Guide to Holiday Plus Size Wedding Dress Styles

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Savanah Lambert
September 21, 2022

Even if it’s cold outside, the bride doesn’t have to be. Winter weddings are spicy and elegant, giving the bride full opportunity to strut long-sleeved gowns

Staying warm in the elements is vital to a comfortable wedding. Whether your ceremony is in a chilly destination or local here in Jacksonville, here are our picks for the best plus-size dresses for winter.

Long-Sleeved Gowns

We said it once and we will say it again, winter weddings call for the sleeves. Sleeved dresses not only garner warmth but also contribute to the air of elegance. 

Depending on your wedding vibe, maybe your perfect gown is a satin ball gown or an A-line chiffon with lace and pleats (very bohemian chic). 

There are many sleeve styles to choose from, like delicate lace or long flowing bells.


Cooler climates bring chills, especially if you are hosting an outdoor event in the winter. Making sure you have a temperate fabric is a must. Plus, winter weddings give you a chance to divulge in lush textiles with a heavier weight. 

  • Velvet: Velvet is a wonderfully toasty fabric, perfect for a winter wedding. It is definitely timeless, romantic, and elegant. Long associated with wealth, velvet is a classic material that can be spun into something truly magical.

  • Silk and Silk Mikado: Both are great for cooler temperatures, but silk mikado is just a bit heavier than normal silk (silk mikado is also a silk bend). For Florida winter weddings, silk is a lighter-weight fabric that still provides warmth. Both silk and silk mikado exude luxury, a stunning fabric.

If you are planning for a winter beach wedding, silk dresses are the perfect medium. Lightweight, but warm, silk just works at the beach. It leaves you comfortable while you plant your toes in the chilled sand. 

Capes and Shawls

One of the most glamorous parts of weddings in the colder months is the opportunity to incorporate capes/shawls into your look. 

Talk to your stylist about the addition of a sexy faux fur or classy velvet wraps. Winter calls for glamor, why not add a diamond-crusted sheath to the look?

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