Choosing the Perfect Wedding Dress for Every Season
Oct 3, 2023
Real Bride Stories
No matter when or where you’re getting married, every bride wants to find the perfect dress! Whether you’re a traditional spring bride or are opting for an autumnal affair, the season can definitely impact your style of dress. To help in your search, we’re sharing all the important information, like the best fabrics for a summer wedding and our favorite embellishment on a winter wedding dress. With these tips, you’ll be able to choose the perfect wedding dress for every season!
Spring Wedding Dresses
Embrace the Blooms: Floral-Inspired Dresses
As Miranda Priestly, from The Devil Wears Prada, might say, “Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.” While floral-inspired gowns may not be a new look for a spring wedding, the romantic and feminine design of floral wedding dresses is a classic. Whether you opt for bold three-dimensional flowers or delicate embroidery, this style beautifully embodies the natural wonder of the season. Floral wedding dresses are a popular look for brides who want to embrace that dreamy feel that the fresh blooms of spring bring. If you’re looking for a floral wedding dress that truly represents the wonder and whimsy of the spring season, then meet Mallory, style 4129! This fairytale-inspired A-line features colorful crystal beaded floral embroidery cascading down the dress like petals floating in the wind. The v-neck bodice has a delicate plunge with sheer pouf sleeves and a colorful satin ribbon to define your figure and add to the bridal fantasy. Complete the look with a lovely flower crown or subtle pops of florals woven into your hair. For our brides who want more drama, our Fleurette Wedding Dress, style 2487 is the one for you! This dramatic ball gown has allover crystal beaded three-dimensional floral embroidery that flutters down the sparkling sequined tulle dress. The corset-boned bodice adds a couture element while detachable long sleeves give you two looks in one. Pair the dress with our Three-Dimensional Floral Cathedral Length Veil to tie the whole look together. If you like a dress that feels more modern and artistic there’s Melody, style 4121. The effortless A-line has a sheer corset bodice with beautiful boning and a dainty tied waist detail that enhances the silhouette. The abstract floral pattern is absolutely breathtaking, just like the first blooms of spring. Our Mackenzie Wedding Dress, style 2531 might just be our favorite gown for spring! This whimsical ball gown features a flurry of frosted beading with gorgeous three-dimensional petal appliqués. The Chantilly lace bodice features a classic sweetheart neckline with a detachable stole that offers you versatility in styling. The airy tulle skirt billows off the body, and in a beautiful blush hue, we think we might have a spring fever!
Light and Airy Fabrics for a Spring Wedding
Spring is a season with a moderate temperature, making it an ideal time to have your wedding. As such, most popular bridal fabrics, like satin, chiffon, lace, and organza, will suit the season; though our favorite spring fabric is tulle. This elegant fabric is lightweight but can be layered for a heavier look and feel. The way tulle and its sister fabric organza have an airy quality to them perfectly match the spring feel. Materials, like tulle and organza, have a lightweight feel, making them easy to wear throughout a long wedding affair. Another fabric we love for spring is Chantilly lace. The beautiful French lace offers a classic and comfortable look with a delicate floral pattern that gives us all the romantic feels of spring. Besides finding the right fabric, you might be wondering what the best silhouette is for spring. We recommend the ultra-popular A-line with its fitted bodice and flowing skirt. This silhouette has an effortless feel that totally embodies spring. If you want a more fitted style, try a sheath. This silhouette skims the body without being too tight, beautifully contouring your figure for a modern and comfortable silhouette. If you’re looking for a relaxed dress for your spring wedding, may we recommend Meredith, style 2533. This dreamy A-line has an understated feel with a sheer corset bodice featuring delicate draping and a cascade of frosted, embroidered floral lace. The breezy tulle has an elegant look that we think would look beautiful billowing at an outdoor spring wedding. For our glamorous spring brides, we think Luciana, style 1212 is the perfect dress! The luxe fit and flare in allover Chantilly lace has an intricate floral pattern that screams spring. The plunging bodice and subtle illusion back add a sultry flair, and we love the carefree feel the detachable long pouf sleeves bring. Feminine and floral, our Maeve Wedding Dress, style 2538 is what brides dream of. This ethereal A-line floats off the body in lightweight tulle over glitter tulle for a dimensional sparkle. The sheer corset bodice is accented by bold floral lace with pops of crystal beading and whimsical tie-bow straps.
