There’s something ever so special about winter weddings, but finding the perfect winter bridesmaid dresses isn’t such a magical experience.
Picture bridesmaid dresses and a myriad of pretty pastel dresses in pale pink and light blue are likely to spring to mind – and while these are undeniably gorgeous, they wouldn’t work quite so wonderfully at a winter wedding.
Nuptials in the colder months call for rich burgundy bridesmaid dresses, sultry black gowns and bridesmaid outfits with a little bit of extra sparkle.
While long-sleeved bridesmaid dresses are lovely, don’t feel you have to cover your bridesmaids up completely because of the chill in the air – realistically, you won’t be outside for a huge amount of time, so strapless bridesmaid dresses aren’t out of the question.
If your bridal party feel the cold, opt for faux fur wraps to keep them warm while you stand outside for photos. Adding cover ups to your bridesmaid outfits inevitably increases the price, so if you’d rather not spend the money, and just have your bridesmaid wear their own coats, just make sure they take them off for photo time.
One way that winter bridesmaid dresses stand out from summer and spring ones is the fabric; winter bridesmaid dresses are normally made of a heavier fabric, so dresses are immediately less floaty, and as such don’t fly about in the winter wind.
Darker, heavier fabrics automatically create a more glamorous bridesmaid style, so why not work this into your theme? At winter weddings the sun goes down earlier, creating an evening feel much earlier in the day – embrace an elegant, black-tie wedding vibe with formal bridesmaid dresses, setting the tone for a sophisticated wedding. Just make sure you let your guests know your wedding is a classy, formal affair, rather than a feminine floral theme.
Inject glamour into the winter bridesmaid dresses by choosing gowns with sequin detailing, and opt for a bolder bridesmaid make up look, with dramatic lips, or shimmering eye make up. Summer weddings are all about pared back make up, whereas winter gives you the opportunity amp up the glamour.
Scroll down for our favourite winter bridesmaid dresses for every age group.
This sleeved bridesmaid dress by Maids To Measure is a lovely choice for both autumn and winter weddings. The rich hue plus the floaty sleeves give it a regal feel that we can see working particularly well at castle wedding venues.
Jazz up a simple black bridesmaid dress with a glittery tie. This Motee Maids winter bridesmaid dress is perfect for petite bridesmaids, adding an element of sophistication to their wedding look – plus, the floor skimming style means you don’t need to worry about finding bridesmaid shoes.
Little bridesmaids look extra lovely in sequinned bridesmaid dresses – we adore this full length gown by Eternity for mini maids.
The waist detailing on this Allure Bridals bridesmaid dress makes it a flattering choice, plus the fluttery sleeves add a little bit of extra warmth for chilly days.
Heavy satin fabric gives these dark blue bridesmaid dresses by Sorella Vita an instantly formal feel. Your bridal party would fit right in at a stately home wedding venue in this showstopper of a gown.
Go for an ultra sleek bridesmaid style in this thigh split burgundy bridesmaid dress by Maids To Measure. Since it leaves shoulders bare, it’s worth investing in a stylish shawl to add to this gown.
For a sultry look opt for this grey bridesmaid dress by Allure Bridals. We love the way the skirt softly drapes and falls beautifully about the feet.
This lace detail children’s bridesmaid dress by Eternity is a lovely addition to your bridal party’s look.
The purple / grey shade of this Motee Maids bridesmaid dress is a lovely choice for winter weddings. Pair it with an unruly lavender bouquet to complete the look.
Off the shoulder bridesmaid dresses never go out of style, and this pretty lace number by Jasmine is no exception. The decadent hue would fit right in at a festive wedding with a gold colour scheme.
Enhance an hourglass figure with this elegant navy bridesmaid dress by Allure Bridals. Pair with statement gold earrings for a classy look your girls will love.
Channel Elsa from Frozen in a pale blue winter bridesmaid dress like this beauty from Motee Maids. This beaded gown proves that pastels can work in winter too.
Give your wedding an edgy vibe with two piece bridesmaid dresses like this unique design by Watters.
Mismatched bridesmaid dresses is a trend we don’t see slowing down; this collection of winter bridesmaid dresses by Jasmine shows how beautiful it can look.
Go for a black tie wedding look with a simple black bridesmaid dresses, like this chic strappy number by Watters. Dress it up or down with accessories, hair and make up, depending on the style of your big day.
Sparkle doesn’t have to mean sequins; this pretty blue bridesmaid dress by Kelsey Rose is a gorgeous choice for tall bridesmaids, accentuating willowy figures.
Go for all out glamour in a silver sequinned bridesmaid dress, complete with alluring thigh split. This shiny number by Watters would work best at weddings during the festive period, where Christmas tree lights would glisten in the reflection – we’re feeling romantic just thinking about it!
Red bridesmaid dresses are perfect for loved up February weddings; the waist detailing on this Allure Bridals gown makes it extra flattering.
This strapless navy blue bridesmaid dress by Watters is fit for a princess – imagine how beautiful your bridal party will look walking down the aisle in this classy dress – it’s almost enough to bring a tear to our eyes!
With their dresses sorted, read our article on how to make your bridesmaids feel special.