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27 Elegant Winter Wedding Dresses You Can Shop Now

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sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
by Sarah Hanlon
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
Associate Editor
  • Sarah is an Associate Digital Editor for The Knot, with special focuses in fashion, pop culture and wedding trends.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated Sep 22, 2020
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Whether you're planning a winter wonderland-themed wedding or a gathering that's much more subdued, your outfit will be a major component. Winter wedding dresses are known for being exceptionally sophisticated and glam. After all, when else can you rock a long sleeve ball gown or a heavily embellished sheath with a fur wrap? While you're encouraged to wear any style you love on your wedding day, the winter season is synonymous with long sleeves, high necklines, thicker fabrics and cozy accessories—but that's not to say cold weather wedding dresses can't include plunging necklines or flirty cutouts. There are so many ways to winterize your wedding dress, whether it's with textured accents or jewelry. 

If you're getting married in the off-season, your dress should reflect your venue and wedding style. Whether you're searching for a chic long sleeve winter wedding dress or something a bit more casual, there are plenty of options (that won't leave you feeling too cold). To help, we've done the shopping for you by narrowing down the best winter wedding dresses on the market you can buy right now. While we always suggest sourcing a dress from your local bridal salon first, looking online might be the best option for you if you're working on a strict timeline. Here, find the best winter wedding gowns for every bridal style. Whether you're shopping for a casual minimony dress or a formal evening gown, you'll find plenty of options here that you can buy now. 

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Long Sleeve Winter Wedding Dresses

Winter is the ideal season to wear a long sleeve wedding dress. Not only will long sleeves keep you warm in cooler temperatures, it's a timeless design that will always look chic. (Some of the most iconic wedding dresses did have sleeves, after all.) If you're shopping for long sleeve winter wedding dresses, we've rounded up the best options on the market you can buy now. Whether your style is all about extravagant maximalism or subtle minimalism, you'll find a dress you love here. 

Lace mermaid off-the-shoulder dress with long sleeves

If you loved Hailey Baldwin's wedding look, you can emulate it with this lace off-the-shoulder mermaid gown. The illusion plunging back balances out the delicate lace sleeves. 

Watters Ula gown in Ivory, $1,895, BHLDN.com  

Lace long sleeve wedding dress with illusion neckline and sheer skirt

Looking for something sultry? Go for a style like this. The plunging illusion neckline and tulle skirt show just enough skin, while a second removable sheer skirt allows you to customize your look.

Galina Signature floral illusion plus size bodysuit wedding dress in Ivory/Warm Beige, $1,399, DavidsBridal.com 

Long sleeve crepe wedding dress with high slit

It doesn't get more elegant than this. Thoughtful details like a lace-lined back and buttons on the wrists make this structured crepe dress stun. 

Amy Kuschel Redding gown in Ivory, $1,075, BHLDN.com  

Mixed material dress with lace bodice and three-quarter sleeves with a full tulle skirt

Achieve an airy, bohemian look with a mixed material dress. This gown has a casual Leone lace bodice with three-quarter length sleeves, which leads into a formal tulle skirt. When paired together, the contrasting fabrics create an ensemble that's light and graceful. 

Watters Brides Frederique gown in Ivory, $2,000, BHLDN.com   

Long sleeve off-the-shoulder crepe dress

Clean lines make this minimal dress a stunning option for your winter nuptials. An off-the-shoulder neckline allows you to show some skin, even with long sleeves. Buttons down the entire back add a classic touch to the form-fitting design.

David's Bridal Collection off-the-shoulder buttoned back crepe wedding dress in White, $499, DavidsBridal.com 

Fitted lace dress with long sheer lace sleeves and puff shoulders

If you're a fan of puff sleeves, this retro-inspired dress is for you. The unlined fabric on the arms pops next to the lined lace dress. For a hint of drama, the skirt fits snugly at the hips and flares out at the hemline.

Reformation Annika dress in Ivory, $568, TheReformation.com  

Long sleeve crepe ball gown with cinched waist

Perhaps you're dreaming of a grand "snow queen" look for your winter wedding. Bring it to life with a luxe ball gown like this. A plunging back and cinched waist complement the dramatic full skirt. And since the dress is unadorned, you can accessorize with a glittery headpiece or sparkling jewelry.  

David's Bridal ¾ sleeve low back satin plus size wedding dress in Soft White, $599, DavidsBridal.com 

Long sleeve column dress with plunging back and draped fabric

A column dress is a great silhouette for modern, no-fuss brides. The long sleeves serve as a dramatic contrast to the plunging back, which has draped fabric that leads into a short train. 

Tadashi Shoji Stanton open back crepe gown in Ivory, $648, TadashiShoji.com

Off-the-shoulder plus size ball gown with shirred bodice and sheer sleeves

You can find a dress with sleeves that won't be too warm. Go for a design with sheer fabric like this one. Plus, the shirred detailing adds dimension to the arms and bodice. 

Wtoo by Watters Miles gown in Ivory, $1,278, BHLDN.com 

Patchwork wedding dress with sequins and accordion ruffles

Shopping for something a bit more avant-garde? The intricate details on this dress are inspired by vintage lace. Sequins and beads create patterned motifs throughout the dress, which has Victorian-inspired sleeves and an accordion ruffle neckline.

Needle & Thread patchwork sequin ballerina dress in Ballet Slipper Gold, $599, NeedleandThread.com  

Lace ball gown with off-the-shoulder neckline and long sleeves

A lace ball gown is always a go-to silhouette for winter. This regal winter wedding gown has a romantic off-the-shoulder neckline and pretty sheer sleeves, as well as a full lace skirt.

