How to Choose Flowers for a Winter Wedding

Here are some of our favorite wedding flower ideas for the chilliest months of the year.
by The Knot

Getting married in the middle of winter doesn’t mean you can’t have a party filled with gorgeous flowers and foliage. Sure, the coldest months of the year bring frost and snow, but we’re here to assure you it’s possible to find lovely florals—and nonfloral elements—rich in color and texture and perfectly suited to the season. Here are our top winter wedding flower tips and suggestions.

Find Out What’s in Season

Do some research and talk to your florist about the best winter blooms in your wedding location. Many floral varieties are now available year-round, but to pare down prices, choose stems that are readily available and in season. Some of our favorites include calla lilies, camellias, daffodils (late winter/early spring), roses, amaryllis, gardenias, anemones, paperwhites, ranunculus, poinsettias and goldenrods.

Stick to Romantic Winter Whites

White weddings are always stunning in winter (and any season, really), but an all-white color palette doesn't have to equal cold, stark floral arrangements. Couples are going for a soft, antique white effect, made up of flowers in creams, ivories and even very pale blush hues. As for the blooms themselves, try a mix of classics like white amaryllis, calla lilies, orchids, tulips and anemones. This combo can create an effect of gently modulated color and texture that’ll look both elegantly monotone and lavishly romantic.

Choose Deep, Festive Reds

Not into an all-white color scheme? Decadent reds and other deep jewel tones are always popular color choices for winter flower arrangements, and for good reason. The best red winter blossoms include roses, anemones, amaryllis, gloriosa lilies, calla lilies and cymbidium orchids, just to name a few. Try monofloral arrangements—one flower type bunched tightly into high-impact, sculptural displays throughout the space. Another idea is to do more variegated centerpieces with a variety of shades including ruby, ink, merlot and plum for a visually rich, intriguing effect.

Rely on Greenery

Florists can add dimension to the bouquets and centerpieces by mixing in touches of sage green lamb's ear and silvery dusty miller leaves. You'll get a frosty effect that reflects the season while breaking up an all-white or moody red palette. For deeper shades of green, use evergreen branches, seeded and/or willow eucalyptus, jasmine vine, olive leaves, smilax or wisteria vine.

Think Beyond Florals

Bring a few nonfloral elements into the picture too. White snowberries or viburnum, or hypericum or pepper berries add dimension and serious seasonal appeal. Think outside the box and incorporate feathers, rustic branches, wheat, pinecones, fruit or herbs into your arrangements for an unexpected, seasonal touch.

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