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What's your budget? That could make a huge difference to what people suggest.
mamado - I think that black is OK if the bride is OK with it. I wouldn't wear black to a wedding without asking first. I got married in Jan and a couple of girls asked me if it was OK to wear black. I didn't mind but I did warn them that my bridesmaids were going to be in black too.
I've just had this as BIL got married on NYE and my MIL and me were both wondering about the etiquette of wearing black as we both had unworn black dresses that would have sufficed. In the end I found a nice aubergine coloured dress (fitted knee length with fluted sleeves) and MIL borrowed a silvery grey lace one from a friend and wore it with a cropped red jacket. If your going to buy in the sales look for something classic or plain so that it won't scream 'last years frock' by the time you get to wear it!
Buy something you will wear again unless you are rich, or hire, I bought a trouser suit for a december wedding plus cream boots, still nearly froze in the church, never wore the outfit again, next time I will hire.
I think that if you have a winter wedding you really are going to have to expect people to turn up in dark colours including black TBH. I have worn black to a wedding but maybe with a shot of colour - in my case my hat was bright pink.
black is completely fine, it depends on the style of the outfit and the accessories. Obviously, white/cream/ivory is a big no no unless expressly told otherwise.
Black is rarely an actual requirement for funeral, you are expected to wear something respectful. Just because it's black doesn't mean a dress is suitable for a funeral (but could be completely appropriate for wedding). A smart and conservative dark grey or navy is much more appropriate for a funeral than a black party dress.
I mean this dress is black, but you wouldn't wear that to a funeral, would you:
My wedding anniversary is in December and I got married in crimson. It was a fitted, knee length suit with a massive, statement collar and plunging neckline. I remember seeing it in Harvey Nicholls and just knowing it was the right outfit. My DM also got married in December and her dress was more traditional, being ivory coloured and maxi length. Interestingly, both our wedding dresses had an embossed textured fabric and her statement neckline was ermine-trimmed. She had passed away before my wedding and the similarities didn't occur to me until recently.
A winter wedding - how lovely! I secretly would have wished for a winter wedding myself, but was persuaded out of it by DH (then DF) who couldn' t get onboard with the idea.
You can go to town with textures and contrasts. How about a knee length satiny type classic dress in a winter palette according to your colouring eg very pale blue. With a fabulous chic cropped fur jacket or cape/shrug. Subtle diamante/crystal touches eg clutch bag or hair accessory or brooch/pin.