Post # 1
Hi all just looking for some advice. Just booked my wedding for december 2013 in lapland can anyone tell me what to expect talked to a few people but no brides about it. Any advice on what kind of dress would be best good places to buy nice bridal jackets or cover up’s. Our 2 daughters will be our bridesmaids so looking for some really good thermal clothing to go under their dresses. I am struggling to find nice thick cloaks for both of them to wear to keep warm. Does anybody know any good shops or sites? Any advice would be great thanks.
Post # 3
Check out WinterSilks for thin but extremely warm thermal underclothes.
Post # 4
@ani0190: Oh wow! Lappland – like all the way north in Finland??? That is cool! You do know there is only like 5 hours a daylight up there in December, right?
I don’t know of any websites for cloaks other than googling. I have tons of long underwear that I use for skiing – normally North Face or Patagonia brands.
Post # 5
@ani0190: Lappland Sweden, Finland or Norway? From the Swedish part myself, and I think you’ve picked a great location, so beautiful with all the snow (and the reindeers!)!
For clothing, my best advice would be to get thermal underwear made of wool. In terms of brands, Woolpower and Aklima makes great stuff. As for jackets, guess it depends whether you want to go for comfort or looks. I would have picked a jacket from Canada Goose, will keep you warm guarantied.
Post # 6
@sienna76 Actually, in December, Lapland gets no sunlight at all, because it’s mostly within the Arctic Circle.
@ani0190 It’ll certainly be exotic, but something you have to be aware of. The darkness makes you really tired, and makes getting over jetlag more difficult, so be prepared for that! Coming from the UK there shouldn’t be too much difficulty, though, but if you have guests coming in from farther away, you might want to let them know.
Expect temperatures between -20 and -10 degrees Celsius. Essentially, no matter how much thermal underwear you’ll have on, wearing a dress outdoors is going to be incredibly uncomfortable. I really hope your ceremony is indoors, because the weather might sap away some of the romance… Or, well, maybe it’s just me, but cold makes me really uncomfortable. And, like eocenia said, it’ll either be appearance or comfort, because most pretty clothes really aren’t warm at all. For any non-wedding activities, pack some heavy duty outdoors clothing for the cold.
Appearance-wise, though, you’re in for a treat. There’ll be loads of snow, undoubtedly, possibly over a meter, but probably between 30 and 80 cm. It’s extremely pretty in the twilight, all white and glistening, and goes together really well with candles and lanterns and other fire-related decorations. Overall candlelight would probably work well for you 🙂
I’d also like to know whether this will be in Finland, Sweden, or Norway 🙂
Post # 7
For anyone who might get a bit confused -in winter theres no sun per se, as the sun doesnt rise. BUT its not completely dark. its sort of twilight-y from around 5 hours in the day (depending on time of year, location etc). then its dark!
best thermals are merino wool. When i went to sweden last year in december to see northern lights it was about minus 15 outside (and minus 5 in ice hotel) so the most important thing is to really layer up. SO beautiful though, im jealous of your lapland wedding!!
since in a wedding dress you cant see feet…i think it might be the one time EVER where wedding uggs/white fluffy snoboots might be a good idea hahaha
people do wear normal wedding dresses though. i saw a glimpse of a wedding in the sweden ice hotel’s ice chapel
Post # 8
@newname_99: Ah it’s twilighty! Or like dusk! I went to a sunrise/sunset calculator to get that 5 hours. They did not distinguish true sunlight to twilight.
Post # 9
@sienna76: yeah twilighty is exactly it! its really odd being in that kind of light. normally the amount of light gives you some sense of what time of day it is, and when i was in sweden it always felt like it should be the end of the day
its like when the sun goes down in UK/US and theres enough light to see by…but not very bright