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The fabric you choose sets the tone for your entire look.

Each material possesses different qualities and draping over your body, so it's crucial to select a material that aligns with your vision. Remember that each fabric holds its own magic and suitability for different seasons and styles.

 

The most popular fabrics for wedding dresses include satin, tulle, and silk. We always recommend you opt for fabrics that are light, fluid, and comfortable. They need to be flexible enough to allow your gown to drape and opaque enough to not let undergarments show through.  Consider the following tips to help you make the right choice for your dream wedding dress. 

Winter Wedding Dresses for the Modern Bride

Bride and groom on top of a snowy mountain

Love transcends seasons, especially when it comes to saying ‘I do’ to the love of your life. From snowy trees to fireside dinners and the twinkling lights, winter weddings are truly enchanting.

Love transcends seasons, especially when it comes to saying ‘I do’ to the love of your life. From snowy trees to fireside dinners and the twinkling lights, winter weddings are truly enchanting.

Groom, lifting the bride in the air, surrounded by snowy mountains

The essence of Grace in a fabric – Lace!  Versatile and timeless, lace caters to a variety of wedding dresses. Whether you envision a contemporary classic gown or a romantic silhouette, lace remains an iconic and classic choice that guarantees an elegant walk down the aisle. There is something truly magic about lace patterns.

 

Lace gowns are not just an ode to tradition but also great for flattering the figure and creating a sense of wearable art. They infuse your wedding dress with intricate details and narrate your romantic storytelling. If you’re planning an intimate elopement, a lightweight lace dress can be your go-to choice.

 

Lace can be crafted using various techniques. The material you choose will determine its quality and price point. The pearlescent threading and shimmery effects not only look stunning but can also be used to create beautiful wedding pictures. Traditionally, authentic lace was made of exquisite materials like silk, linen, and cotton.

 

France, in particular the region of Calais, has earned a well-deserved reputation for producing some of the finest laces in the world, known for its craftsmanship and elegance. Back in the day, lace was a limited fabric due to its rarity and high cost. Thankfully, times have changed, and the market now offers a diverse range of affordable lace. It's worth noting that lace is also now available to be sourced from various locations, making it more accessible now, than ever before. 

 

These laces, often made from high-quality nylon, offer an attractive alternative at a more affordable price point. They provide a beautiful aesthetic without compromising on quality and comfort. Most laced wedding dresses are thoughtfully designed with a choice of chai or white lining, carefully selected to complement the silhouette with elegance. 

The colder temperatures should not hold you back from celebrating your love, you just need to find the right bridal attire! So, how do you find the perfect attire that is elegant yet formal and keeps you warm?

To help you decide, we've curated our favorite Grace Loves Lace styles, featuring long-sleeved designs. Prepare to fall in love with the idea of frosty nuptials and find your dream dress for a winter wedding. 

bride surrrounded by fairy lights

Choosing a Long Sleeve Wedding Dress

Winter weddings allow you to indulge in luxurious fabrics. Taking inspiration from Megan Markle’s bridal attire, we adore the long sleeve design that is elegant and timeless. So, should you wear a long-sleeved wedding dress?

Absolutely, if it suits your bridal style. In some cases, sleeveless wedding gowns are stunning but might leave you with goosebumps as you walk down the aisle in the cold temperatures. Current bridal trends provide every reason to opt for a full-length sleeve design. From lace sleeves to silk fabrics, the options to create the perfect winter look are endless!

If you were looking for a classic wedding dress, Kate Middleton is such a vision. While it’s been some time since she said “I do” to her prince, her wedding gown remains a timeless choice you can’t go wrong with.

When tying the knot in winter, remember the quality of the gowns craftsmanship and the intricate details can turn any wedding dress into a wearable masterpiece! The Deia gown is a true statement. She is cold weather approved, keeping you warm and stunning during the Christmas season.  

