Winter is Coming: What to Wear to a Winter Wedding

Winter is Coming: What to Wear to a Winter Wedding

Winter is Coming: What to Wear to a Winter Wedding

Although winter weddings are not as popular as the other seasons, it’s not too hard to see why people choose to hold their wedding during the winter, even with the challenges of scheduling around winter holidays and new year. Snow covered trees provide a great photo backdrop and frankly, there are fewer weddings to compete with for your guests attendance. Winter weddings are a unique event. They’re cozy, they’re elegant, and they are a ton of fun.

In this piece we’re going to be talking about what to wear to a winter wedding if you’re a guest (and if you’re going to be the groom) at a winter wedding.

Men’s Clothing Options for Winter Weddings

As a guest, the first thing you need to understand is if there is a dress code for the wedding you’re going to attend. For the sake of this article, we’ll discuss three typical wedding dress codes:

  1. Black Tie
  2. Black Tie Optional or Formal
  3. Casual or Cocktail Attire

Black Tie

This type of wedding attire means tuxedo only. Anything less and you'll be out of place. The best bet here is to wear a black tuxedo with a crisp white tuxedo dress shirt and black shoes.

Black Tie Optional or Formal

More often than not these days, weddings are a formal affair, and whether the invitation states that formal attire is requested or not, you should assume the couple wants their guests dressed in their finest. 

If you have a tux, wear one. If not, wear a great suit that fits you well and is accessorized appropriately.

Casual or Cocktail Attire

When dressing casually for a wedding, it most certainly does not mean jeans and a t-shirt. What casual or cocktail attire means for a wedding is that you do have some flexibility in what you wear — but a jacket is strongly suggested. While this attire isn't quite at the formal attire level, you'll want (and feel most comfortable) when you don a coat. Dress pants, a dress shirt, and a sport coat will work best in this situation. 

A pair of well tailored slacks or dress pants, neat dress shirt and a tailored sport coat is a safe, stylish look for this type of wedding attire. 

For a Guest: What To Wear to a Winter Wedding

Now that we’ve got the basics out of the way, it’s time to think about what to do with that information, and to put together a look that you’ll love to wear.

Winter weddings are often a cozy, yet somehow glamorous event. Donning a nicely tailored suit is always a smart bet. Since it is a winter wedding there is a good chance of it being pretty darn cold too. Consider a suit in a heavier fabric like wool, herringbone, or even flannel. As far as colors go, grey, black, and navy blue are a smart choice for your suit. 

Where you can really get creative when it comes to your outfit is the color choice for your tie and other accessories you choose to wear. Deep rich reds, dark blues, purples, and greens are a seasonal favorite for winter weddings.

For the Groom: What to Wear to Your Winter Wedding

Your wedding day is your time to shine — you’re definitely going to want to look your best, and not just because your blushing bride will be looking at you all night, or because there will be hundreds of photos taken throughout the day, but because when you look good you feel good. 

It goes without saying that you will want to coordinate your outfit with your bride and with your groomsmen, but in today’s wedding environment, there are just so many options to consider. 

What to Wear: A Classic Black Tux

A tuxedo is the quintessential wedding outfit for men. When you’re wearing a tuxedo you’re going to feel great all day long.

What to Wear: A Great Suit

Besides looking great for your wedding, you’ll be able to wear your wedding-day suit over and over again for other occasions, whether to wear to another wedding, a night out on the town or just to add in to your weekly work rotation. 

Your suit should be in a complementary color scheme to your bride’s accessories and your wedding’s theme, but also should be made in a color and fabric that you will want to wear more than just one time. 

Go for a classic two-button suit in a modern slim or classic fit and don’t forget to have the suit tailored for you by a tailor you trust — or better yet, have a custom suit made just for you. You can choose a standard notch-lapel jacket or go for a little more elevated look with a peaked lapel.

Whatever You Do — Don’t Rent

Don’t wear another guy’s jacket on your wedding day. Renting a tuxedo or suit for your wedding day isn’t the only way to put together an affordable outfit for your wedding. Ticknors offers a fantastic wedding program that is designed to give you and your groomsmen a wedding look that you’ll love at a price-point that won’t disappoint. 

Photo: AC Photography  

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