Adding to Your Wedding Dress
Now that fall is decidedly in the air, you will need to consider a coat or jacket to go over your dress. Fall weddings are glorious, the crisp air and changing leaves make it ideal for outdoor photos and delicious menu options to choose from with pumpkin and cinnamon flavours.
I attended a winter wedding some years ago, and although the bride looked radiant, nearly every photo had her hunching her shoulders, trying to get warm. You want to look like a queen, not the Ice Queen, so consider a jacket or coat, even a cape, to go over your gown.
A duster is a long, fitted coat that can be ultrafeminine, even though the name is taken from the cowboy coats – think Kevin Costner in “Hatfields and McCoys”. If you find one that fits over your dress, don’t worry about the color. You may want to wear it for a few photos, but it will mainly be for getting to and from the venue and then leaving from the reception. A dark red, blue, green, or brown will be suitable and you may find it makes a perfect winter coat for years to come.
Capes and hooded capes, a la Meryl Streep in “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” are so glamourus. You can hire a wedding cape from a bridal store, because unless your day job is a fairy godmother or extra in “Road to Avonlea” you won’t wear it again. If you want a velvet cloak, ask a friend’s gothic daughter to borrow hers for the day.
A stole (just the neck and shoulders covered) or a fur coat will also look amazing, and it’s very likely someone in your family can lend you one for your “something borrowed”. If you don’t want to wear real fur, there are many faux fur options available for you. Don’t shivver, look around and find the perfect covering for a cooler day, and you will look elegant and beautiful.