Lightweight Stretch Crepe

Bride wearing a long sleeve wedding gown
Wedding table with Christmas spirit

Looking for a stretchy and luxurious fabric that provides support like shapewear? Look no further than our stretch crepe wedding dresses!

 

Crepe offers fluidity, allure, and a supple texture.  Crepe gowns are bold, classic, and chic; crafted for the modern bride who wants to feature a statement silhouette. The fabric comes in various qualities depending on the material used, such as silk, wool, cotton, or polyester.

 

The soft waves of crepe beautifully accentuate the lightness of your dress and create a breathtaking draping effect. For a classic and luxurious look, we highly recommend opting for a soft, buttery stretch crepe. It will infuse your bridal attire with elegance and sophistication. If you are after intricate detailing, consider pairing your crepe wedding dress with hand-cut lace motifs or a statement train. These additions will complement your dress beautifully. 

Choosing a Warmer Fabric for Your Bridal Attire

A winter celebration calls for warmer fabrics to keep you cozy! If you love a lace moment, opt for a gown embroidered with romantic lace details to set the tone for the celebration. Not only does it exude European vibes, but it's also romantic and weather appropriate.

Some of Grace's favorite cold-weather fabrics include crepe, tulle, and lace. These materials cater to elegant brides seeking a classic yet modern aesthetic. Considering the upcoming trends for 2024, our Grace brides are drawing inspiration from these looks to create a 'wow' moment. Some of our favorite designs include the Nathalia gown, crafted to accentuate their best features and infuse their winter celebration with elegance.

When choosing your bridal fabric, consider your celebration location. Some gowns suit countryside venues, while others are ideal for mountain festivities. So, take note of our Grace brides' diverse winter wedding experiences and opt for the one that matches your celebration.  

Bride and groom. Celebrating their love on top of the mountain
Bride and groom, in the country side in winter

Elevate your Style with Satin Fabric

Satin is renowned for its elegance; boasting a glossy, soft, and fluid texture that beautifully complements your figure. Its ability to reflect light adds a touch of radiance to your overall look. Originally made from silk, it is now also crafted from wool, cotton, or synthetic fibers. Back in the days, Duchess Satin was the ideal choice.

 

This premium fabric was thicker, heavier, and renowned for its impeccable drape. Modern brides are now seeking lightweight gowns that offer ultimate comfort without compromising on quality. This adaptation ensures that modern brides can enjoy the luxurious look and feel of satin while also experiencing enhanced comfort on their special day.

 

When it comes to innovative bridal fabrics, our luminescent and textured satin is a favorite. It glides gracefully over the body, creating a stunning silhouette. This fabric pairs exceptionally well with any type of neckpiece or pearl statement earrings, adding an extra touch of elegance to your bridal ensemble.  

Opting for the Perfect Separate

Just because you've chosen to be a winter bride doesn't mean you have to wear a long-sleeved wedding dress. Some brides prefer a sleeveless look to showcase their best features as they walk down the aisle.

Others might have indoor ceremonies with effective heating systems planned. A practical way to cover up is by incorporating seasonal elements or separates into your bridal attire.

For instance, a shawl is the perfect solution to stay warm. These cover-ups are not only practical but also complement your wedding outfit and can be easily put on and taken off. Layering becomes a bride's best friend on her special day, allowing her to wear her dream dress while staying comfortable.

Bride and groom, walking through the city streets in winter
Bride and groom, celebrating love in winter

Choosing Two Wedding Gowns

Choosing the ideal wedding gown doesn't have to be difficult, especially if you opt for a second dress for your reception. You may choose a long-sleeved wedding dress for the ceremony and later switch to a reception dress. The key is to feel your absolute best on your special day, while feeling comfortable!

From long sleeves to separates, there are plenty of options to explore. Rest assured that you have everything under control to turn your bridal vision into reality, even on the coldest day!

bride wearing a long sleeves wedding gown
second wedding dress to dance the night away