Chicks Getting Hitched: Winter wedding accessories

It’s the start of my very favorite time of year. Sure, Christmas is nice and Hanukkah is fun, but I’m talking about winter wedding season – the most glittery, romantic and elegant time of the year. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: winter weddings are where it’s at. I love cold weather nuptials for so many reasons. For starters, there’s often snow on the ground. It’s sparkly and white, making it the perfect (and free) backdrop for a wedding. A winter wedding can also be a treat for your guests. Our social calendars are usually packed in the spring, summer and fall, so it’s nice to have a fun event to look forward to during the winter. One of my favorite things about winter wedding is the many accessory options. You’re not competing with sunshine, so you can add lots of shimmer. Plus, cold temperatures give you an opportunity to layer, adding even more style to your wedding day look.

Here are some winter wedding accessories I’m obsessing over right now.

BHLDN gloves: Come on. How adorable is the subtle little heart cut out on these white leather gloves? I think these are a must-have for winter brides. Your hands stay warm and you get a cute little photo op when you wave goodbye. Even if I weren’t about to tie the knot, I’d want these amazing BHLDN gloves.

Photo courtesy of BHLDN

Silver brunia boutonniere: If you’re planning a wedding around the holidays, it’s easy to fall into the “over-the-top winter wonderland” trap. Trust me. I’ve already had to be talked down from a few snowflake-covered ledges. You want to give sophisticated nods to the season, not turn your wedding into a Santa Claus theme park. Holly and poinsettias are just too obvious for winter wedding flowers. That’s why I love silver brunia. It’s the perfect accent in boutonnieres because it’s wintry without being too Christmassy. You can also work silver brunia into bouquets and centerpieces.

Photo courtesy of Bella Wedding Flowers

J. Crew boots: Cold-weather weddings call for a more substantial shoe. I can picture many dapper menswear-loving ladies in these sharp boots from J. Crew. Keep your feet toasty without sacrificing an inch of style.

Photo courtesy of J. Crew

Wedding wellies: Voluminous wedding gowns are a great place for hiding snow boots. These Kate Middleton-inspired wellies

Photo courtesy of The Bridalwear Company

Sparkly hair clip: If you want to add some drama to your look, but aren’t into a traditional veil, try a pretty hair clip instead. This beauty from Haute Bride is essentially a sparkling snowflake for your hair.

Photo courtesy of Haute Bride

Festive bow tie: Suit-wearing lesbian brooms tying the knot during the winter can have some fun with their looks. Skip conventional wool suiting and experiment instead with heavier fabrics like tweed and velvet. This Banana Republic plaid bow tie can be the cherry on top of your layered winter wedding suit. It’s seasonal, but not so over-the-top that you’ll look like a Christmas elf.

Photo courtesy of Banana Republic

Beaded capelet: A fur (faux, of course) shrug is the obvious choice to cover up bare shoulders in a strapless dress. That’s why this beautiful BHLDN capelet is so refreshing. The champagne color contrasts nicely with white and ivory and the beading is so pretty it can take the place of a necklace. This stunner won’t keep you warm in sub-zero temperatures, but it will give you a bit of coverage, and you’ll look so good you won’t notice the chill.

Photo courtesy of BHLDN