Choosing the perfect bridesmaid dresses for a wedding is never an easy task. In the winter months, there is the added challenge of finding dresses which are not only beautiful, but are also seasonal. These are some ideas on gorgeous winter bridesmaid dresses for your wedding.

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Rich fabrics like satin are ideal for the winter months. Satin has a wonderful weight, is luxurious, and is very festive - what more could one hope for in a winter bridesmaid dress? Deep colors such as aubergine (eggplant purple) are fabulous for the colder months, and purple happens to be a very popular bridesmaid dress color in general right now. A simple column dress in eggplant satin would be quite elegant for a formal winter wedding. Forgo the matching shoes and opt for neutral black or silver satin shoes to coordinate. Crystal bridesmaid jewelry with accents in deep purple will be the perfect finishing detail.

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While deep colors are always beautiful for winter, there is also something very special about light colors, as long as the fabric used is appropriate for the time of year. A sophisticated pewter color is a fantastic choice for a winter wedding in the afternoon or the evening. For a daytime wedding, opt for a knee length bridesmaid dress in a pewter silk charmeuse with a slight bubble hem. Crystal stiletto earrings would be a great choice for bridesmaid jewelry with this dress style. Add a black velvet ribbon at the waistline of the gown and black velvet flats for shoes. If the wedding is in the evening or is a more formal afternoon ceremony, full length pewter silk satin bridesmaid dresses in a chic one shoulder style would be amazing. Deep red flowers in the bridesmaid bouquets will contrast marvelously with the lighter pewter color of the dresses.

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For a very formal winter wedding around the holidays, consider dressing bridesmaids in classic silk taffeta ball skirts. The full skirts will look incredible as your attendants process down the aisle, while the lightness and movement of the taffeta will make the ball skirts easy to move in and comfortable to wear - not at all cumbersome. On the top, black velvet strapless or fitted spaghetti strap bodices would be gorgeous. It is important to have very fitted tops when the skirts are full to ensure that the overall look remains figure flattering to your bridesmaids. Bouquets of showy holiday blossoms like red amaryllis tied up with velvet ribbons would be stunning.

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Dramatic trumpet style wedding gowns are very popular for brides these days. If your bridal gown follows that line, look for a modified trumpet style bridesmaid dress. It should be floor length with a slender silhouette through the hips and a modest flare below the knees. Keep the figures of your bridesmaids in mind when looking at dresses with a slimmer cut. Details like ruching can help to hide figure flaws, as can a slightly more generous cut than the true fitted mermaid skirt. Matte fabrics such as taffeta tend to be more forgiving than very shiny materials like satin, and of course, deep hues such as navy or espresso are also more slimming. With such a glamorous style bridesmaid dress, equally fabulous accessories like crystal chandelier earrings are perfect for the bridesmaid jewelry.

Winter weddings tend to be more formal and elegant than summer ones, and there are many gorgeous options for bridesmaid dresses that suit the season. Choose rich fabrics, chic silhouettes, and beautiful colors to ensure that your bridesmaids look absolutely stunning.

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