Summer used to be the most popular season to have a wedding, but lately brides have been all about the change of seasons. Five years ago, the majority of brides were saying “I do,” during the summer months. Now they’re more likely to choose the cooler fall months.
In 2018, more than 30% of Brideside brides chose to get married in September or October—more than were married over the entire summer! The most popular wedding weekend was October 6th, and the weekend of September 22nd trailed just behind it. June, once a fan favorite, is now the fourth most popular month for weddings.
Brides, wedding planners, mothers of the bride, and bridesmaids used to book summer venues years in advance, but these days it’s all about planning for fall. And that doesn’t just mean changes for wedding industry professionals – it’s changing bridesmaid dress trends and styles too.
If you’re planning a fall wedding, there are a few ways to ensure your girls stay warm, no matter what bridesmaid dresses you’ve chosen for them. Here are a few options for keeping your bridal party cozy in any weather.
Pairing fur with a formal gown is a no-fail look. Modern brides are using faux fur stoles, boleros, and coats to keep their bride tribe covered and creating a refined look for the wedding party. Faux fur works especially well in late fall, mountain weddings, or any time you might be getting a light snow. Faux fur is more ethical, affordable and versatile than the real deal – it can be dyed in an array of colors, so you never have to worry that a faux fur cover won’t blend perfectly with your wedding palette.
Pashmina or Scarf or Shawl
Sleek, elegant pashminas add a little something extra to your bridesmaid dresses–and they’re relatively inexpensive! A simple, solid pashmina or scarf can be used to tie in complementary colors from your wedding palette and to keep your bridesmaids warm. These lighter options—a pashmina, scarf, or shawl—are the perfect way to add a little warmth to early fall evenings. Want to delight your guests? Place a basket of pashminas near the entry of your ceremony venue, so that no one’s shivering while you recite your vows. If your dinner or reception are also outdoors, consider placing them there as well. You can order pashminas in classic colors like black, navy, or ivory, or choose punchier colors that match your wedding palette and aesthetic.
Denim Jackets for the Bridal Party…
Whether you’re into shabby chic or vintage cool, denim is the answer. Styling your bridesmaid dresses with denim jackets is a great option for keeping bridesmaids warm and happy. Go for a classic vibe with a medium wash denim jacket, or stay modern with an embellished or printed one. You can use them to complement a casual bridal party look, or play down a more formal one. The beauty of a denim jacket is that it works with literally every look and venue – it looks just as good at a wedding as it does hangin’ on a stoop.
…And Monogrammed Denim for the Bride!
Or you can make like Brideside bride Laura, pictured below, and have one custom made with your new last name. It’s perfect for first look photos or for letting loose on the dance floor. (Laura also incorporated a taco truck, LaCroix, chartreuse bridesmaid dresses, and a ring bearer dog into her wedding day. Needless to say, she is the coolest bride in Brideside history.)
Go a bit edgier with a leather jacket for your bridesmaids. Adding a leather jacket to a bridesmaid dress will definitely provide warmth for those outdoor pictures while creating that perfectly cool look ready for social media. Matching leather moto jackets or a mix of well-loved bomber style jackets will create a unique but timeless style for your bridesmaids. Plus it does a great job of unifying mix-and-match bridal party looks.
What’a a capelet, you ask? A tiny cape, of course! Boho brides have been incorporating capelets into their wedding dress looks, and for good reason. Adding a sheer or beaded capelet can give you the look of two different dresses without an outfit change. And they work with bridesmaid dresses, too! Capelets are delicate and vintage-inspired, and they provide the perfect amount of shoulder coverage for conservative or religious ceremonies. You can ditch them after the ceremony, or keep them on all night long.
Whatever your fall wedding vibe, there’s an accessory to match. Connect with a Brideside stylist to start designing your fall bridal party look.