The weather is always a lottery, something which can be problematic when you’re planning a Spring or Fall wedding. You could be faced with anything from beautiful warm sunshine to cold winds and rain on your wedding day. The best way to solve this problem is be prepared to layer up! There are lots of different bridal layers you can add to your otherwise summery dress, and most of them are versatile enough to wear afterwards, with the exception of wedding gloves which are fairly inexpensive. So, what are the different options?
A Wedding Coat
The style of a wedding coat can be as varied as different styles of wedding dress. From long and dressy, to a short jacket or fur coat. The main feature tends to be the color – if you’re wearing a white or ivory dress your wedding coat is usually white too. You don’t want to look like you’ve just put your usual coat on over your wedding dress. There are no rules as to the style of coat you should wear for your dress. If you have a long dress, you could wear a long coat over the top or a short cropped jacket and vice versa with a short dress.
You would still look every inch the bride in this vintage 1960s wedding coat and it would keep you warm on the coldest of days. Plus it is versatile enough to wear on other occasions too. I’ve paired it with a long dress, but you could just as easily wear it with a mid length or short dress instead.
The Fur Jacket
Fur always looks glamorous, and what better day to look glam than on your wedding day? This vintage fur jacket is elegant and would keep out even the most biting wind.
Boleros and Shrugs
These are a great option for stopping your arms and shoulders for getting cold. A lot of modern brides opt to wear a bolero to cover their shoulders in church where bearing too much flesh might not be appropriate, and then wear just their strapless gown to the reception afterwards. Some dresses, like this vintage 1940s dress, come with a matching bolero, but you could just as easily choose your own like the cashmere and pearl shrug below instead.
A bolero or shrug may not look very substantial but they can offer a lot of extra warmth compared to having your arms and shoulders exposed to the cold!
Wedding gloves can add that extra little warmth on a chilly day too. Whether you opt for 1950s style short gloves, or longer opera gloves, both add an air of sophistication to your dress as well as helping to keep out the cold.
Oh, and if there’s the possibility it might rain, then it’s worth making sure you have a light-colored umbrella available too! Little things like that can make the world of difference if you’re caught in a shower on the way into your venue!
Here are some of our lovely brides who layered their wedding style beautifully: