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Stylish Cold Weather Cover-Up Options to Stay Warm on Your Wedding Day

By Karly Anderson

winter cardigan wedding in iowa city celebration farmPhotos courtesy of Andrea Boller Photography

When brides choose to get married in the late fall or winter, they know that the weather most likely won’t be ideal with either low temperatures or even snow on the ground. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t buy that strapless wedding gown of your dreams because you’re worried about being cold.

Whether your wedding is taking place in the colder weather, you easily get cold, or if you’re simply looking to switch up your look from ceremony to reception, a stylish (and useful!) cover-up can do wonders.

winter wedding in dubuque iowa fur coat by bluesky photographsPhoto courtesy of Blue Sky Photographs

Consider these options to keep you warm and looking chic on your wedding day.

  1. Pashmina scarf. You simply cannot go wrong with a pashmina scarf – they are soft, warm and come in a variety of colors. Drape it over your shoulders for a lightweight option to battle the cold.
  1. Cardigan. A simple cardigan can serve as a fashionable cover-up throughout the day if you get chilly. Consider dressing it up with a bridal brooch or pin.
  1. Winter white faux fur coat or cape. You’re sure to feel like a winter princess if you choose a faux fur coat or cape in winter white or a color that complements your wedding dress and bridal party colors. Pair the coat with elbow-length gloves for an extra-luxurious look.
  1. Bolero jacket. Offered in several styles and fabrics, from satin to lace, a bolero jacket is a good option if you’re looking for a cover-up to keep you warm and modest during your ceremony and outdoor photos.
  1. Menswear-inspired blazer. If you’re more of a tomboy bride or looking to add some edginess to a girly wedding gown, a structured menswear blazer in white or cream can complete your look. Look for one that hits right at your hips to maintain appropriate proportions for your body and to complement your dress.

winter wedding in dubuque iowa fur coat by bluesky photographsPhoto courtesy of Blue Sky Photographs

winter wedding cover-ups in dubuque iowaPhotos by Candid Contrast Photography/Amanda McLeod Photography

Cover-up from Cheryl-Ann Bridals, Dubuque

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Featured Couple: Megan + Justin’s Downtown Iowa City Engagement

When their love story began: Halloween 2009

How they met:

His version: Megan and I met through a mutual friend in college.  She occasionally came over to our apartment, and we began to talk frequently simply as friends.  One day she had a tire that was low on air and begged me to help her fix it.  I would have never guessed that driving a woman’s car to the gas station and filling her tire with air would lead to this.  After that day I knew I had feelings for her, and constantly asked her to hang out.  She resisted at first due to getting out of a long term relationship, but I convinced her that I was worth the time. 

Her version: Justin and I met through a mutual friend sophomore year of college. We both had recently moved into new apartments across the street from each other. We attended the same parties, but didn’t hang out with each other. One day I had a flat tire, and Justin had just parked a few spaces from me. I asked him to help me, and he drove me to the gas station and fixed it. After that we started talking more, and after a few months of hanging out, we started dating, on Halloween!

Wedding date: August 8th, 2015

Wedding theme: Simple, classic, elegant. Our colors are all basic neutrals. Black, white, grey, ivory and a little blush!

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Their Wedding Vendors:

Photographer: Scott K. Anliker Photography, Iowa

Ceremony: Saints Peter and Paul Historical Church, Solon, Iowa, and our

Reception: Celebration Farm (Double Round Barn), Iowa City, Iowa

Catering: Swanson Catering, Iowa City, Iowa

DJ/Entertainment: Portable Playlist DJ, Iowa

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Real Courthouse Wedding: Jolene + Joe

When it came to planning a wedding Jolene and Joe knew they just wanted to be a newly married couple and were okay with skipping the frills of planning a wedding that so many often get wrapped up with. Two weeks after their engagement, the couple headed to the downtown Iowa City courthouse to make their union official. Their wedding guests consisted of a judge, their parents, their siblings and grandparents. A detail Jolene overlooked; Joe’s mom surprised Jolene with a mini bouquet to really make her feel like a bride. With no time for engagement pictures the couple hired Robyn Photography to capture their special day.

Hosting a courthouse wedding is definitely a quick experience, and to be prepared we’ve asked Jolene and Joe to share their advice for making the most out of your laid back ceremony.

Planning tips for a courthouse wedding from Jolene + Joe:

  • Call ahead to make sure they are available for your day and time
  • Specify whether or not you want your judge to just sign a document to make it official or would like them dressed in a robe to make it more like an actual ceremony
  • Hire a photographer – the event goes quick and it’s nice to have the pictures to remember!
  • Do what you want and don’t stress over what others will think!

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Their wedding vendors: Photography – Robyn Photography; Dress (Calvin Klein) – Dillards; Suit – Kenneth Cole Reaction; Flowers – Butt’s Florist, Dubuque; Rings – Helzberg Diamonds and Greenberg Jewelers; Judge – Steven Gerard

Thinking about planning a courthouse wedding? For more information regarding your local courthouse and marriage license check out our planning tools section.