5 Tips for choosing the Perfect Winter Wedding Guest Outfit

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Winter is a magical time of year, perfect for a wedding but with a drop in temperatures, the chance of rain and let's face it, even snow; planning the perfect winter wedding guest outfit can be a tricky task. Luckily for you, I've got a few tips to help you plan a practical winter wedding guest outfit that doesn't compromise on style.

1. Choose warm tones and deeper shades

In the spring and summer, pastel shades are an obvious choice but they don't work as well for winter wedding guest outfits. Instead, opt for warm tones and deeper shades like berry, emerald and plum. If it's a Christmas wedding, you can definitely choose an outfit with a little sparkle - just don't upstage the bride!

Black wedding guest dresses have long been considered a bit of a faux pas but this way of thinking is a little outdated. I personally don't think there's anything wrong with wearing black to a wedding, especially in the winter. Black is a classy, flattering colour that is also very versatile. Choose a black dress with a pattern if you're worried you'll look like you're going to a funeral or style it up with a few coloured accessories instead.
Debenhams Purple Velvet Dress £49.00 // New Look Floral Velvet Dress £25.00 // Ted Baker Pleated Velvet Dress £229.00

2. Select wedding guest dresses in heavier fabrics

Some wedding venues, like large churches, can often be cold, so be sure to select a dress made from a heavy fabric. Velvet is a lovely choice for a winter wedding guest dress. Not only is it a luxurious fabric but also one that will keep you warm. Velvet is on trend for A/W 2018 so you shouldn't have any trouble finding a wedding guest dress in this material, whether you're shopping high street or high end.

3. Consider a trouser wedding guest outfit

When choosing a winter wedding guest outfit, it's important to consider the venue and what will be deemed suitable attire. For example, somewhere like the Shrigley Hall Wedding venue in Cheshire, will require formal dress, whereas a more casual wedding guest outfit would be fine for a wedding venue like a country pub or restaurant.
River Island Velvet Jumpsuit £46.00 // Reiss Jumpsuit £225.00 // Lipsy Wide Leg Jumpsuit £65.00
Trouser suits are a great alternative to dresses in the winter and tick all the boxes, in terms of being smart, classy and formal. Alternatively, you could opt for a jumpsuit - dressing it up with your favourite pair of heels. Jumpsuits are very fashionable right now and come in all sorts of styles so you shouldn't find it hard to source one that is wedding guest appropriate.

4. Don't forget a coat or jacket

Part of planning the perfect winter wedding guest outfit involves picking out a dressy coat or jacket. After all, you don't want to get to the big deal, only to realise you don't have anything warm to wear over your new dress! Try on coats, capes and wraps to see what works best with your dress and what will keep you suitably warm - again think about the venue and how long you'll spend outside (for photographs or moving from the wedding to the reception.)
Miss Selfridge Court Shoes £32.00 // New Look Stiletto Heel Ankle Boots £20.99 // Zalando Heels £25.99

5. Pick winter-wedding-friendly footwear

Although open-toe, strappy sandals look lovely with occasion dresses, they're not the most suitable choice for a winter wedding. At the very least, opt for a close-toe heel to keep your feet warm or if comfort is key, a pair of stylish heeled boots. Heeled ankle boots look stylish with longer wedding guest dresses and jumpsuits, whereas knee-high boots work well with a shorter wedding guest dress. Again, just be sure to research the venue and the amount of walking you will be doing!

I hope you've found my winter wedding guest outfit tips useful. Feel free to comment below if you have any more suggestions.

Meg x
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