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Outdoor Ceremony - Should i wear a shawl?

Ashley, on November 6, 2019 at 6:56 PM Posted in Wedding Attire 1 28
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Hello brides and brides-to-be!

I am getting married on November 27th, 2020 in Estes Park, Colorado in the mountains/forest. For those not familiar with this area, there is a 95% chance that there will be snow on the ground during this time of year if not also snowing. I am a huge winter person, as if my fiance (he proposed at the top of the highest ski lift in North America in the middle of a blizzard), but people think I'll regret not wearing a shawl. My concern is that a shawl during the ceremony is going to cover my dress than I'm absolutely obsessed with. Our ceremony is only for 30 minutes max so I know I'll be fine, though I will likely get a little red from the cold. My plan right now is to wear a shawl walking down the aisle, taking it off during the ceremony, and then putting it back on when go to leave the alter. There are standing heaters around the guest seating areas so the heat from them will hopefully emanate enough to reach us at the alter at least a little bit.

I just want opinions whether in my favor or not. I've taken care of my guests and bridesmaids to ensure they will be warm (standing heaters, hot apple cider to sip on, and bridesmaids will keep their shawls on throughout the whole ceremony). My parents think it's time for me to consider how comfortable I'll be now. Haha

Thanks in advance!


P.S. I'd love to see everyone else's dresses and/or outdoor ceremony photos!

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Latest activity by Nichole, on November 11, 2019 at 2:20 AM
  • Stephanie
    Super June 2019
    Stephanie ·
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    Absolutely gorgeous dress! Great choice. In my opinion because I'm always cold, I'd definitely wear a shawl, 30 minutes in the cold may be a bit uncomfortable. Of course the moment is amazing and we feel as if nothing is around but us because love is in the air! But with snow coming into play you don't want to catch a bad cold. But it all really depends how well do you do with the cold.
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  • Brianna
    Dedicated December 2019
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    I am getting married Dec 29, this year in Washington state. The ceremony is outside. I found yarn I loved and then had fingerless gloves and an Outlander-inspired (it’s a book series/TV show) shawl made with it by a person I found on Etsy. I love it!!!! I love my dress also and plan to ditch my shawl as soon as dinner begins, but I kind of love that I have two different looks for the ceremony and reception.

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  • Destiny
    VIP May 2020
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    Maybe get a cheap pashmina (?) as a just in case dont wear it if ur comfortable but if its to cold youlll have it and i bet a picture of that proposal would look awesome!!!

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  • Meghan
    Rockstar October 2019
    Meghan ·
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    Your dress is so pretty, I personally wouldn’t cover it up! Your idea of walking down with one on, then removing it for the ceremony, is a great idea. However, your walk down the aisle is when your guests get a really great look at your dress. It maybe a day of decision based on the weather and how cold it ends up being. But again, your dress is gorgeous! I’d show it off!!!
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  • Jo
    Savvy September 2019
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    I had a white fur shawl I used for my engagement shoot but it might look nice in theme with the outdoors ^^
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  • Desiree
    Super March 2020
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    This is SO cute, I love it. I've never seen anything like it.

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  • Katherine
    Beginner February 2020
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    I'm also having an outdoor winter ceremony! Cheers!

    We're getting married in February in Maine with mountains in the background, and we're also having heaters, cocoa, and cider. My bridesmaids and I are wearing fur shawls and mittens. I think it is a good idea to have a backup plan in case the weather is brutal, so you are prepared no matter what. Maybe buy something that you can return in case you don't end up using it. We're all going to wear our black winter jackets until we get to the end of the aisle and then we will put them aside and walk down with our shawls.

    Good luck!

    xoxo

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  • S
    Devoted October 2019
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    I would at least bring a shawl with just in case. Other wise you can maybe look for just sleeves to wear like the ones I have pictures, that way you aren't covering your dress at all. The ones above are from amazon

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  • Erin
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    Erin ·
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    First of all, your dress is stunning. Second, I'm getting married in Rocky Mountain National Park in June and I'm considering wearing a cloak just in case xD It's probably a good idea to wear a shawl in November, or at least have that option available to you. It can get really cold, really fast.

