How to include wool in your wedding

My husband and I are celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary today. We were looking at our wedding photos and it reminded me how we tried to integrate wool also into our wedding. In today’s blog post, I share with you some ideas on how to integrate wool into a wedding or into similar family and friends celebrations.

Wool Wedding Dress

One thing was very clear for me, I definitely wanted to wear wool at my wedding. Of course, it proved to be very difficult to find a wool wedding dress in a store, so I decided to sew my own dress for the civil wedding ceremony. As a background, in Germany, all marriages need to be sealed by a registrar. Many couples, therefore, end up having two weddings, one at the civil registry office and one in church. For us, it was the same, so I decided to make my civil wedding dress out of wool and for the church wedding I bought a gown off the shelf.

I found this off-white, very fine worsted merino wool fabric out of which I sewed a simple 50s style dress. I lined it with silk to keep it all natural fibres. The dress was very comfortable to wear despite heat and rain during the day.

Wool Wedding Dress

Wool throw

I also wore a wool shawl or wool throw together with my wool dress when it got a little bit chilly. The shawl was made out of very lightweight merino wool. It was perfect for summers and felt luxurious to wear.

Wool Wedding Wool Scarf

Wool Suit

Of course, I also convinced my husband to wear wool during our wedding. He wore a blue Hugo Boss suit during the civil wedding. At the church wedding, he first wore a cut made of wool which we borrowed at a suit supply store. In the evening he wore a black tuxedo from Hugo Boss also made of wool. He looked stunning in all three attires.

Wool Wedding Wool Suit

Wool Yarn for Programme

Besides out clothes, I also wanted to include wool in other ways in our wedding. For the church wedding, we had a little programme printed for the ceremony. To bind the several sheets of paper from the programme together, I used a white handknitting wool yarn. I did the same for the menus on the dinner table.

Wool Wedding Wool Yarn for Programme

Wool Give Aways for Guests

For our guests, we also had a wool give away. We bought heart-shaped key rings out of wool felt. We ordered a bunch of different colours and put a key ring for each guest on their dinner plate. We bought our key rings at Hey-Sign who offer a wide range of felted wool key rings in all different shapes and colours. Hey-Sign only offers wholesale, but they will be happy to put you in touch with a retailer who offers their products.

Wool Wedding Wool Felted Key Rings by Hey-Sign

Table Placemats

Another idea I had but was not able to implement was to use felted table placemats (Hey-Sign also has beautiful ones). We had a wedding with 120 guests, so buying wool table mats was outside of the budget. However, for a smaller wedding, this might be feasible. An alternative could be to have a centrepiece wool placemat to be part of the table decorations.


Live Sheep

The night before our church wedding, we invited our guests for a dinner held in the stables of a farm. We asked the owners of the farm if they could let their sheep graze in the close by paddock next to the stables. We had also other goats and donkeys graze next to the house and it was lots of fun for the children as they arrived at the venue to see the sheep and other animals grazing.

Wool Wedding farm animals

Sorry, I could only find an image of the donkey greeting our guests.


Did you have a wool wedding yourself? How did you manage to include wool? I would like to hear about it.

Wool Wedding Dress

Pack lots of wool to keep warm while spotting the Aurora

January is one of the best months to spot the Northern lights in any of the countries close to the north pole. It is however also one of the coldest times for being outside at night staring at the sky.

I had the opportunity to see the northern lights in Norway in January of 2017. The whole family traveled to Tromso where we had a wonderful time and also were lucky enough to see the northern lights despite a lot of clouds and snow.

As I was preparing for my trip, I asked myself what to actually wear to keep warm. I called up my Norwegian friend who lives in Norway, another wool lifestyler, to get some advice.

My friend advised me about this basic rule:

“Think three layers. Wool in two layers and a wind-proof third outside layer. Think air – not too tight. Feet and head need to be toasty.”

Keeping this in mind, here is what I packed and it worked out very well. I was always warm and comfortable without overheating.

1st layer or base layer

The first layer of your outfit is next to the skin. This layer will regulate your body temperature and transport any moisture away from your skin, so that you stay warm, but not overheat and don’t feel wet. The most important here is to choose next to skin items that are super soft on your skin and don’t irritate your skin. Some people are more sensitive than others, so make sure you can test the fabric to see if you would find it itchy or not. You can read more about itchy wool here.