Summer Wedding Dresses
Beat the Heat with Breathable Fabrics
As the temperature rises, so do the amount of weddings. Summer is the peak when it comes to wedding season, and it’s no surprise to us. Couples love the warm weather and carefree vibes a summer wedding brings. This also means choosing a wedding dress that will keep you cool and comfortable throughout your big day. To help achieve this, the best thing you can do is choose light and breathable fabrics like chiffon or tulle will be your best bet for a breezy and beautiful look. Chiffon is our number one fabric pick for summer. It’s floaty and ethereal with a weightless feel that makes it ultra-comfortable. The simple fabric creates a stunning contrast when paired with lace and gives a boho vibe that’s perfect for summer. Like for spring, tulle is another great fabric for summer. The sheer, gauzy fabric is incredibly versatile, great for billowing ball gowns or slim A-lines with a breathability that makes it ideal for a summer wedding dress. Our Melissa Wedding Dress, style 15037 was made for summer! This flowing tulle A-line glows with iridescent pearl beading that cascades down from the sheer bustier bodice. Delicate draping creates texture and dimension, while the front slit in the skirt adds more movement to this romantic and adventurous gown. Lianne, style 3396 is a relaxed chiffon wedding dress perfect for our curvy brides. The understated A-line has a lovely Chantilly lace bodice accented by crystal beaded, embroidered appliqués contrasted with a simple chiffon skirt that floats off the body for a cool and comfortable look. For summer, we usually recommend strapless or sleeveless wedding gowns. These styles that show more skin are a great way to help beat the heat during a summer wedding, but if you’re interested in a dress with sleeves, our top pick is Mara, style 10526. This billowing A-line gives us total Grecian goddess vibes in effortlessly draped chiffon. The v-neckline is simple with a ruched waist to define your figure meeting up with a faux-wrap skirt for a pop of leg. The gauzy long sleeves have that boho bishop style with a slit up the middle, for increased airflow, keeping you cool and covered.
Boho Chic: Summer Wedding Dress Trends
The top trend for summer wedding dresses has to be boho chic. This effortless and artistic style embraces the carefree attitude associated with the late 60s and 70s, while still feeling fashionable. With flowing silhouettes, delicate embroidery, and botanical details, we can totally see why boho chic gowns perfectly suit a summer wedding! If you’re looking to sport this free-spirited trend at your wedding we think you’ll love these gowns. Our Martha Wedding Dress, style 15034 is the quintessential bohemian beauty featuring beautiful floral embroidered lace on a sheer boned bodice with a breezy chiffon skirt. The relaxed A-line silhouette makes this dress easy to wear and a great choice for a beach wedding! For a boho chic wedding dress that feels a bit more high-fashion, there’s Matilda, style 4138. This bohemian ball gown has botanical-inspired embroidery that cascades down from the plunging bodice. The airy tulle skirt floats off the body, giving it an effortless feel with a double banded waist featuring dainty bows to define your figure. Style the dress with a piecey ponytail or milkmaid braids to fully embody the boho chic style. Our plus size brides can rock this boho chic style with our Laurentina Wedding Dress, style 3394. The dreamy A-line has allover vine-inspired embroidery that gives this gown a natural feel. A tulle overlay creates an ethereal effect and creates delicate draping on the romantic sweetheart bodice. The tied sash at the waist helps to define your figure, enhancing your curves. Take this leafy look to the next level with a eucalyptus crown or delicate sprigs of baby’s breath to accent your hair for a beautiful bohemian look. If you’re looking for a true beachy boho wedding dress, then you need Melinda, style 15024. Effortlessly elegant, this airy A-line has a sheer corset bodice with crystal beaded botanical lace with pops of three-dimensional floral lace appliqués. The basque waistline gives you the look of a narrow waist, and in lightweight tulle, this dress is ideal to help you withstand the sand, surf, and sun at your beach wedding.