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  • Yoice
    VIP March 2019
    Yoice ·
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    Omg I would hate to cover such beautiful dress! Gorgeous!! But I don’t know how you are with cold but I shiver and also turn red maybe even purple? I don’t know never tried it but is possible. Anyways I wouldn’t want to be shivering thru my teeth the entire ceremony. Maybe walk in no shawl to show off that dress and then put it after a a bit so you get some pics without it and remove it close to the end for final pics. Either way take some shots before hand to keep up warm.
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  • Brianna
    Dedicated December 2019
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    Ooooooh, that sounds beautiful! I never thought about a cloak but that would be a great solution to being warm but not covering her dress.
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  • Little
    Dedicated February 2020
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    I always love the idea of a Haapsalu shawl for winter. They're sheer, warm, and gorgeous, and Etsy has a good supply of them. It would give you a lace on lace look.

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  • M
    Devoted September 2019
    McKenzie ·
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    That dress is gorgeous! If you think you can go thirty minutes without shivering, I totally would go without the shawl. If you think you'd be cold/red/ and shaking I'd wear the shawl. Maybe let it be a last minute decision and see how you are feeling day of.

    An idea to consider is wearing hand warmers! When I know I'll be outside for a long period of time, I'll stick a hand warmer into the side of my bra, under the armpit area. This is a game changer for me, I'll even stick them in my pants pocket etc. See if there is anywhere in your dress you can stick one on without it being seen. Could help!

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  • Sarah
    Devoted November 2021
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    Oh my god your dress is gorgeous!!! It looks like a beautiful snowflake! I think if you think you'll be fine without a shawl, just don't wear one! Also maybe reconsider the location of your heaters so there can be one closer to you?
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  • M
    Dedicated October 2019
    M ·
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    What you plan on doing sounds fine. Wearing the shawl down and up the aisle also means it will be nearby during the ceremony. If at any point you get cold, slip it back on. I’d rather a ceremony stop for a second for a bride to be comfortable than listen to her teeth chatter during her vows lol
    Also, maybe as the day gets closer and the weather is more similar to what it will be the day of, go outside with a tank top on. Don’t go out there getting sick before your day but go out and see how you feel, is it tolerable or should you plan on a shawl or faux fur coat?
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  • Taylor
    VIP October 2020
    Taylor ·
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    Love the dress! You look so gorgeous. I would ditch the shawl. I agree that it's going to cover your dress. I feel like most ceremonies are 20 minutes tops. I'd tough it out for the sake of the pictures Smiley xd Is there any chance they could move a small heater closer to the alter maybe? Here's mine! It has similar cut out illusions and the lace applique trainSmiley smile Who is yours by??

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  • Ashley
    Expert November 2020
    Ashley ·
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    Your dress is stunning! Mine is by Allure. I think I'm going to actually ditch the shawl when I'm walking down the aisle since lots of pictures will be taken then and do what someone suggested and stick hand warmers in inconspicuous places. Haha I just know I'll regret wearing a shawl and covering my dress up, but I'll probably still get one to have as back up incase it turns into a blizzard. I can handle the cold pretty well so I believe I'll be just fine for 30 minutes, but I'll probably see about a heater or two near the alter too. Haha
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  • Ashley
    Expert November 2020
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    This is genius! Smiley heart I will definitely be doing this!

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  • Ashley
    Expert November 2020
    Ashley ·
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    Thank you! I thought the same thing about the snowflake which made it the perfect dress for me! Smiley heart I'll definitely ask to see if we can put some small fan heaters behind the arbor that are angled towards us and our wedding party.

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  • Ashley
    Expert November 2020
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    Yay for Rocky Mountain Brides! Smiley heart I'll definitely have one as an option just incase it gets blizzard-like. Haha

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