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For anyone that's braved cobblestone streets in five-inch stilettos, you know that beauty is pain. But the last thing you want to remember about your wedding is that your feet hurt and you couldn't breathe. Here's some good news: When it comes to your wedding, while you certainly want to look beautiful, you can also be comfortable. Beauty, it turns out, is about making smart decisions.

Let's start with making sure you're not perspiring or chattering your teeth. Choosing light, sheer fabrics for a December wedding will leave you shivering and covered in goose bumps while opting for long sleeves and heavy fabrics for your May nuptials will have you gasping for air as the temperature climbs. These tips can help you choose a dress that's perfect for the season.

Spring is slightly unpredictable weather-wise, so the savvy bride will choose a wedding dress that is versatile. Strapless gowns will keep you cool when the temperature rises, and can be paired with long gloves or a lace shawl to keep you covered if chilly weather persists.

A shorter skirt or strapless dress combats summer heat—and provides the refreshing look of a stunning summer bride. Chiffon and organza breathe well and provide an airy, flowing silhouette. For destination and beach receptions, avoid the long train and heavy veil.

For fall, choose a dress with a bit of a sleeve. This extra covering will keep you warm during unexpectedly cool days. Consider a long lace sleeve or a strapless bodice with a long veil to cloak the bare shoulders. This is also the season for subtle, nature-inspired designs

Winter brides must choose fabrics that will keep the body warm, such as silk or satin. For those who insist on strapless or spaghetti straps, shop around for a gorgeous white mink capelet or luxurious shawl to drape over the shoulders. Full skirts also provide warmth.

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