Dear beautiful winter brides. We're all well aware of how you're worried about braving the cold while also looking fabulous on your wedding day. The winter wedding season means that you'll be facing the windy chill in the air throughout the festivities. But we're here to tell you that winter weddings can be as beautiful, fashionable and photo-worthy as any other season.

This wedding season allows you to embrace daringly beautiful dark colours, off-beat attire and fabrics that keep you warm without looking weird. Our favourite bit about an Indian winter wedding is perhaps the no-sweating even though you're dancing for hours, and the makeup staying on perfectly for hours! So, to help all you winter brides enjoy the wedding without shivering or sacrificing your fashion trousseau, here is a guide on what to look out for while shopping for your bridal attire.

9 Amazing Ways To Prep Your Bridal Outfit For A Winter Wedding

1. Opt For An Alternative Wedding Outfit  

There is no rule set in stone that dictates what a bride should wear on her wedding day. Considering the chilly winds of the winter season, we suggest you shop for an alternative outfit, made of warm material, or with heavy embroidery, which not only keeps you snug but also lets you pull off the perfect distinctive wedding look. You can choose from an array of attire like an Anarkali suit, a fusion of a peplum kurta and dhoti, or maybe even sharara or gharara. 

2. Choose Warm Fabrics

Maybe one of the best favours you can do for yourself for a winter wedding is to opt for a warmer fabric for your bridal outfit. Some of your best warm fabric options include velvets (which are beautiful and regal), silks like raw silk, crepe, organza and dupioni, thick khadi and satin. Such material lasts well through winter and comes in a myriad of designs that can't help but make you look glamourous. 

3. Look For Outfits With Closed Necks

Closed neck blouses and kurtis, or bandhgalas, are a raging trend ever since celebs started incorporating them in their reception and wedding looks. Honestly, who can forget Deepika Padukone's majestic House of Angadi saree from her Bangluru reception? A closed neck outfit will not only help you pull off a chic bride vibe but also keep your chest protected from the winds of winter. 

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4. Add A Shawl To Your Outfit!

Brides all over are embracing the double dupatta trend due to its practicality and beauty. However, we're here to tell you that donning a lovely shawl made of cashmere, pashmina, silk, viscose etc, rather than a second dupatta, is a more practical and trendy thing to do. So, when you're buying your outfit, make sure you add a bridal shawl to the mix.

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5. Opt For Regal Full Sleeves

Full sleeve blouses are a wonderful way of sporting unique designs, add some bling to your outfit, and keep you warm during winters. We suggest you ask your designer for full-sleeved outfits while creating your immaculate bridal look. Additionally, ensure that they line your blouses for added protection against the cold. The best thing about a full-sleeved outfit is that they can either be left plain, or customised into exquisite sequins. 

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6. Hydrating Skincare & Makeup All The Way!

The key to flawless skin before your wedding is simple- hydrate! And that doesn't mean just drinking water. It means your skincare should be hydrating as well. Consult your dermatologist before going in for a long term skincare regime to prep your skin for the wedding. While there are many hair and skin care tips for brides that they can follow before their wedding, having a supple skin on your wedding day is a must. Whether you're applying hyaluronic acid sheet masks or serums, remember that a hydrated skin will mean no dry patches during makeup, which is a common winter skin woe. 

7. Jackets And Capes Are In!

Styling your outfit with a jacket or a cape is something that will not only keep you warm but also add a style quotient to your look. And if you're not someone who wishes to cape it, then you can always get yourself a jacket styled lehenga designed for your weddings. After all, this season's top designs by famous bridalwear designers have been jacket lehengas. 

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8. Off-beat Footwear To Keep You Warm

Gone are the days where brides would have to brave through a winter wedding with cold feet (no pun intended!). Brides are embracing unique footwear options for their weddings, from embellished juttis and layered boots to sparkly sneakers and studded close pumps. And don't forget to wear a pair of socks or stockings for extra protection against the cold!

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9. Select A Longer Blouse

For brides worried about the cold getting to them through an exposed midriff, we suggest going in for a longer blouse. While peplum styled longer blouses are in right now, there is no limit to your imagination. Whether you choose for blouse that reaches your ankles, or something that barely overlaps your waist, we suggest you get yourself something that can cover your waist and midriff from the cold. 

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A Winter Wedding Shopping Guide For All The To-Be-Brides

by Shivani Singh

A Winter Wedding Shopping Guide For All The To-Be-Brides