If there is one thing we know for sure, it’s that fall and winter weddings are absolutely beautiful. Although these events are stunning, they can be tricky to dress for! Here in Montana, the weather can turn at the drop of a hat. It can be 75° and sunny one moment, and snowing the next! Whether you are a bride, bridesmaid, or simply a wedding guest, it is essential to choose an outfit that is both practical and makes you feel beautiful!

Here’s our guide to looking your best at a cold-weather wedding:

1. Warm Layers

Although it may seem obvious, layers are one of the most important factors for staying warm at a cold-weather wedding! Whether you wear a cardigan, jacket, or blazer, layers are often the key to comfort!

We absolutely adore this beautiful faux fur shawl. This unique wedding accessory is luxurious and beautiful, while still managing to keep you warm! The best of both worlds!

This beautiful photo was captured by the talented Danielle Mullens Photography, a Cheers MT Featured vendor.

Danielle Mullens Photography, Cheers MT Featured Vendor

2. Warm or Jewel Tones

Are you searching for the perfect colored outfit to compliment the season? If so, reach for a warm or jewel-toned piece! Warm-toned colors are perfect for a traditional fall wedding – think red, orange, yellow, or even olive green! If you are attending a winter wedding, jewel tones are always a safe bet – think sapphire blue, emerald green, or ruby red!

We love this photograph highlighting a combo of beautiful warm and jewel-toned dresses, captured by Katie Sue Photography, a Cheers MT vendor!

Katie Sue Photography, Cheers MT Vendor

3. Dense Fabrics

While planning your outfit for a fall/winter wedding, it is essential that you do not overlook fabric type. Certain fabrics are heavier and are able to provide more warmth than other textiles! Here are a few of our favorite fabrics for cold-weather weddings:

  • Wool
  • Cashmere
  • Suede
  • Velvet

Reach for one of these dense fabrics to ensure that you stay warm, regardless of the cool weather!

We absolutely love this stunning green velvet dress, worn for a Montana elopement photographed by Kelly Kirksey Photographer, a Cheers MT Premier Vendor!

Kelly Kirksey Photographer, Cheers MT Vendor

4. Long-Sleeved Top

Although quite evident, long-sleeved tops are perfect for a cold-weather wedding. Long-sleeved tops can be styled in a variety of different ways, and will ensure that you won’t need to sacrifice style for warmth! Pair a long-sleeved top with a dressy skirt or pair of nice pants for an effortlessly stylish (and warm) wedding outfit!

We love this beautiful red long-sleeved top photographed by Biddle Photography, a Cheers MT Vendor. This adorable pairing is so perfect for a wedding with unpredictable weather!

Biddle Photography, Cheers MT Vendor

5. Coats/Jackets

When it comes to cold weather, there is one piece that can not be neglected. A coat or jacket is a fall/winter staple that can be implemented to create an effortlessly chic wedding outfit! Not only will a coat/jacket keep you warm, but a well-fitting coat is exactly what you need to make your outfit look much more classy!

Another great benefit of a coat or jacket is that they can be used in a variety of ways! If you are wearing a basic outfit, reach for a patterned statement jacket! If your outfit is more eye-catching pair it with a basic coat in a neutral color palette!

We love these casual outfits photographed by Jessica Powell Photo, a Cheers MT Vendor. These simple knee-length coats are able to effortlessly add a sophisticated touch, while still managing to keep in the warmth!

Jessica Powell Photo, Cheers MT Vendor

6. Cold Weather Accessories

Sometimes coats and layers just arent enough! If you are feeling the need to add a little bit of extra warmth to your wedding outfit, don’t be afraid to get creative with cold-weather accessories. Adding hats, scarves, and even gloves to your outfit is exactly what you need to keep yourself cozy! These simple accessories, although minor, are able to make a significant difference in the comfort of your wedding outfit!

We love this casual outfit photographed by HoneySeed Photo and Film, a Cheers MT Vendor. This outfit truly showcases how cold-weather accessories can be styled in a beautiful and chic way!

HoneySeed Photo and Film, Cheers MT Vendor

7. Weather-Appropriate Footwear

While attending a fall/winter wedding, it is important to choose weather-appropriate footwear! Ditch the sandals and opt for a pair of closed-toed boots. Not only are closed-toed boots much warmer, but they are a stylish way to spice up an outfit. Choose from a variety of beautiful boot colors and styles to find the pair that speaks to you!

These beautiful tan suede booties from Soludos are a perfect pair of boots in a neutral color, ensuring that they will pair perfectly with whatever outfit you have planned!

Greta Suede Bootie – Tan

8. Long Dresses/Jumpsuits

If you are anything like us, you are looking for an outfit that requires no intense planning! In this case, we are obsessed with maxi dresses and jumpsuits! Long dresses and jumpsuits are perfect for those individuals who don’t want to mess around with pairing both a top and a bottom. Throw on your favorite maxi dress or jumpsuit for a simple warm and comfortable outfit that will be suitable for a cold-weather wedding!

We love this beautiful rust-colored velvet wrap maxi dress by BalticBorn. This stunning dress showcases a deep v neckline that shows just enough skin to keep things interesting, while still keeping you warm in the cool fall/winter weather.

Meghan Velvet Wrap Maxi Dress | Rust

9. Leggings or Stockings/Tights

Wanting to wear a short dress or skirt without sacrificing your warmth? We’ve got a couple of ideas for you! Consider pairing your dress or skirt with a pair of leggings, stockings, or tights – a classy, yet warm, accessory! Ranging from sheer to opaque, you’re about to be in a world of warmth with these cozy additions!

We love this classy rust-colored skirt from Sezane paired with a pair of sheer black tights. Add a stylish touch to any outfit with a pair of neutral leggings, stockings, or tights. You’ll thank us later!

Leslie Buttoned Skirt

10. Knitted Fabrics

Can you possibly think of anything cozier than a knitted sweater dress? We sure can’t! A knitted dress is a perfect garment to keep you warm and comfortable all day long! Pair these awesome dresses with a pair of closed-toed booties and you’ve got yourself the perfect cold-weather wedding outfit!

Coordinate with your mini-me with the Counting Stars Ribbed Sweater Dress from Roolee! These beautiful dark green sweater dresses are the perfect way to stay warm and cozy in the cool temperature of a fall/winter wedding!

Counting Stars Ribbed Sweater Dress, Mini Counting Stars Sweater Dress