Ways To Stay Warm

I saw this picture on Sonya Naumann’s website Thousand Dollar Dress (that Miss Dahlia also featured earlier this week) and loved it. From a cultural standpoint, I really like what she is doing with these photos of women and what they think they should do in her thousand dollar dress. I love this girl, who you can tell from following photos is a librarian, sitting alone in front of the card catalog looking tired and a little surly.

But I must confess I’m a little obsessed by the cardigan over the wedding dress. I’ve been thinking that it can be awfully cold in Portland in January, and a nice warm cardigan might be nice. Also it could be so cool in a retro funky way to wear over my glam 30s style dress.

Perhaps some cardigan like this, what do you think?  Are you planning on wearing something over your dress to keep warm?


Mrs. Robin

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January 2008
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    C-girl, Guest @ 1:11 pm

    Good question! I always get cold, too. I have a shawl already that I was thinking of wearing, but maybe a totally-not-matching cardigan has more of the authentic cool factor. :-)

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    Michelle, Guest @ 1:16 pm

    I wore a bright yellow cardigan over my dress for my wedding last month. It was really cute and a bit unexpected.

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    bonniebelle101 366 posts, Helper bee @ 1:21 pm

    I’m doing this! Oh I’m glad to know I’m not the only one!!! I get a lot of funny looks when I tell people that’s what i want to do, but it’s just so me! I actually found a really nice soft cotton cardigan at JCrew and then took it to an embroidery shop and had our monogram put on it in one of our wedding colors. It is soooooooooooooo beautiful and I’m really looking forward to having the cardigan to wear over and over again, although right now it’s in a ziplock back because I’m terrified of getting something on the white. :-) I’m also getting monogramed cardigans for my bridesmaids to wear over their spaghetti strap dress to stay warm.

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    chickadee 208 posts, Helper bee @ 1:26 pm

    I’m getting married in June, so I’m more worried about staying cool…but that cardigan is soo cute!

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    dahlia 413 posts, Helper bee @ 1:33 pm

    I think it’s a really great idea. :)

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    toucan 1326 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:34 pm

    Oooh! That’s great! I love that cardigan, btw!

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    Sarah, Guest @ 1:50 pm

    I got a rather silly white quilted cotton jacket from target.com – “silly” because it’s cut like a motorcycle jacket. It was perfect for toasting post-reception s’mores, and will be a fun wear-again wedding souvenier…as would a cardigan be.

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    Faithsista 44 posts, Newbee @ 2:08 pm

    I bought a nice, warm shawl that I used on my wedding day. Got it at Macy’s, and the best part is that I can use it again and again, since it was a knit shawl and not something fancy and sequined and special-eventish.

    Definitely be prepared for the coolness. I only wore mine a couple of times throughout the night, and then when we went to our afterparty at a bar, but I’m so glad I had it!

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    KS, Guest @ 2:09 pm

    AHHHHH this was totally my idea, too…a fun, brightly-colored, preppy cardigan (maybe cashmere?) with the bride’s new monogram, to wear during the reception or even just as part of the “getaway” ensemble. A great way to add a pop of color, as well as camouflage for those of us who might be less than comfortable with lots of pictures of our upper arms 😉

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    Jess, Guest @ 2:10 pm

    I think it’s a great idea! I love it!

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    Jilian, Guest @ 2:13 pm

    Speaking of keeping warm in the dress. The only weekend available for my bridal portraits – was bitter cold. Like windy and snow flurries cold!! I had my heart set on taking some outdoor photos around town!

    I talked my mom and photographer into it!! I wore long johns underneath the dress! I also wore a fleece jacket, we’d get all set up for the shots, then I’d throw off the fleece to a friend and smile :), as soon as the photographer finished that set she’d wrap me back up! Half the time my veil came flying off! It was crazy and fun – AND TOTALLY WORTH IT! The shots are some of my favs!

    As for the day of the wedding – we had heaters set up on the deck which helped, but I didn’t worry about having a cover-up.

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    HappiestOne 132 posts, Blushing bee @ 2:46 pm

    Totally! I’m into cardigans every day and I think wearing one over my dress would be the best! From day one of thinking about looking at wedding dresses, I have been also looking for the perfect cardigan. J crew has so many options right now. I’m hoping to get the dress before the sweater though… so I’ve got to wait.

    We’re from Minnesota and we’re getting married next late September. Our event will be vintage-inspires and semi-casual, so the look will definitely fit in. I’m hoping for a sunny day, but in MN, that could be in the 40’s or in the 80’s.

    Go for it!

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    amysue 1492 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:26 pm

    texas in late may – no cardigans here. : ) but that one is adorable!

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    lawala, Guest @ 11:16 pm

    depending on the weather (we’re late december) i’ll either be wearing a red cardigan or long peacoat. i think it’s just adorable!!

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    katieO, Guest @ 1:19 pm

    I really wanted a cardigan too. But I wanted it custom made and a friend offered to knit me one. WE spent months trying to find somethign that would go okay with the dress, finally found what looked good about 3 weeks before the wedding…ordered the yarn…and then it didn’t turn out! Sadly! I ended up getting a kind of cute ivory lace knitted shrug thing. If I could redo anything, it would be buying a cute cardigan I found at Anthro and wearing that at my reception.

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    G, Guest @ 4:21 pm

    Admittedly, what I would wear over my wedding dress was a constant thought. I bought a pink cashmere cardigan on eBay for the purpose of wearing it over my dress. I ended up spotting a white 3/4-sleeved jacket at target and wore that instead. But I love cardis + wedding dresses–go for it!

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