter vows.  
    From: A Romantic Wedding With California Flair at Concorde Banquets in Chicago, Illinois

  8. 8. Scalloped Hems

    Winter wedding dress with lace overlay and long sleeves

    Take a subtler approach to the plunging V-neck with a wide, shallow collar complete with scalloped lace edges. The elegant edges bring softness to this winter wedding dress look.

    From: A Chic, Themed Wedding at L'Auberge Del Mar in Del Mar, California

  9. 9. Illusion Sleeves

    Long-sleeve wedding dress with lace and illusion sleeves

    Fool the eye with illusion long sleeves accented with embroidery along the collarbone and down the arms. This charming winter wedding dress will certainly turn heads.

    From: A Refined Rustic Wedding at Spruce Mountain Ranch in Larkspur, Colorado

  10. 10. Embellished Ball Gown

    Ball gown wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline and beaded belt

    Whether you’re saying “I do” indoors or on a snow-covered mountaintop, a classic ball gown with a sweetheart neckline is always feminine and flattering. Accentuate the natural waist with a bejeweled belt and add a hooded cloak for an outdoor ceremony.

    From: A Mountaintop Elopement at Alyeska Resort in Girdwood, Alaska

  11. 11. Timeless Silhouette

    Three-quarter-sleeve lace wedding dress with high neckline

    Look effortless with delicate lace, a modest neckline and three-quarter-length sleeves.

    From: A Lush, Flower-Filled Wedding at The Planterra Conservatory in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

  12. 12. Finished With a Bow

    Romantic wedding dress with long sleeves, bow detail and lace back

    Nothing says "romance" like a high collar and cascading lace tied together with a feminine bow. The added elements on this winter wedding dress make this a show-stopping number. 

    From: A Formal, Classic Wedding at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, California

  13. 13. Buttons and Ribbons

    Winter wedding dress with buttons, lace and a bow

    No one ever said a winter wedding dress had to be plain! Actually, it’s just the opposite. Accentuate the back of your lace gown with a line of buttons, sweet bow and dramatic train.

    From: A Rustic Winter Wedding at Southwind Hills in Goldsby, Oklahoma

  14. 14. Let It Glow

    Three-quarter-sleeve lace wedding dress

    Pair your timeless white dress with a soft updo to show off the intricate lace detailing and pretty scalloped neckline. It may be a casual winter wedding dress look, but it’s definitely an unforgettable one. 

    From: A Winter Wedding at Sundance Mountain Resort in Sundance, Utah

  15. 15. Back to Classics

    Winter wedding dress with V-back and illusion long sleeves
    Laura Murray

    Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to cover up completely. Give your classic silhouette that unexpected wow factor with a deep V-back. While outside, opt for a chocolate-brown faux-fur coat like this bride and all eyes will be on you.

    From: A Rustic Chic Winter Wedding at Devil’s Thumb Ranch in Tabernash, Colorado

  16. 16. Art Deco–Inspired Embroidery

    The allover scalloped lace gives a classic silhouette art deco flare, while the plunging neckline adds subtle sex appeal. This is one winter wedding dress idea you will definitely want to replicate. 


  17. 17. Tiered Perfection

    Backless wedding dress with tiered detailing
    One Love

    A backless dress is always stunning, even when the temperature drops. Cover up outside, then wow your guests with nontraditional details (like these subtle tiers and an exposed back) once you step inside.

  18. 18. Snowed In

    Brown fur wrap for a winter wedding

    No need to go over the top when accessorizing in cold weather. A neutral-toned fur shoulder wrap keeps you snug outdoors and pairs perfectly with a classic A-Line silhouette.

    From: A Cozy Winter Wedding at Icon Lounge + Events in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

  19. 19. Crisp and Clean

    A few subtle sleeve embellishments on a long-sleeve silk crepe gown can be all you need to dress up a simple sheath. There is nothing wrong with a casual winter wedding dress when you know it will look this spectacular. 


  20. 20. Wow From the Back

    Stunning lace sleeves add a classic, buttoned-up aesthetic in the front, while an open back says you're ready to party.


  21. 21. Sheer Beauty

    An elegant bateau neckline with an illusion sweetheart bodice is flattering, elegant and feminine. If you like, add a beaded belt or crystal hairclip for a hint of sparkle.


  22. 22. Modern Muse

    Is anyone else getting Meghan Markle vibes from this contemporary stunner? Clean lines and pure white fabric are perfect for the modern, minimalistic bride—and don't forget the fun shoes.


  23. 23. Utterly Classic

    Keep things unfussy (you have enough to think about) with an A-line wedding dress with lace sleeves, a crew neck and a perfectly tailored natural waistline. If you and your bride want to wear similar, but not identical looks, find something with the same silhouette but slightly different hue, fabric or embellishments.


  24. 24. Go With the Flow

    Off-the-shoulder wedding dress with floral lace three quarter sleeves and leg slit

    A windy day doesn’t have to be a hassle—choose a dress that will billow in the breeze. This gown is both sophisticated and playful with a daring leg slit, elegant boatneck and lovely lace sleeves.

    From: An Elegant Barn Wedding at IronGate Equestrian Center in Hartford, Ohio

  25. 25. Fur and Flower Crowns

    Bride and bridesmaids in faux-fur wraps for a winter wedding

    Don’t forget to outfit your wedding party with the right accessories. From shoulder wraps to full fur coats, the options are endless. 

    From:  An Eclectic Wedding at Miller Nurseries in Canandaigua, New York

  26. 26. Cute Cutouts

    Turn a simple look into something more dynamic and playful. Try a winter wedding gown with illusion cutouts or paneling—or don't be afraid to show a little bare skin.


  27. 27. Wow-Worthy Train

    Your wedding dress doesn't need a low back to be impressive or dramatic. A ruffled, tiered train makes a graceful statement for a formal affair.


  28. 28. Illusion V-Neck

    If it's chilly outside, why even try to wear spaghetti straps? Get the best of both worlds with a V-neck slip under a lace illusion overlay. It’s delicate and oh so lovely. 


    These incredible winter wedding dress ideas just go to show that you don’t have to compromise your style to accommodate the temperatures outside. Whether you add cozy accessories or slip into a lacey long-sleeved number, one thing is sure; everyone will be in awe of your winter wedding day look. 

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