Walking in a Wedding Wonderland

With Fall quickly coming to an end, winter is upon us. We say goodbye to those autumn reds, oranges, yellows, and greens, and bring in the winter whites, cool blue, and deep reds. Winter is the perfect season to bring out holiday colors, go bright and sparkly, wear some elegant sleeves, and top it all off with a gorgeous fur coat. 

Winter Dresses 

Don’t let the cold weather temperatures limit your dress choices. If strapless is your thing, go for it. But, if you want to switch things up a bit and feel like you’re in the winter, try a dress with some long sleeves. Sleeves add a touch of elegance to a gown that sleeveless can’t quite capture. You’ll be sure to a be a princess on your wedding day. If you still want a strapless look, try an off the shoulder dress with sleeves to get the best of both worlds.  



Fur Coats 

A winter wedding is the perfect time to break out that fabulous fur. If you don’t own any, Aleana’s Bridal will rent one to you for your wedding day. It’s a simple and classic way to keep you warm on a cold winter day, without covering up your dress or taking too much away from it.  

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If you don’t want to be cold, then it stands to reason that your bridesmaids wouldn’t want to be cold either, right? Although you’re less likely to find long sleeve dresses for your girls, there are still options to keep them cozy. If you don’t want them to freeze, gift them a warm accessory to keep things uniform. If not, don’t be too picky about what they wear over their dresses. They just want to be warm!  

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If it’s cold out, you don’t want your toes to freeze. Don’t be afraid to wear some cozy boots or moccasins. As long as you get it hemmed accordingly, no one will even see the shoes beneath the dress. You can also wear them outside, and swap them out for another pair once you’re inside.  

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A winter wedding is your chance to do something out of the norm. Break out the furs and long sleeves. Wear cozy boots on your feet and get married in an igloo. Have fun and celebrate the holidays with your friends and family and celebrate your love.


Royal Wedding Dresses

Since Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement just a few days ago, it’s all anyone can talk about. We’ve already seen the ring and we know where the wedding will be, but what will the dress be like? We’re expecting nothing short of fabulous for the famous actress turned future princess. She’s living every girl’s dream. So, in honor of the future royal wedding, we’re sharing some of our favorite dresses from past royal weddings and some fabulous dresses you can wear to feel like a princess on your wedding day, too!  

Marie Chantal Miller and Prince Pavlos of Greece by Tim Graham/Getty

Marie Chantal’s custom Valentino gown is a dress made for a princess, literally. The silk gown was encrusted with pearls and featured gorgeous Chantilly lace along the train. Although the wedding was over 20 years ago, the dress would still make statements today with the long lace sleeves and high neckline.  


Add some custom lace sleeves to this gown and you’ll be on your way to looking like the next princess of Greece. If sleeves aren’t for you, you’ll still be sure to look like royalty in this all over lace gown. 

Kate Middleton and Prince William of England 

Kate Middleton and Prince William by George Pimentel/WireImage

We all know about this wedding and the gorgeous Alexander McQueen gown Princess Kate wore. Much like Marie Chantal, she’s still got the lace sleeves, although the neckline is quite different. The slim V-neck adds a touch of sexiness you can’t quite achieve with a high neck.  


The V-neck on this dress is a bit wider, but the lace sleeves are a just as beautiful as Princess Kate’s.  

Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling of Sweden 

Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling of Sweden by Pool/Getty 

Princess Victoria is one of the few princesses on this list that didn’t have long, lace sleeves on her wedding gown. Instead, she opted for a satin gown with an off the shoulder boat neck style. If long sleeves aren’t quite your style, this might be the way to go.  

Martin Thornburg for Mon Cheri

This satin A-line gown is certain to make you feel like a princess. It’s classic and elegant, just like Princess Victoria’s, but without the off the shoulder neckline. 

Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill of Sweden by Torsten Laursen/Getty

Princess Madeleine wed her prince in an off the shoulder cap sleeved Valentino gown. If you still want some coverage, but not too much, a capped sleeve is a great option. If you still feel it’s too much, a lower neckline could take a gown like this to the next level.  


The sleeves are a bit longer, but this top is pretty similar to Princess Madeleine’s. The neckline is also a bit lower, showing a bit more shoulder than the Princess, but still just as stunning.  

To feel like a princess, you’ve got to dress like one. That doesn’t mean a big ball gown, either. It means whichever dress you feel like the greatest in. It could have sleeves and be a big ball gown, or it could be strapless and form-fitting. Whatever you decide, you’re sure to be a princess on your wedding day. 

All of these dresses, and so much more, are available at Aleana’s Bridal!