Winter wedding dress picks from industry insiders

Scotland’s bridal boutiques are packed with gowns that will make an impact at this time of year, so we asked for some recommendations

Bridal Atelier Scotland

Style 4799 by Paloma Blanca

“This Paloma Blanca gown has long sleeves in nude Italian tulle, which is a good compromise for brides still wanting to show a little flesh when the weather is cooler,” suggests Bernadette Rainey at Bridal Atelier Scotland.

Diane Honeyman and Pan Pan Bridal

From left: Dracma by Pronovias; Desire by Jenny Packham

“I love Dracma by Pronovias – the lace reminds me of snowflakes. The clean lines of the skirt give it a gorgeous silhouette too,” says Stephanie Sykes at Diane Honeyman.

“The Desire gown by Jenny Packham dress is stunning. She stays true to her signature style with exquisite bead work, which features across the sleeves. This is a look for a modern bride,” enthuses Huda Abdulgader at Pan Pan Bridal.

Bridal Boutique at Frox of Falkirk

From left: Style T182058 by Jasmine Bridal; Granada by Cabotine

“Style T182058 by Jasmine Bridal has a delicate snowflake-like overlay, whilst Cabotine’s Granada is elegant and looks lovely with a feather wrap, so either would be well-suited to a festive celebration,” moots Tina Wilson at Bridal Boutique at Frox of Falkirk.

Joyce Young Design Studios

Reiko from Joyce Young Couture Collection (Photo: Alan Peebles)

“I chose this dress for the purity and simplicity of its line. I love the Bardot neckline with the little cap sleeves that are appliquéd with guipure lace. The same lace is applied around the hem for added texture and detail. It is suitable for any time of year, but the heavy stretch crepe drapes so beautifully that I think it is worthy of a snow queen,” says Joyce Young.

Rachel Scott Couture

Delphine dress and jacket, both Suzanne Neville

“The unusual texture of the long lace sleeves in the jacket and heavyweight crepe of the dress creates a luxurious drape – a charming winter warming combo!” states Rachel Snedden at Rachel Scott Couture.

Kudos Bridal Boutiques

From left: Style D2423 by Essense of Australia; Promise by Caroline Castigliano; Rayna top by Catriona Garforth

“Combining classic lace with an on-trend sheer bodice and exposed boning makes this fabulous gown perfect for a seasonal celebration. All-over beading gives a subtle sparkle and would be amazing framed with a fur shrug for some extra warmth,” suggests Megan Carberry at Kudos Bridal Boutiques, Dunfermline,

“Promise by Caroline Castigliano is a great choice for any bride who would prefer a simple A-line style. A recommended topper that would compliment this gown would be ‘Rayna’ by Scottish designer Catriona Garforth. This could then be removed for the evening party,” says Lisa Middleton at Kudos Bridal Boutiques, Edinburgh.

Ivory Grace

Esme by Stephanie Allin

“I would pick Stephanie Allin’s ‘Esme’ for a December wedding – the crisp, clean Italian crepe resembles freshly fallen snow, and the delicate metallic embroidery and incredible embellishment brings all the festive sparkle you could ever ask for,” smiles Kayleigh Brown at Ivory Grace.

Brides of Scotland

Tulle-over-satin fishtail gown with beading by Victoria Jane by Ronald Joyce

“The intricate silver beading on this fishtail gown will sparkle like frost on an icy January morning under the spotlight! With a illusion back feature and fitted design, it’s a fantastic choice for any bride looking to show off her shape and shine on her big day,” says Emma Sinclair at Brides of Scotland.

Tullablush Bridal

From left: Style 1745 by Kenneth Winston; Style 2169 by Mikaella

“A ballgown, like this style by Kenneth Winston, is fitting for any snow queen to sparkle in a winter wonderland. Style 2169 by Mikaella is another option – a fit-and-flare gown with plunging neckline and fluted sleeves (which can be removed for your evening reception). It’s a Christmas cracker with a timeless yet modern vibe,” says Annemarie Mort at Tullablush Bridal.

Sophia Grace Couture and Pamela Fraser Designs

From left: Style 6353 by Stella York; Alexis by Pamela Fraser Designs (Photo: Barry Robb Photography)

“A must-have gown for this time of year is our eye-catching, long-sleeved gown from Stella York. With illusion back, embroidered lace bateau neckline and elegant train, this mermaid silhouette will show of a bride’s shape effortlessly,” asserts Naydene Commins at Sophia Grace Couture.

“A stylish and elegant dress with a feather cape for added wow factor. This ensemble will keep you warm on a cold day,” declares Pamela Murdie at Pamela Fraser Designs.