Wool Long Johns or Wool Tights

To keep your legs warm, you need to wear a pair of long johns or wool tights. There are many different brands available who offer long johns. For tights, I can recommend the ones from Falke as they don’t fall down your hips but stay up.

Last year I gifted a pair of wool long johns to a very good friend from India who had never worn long johns not to mention wool long johns because he thought they would make him feel too hot. However, he was willing to try the wool long johns for a day of skiing. He wore a synthetic long sleeve t-shirt on top together with the wool long johns on the bottom. Afterwards, he became fully convinced of the wool long johns as he could feel the difference in comfort. While he was feeling very hot and sweaty on his upper body he felt comfortable on the bottom.

Wool essentials long johns by Dilling at Wool Lifestyle blog

Long sleeve wool t-shirt

Another important 1st base layer is the long sleeve wool t-shirt. Same as the long johns, it regulates your body temperature and manages your moisture in such a way that you don’t feel wet.

Long sleeve wool t-shirts come also in all different styles and fabric thickness. Choose a lightweight one if you don’t feel easily cold and a heavier one if you tend to feel cold more easily. For staying out in the snow a heavyweight long sleeve works often best.


DILLING wool underwear - what to wear to see the Northern lights

Wool Vest or Singlet

This one might not be for everyone, but I typically feel extra cold, therefore I also wear a wool undershirt or vest underneath my long sleeve wool shirt. I recommend that you choose wool for this layer as well and not cotton. Cotton would then be the first layer on your skin and would absorb any moisture from your skin and feel wet once you sweat a little bit more than usual. The wet fabric on your skin will feel uncomfortable and may also make you feel cold after some time. If you choose wool instead, the moisture would be transported away from your skin into the air and ensure your skin stays dry.

Dilling underwear What to wear to the Northern lights Wool Lifestyle

Wool socks

We all know cold feet can ruin every outdoor activity. As my friend wrote ‘keep your feet nice and toasty’. Therefore it is important to invest in a good pair of wool socks. I often even wear two wool socks on top of each other. There are really good wool skiing and outdoor socks to try. They are a bit thicker and give you special protection and support by how they were knitted. Make sure you try the thick socks together with your boots. Your boot should not be too tight when you wear your thick socks as the wool needs a bit of air to do its job of keeping your feet warm.

2nd layer or mid layer

The second layer goes on top of your 1st next to skin base layer. This is a layer that gives some extra warmth but it is also the layer that can easily be taken off if you need to as temperatures or your activity may change. For the Northern lights season, you definitely would want to add this 2nd layer.

Wool Sweater

A wool sweater is, of course, a classic wool item to wear. As sweaters tend to be a bit bulkier, they can trap much more air which is what essentially keeps you warm.

Norwegian Sweater to see the Northern Lights Wool Lifestyle Blog

Long Johns

I would typically be wearing a second layer of wool long johns just because I need that extra warmth when I am in the cold. Due to the elasticity of wool fabric, two wool long johns layers on top of each other still keep me flexible to move and don’t let me overheat.

Mid-layer shirts

Depending on your outdoor activity and your third layer, you might find a wool sweater to heavy and prefer a heavier wool shirt. These tend to have a heavier fabric of 250 g per square meter than the base layer which is often around 130 to 200 gms. These shirts often come with a zipper to be easily worn with the base layer and also be taken off or on more easily.

Wool Mid Layer Wool Lifestyle blog

3rd layer or outer layer

The outer layer is the layer that needs to protect you from the elements and therefore need to be wind and/or waterproof.

Wind resistant trouser and jacket

The jacket and trousers need to be made of a wind and waterproof fabric that will be made of a synthetic fibre. The padding of both garments can vary between downs, polyester fleece or even wool fleece. There are now jacket and trousers available that are filled with a wool wadding, but you may have to hunt for them a bit more. Downs and synthetic fillings are more common. You can have a look at Ortovox and Mover if you are interested in a wool padded jacket and trousers.

Wool outfit for Northern lights Wool Lifestyle Blog


Your gloves also need to be wind and waterproof and should have some extra padding to keep your hands warm. Typical skiing or snowboard gloves will work well. I was very happy to find gloves filled with wool from Ortovox.

Ortovox gloves Wool Lifestyle Blog



The importance of keeping your head warm goes without saying. You need a beanie that covers also your forehead and your ears. In addition, your jacket should have a hood to protect you from snow and wind. If possible the hood should have some fake fur at the edges as that works best with keeping the snow and wind out of your face.