Oleg Cassini off-the-shoulder plus size A-line wedding dress in Ivory/Champagne, $1,399, DavidsBridal.com

Casual Winter Wedding Dresses

Perhaps your wedding style leans on the casual side. You can swap a formal wedding dress for a chic mini or casual maxi if that's what you envision for your day. Perfect for City Hall ceremonies or intimate minimonies, find our favorite casual winter wedding dresses here. 

Casual ivory wedding dress with removable straps and slit

This slim fit ivory dress has removable straps, so you can leave them on for more support or take them off for a strapless look. Add a luxe faux fur wrap or shawl to fully winterize your look.

Reformation Ingrid dress in Ivory, $328, TheReformation.com  

Lace tea-length dress with 3/4 length sleeves

A tea-length dress is great for someone who wants a casual vibe without totally sacrificing a bridal look. This option has lace sleeves, scalloped edges and a tulle skirt underlay for extra volume. And with a shorter hemline, you can show off a fun pair of statement heels. 

Torrid lace tea-length wedding dress in Cloud Dancer, $198, Torrid.com 

Blazer-inspired mini dress with gold buttons and puff shoulder sleeves

For a city hall elopement or private gathering, consider this chic, blazer-inspired mini. Bardot buttons make this glam look extra trendy, as do the puff sleeves.

Bardot button front long sleeve blazer dress in Ivory, $149, DavidsBridal.com 

Crepe midi dress with draped bodice and three-quarter length sleeves

The soft cowl neckline complements the blouson bodice on this midi dress. The relaxed fit is ideal for a laidback winter wedding.

Badgley Mischka Collection long sleeve dress in Ivory, $295, Shopbop.com   

Sequin mini dress with blouson sleeves and velvet bow

Want something exceptionally fun? Go for this sparkling mini. It has iridescent sequins all over, meaning you'll shine from every angle. Plus, the velvet bow allows you to cinch your waist for a flattering silhouette. While this style works for any winter date, we love the idea of wearing it for a New Year's Eve wedding. 

Retrofête Grace velvet-trimmed sequin chiffon mini dress in White, $615, NET-A-PORTER.com

Off-the-shoulder ivory midi dress with tulip skirt

Cut from crepe, this body-hugging dress has a unique tulip hem skirt. Plus, the off-the-shoulder neckline is perfect for accenting with a wrap (think: neutral cashmere or a rich wintery pattern like tartan). 

BHLDN Thompson dress in Ivory, $168, BHLDN.com 

Crepe V-neck mini dress with structured long sleeves

Buttons up the inside of the sleeves of this shift dress give it modern flair. And with a short skirt, it's a great option for a small minimony or intimate gathering. 

Amsale LW169 crepe V-neck shift dress in Ivory, $410, Amsale.com 

Simple Winter Wedding Dresses

Simple winter wedding dresses can make just as much of a statement. If you're all about clean lines and subtle silhouettes, these gowns are for you.

Fitted dress with sweetheart off-the-shoulder neckline

This elegant gown will wow from all angles. It has a romantic sweetheart off-the-shoulder neckline with a crisscross bodice that flows into a sweeping crepe skirt.

Theia Blake gown in Ivory, $900, BHLDN.com 

One-shoulder jumpsuit with bow

If you'd rather wear pants to your winter wedding, go for a jumpsuit instead of a dress. This glam option has a one-shoulder neckline and an oversized bow on the top for a fun touch.

DB Studio one-shoulder crepe wedding jumpsuit with bow in Ivory, $190, DavidsBridal.com 

Fit-and-flare wedding dress with chiffon cape

Winter is the perfect time to wear a cape if you're feeling bold. You'll look like a vision in this ivory chiffon dress, which has a sheer cape cascading down the back. 

Torrid chiffon cape sleeve wedding dress in Cloud Dancer, $328, Torrid.com  

Fitted high-neck wedding dress with slit

This Meghan Markle-esque dress is a showstopper. With a high neckline, fitted bodice and high slit, you'll garner all the attention in this design.

BHLDN Montreal dress in Ivory, $220, BHLDN.com  

Lace cap sleeve fit-and-flare dress

Pretty cap sleeves are a great alternative if you're not sold on long sleeves. This ivory and stone colored dress is heavily embellished with dot trim, an under layer of sequin lace and a top layer of point d'esprit.

Melissa Sweet cap sleeve point d'esprit plus size wedding dress in Ivory/Stone, $999, DavidsBridal.com  

Simple off-the-shoulder dress with peek-a-boo lace on neckline

This unique off-the-shoulder dress has just a touch of sexy, peek-a-boo lace along the neckline, which stands out against the draped bodice.

Tadashi Shoji Sutton draped off-shoulder gown in Ivory, $578, TadashiShoji.com

Crepe midi dress with one sleeve

An asymmetrical gown is great for those looking to make a fashion-forward statement. This one-sleeve dress has a draped bodice and bias-cut skirt that would be a perfect fit for a winter wedding.

Amsale LW168 satin one sleeved dress in Ivory, $385, Amsale.com  

Cowl-neck silk wedding dress

Minimalists, this simple winter wedding dress may be for you. With a chic cowl neckline and empire-cut bust, you'll show off your best assets in this gown. Throw on a fur shrug later in the night if you think you'll get cold. 

Jenny by Jenny Yoo Sutton gown in Ivory, $995, BHLDN.com  

Sleeveless ball gown with lace bodice and tulle skirt

It doesn't get more romantic than this. With a sleeveless lace bodice and full tulle skirt, you'll look totally regal in this dreamy winter wedding dress.

Kleinfeld Elizabeth lace bodice wedding dress in Ivory, $595, KleinfeldBridalParty.com

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