Winter wedding flowers add warmth, color, and seasonal beauty to your special day. Whether you're planning a small and informal wedding or a large celebration that includes everyone you've met since grade school, choosing the right flowers will help set the tone for the day.
While winter weddings are less common than summer or spring weddings, you may be surprised at the number of floral arrangement ideas you'll find. According to the Society of American Florists, 13 percent of weddings are now held during the winter months. Of these, 11 percent are Christmas weddings. Both of these numbers have increased significantly in the past few years, creating a higher demand for beautiful winter wedding flowers.
Choosing Your Flowers
After choosing a reception site, finalizing the guest list, and ordering invitations, you may be feeling overwhelmed by your wedding preparations. Although planning a wedding is certainly stressful, choosing your flowers will be less of a chore if you remember the following tips:
- If you're on a budget, you'll want to stick with flowers that are easily available. Roses, lilies, orchids, daisies, and other traditional wedding flowers are available year round, but out-of-season choices will be significantly more expensive. If you have questions about what flowers are in season, ask your florist for assistance.
- Red, burgundy, white, silver, or forest green are the traditional winter wedding colors, although blues and purples are becoming more popular among brides in search of a contemporary look.
- While it's perfectly fine to choose your flowers based on looks alone, many brides consider the symbolism of each flower when making their choices. To learn more about the meaning of various wedding flowers, check out the helpful guide on The Knot website.
Popular Winter Wedding Flowers
Although the flowers you choose for your wedding will depend primarily on your budget and personal taste, the most popular winter wedding flowers are:
- Red or white roses
- Stargazer, Casablanca, or calla lilies
- Snowball mums
If you're having trouble visualizing how various flower combinations might look together, check out the build your own bouquet tool on the Links2Love website. This helpful resource lets you drag and drop various flower images to create a virtual bouquet that you can print out and take to your florist. Only the most popular wedding flowers are included, but it's a good starting point in your search for the perfect winter wedding flowers.
Winter Wedding Accents
Once you choose your winter wedding flowers, you may want to add a few seasonal accents to your centerpieces and bouquets. Popular options include:
- Holly leaves
- Pine cones
- Ivy leaves
- Fir branches
- Evergreen branches
- Small Christmas ornament balls
- Glittery snowflakes
- Seasonal ribbons
With a little creativity, you can come up with an endless number of floral options for your winter wedding. For example, roses, pinecones, and ornaments placed into a bed of evergreen leaves can make a festive centerpiece for a wedding that's near the Christmas holiday. However, if your wedding is a bit closer to Valentines Day, you may want to consider gardenias, white roses, red berries, and green ivy accents.