What Should I Wear If I Am Cold On My Wedding Day?

With freezing temperatures returning temporarily to the Washington DC area, I’ve had several of my wedding planning couples ask what the bride should wear over her wedding dress to keep warm.  

Here is a rundown of my favorite cold weather bridal options for stylish ways to stay warm on your wedding day. This collection of ways to keep warm on your wedding day is from my past brides who got married in the Washington DC area during the late fall, winter and early spring seasons.

The Classic Bridal Cardigan

A bridal cardigan is a classic look and an easy way for brides to stay warm on their wedding day.  Kate Middleton looked amazing in her angora cardigan when she got married. A classic elegant cardigan is always a great option over almost any style of wedding dress.

At her mid-October wedding at Rocklands Farm in Maryland, it was chilly and my bride, Giulia opted for a classic bridal cardigan that kept her warm, but didn’t take away from her beautiful lace wedding dress. The soft cardigan was easy to remove when she was dancing.   After the reception, she was able to quickly put the cardigan back on for her sparkler departure at the end of the night.   And, her simple classic cardigan perfectly complemented her Monique Lhuillier lace bridal gown.


The Ballet Wrap Sweater

Channel the effortless elegance of a ballerina with this cashmere wrap sweater.  Katherine and Daniel’s early November wedding day started with temperatures in mid-60s and ended in the 40s.

The cashmere wraparound sweater pictured on Katherine is the Angelina wrap by Ivy and Aster from BHLDN. We went through many options to find the right complement to her elegant lace Martina Liana wedding dress that featured a three foot train.


The simplicity of this wrap sweater’s shape with the soft, body-hugging cashmere was the perfect addition to her luxurious lace wedding gown and lace-edged veil.   Katherine felt so comfortable in her wedding ensemble that she kept her lace-edged veil and cashmere wrap sweater on for the entire reception.

The Pashmina Scarf

This cashmere, silk or wool scarf is a versatile option because a bride can wear it in many ways.  She can completely wrap up in it for those chilly moments, or let it hang loosely off her arms for warmer moments.  A silk pashmina paired with a wedding dress creates a look of effortless elegance and offers a layer of warmth on early spring days.

For this late February inspiration shoot that was featured on Artfully Wed, I paired this cashmere pashmina with a two piece wedding ensemble the features a cropped-top wedding top and layered skirt.  It offered warmth without overpowering the easy elegance of the two piece wedding dress.  

The only drawback about a pashmina scarf is brides tend to fidget with it and adjust it.  If you are a bride who likes her clothing securely in place, try one of the other options.  

If your wedding day weather is a little cool, this is a versatile option to wear over your wedding dress on your wedding day.


The Heirloom (Faux) Fur Capelet

I remember being a little girl and going into my grandmother’s closet to feel her furs.  I didn’t know what kind of material it was, I just knew that they were soft and for important occasions.  

What better important occasion than your wedding day to wear a family heirloom fur cape or stole?  

As a former vegetarian, I understand if you have an avoidance to fur.  That doesn’t mean to ignore this option completely.  There are wonderfully soft faux fur options.  

Pair it with a vintage brooch for a Old World Romance mood, or use the built in closure so the fur wrap creates a classically chic bridal look.  The soft look of fur brings elegance to any dress.


Whatever you choose to wear over your wedding dress, make sure you feel comfortable and totally you in the chic cashmere wrap, fur shrug, scarf or classic sweater at your cool weather wedding.  Just as when you selected your wedding dress, take the time to try on various cold weather wraps with your wedding dress and see what you feel best in.  

I love incorporating perfectly personal wedding accessories when I design a wedding for my couples.  To see more of my wedding and event designs, visit my gallery.  To learn more about how I design a unique, personal wedding day for my clients, check out this post “Five Ways to Create a Personal, Unique Wedding Day” or send me a quick note through my contact form.