Post # 1
I am having a valentines wedding and wondering what do the bridesmaids need to stay warm. The details are: we live in Southern Ontario, Canada and even though we might get lucky and get a mild winter day (like 40 degrees Fahrenheit), we might get a stupidly cold day (like 20 degrees or less ). We are going to do most pictures inside, but I still wanted a few pics in a nearby park. The girls are going to be in long black dresses, so they also can wear leggings underneath too. So what options can we do for them? Are pasmina scarves actually warm? Should they have fur stoles? Or sweaters?
PS: I have a white wool pea coat to wait around in and a fur jacket to take pictures with. Also not all girls have the same color wool coats and I don’t want them looked mismatched in pictures. Also would it be rude of me to ask if they take off their coats for pictures (but they will have something on but don’t know what yet), and back on while waiting around?
Please let me know if I’m being a bridezilla! lol
Post # 3
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
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
@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 Fiance. 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
- 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
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 # 8
Actually where I live its actually warmer than new york and alot of US states, just unpredictable.
Post # 9
And thanks so much for the advice, yes we are definately limiting the time outside and will try to do 10 minutes. The park is across the street from the venue, and I ordered a limo bus (theres a parking lot for the park) so the party can be in there in between pictures too
Post # 10
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 # 11
I know its so hard to plan for the unpredictable especially when its the weather
Post # 12
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 # 13
Ya one bridesmaid loved the idea of leggings and uggs under the dress. Are you getting complains about having a winter wedding? I know where I am summer weddings suck, we have so much humidity it gets a hot as las vegas, but incredibly sticky. And both my fiance and I don’t mind the cold
Post # 14
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 Maid/Matron of Honor 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 Maid/Matron of Honor 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
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.
Post # 16
I know majority of us are used to the weather, but one bridesmaid is not from our parts and she’s not used to cold weather at all. And i’m trying to accomidate her without singling her out. But she’s the one that’s complaining the most, and I want her to be happy.