Fall Wedding Dresses
Embracing Autumnal Colors and Textures
Autumn weddings have a special allure with crisp air and cozy vibes, but the best part is the rich color palette that comes with the season. The changing leaves provide a beautiful selection of hues to take inspiration from, for everything from your invitations and even your wedding dress. If you’re looking for a gown with a subtle color that brings the warmth and dimension of fall, consider dresses in our cappuccino, latte, or champagne shades. Our Marlowe Wedding Dress, style 2551 has a warm glow in our Ivory/Latte/Honey colorway. This ethereal A-line has delicate crystal beaded, three-dimensional floral lace that floats down the pleated latte skirt. The front skirt slit adds more movement and flow to the soft silhouette and we love the open back with dainty tie detail. Marion, style 2552 brings depth and dimension in Ivory/Cappuccino/Honey. Decadent frosted embroidered lace has a beautiful botanical motif that perfectly suits fall and pops on the rich cappuccino lining. The strapless bodice has a seductive plunge, adding to the sultry look of the fit and flare silhouette, and we love the whimsical addition of the detachable bishop sleeves. Our Maya Wedding Dress, style 4122 embodies the romance of fall featuring a stunning bustier bodice designed with crystal beaded embroidered lace. The classic box-pleated skirt floats off the body and in our warm Ivory/Champagne/Honey colorway, we’re ready to pop the bubbly! For our brides who love the gothic glamour of an October wedding, go daring with your dress color in a bold black wedding dress. Galadriel, style 1089 is dark and dreamy featuring a bustier bodice in romantic Chantilly lace and sparkle tulle. Gorgeous beaded lace appliqués shine over the warm nude underlay while detachable bishop sleeves complete the look. When having an autumnal affair, it’s best to opt for heavier fabrics to keep you cozy and comfortable and we love the look of velvet or brocade that adds incredible texture to the dress. Leighton, style 1217 has a timeless look in beautiful brocade. The fit and flare has a draped bodice with a sculptural sweetheart neckline on a curve-hugging skirt. Detachable bow sleeves add to the feminine charm of the dress with a delicate debossed pattern that perfectly complements the season.
Long Sleeves and Layers: Fall Dressing Essentials
You don’t need to compromise on looking elegant while staying warm at your fall wedding. Long sleeves are the ideal way to be both fashionable and comfortable at your wedding. From beautiful off-the-shoulder styles to sheer pouf sleeves, there are so many long sleeve looks that you can rock at your fall wedding. You can also opt for a fuller silhouette with layers of fabric to keep you warm. Lorelai, style 1211 is a whimsical A-line with layers of abstract floral patterned, embroidered net. The delicately draped bodice and plunging neckline draw the eye downward, helping to lengthen the body, but the best part is the billowing bishop long sleeves that have a fairytale effect. If you like to keep things a little more classic, meet the vintage-inspired London, style 30143. This chic silky crepe fit and flare is timeless with a modest v-neckline and and long sleeve that beautifully cuffs at the wrist. The banded waist details lead to tie-back streamers that add some drama to this understated and elegant long sleeve fall wedding dress. Judith, style 4115 is a traditional ball gown with unexpected elements. The layered silhouette has a plunging sweetheart neckline on sparkling glitter net, with a double-banded waist to cinch in your figure. The beaded embroidered appliqués remind us of falling autumn leaves and we love how the illusion long sleeves create a stunning keyhole in the back. For the women who are looking for modern, cutting-edge bridal, you’ll love our Molly Wedding Dress, style 15031. The lustrous satin fit and flare has a radiant glow featuring a peek-a-boo pavé neckline with pearl and crystal beading accented by a subtle cowl detail. The off-the-shoulder long sleeves have a slouchy, effortless look leading to a chic cowl back. Looking for the perfect accessories for your fall wedding dress? Opt for warm-tone metals, like gold, copper, and bronze to embrace the rich colors of falls. Consider wearing autumn-inspired accessories, like botanical clips in rusty fall shades or a leafy golden circlet. We think our Cathedral Length Veil with Organic Lace Appliqués is the perfect veil to complete your fall wedding look.
