Ah, there’s no better place in the winter than Colorado. One day it can be 25 degrees, fluffy snow falling throughout the state. Another, the temperature can swing 30 degrees, snow is melted, the sun – blinding, as if it were the middle of June.
We have it pretty easy here in this gorgeous Rocky Mountain State, but the unpredictable weather can make things a little tricky for soon-to-be brides planning their Colorado winter wedding. Just like any day of the year, you literally don’t know what temperature or conditions you are going to get. While we get over 300 days of sunshine, it is the one thing that cannot be controlled on a wedding day, and I see that as kind of beautiful. If it were me, I’d take my chances on a January in Colorado. You will most likely be pleasantly surprised. 😉
The recent snowy conditions have us in a mood and we’d like to share our bridal beauty tips for winter weddings! We teamed up with Rocky Mountain Bride and The Bridal Collection to help you plan for that perfect, snow-glistening day when you say, “I do”.
1. Consider the season
RMB: “Long sleeves, heavy laces and satins look beautiful in a winter setting, but don’t let that sway you from the right gown. A faux fur jacket or velvet cape can make a lighter weight gown feel more festive, and keep you a little warmer!”
A favorite winter bridal hairstyle of ours is the style our beautiful model is showing off in this feature. Uniform, Hollywood waves, a dramatic, strong part and everything pulled neatly to one side. If you don’t have the length to rock this look, additional length and thickness can be added in no time! We offer temporary clip-in and longer lasting tape-in hair extensions (up to 6 months lifespan). All extensions used are 100% human hair and can be curled and styled just like your very own natural hair.
2. Don’t forget about your spouse
RMB: “Velvet and wool jackets not only look seasonally stylish, but will also keep the men warm during the wedding. Stick with black, grey and navy for a classic look, or consider a burgundy or deep hunter green for something a little more festive.
For two brides, both ladies can follow the Hollywood glam style in tip #1. Or, if we have one short haired lady and one long; we’d recommend the cascading waves for one and a timeless, finger wave for the other. These styles will match each other beautifully.
Grooms! Guys should gear towards a classy look to match their winter bride. Managed, sleek hair with a clean part for short haired men. For long haired gentlemen, a tamed bun or low pony. These styles will fit with the bride and the weather just perfectly. 🙌🏼
3. Don’t shy away from the sparkle
RMB: “Winter has such a magical feel, so layer on the sparkle and shimmer. Even if you are having a more casual winter wedding, clear crystals and pearlescent sequins won’t look over the top in a snowy setting. For more wow factor, look for Swarovski crystals that shine like diamonds.
Blending in a light shimmer to your eyeshadow can go a long way! Pair your shadow with a classy amount of highlight on the upper cheekbones. A little goes a long way with these two beloved make-up sidekicks, and they really can make bridal makeup pop in the best way!
4. Stay warm and stylish!
RMB: “Wedding gown sleeves won’t keep you as warm as a proper coat, so consider wearing wool tights under your dress for an outdoor ceremony. Shawls or pashminas make great gifts for your bridesmaids and will also prevent them from being the something blue at your wedding.
If you choose to wear a shawl, consider your hairstyle of choice! You don’t want any loose tendrils getting mangled in your jacket of choice. That’s not cute 😉
When adding a jacket or shawl, a traditional updo or playful high ponytail would be the way to go!
5. Remember to accessorize!
RMB: “A gorgeous headpiece or statement necklace can be the perfect accessory to complete your winter wedding look. Steer clear of floral crown which can look out of place in the winter, instead look for glittery halos or a sparkly comb. For added drama, look for a Spanish tulle veil which is heavier in weight than standard tulle, and looks more wintery and luxurious.
Consider including a dainty, sparkly hair accessory to top off your perfect winter wedding hairstyle. Glistening, small combs or subtle headpieces fit very well with the season.
The dress featured is a Justin Alexander Style 8936.
From The Bridal Collection:
“Calling all Meghan Markle fans! This gorgeous crepe long sleeve fit and flare gown is lined with Jersey from top to bottom making it as comfortable as it is stunning. The elaborately beaded motif on the sheer illusion back is a beautiful surprise.”
This gown is currently available at The Bridal Collection in Denver, Colorado.
Ready to try this beauty on? Book an appointment here!
All vendors involved:
Publication Rocky Mountain Bride| Photography Allison Easterling Photography | Hair & Make-up Jaded Beauty | Venue Crooked Willow Farms| Bridal Dress The Bridal Collection | Diamonds The Diamond Reserve | Florals Erin Ashley Design |