Winter wedding blues, bridesmaids freezing

posted 4 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: What should bridesmaids wear for winter wedding pictures
    Fur wrap/stole/jacket : (26 votes)
    65 %
    Pashmina scarf : (4 votes)
    10 %
    Let them wear their coat for pictures : (2 votes)
    5 %
    Cardigan/sweater : (8 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I think it’s fine to pose for a few pictures. As long as the weather isn’t like -30 or something, a few minutes won’t hurt anyone. I’m doing the same thing! They have long dresses so if they want to wear Uggs underneath they can go for it. I plan to wear mine for the outdoor pictures! I got them faux fur wraps to wear as well. We will keep outdoor pictures quick so it should be fine. 

    Post # 4
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    2884 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    no, pashminas are not actually warm. if it really is 20 degrees farenheit (ie minus 6 celcius according to google) then you need to limit photos to max 10 mins if you are going to keep askign them to take off their coats so they wont be mismatched

    honestly id be really unimpressed by the whole idea. for me, being cold = incredibly miserable. i suppose if you buy them fur stoles its viable but still not for long periods of time

    Post # 5
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    8720 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @classic_girl:  Bridesmaids should be your friends. Close friends or family so I would ask them.

    Originally I was supposed to get married in December and I mentioned to my bridesmaids that they could just take indoor pics and I would take the outdoor ones with my FI. Surprisingly, they all said they would be willing to go outside. They dont need a hundred pics. A good photographer should be able to get some good shots in 5 mins then they can go. 

    For me I wouldnt want to take pics in a park when it is that cold and I imagine Canada is colder than NJ and I dont care what Im given to wear I dont like to be cold. At. All.

    Post # 6
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    2913 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

    I wouldn’t like to be stuck outside in a park with only a scarf to ease me. Try finding some fashionable sweaters?

    Post # 7
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    1894 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I think that it is just going to depend on the day…

     

    decently warm (above freezing) and sunny with no wind – probably not too bad and as long as a coat and some nice warm coffee or soemthing is nearby not terrible

    absolutely frozen cold, with a foot of snow on the ground, wind wipping at you and ice chips flying in your face….. not happening

     

    I know its hard think about it now since it will have to be a game time decision but I would make plans for both options that make you happy (so a nice inside location and an outdoor option just incase the outside one isn’t viable)

    Post # 10
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    11668 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I wouldn’t make my bridal party freeze for pics. We wanted outdoor pics in winter so DH and I went outside. All the other pics with bridl party were inside. It’s kind of one of the things you give up with a winter wedding.

    Post # 12
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    1894 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I totally understand… I am basically planning two whole weddings! one if it is nice and warm out and one if its cold or raining

     

    We definitely want to be outside if we can and generally its nice enough in early october (technically since its new england it can vary from 90F and sweating hot to freezing cold and a snow storm)

     

    Its killing me not to know which wedding I will have!

    Post # 14
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    728 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Hello Fellow Canadian!  I had a winterish wedding in March (-5) in Banff.  I too was concerned about what weather I would get so I havd multiple jackes/wraps and boots.  For our outdoor ceremony we wore fur stoles  purchased from Etsy for around $55 each.  No duty as it was Hand Made in the US so we Canadians don’t need to pay for Goods made in the US.  We were outside from noon to 1:15pm ish as we had Hot Chocolate after the ceremony.  I was actually HOT!  I took my fur off as I was pretty warm.  My dress was very warm.  My MOH had a long tafetta dress with her fur (no leggins or boots) and she too was very warm.

    We then went to to the top of a ski hill and I put on a cute 3/4 sleeve cropped jacket, boots and mittens for the ride.  My MOH switched to a wool coat she had that was in black.  We sucked it up for some pics without the coats but it was TOTALLY fine!

    I feel we are used to winter weather so it wasn’t a big deal.  I would suggest a heavier sweater or cropped jacket for the girls.  A cheaper option would be matching scarves and mittens.  Looks SUPER cute!  I felt my faux furs were very warm (lined) and with the mittens was perfect.  Check out etsy they have awesome cover ups.  You are not a bridezilla and taking off coats for a few pics is not unheard of!  With the long dresses it won’t be as bad as you think. Good luck!

     

    Post # 15
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    2203 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    So I’m from Michigan.  Not Canada, but pretty close, right?

    I was in a wedding at the end of December.  Short dresses, no wraps or anything.  Slightly below freezing.  Mini snow patches on the ground.  We took pictures outside.  We dealt with it!  We’re from Michigan, it comes with the territory.  If you can’t stand outside in freezing weather in a t-shirt for 10 minutes, you’re not from here.  (Those memes of second winter and snow in Michigan and all that?  They are true.  No lie.)

    We were only outside for 10 minutes.  It helped that the bride already had a list of photos she wanted.  So it was WHAM!  BAM!  Done.

    If you feel that bad about it, just get them something simple to wear.

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