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8 Winter Wedding Flowers Tips & Ideas

Winter Wedding Flowers

Updated on: Feb 11, 2024

Are you looking to find the right flowers for your winter wedding? Choosing winter wedding flowers from floral shops months beforehand can be difficult as those flowers may not be in bloom for your wedding. Be sure to take into account the availability of the flowers when deciding on which flowers you want. Some flowers are available year-round that you can mix in. These ideas below will be sure to help with your wedding flower choice for your wedding ceremony!

Tips For Your Winter Wedding Flowers

1. Choosing the Right Colors

If you go to your local florists to search for the right wedding flowers, try not to go overboard with the green and red if you’re having a winter wedding. If you do, your wedding might look too much like a Christmas celebration. Try to go for more seasonal colors, as opposed to holiday colors. Mix up greens and reds with gold, silver, pastels, or even light blue.

2. Mix Up flowers with Other Seasonal Elements

There are tons of different items you can add to winter wedding flowers to make your flower arrangements, and boutonnieres stand out. You can mix the flowers you chose with brown branches, dried leaves, small pumpkins, or orange beads for a fall wedding. This way, the fall theme can continue even if you chose different flower colors. Add ribbons, crystals, silver accents, gold accents, ferns, greenery, pinecones, mistletoe, branches, red berries, and even satin flowers for a winter wedding.

For your centerpieces, think about adding lanterns to give off a warm glow for the evening that will make your flower arrangements pop. Just by taking one or two of these items, you can upgrade your floral design. Floral shops and flower shops often have items like these in stores, but you can also add them to your bouquet yourself by getting supplies at local craft stores.

3. Additional Flower Options

Add some winter wedding flowers that are in season and some that are not. Flowers that are in season during the fall or winter will look great in bouquets and boutonnieres. Some flowers that are in bloom during the winter are amaryllis, forget-me-nots, orchids, and roses are in season. Mix your favorites with calla lilies, carnations, or orchids to add in some year-round flowers and make them really pop.

4. The Cold Factor

Having flowers subjected to cold weather shortens their lifespan. If you were hoping to get an outside photo shoot, try to make it as short as possible or use artificial flowers. Silk flowers can look pretty realistic, but can also be expensive. You can also have two bouquets, one for the ceremony and one for photos. This way, you always have fresh flowers that look great for both events.

5. Visit Your Local Florist

Wedding flowers can come in all different shapes and sizes, so think about what creative things you can add to your bouquet to make it one of a kind. Floral design is an art form that you may doubt at first, but take some of these tips to your local flower shops, and they will be able to show you flower arrangements that will amaze the guests.

Winter Wedding Ceremony and Reception Flowers

6. If you’re looking for winter wedding flowers with warm tones (reds/oranges/yellows)

  • Amaryllis
  • Christmas Cactus
  • Daffodil
  • Holly
  • Narcissus
  • Poinsettia
  • Ranunculus
  • Winter Aconite

7. If you’re looking for winter wedding flowers with cool tones (blues/purples/white)

  • Anemone
  • Bells of Ireland
  • Camellias
  • Casa Blanca Lily
  • Cosmos
  • Forget-me-nots
  • Jasmine Snowdrop Flowers
  • Squill
  • Star Gazer Lily
  • Star of Bethlehem
  • Sweetpea
  • Waxflower

8. These winter wedding flowers come in a wide variety of colors:

  • Anemone
  • Bells of Ireland
  • Christmas Cactus
  • Cosmos
  • Ranunculus
  • Sweetpea
  • Tulip

Winter Wedding Flowers: Conclusion

From picking colorful flowers to flowers with cooler tones and trying to find that perfect boutonniere, by adding seasonal items and keeping your flowers fresh, you will definitely have great flowers that will add a winter touch to your wedding. Be sure to think about your venue size and theme before visiting your local floral shop to get a better idea of how many you will need to get. Hopefully, these tips and ideas for winter wedding flowers helped you, and better yet, these are great flower ideas for any event as well!

Written by Emily Palermo and Caitlin Connell; Contributor: Chris Legere

Caitlin Connell

Mount Holyoke College

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Chris Legere

College of the Holy Cross

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