What to Wear for Your Wedding No Matter the Weather

By: Caitlin Vanlaningham Last Updated: June 25, 2015

wedding-gowns-weatherThere is a lot for a bride to think about for her wedding. In the end though, it’s all about the comfort and happiness of you and your groom. With that in mind, one of the most important things to a bride is the dress. The last thing you want is to get a dress that doesn’t fit your personality or shape, but have you considered it fitting the weather?

If you are getting married outside this is definitely something to consider, but really it’s something to keep in mind no matter what. You don’t want to be a sweaty mess at the altar in the summertime because the fabric you are wearing is too thick and doesn’t breathe, but you don’t want to be shivering in your gown because the dress is too thin and delicate. Your groom might think it wise to offer his jacket to you, but then that covers the gown that you have spent a LOT of time looking for, altering, and dreaming about.

So what do you do? You dress for the weather. Here’s what to wear:

In the spring – you can get into the lighter weight dresses in the spring. Chiffon, organza, natural silk dupion, tulle; these are all light and breathable fabrics that help to keep you cool. You can even throw in some lace as it’s lighter, too. You can go strapless for your dress or get a halter top or spaghetti-straps to keep your neck and shoulders cool. These are also nice to think about when you’re dancing like you’ve never danced before at your reception.

In the summer – lots of people go outside for summer weddings, and it can get hot, windy, and/or rainy. At the beach, in the woods, at a pretty park or botanical garden – it’s warm and people like to be out in nature’s beauty. Like the aforementioned spring fabrics, chiffon, organza, natural silk dupion, tulle are all good fabrics to choose from in a dress. You might even consider getting a shorter, tea-length dress. Your legs will thank you, and you can show off those fabulous shoes and pedicure. Keep in mind that if you are in the sun in a strapless gown, you might get burnt. A light wrap will keep your shoulders covered.


"It's easy to get the look that you want and be prepared for the weather, no matter what time of year you get married, Cathy Brown, owner of Catherine’s Bridal Bourtique said. “You can add a lace, chiffon, or satin capped sleeve to just about any gown, which will both cover your shoulders (to keep you warm in the fall or block the sun in the summer) and provide extra support. Long lace sleeves and off the shoulder lace jackets also provide coverage without taking over the look of the original dress. A fur wrap is perfect for a winter wedding.”

In the fall – It’s getting a little chilly now, so you might want to cover up a little. Lots of brides opt for lace this time of year because it can be paired with a heavier fabric. You can wear a lovely lace shawl over your gown without being cloaked by it. Think about removable accessories that you can put on and take off if you get hot or cold.


In the winter – many winter wedding gowns come in long sleeves so that will keep your arms toasty. And look for gowns made from velvet, satin, or brocade - heavier fabrics that will keep you warm. In the winter is where you can have fun with accessories. Gloves, a shawl or stole, a wrap, or even a cape can complement your look without concealing you. And heavier fabrics can stand up to sequins, crystals, and pearls so you can sparkle like no other.

“The best part is, all of these things are either detachable or removable,” Cathy said. “Wear the sleeves for the outdoor portion of the event, and then remove them easily (usually just by unsnapping them) when you go indoors. A completely customizable look can be achieved by any bride or bridesmaid with these versatile options. Winter, spring, summer or fall...it doesn't matter. You can prepared for anything!”