(Closed) Attire for outdoor winter wedding – is this ok?

posted 5 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
5162 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@ColoradoGirl:  Could you change before the reception? Wear pants and a warm coat/gloves/etc. and then bring a dress along and change for the ceremony? That’s kind of ridiculous, lol!

Post # 5
46606 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@ColoradoGirl:  I think if they are planning an outdoor wedding at 18 degrees (F  I assume) they best be prepared for all their guests to be wearing coats, scarves, boots and gloves. The reality is, it doesn’t much matter what you wear under your coat, as it won ‘t be seen during the ceremony.

You can wear what you want to be warm, then change for the reception, or wear warm leggings or tights during the ceremony if you want to wear the same dress as you have chosen for the reception.

Post # 6
259 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I cannot even tell you how many layers I would be wearing if I were expected to sit outside in 18 degree weather.  But then again I’m a Texas girl and we can’t take the cold.

Post # 8
259 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@ColoradoGirl:  I have no concept of how cold that is.

Post # 9
9181 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@ColoradoGirl:  Brrr huh?!?  I’m up in Laramie and holy cow, it was 20 below and my car wouldn’t start this morning :/  Low of 36 below last night!

Do you have a longsleeved dress, thick tights, and boots you could wear?  Otherwise, I’m sure the dress pants would be fine.  (I’d maybe wear tights / leggings under them too.)  Stay warm!

Post # 10
1992 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@ColoradoGirl:  I am most warm in boots w/ fuzzy socks and thermal leggings so I would choose to wear those with a dress and a dressy coat instead of dress pants.

I bet everyone else will be bundled up as well so wear whatever will keep you from getting sick and don’t worry!

Post # 11
9788 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

@ColoradoGirl:  I think pants are totally fine if theyre dressy and you have a nice top and accessories. I would just wear a dress coat and add a pretty scarf and sparkly brooch. 

Post # 14
834 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013 - The front lawn of our church

@ColoradoGirl:  If you feel like you should wear a dress, then I would wear one that’s a bit longer, like maybe knee length. Then you could wear boots with it and a bunch of layers of tights/leggings. Still super classy but warm. I know I’ve had to do this a bunch of times for outdoor winter music performances that I’ve been involved in. With the boots/ tights/ leggings, you should be alright:)


Post # 16
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I live in Canada. It gets that cold here. I totally would be wearing dress pants – I don’t think that’s too informal, unless it’s black tie. But seriously, who holds an outdoor ceremony in winter? I would also suggest tights under the dress pants – they aren’t actually that warm.

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