Choosing wedding flowers that naturally grow around the time of your ceremony is one of the best ways to ensure your arrangements look fresh and match the seasonal aesthetic of your big day. Although fewer flowers are in bloom during the winter months, there are still plenty of lovely options to pick from and you can also add non-floral elements like berries, pinecones, dusty miller and eucalyptus greenery into your winter arrangements.
What Flowers Are Good for Winter Weddings?
Winter weddings offer a unique ambiance and can be accompanied by stunning floral arrangements that are beautiful and still fit the season. While white is timeless and simply elegant, there are also plenty of colors that can be infused into your floral decor, including ones that will complement your wedding theme. From your boutonnieres and your wedding bouquet to table decorations, here are some winter flowers to consider, and then we’ll look at some arrangement ideas.
- Amaryllis feature large, striking blooms available in deep reds, crisp whites, and pinks.
- Anemone have an appearance similar to poppies, are recognizable by their dramatic black center and generally have petals that are white, purple or red.
- Calla Lilies can be readily cultivated in greenhouses making them an accessible bloom all year long.
- Camellia have lush petals and deep green foliage, a cross between a ranunculus, peony and gardenia. With around 3,000 hybrids, you can find camellia in a variety of shades.
- Carnations are a budget-friendly flower that are available in an array of color schemes, from white and orange to pink and burgundy.
- Gardenia are available year-round and blooms come in shades of white and cream.
- Gerbera Daisy have cheerful blooms that grow in prismatic shades of red, orange, yellow, pink and white.
- Hellebore the star-shaped blooms typically present in shades of green, purple, burgundy or brown.
- Narcissus Paperwhite have funnel-shaped blossoms and long stems, and are among the most beautiful winter flowers.
- Orchids sometimes referred to as moth orchids, Phalaenopsis orchids have a distinct shape. These exotic blooms are available in white, which can be very fitting for winter.
- Poinsettias are the quintessential holiday flowering plant, recognizable by their bright red leaves and green foliage, but cream-colored varieties are available as well.
- Ranunculus have tightly bunched petals making them look like ruffled roses.
- Roses are the most popular wedding flower and growers have found ways to make them readily available all year long.
- Tulips are known for their cup-shaped blooms that bend open at the top.
- Star of Bethlehem as the name suggests, the slender petals of this white winter flower spray out in a star-like way.
In addition to flowers of all shades, winter wedding themes lend themselves well to additional greenery elements such as succulents, pine, fir, mistletoe, holly and eucalyptus. Ilex berries and those from holly, add a bright pop of red that can also be combined with flowers. Combining your flowers with winter greenery, berries, and even elements like pinecones can create a beautiful festive and seasonal touch, too.
Winter Wedding Flower Arrangement Ideas
Have you always dreamed of having a wedding that felt like a winter wonderland? Winter weddings are especially romantic and cozy, especially somewhere with crisp cold air and falling snowflakes. When it comes to choosing your wedding arrangements, there are plenty of options that will complement the winter season from rich, deep colors to delicate white blooms. A great first place to start is with color, consider jewel tones, creams or blush tones with textures, metallics and greenery accents.
There’s no better time to incorporate red roses into your wedding decor than during a romantic winter wedding. Red roses look great with all styles and aesthetics and are especially dramatic against a white blanket of snow. When thinking of winter it’s hard not to think of white fluffy snow, so why not use it as inspiration? Use a monochromatic palette with all white flowers like roses, orchids, anemones, and lilies, and add a touch of greenery with eucalyptus or ferns.
Winter is often associated with deep, rich colors that evoke warmth and comfort. Some of the most popular colors for winter wedding bouquets include:
- Burgundy this rich, deep red hue is perfect for winter weddings, and pairs well with other deep colors like navy and forest green.
- Navy is a classic winter color that adds a touch of elegance to any bouquet.
- Forest Green is deep and dark, and perfect for winter weddings, especially when paired with other rich colors.
- White is a timeless winter color that adds a touch of elegance to any bouquet.
Winter is also the perfect season to add textures to your wedding flowers. Popular textured flowers for a winter wedding include roses, hellebores, tulips, delphinium, amaryllis, and anemones. Think about using dramatic flowers and greenery that overflows in your bouquet. Big leafy stems help fill out a bouquet, and also offer another layer of texture and color. Consider using flowers with velvety texture, unique blooms, and rich colors or add soft white feathers into bouquets and arrangements for a unique texture and to enhance the wintry vibe.
The shimmer of metallic colors adds stunning texture and depth to a wedding flower color palette. Adding in silver or gold elements to your flower arrangements will make an immediate pop, whether in your bouquets or table decorations. Also consider frosted branches or silver-painted twigs into bouquets and centerpieces to give the feeling of a winter wonderland. Dusty Miller, silver-gray foliage can add a frosty touch to any arrangement.
Remember, the key to successful winter arrangements is to capture the essence of the season while ensuring it aligns with your overall wedding theme and mood. Are you planning a winter wedding In Pennsylvania? Historic Acres of Hershey is beautiful year-round and offers multiple spaces that accommodate wedding groups of all sizes. Contact us to learn more about our availability and set up a time to come see our event spaces.