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The the decision to have a wedding in the middle of the winter does have its drawbacks as we know the weather can be predicable, crisp, and very cold. Other than that, there is absolutely no reason at all why you shouldn't focus on the possibilities and begin with planning your winter wedding day. Here, wedding dress couture designer Cynthia Grafton-Holt advises to keep two
things in mind.
If you plan for a rainy day and it turns out to be dry and sunny with crisp blue skies that is a definite win win situation...
1. If the sun comes out and the weather is dry you won't have to worry about mud stains and water marks ruining your dream dress and shoes.
2. If rain is forecast, don't panic, embrace it. In many faiths and cultures, rain is considered a blessing and mark of 'good luck'. And what is more magical, is the final photography and how the eye of the photographer has captured the dew and rain into magical droplets of confetti which will look breath-taking. Photographs taken with a misty background really have the edge over the standard wedding photography that you see elsewhere.
Winter wedding dresses with long sleeves
With quite a few winter wedding dresses under my belt over the years, I can honestly say that the favourite winter wedding dress style tends to be a dress with long sleeves (whatever the style of the bride's gown might be). Adding long sleeves to any style of dress completely transforms the gown which becomes much more sophisticated by design and modest for certain religious ceremonies. Whether sleeves made from lace or cut entirely in the same cloth as the dress, it can certainly elevate the overall look of sophistication.
Options for staying warm outside
Staying warm whilst outdoor on a really cold day will require you budget for accessories like gloves, snoods and capes or invest in a large pashmina, a chic cardigan or a biker jacket for brides etc. All are super cool ways to add a little personality to your wedding day look whilst shielding your body from the cold. Don't forget to extend the same look -albeit it in contrasting colours – to your bridesmaids; as if you are cold, then they will be too; too cold to notice that you have lipstick stains on the side of your face during the bridal portraits.
Extra tips for staying warm all day include
Cynthia Grafton-Holt | Founder and Bespoke Wedding Dress Designer at Cynthia Grafton-Holt Couture | www.CynthiaGraftonHolt.com
"I love working with brides who seize the opportunity to create a unique and exclusive once-in-a-lifetime chance to wear a gown that will never be seen on anyone else!"