Your Winter Wedding: Flowers

A soft blanket of snow looks beautiful to accompany any wedding ceremony. Although you may not think it at first, snow allows for a vast color selection for your weddings. Both neutrals and light colors such as blush or ice blue look just as great as deep shades such as purple and garnet.

Plus, in colder months, you have the perfect opportunity to play around with accessories like half-length coats, fur shawls, sweaters, mittens, and anything else that might look great with your wedding gown. Add any of these items to the wedding party for an additional unique factor. Oh, and did we mention that winter wedding photos are typically stunning?  Think of all the great romantic ideas you can create with snowflakes swirling in the air.

So, perhaps you’re almost sold on the idea of a winter wedding, but since most brides do want some sort of greenery or flowers in the wedding, you may be unsure of the available selection of flowers in the winter months.

No need to worry! Despite what you may have first assumed, winter weddings give the bride and her planners the opportunity to create stunning floral arrangements and bouquets. So, yes, you might want to go ahead and plan the (winter) wedding of your dreams!

Flowers

Flowers are a traditional part of any wedding ceremony and reception. Even the most minimalist of brides has some sort of floral aspect to their weddings. Even though we often associate budding flowers with the spring, there are plenty of flowers in bloom during the winter months.

Here are some of the most popular wintertime floral selections:

  • Tulip
  • Carnation
  • Amaryllis
  • Ranunculus
  • Rose
  • Gerbera
  • Gardenia
  • Narcissus paper white
  • Oriental Hybrid Lily
  • Phalaenopsis Orchid
  • Star of Bethlehem
  • Stephanotis
  • Peony
  • Hydrangea

Color Combinations

When we imagine a winter wedding, we think of deep hues of purple and red, such as burgundy, wine, garnet, and eggplant. Often metallic and lighter hues offset these colors to create truly lavish and glamorous color scheme for all your floral arrangements.

Play around with light and deep hues, along with metallic and greenery, to strike the perfect color combination. Here are few ideas to get you started:

  • Pairing deep colors like burgundy with white or cream makes for a stunning contrast that will be visually pleasing, both in pictures and in person.
  • If you plan to use a lot of greenery, try bits of red, dark blue, and/or purple to stand out against the green pieces. This is a great way to save on floral costs, as greenery is cheaper, and you only need a few blooms to make the garland/centerpiece/bouquet pop.
  • Metallic like a wintery silver and/or ice blues look great with winter white blossoms.
  • Blush tones and light pinks also look spectacular surrounded by white flowers.
  • Deep red berries are striking against greenery in bouquets. Add a few white roses for a beautiful final touch.
  • Winter white with touches of purple are suitable for the bridal party bouquets. Try a lighter purple like lilac for the bridesmaids, and a deeper violet for the bride.
  • For an all-white bouquet, add a few sprigs of berries for a nice pop of color.
  • Try an all-dark bouquet or centerpiece, and use different shades of red, wine, garnet, and burgundy.

Arranging the Bouquet

All floral arrangements generally have pieces in the bouquet other than just blossoms. For instance, pieces of greenery like ivy or eucalyptus always add a nice touch. Perhaps colorful fall leaves will accompany your bouquet during the autumn months, or sprigs of lavender for a spring wedding.  Even pieces of branches and twigs have been trending throughout the last wedding season.

Floral arrangements are great because you can really get creative and create something with an element unique to you and your ceremony. Plus, no matter what your wedding budget, you can easily create stunning arrangements.

Any combination of the following will help create beautifully season appropriate bouquets, garlands, centerpieces, or even crowns for the bride’s hair:

  • Christmas ornaments
  • Bunches of holly or berries
  • Pinecones
  • Snowflakes
  • Coniferous branches
  • Glitter or metallic dipped branches/flowers or metallic wirework pieces
  • Evergreen boughs
  • Pine boughs
  • Succulents
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