Winter Wedding Dresses
Winter Wonderland: Dresses Fit for the Snow
There’s something magic about the snow-covered landscapes of a winter wedding. It could be the jolly tidings of the season or the delicate sparkle of falling snow, we think there’s something special about winter weddings. When looking for your perfect winter wedding dress, consider the fabric of the gown. Materials like brocade, mikado, satin, and crepe have a heavier weight that’s more suitable for a winter wedding. Our Marquesa Wedding Dress, style 2547 is a timeless ball gown that’s perfect for a winter wonderland wedding! Shown in beautiful brocade, this billowing gown feels unique with its textured floral pattern and off-the-shoulder bodice featuring contoured seaming. The pleated skirt with buttons down to the hem adds to the classic look. Love the style, but not the textured brocade fabric? No worries! This gown is available in sleek Mikado as style 2547M. For brides who love a modern minimalist look, we love Cherly, style 12122 as a winter wedding dress. The off-the-shoulder crepe bodice has a crisp, clean look—much like the snow-covered ground—with a modern straight neckline. The structured crepe will keep you warm, especially paired with lined long sleeves, and we love the floaty quality of the layered organza skirt. If you’re looking for that hint of vintage flair, then we think Lucy, style 30141 is the dress for you! This classic ball gown combines modern design with vintage inspiration featuring a modest bodice with a bateau neckline and contoured seaming to define your figure. The pleated satin skirt has a lovely glow, but the best part is the satin organza bishop sleeves with a cuff at the wrist. They add a delicate, playful element to the dress that gives us sugarplum dreams. Still worried about staying warm for your winter wedding? Consider adding a shawl, stole, or fur wrap to your wedding fit during any outdoor portions of your wedding. These offer you the perfect blend of fashion and function to make your dream day perfect!
Sparkle and Shine: Glittering Winter Wedding Gowns
While some might view winter as a blank slate and take inspiration from the clean and simple landscape, others see the effervescent sparkle that comes with the season! Glittering snowflakes and twinkling lights help inspire the magic and wonder of winter and are the perfect cues for wedding dress design. Embellished wedding dresses can shimmer and shine with sequins, beading, crystals, or pearls, which all add glitz and glamour to your winter wedding dress. Our Faye Wedding Dress, style 2484 offers a sophisticated sparkle in shimmering allover beading. The boned bodice has a delicate drape and cap sleeves which enhance the Hollywood glamour feel. For our plus size brides who want to achieve this look, check out Lyrica, style 3393. The glam allover beaded fit and flare has a draped tulle overlay for a dimensional sparkle that glitters like snowflakes falling from the sky. Mirella, style 2543 has an otherworldly sparkle with gossamer tulle over unique floral patterned sequin tulle. The sheer bustier bodice has a couture feel, while crystal beaded trim adds to the glimmer and glow of the gown. If your dream look could be described as “frosty princess” then there’s no question that Mattea, style 2553 is your dress! The drop waist ball gown gleams with pearl and crystal beading that cascades down the dress like falling snowflakes. The sheer bodice has a unique look with curved boning and ruching for added texture. We love the addition of the chandelier sleeves that give the gown some extra drama. Our Loucette Wedding Dress, style 1215 has an unreal sparkle that will take your breath away. The blinding beautiful fit and flare features allover patterned beading with sequin detailing for even more sparkle. The bustier bodice and detachable, off-the-shoulder sleeves give the dress an effortless sort of glamour that we think brides will love. What better way to accessorize your winter wedding dress than with some glittering jewels! Whether you opt for pearl studs or a dazzling drop earring, a delicate choker or a statement pendant the right jewelry will enhance the sparkle of your gown. As for your makeup, a red lip is a classic that screams holiday season, but if you want a look that requires less maintenance a nude lip with a sparkly gloss will be the perfect complement to your dress. When considering venues for your winter wedding, you have options. If you want an intimate and cozy vibe, consider a cabin or lodge. This venue offers a rustic feel, especially if said cabin is on a mountaintop. You can also opt for the classic ballroom bedecked in glittering lights with pops of evergreen details to bring the winter flair indoors. Or if you prefer an icy look, consider soft blue uplighting with silver accents and even an ice sculpture or two to really drive the theme home.
Throughout this article, we’ve shared crucial information to help you choose the perfect wedding dress for every season. Opt for fabrics like tulle and chiffon in the spring and summer and brocade and crepe for winter and fall. Pull in motifs inspired by the season to your gown like florals for spring and leafy details for fall. These tips will ensure that you look and feel the most beautiful on your wedding day regardless of the season. Ready to find your dream dress? Visit our site to view all available wedding dresses and find a retailer near you. We wish all our brides the most magical wedding day ever!