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27 beautiful winter wedding dresses for 2020

Are you a winter bride? You'll want to check out these dreamy dresses.

Think you know winter wedding dresses? Think again. There’s a popular idea of the ‘right’ wedding dress for colder weather – long sleeves, maxi length, high neckline – and lovely as those styles are, they’re not your only choice. We’re here to show you that the reality is much richer.

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You see, when it comes to wedding dresses, there are no hard-and-fast rules. You might look at delicate boho gowns or sleeveless shifts and assume these are only meant for spring and summer. Styled with the right accessories, however, most dresses can work equally well in the chillier season.

Saying that, there are a few elements to keep in mind. Although winter wedding venues are usually perfectly snug inside, we suggest choosing a wedding dress in a denser, luxe fabric if you’re planning on having newlywed portraits shot outside.

Whatever style you choose, you’ll need a coat or other cover-up – strokeable faux-furs and opulent feathers are alluring options. Make sure you try your cover-up on with the wedding dress during one of your fittings to check they go together.

Winter weddings are usually associated with glamour, so don’t be afraid to go bold with a statement silhouette.

Short and tea-length wedding dresses can look wonderful at winter weddings, but you’ll need to think about tights, and also remember that your shoes will play a significant part in your overall look.

As it gets dark earlier at that time of year, chances are your wedding reception will take place by candlelight. We advise leaning into that with sparkling embellishments – we’re talking sequins, embroidered crystals and intricate beading, to catch the twinkling light of the flames.

And with that, you’re ready to shop! These are our favourite dresses to help you dazzle at your winter wedding.

The winter venue: Newforge House

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1. Noor – ÉLYSÉE

We’re big fans of Enzoani’s beautiful ÉLYSÉE range, which has the same stylish aesthetic as the main collection but at a more accessible price point. The Noor dress is a winter-wedding showstopper, crafted from baroque lace that’s hand-embroidered with thousands of beads and sequins.

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2. Petal – Katya Katya

Katya Katya’s Petal dress is the perfect example of a springlike dress that can be easily styled for a winter wedding. Simply add a faux-fur coat for when you’re outside, and some glittering accessories that pick up the sparkle of the Swarovski detailing at the waistline.

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3. Annalise – French Connection

Wildcard alert! Yes, French Connection’s Annalise is a jumpsuit rather than a dress – but when we spot something so chic and perfect for the chillier temperatures of a winter wedding, we have to include it.

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4. Bianca & Jagger – Jenny Packham

This tulle gown is such a glamorous choice for a winter wedding, with its feather-edged bolero and sparkling detailing. As the name suggests, the dress has a rock ‘n’ roll-royalty edge, too.

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5. Ripley dress with jacket – Justin Alexander Signature

Design house Justin Alexander suggests styling their sleek fit-and-flare Ripley dress with their bridal moto jacket – what an excellent call. The look is fresh and modern, but the floral detailing on the jacket shoulders brings an element of romance.

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6. Maria – Whistles

This Whistles dress is pure red carpet. Pair with an opulent cover-up – we think feathers would look particularly elegant against that lace.

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7. Valentina – Joyce Young

Joyce Young’s Valentina gown is a contemporary classic – and the fluid skirt, collarbone-skimming neckline and low back make it a masterclass in subtle sexiness.

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8. Curtis – Ashley Graham x Pronovias

The collab between supermodel/body activist Ashley Graham and luxury design house Pronovias is a thing of beauty, designed to suit every shape from size 0-34. The Curtis dress from the collection is made of Mikado silk – a luxurious fabric with a heavier weight than other silks, making it ideal for a winter wedding.

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9. Laurel – Morilee

No, an illusion sleeve won’t keep you toasty-warm on the chilliest of winter days, but that’s what your cover-up is for. This stunning Morilee ballgown has crystallised embroidery to make you shine – the way this cascades from the bodice into a scattering of sparkle at the top of the skirt is bewitchingly pretty.

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10. Aston – Sottero & Midgley

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The beaded embroidery at the cuffs and back of Sottero & Midgley’s Aston gown is just exquisite, and provides a chic contrast with the sleek silhouette.

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11. Laurel – Ghost

We love the statement sleeves of Ghost’s Laurel dress, with fabric buttons running up the inside of the arms. The silhouette is made for the modern minimalist.

