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At Alfred Angelo of North Attleboro, four dresses in champagne and nude lace. (Staff photo by Martin Gavin)

Winter brides opting for understated, candlelit gown colors

Bold pops of color can step aside when it comes to selecting a winter bridal gown.

"Winter brides are choosing very romantic and soft colors; champagnes, pearls and candlelit colors that are subtle, soft and understated," said Damian Knighton, store manager at Alfred Angelo in North Attleboro.

While colder months allow brides to choose heavier fabrics, such as satin, heavy chiffon or organza, as well as layers of lace, the chillier temps aren't prompting brides to cover up. Rather, it's the opposite.

"Brides getting married in the winter aren't looking at high collars or long sleeves. They're still showing off their bodies this winter with the revealing and nude, see-through look," Knighton said. "We see them shaking loose and embracing their bodies. Hot or cold, ultimately the dress must match the theme and style of the wedding. Brides will pick a look they love, regardless of the weather."

Winter weather does force brides to do some planning ahead with regards to the gown, as getting to and from venues with a long train in snowy, wet or muddy conditions needs to be considered.

"Brides with a full train should keep it bustled until they reach the venue. Or just wait and change at the site," Knighton said. "There should be a plan B and C to keep the dress from getting ruined when traveling between locations."

Along those lines, custom options can be added and removed to enhance versatility.

"Instead of a second party dress, brides can have a detachable bottom that raises the hem length," Knighton said. "We also offer custom pieces like boleros or shoulder wraps that will attach and look like a part of the gown when outside, but can also be removed as well."

Knighton said most guys are sticking within the realm of keeping it simple and not too fussy. However, that doesn't mean they have to fall back to the traditional black tuxedo.

Men are playing with color when it comes to choosing their wedding attire, and taking their cues from the bridal parties color palette.

"We see more of the natural tones," Knighton said. "Guys are selecting a charcoal, dark brown or blue suit and then paring it with a brown oxford shoe."