There is something truly magical about winter weddings – rich colours, sumptuous fabrics, flickering candles and roaring log fires. And as everyone prepares for a cosy, romantic celebration, there is not a hint of pressure about the sun coming out.
“But what about all those beautiful spring and summer blooms?” we hear you cry. This is a common concern of brides-to-be who want a festival of fabulous flowers to mark their big day. To that we say, don’t panic petal, for some of nature’s most glorious flowers burst into bloom during the chilly season.
From frosted foliage and winter-white petals to branches of berries and deep, dusky hues, winter arrangements have a fairytale-like charm all of their own. Get inspired to create your own enchanting winter wonderland celebration with these seasonal ideas.
A touch of frost
The look: Winter isn’t all black clouds and drizzle. Crisp, cold air, low sunshine and long shadows, shimmering morning frosts and blankets of snow, all add to the romance of the cooler months. Evoke the season’s natural frosted beauty with silver-tinged foliage and delicate cream and white blooms. Add the occasional hit of black or deep red for a touch of drama, or soften the look by blending in pale, barely-there pinks.
The flowers and foliage: Opt for creamy white blooms, such as ranunculus with their delicate, paper-thin petals, anemones to punctuate the look with their dramatic black centres, roses for romantic nostalgia and tulips for a clean, contemporary spin. Add a little eucalyptus, dusty miller or silver brunia for a dusting of frost.
The look: Burgundies and ruby reds add a warm and sumptuous feel to winter celebrations. Team with luxuriously large blooms for grand weddings in manor houses and stately homes. For a more rustic feel for barn weddings with long feast tables, go for a natural arrangement with sinewy branches for that fairytale-forest feel. These wonderfully rich tones provide a stunning contrast to a winter white wedding dress (fur stole or velvet cape, optional).
The flowers and foliage: Opt for big, beautifully textured dahlias (winter’s take on the peony) in both peachy tones and deep reds for a stunning contrast. Mix with classical roses, branches of privet berries and fronds of feathery ferns.
The look: Make a nod to the festive season without being too obvious with subtle touches of Christmas spirit. Opt for winter white flowers with frosty foliage and pine tree trimmings, or cream flowers with succulent berries and a touch of silver greenery.
The flowers and foliage: Contrast cream roses with hypercium berries, thistles, dusty miller and eucalyptus leaves. Or add a festive touch to a bouquet of white anemones with small pine cones and pine boughs.