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12. Style MJ614 – Allure Bridals

Allure Bridals’ style MJ614 is a fresh take on the classic ballgown: a sleek crepe bodice with long sleeves and bateau neckline that goes into a full, frothy tulle skirt. It’s modern romance in dress form.

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13. Mila – Sassi Holford

Sassi Holford is known for her unfailingly figure-flattering designs, and that’s certainly true of this ultra-chic Mila dress. The sculptural silhouette is perfect for a fashion-forward bride, while the lace detailing on the sleeves adds a romantic note.

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14. Style VW351488 – White by Vera Wang at David’s Bridal

Yes, you can go strapless with your winter wedding dress! All you need to do is choose a style that will work well with a cover-up – like this divine White by Vera Wang gown. What you’re looking for is a nicely shaped neckline and a nipped-in waist – plus plenty of wow-factor for when you remove your cover-up indoors to reveal the full glory.

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15. Orla – Grace Loves Lace

Grace Loves Lace are known for sexy, carefree designs that work particularly well for boho summer weddings. However, you can still rock this aesthetic at a winter wedding – just take their Orla gown. The fitted sleeves will work well under a cover-up – remember, a floaty sleeve can be tricky under a jacket – and the pearlescent lace fabric gives a wonderfully subtle shimmer.

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16. Hayden top – Catherine Deane

When putting together your winter wedding look, don’t overlook bridal separates such as Catherine Deane’s Hayden top, crafted from stretchy silk satin. It’s styled here with their Jewel bodysuit, but would go just as well with wide-leg trousers or a tulle skirt.

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17. Style SWG820 – Galina Signature at David’s Bridal

This beautiful Galina Signature dress is all about the sparkle, with sequin lace appliqués on the skirt and a glittering crystal waistband. As an extra-special touch, the skirt has a pink tint, which adds warmth.

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18. Cassat Rose maxi dress – KITRI Studio

KITRI Studio can always be relied on for catwalk-inspired bridal, and this glorious maxi dress is a prime example. The style is a nod to the 1970s influences that are hot for 2020, and yet it remains a timelessly pretty look.

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19. Gemstone sweat – Needle & Thread

If you’re anticipating seriously cold temperatures at your winter wedding, we bring you the solution: this Needle & Thread embellished bridal sweater. Pair with one of their signature tulle skirts, with a beaded or sequinned cami top underneath, and you have effortless wedding cool.

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20. Zarah – Charlie Brear

Worried about overheating in a long-sleeve dress? Charlie Brear’s elegant Zarah gown is crafted from a lightweight satin, so will feel light and airy when you’re on the dance floor.

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21. Elecia – Phase Eight

Fringing will be forever associated with the glamour of 1920s flapper dresses, and while this design element can be a bit heavy for a summer wedding, we reckon it’s perfect for winter – just take this Elecia fringe dress. An easy-wearing cream shade and jewelled straps elevate the look.

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22. Style 66096 – Lillian West

We love the figure-skimming cut of this Lillian West gown, and the contrast between the intricate lace bodice and fluid crepe skirt.

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23. Style 1765 – Kenneth Winston

The illusion neckline and sleeves of this Kenneth Winston dress are bewitchingly pretty, but the open back keeps the look sexy.

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24. White Rose – Self-Portrait

This Self-Portrait dress is how to do winter lace. The delicate overlay fabric is backed by a weightier white material, so you’ll look delicate but feel warm.

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25. Dylan top & skirt – Halfpenny London

Kate Halfpenny is the go-to designer for brides who want a serious dose of fashion in their big-day look. The Dylan top and skirt is a case in point: the interplay of fabric makes a real style statement, with a note of romance in that delicious tulle hem. A triumph.

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26. Musset – St Patrick

Made from luxuriant Mikado silk, this St Patrick princess-style dress has an eye-catching silhouette. We particularly like the contrast of the delicate sleeves against the opulent main material.

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27. Style 100 – Jesús Peiró

Sometimes all a dress needs is one little detail to elevate it from good to incredible. That’s the case with this stunning dress from Jesús Peiró’s Calla Collection. It’s chic enough as a simple crepe gown that skims the figure, but the glass beading at the shoulders takes it to the next level.

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