I love my beanie from Buff. It is quite thin fabric but super soft and amazingly warm. I wear this beanie every day during the German winter with temperatures between 0 and 8 degrees. If the wind and temperatures get extremely severe I sometimes wear a second hand knitted beanie over the buff beanie for extra warmth.

What to wear for Northern Lights Buff Beanie Wool Lifestyle Blog

Snow boots

As we need to keep our feet also toasty, you have to invest in proper snow boots. To watch the northern lights you will be standing a lot outside and you will also be walking through snow. You, therefore, need shoes that are wind and water-resistant but also have high insulation properties for temperatures well below zero degrees celsius.

I am a big fan of the brand Sorel. They do all sorts of different snow boots that will keep your feet warm. Have a look at their Caribou and Winter Carnival shoes.

Sorel snow boots Wool Lifestyle

Scarf or neckwarmer

While your jacket will close up nicely around your neck, you do also need a scarf for extra protection and warmth. Depending on the wind you might even wish to pull your scarf over your chin to protect your face as well. A normal wool scarf will do or you might prefer a neckwarmer. Buff also offers a wide range of merino wool neckwarmers in different weights of fabric, depending on what you need. While I usually wear a normal wool scarf, I did like the merino wool neckwarmer, as it was less fabric underneath my jacket. Also, the neckwarmer covers your neck seamlessly and can be more easily pulled over your chin and back down if needed.

Buff wool scarf Wool Lifestyle Blog

Do you have some more tips on how to keep warm while spotting the Northern lights? I would love to hear about them, so please leave a message below.

Inspiration from a young Australian to wear more wool in our everyday life

It is the beginning of 2018 and many of us have set and already broken our New Year’s resolutions. At least I have not gone regularly to the gym during these first few days of January, not to say I haven’t gone at all… This is why I am even more in admiration of Luke Hooke and his campaign Year of Wool.

Luke is a young Australian who committed himself to wearing only wool for one entire year. It takes a lot of commitment and dedication to pull through on something like that. With this blog post, I want to give him a shout out and applaud him for what he is doing.

About Year of Wool

In October 2017, Luke started his Year of Wool to promote wool clothing as well as the wool industry. For 365 days Luke is wearing only wool and wool blend clothing to demonstrate the versatility and incredible natural qualities of wool and wool clothing.

Luke Hooke Year of Wool Wool Lifestyle

How Luke came up with the campaign idea

Luke himself grew up on a wool producing farm in the state Victoria in Australia.  While he knew everything about wool growing already at a very young age, he only became interested now, in his early 20s, about what types of products wool could all be manufactured into. Luke discovered wool products such as the Wool & Prince button down wool shirts or the wool sneakers of brands such as Allbirds and Giesswein, which as Luke says ‘blew him away’.

At the same time, a few of his friends raised awareness for sustainable fashion by walking 3000 km through Vietnam, Thailand and Laos for one year. This inspired Luke to create his own campaign to raise awareness for wool clothing and the wool industry. His ultimate goal is to inspire others to discover amazing wool products and simply wear more wool in their everyday life. Luke even stresses, that often wool products are superior products and are just waiting to be discovered.

Luke’s experience so far

Luke already owned a wool suit which he wore to work every day. For his Year of Wool campaign, he now replaced his cotton shirts with wool shirts such as one from Wool & Prince.  For his daily bike ride to work he changed into wool activewear. The only items Luke is struggling to find are fancy wool office shoes as well as a wool belt.

Wool & Prince wool shirt Wool Lifestyle

Source: Wool & Prince

One advantage Luke experienced during his Year of Wool campaign so far is the that his wool wardrobe takes less time, water and energy to take care of. He found that his wool garments can be refreshed easily by hanging them in fresh air overnight and garments need much less ironing. With his wool shirts, he can get 5-6 wears out of them before it is time to throw them in the wash. His wool shirts also only needed ironing once during a time period of 2 months.

Luke is testing the wool lifestyle to the extreme for one year while sharing his experience and telling us about what more he learned about wool and the wool industry. Maybe his campaign will also inspire you to wear more wool and make 2018 your own Year of Wool.

Visit Luke’s Year of Wool website and connect with him on Instagram and Facebook to follow his journey.