Planning Your Winter Wedding Flowers

Winter is a truly enchanting season to tie the knot. Not only can couples bypass the worry of whether or not the sun will be shining (this is the UK, after all), but you can enjoy all the lovely festive feels that come hand in hand with the cooler weather, early evenings and cosy nights in front of a roaring log fire. From frosty, winter-wonderland inspired weddings to bold, jewel-toned affairs, Christmas extravaganzas and even brightly coloured blooms, there are some truly fabulous winter wedding flowers to be enjoyed at this time of year and perhaps all the more reason to go to town with them.

What’s in Season?

Although there’s some limit on the varieties available in the winter, there are still tonnes of beautiful flowers that peak in the cooler months, including ever-popular ranunculus, anemones and hellebores. Wintery foliages and berries such as skimmia, holly and ilex are very much of the season and perfect for combining with seasonal blooms for a truly wintery look and feel.

White Anemone and rose winter bridal bouquet with a touch of grey Brunia and pearlescent pins
Anemones come into their own over winter, first appearing in autumn and continuing through to spring

Going Bold

With the weather outside turning dark and grey, there’s all the more reason to max out on colour. Why not embrace it with deep plums and luxurious crimson shades, or jewel-toned blooms for something with a little more pizzazz? It’s the ideal way to make the most of year-round varieties such as Blueberry, Red Piano and velvety red Naomi roses which could be paired down with muted vintage roses for a more wistful, romantic feel.

A deep red, crimson and violet wedding bouquet
Make the most of all-year-round varieties with deep red, crimson and plum roses

Summery Substitutes

For those who’d prefer to keep their blooms on the summery side, there are of course lots of colourful varieties to give the distinct impression it’s July out there. Winter favourites, anemones and ranunculus, come in every colour under the sun from vivid yellows, oranges and reds to blues, purples and pinks. With its tightly packed layers of pink petals, the pink ranunculus is an ideal substitute for summer’s most popular bridal bloom, the peony. Moreover, and little known to some,  classic spring favourites such as tulips, hyacinth and lilac begin to make an early appearance in later November, too.

pink hand tied bridal bouquet
Pink ranunculus are an ideal substitute for the winter season when peonies are scarce on the ground

To Christmas or Not to Christmas

Couples marrying in December are often faced with the decision or whether or not to embrace Christmas as a wedding theme. Getting into the spirit of things opens the door to all the fabulous festive decor associated with the season, including glitter, frosted pine cones, scented cinnamon sticks, wax-dipped apples and pine foliage aplenty. On the other hand, with so many wintery wedding flowers to choose from, why share the stage? The choice, as our favourite Liverpudlian matchmaker would say, is yours.

red anemone bridal bouquet
Anemones, in every colour under the sun, come into their own from late November onwards

Candlelit Affair

Glittering candlelight will elevate any occasion, especially when the nights draw in and you’re celebrating a cosy winter wedding. Arrange candles on the tables between your floral designs, on mantelpieces, side tables, down the aisle — the more the merrier! Their soft, muted light brings a wonderful touch to winter evening celebrations. Using a variety of frosted or metallic tea lights, lanterns, candelabras and candlesticks will only add to the effect of sparkling, winter romance.

A candlelit wedding at Claridge's hotel
Nothing sets off winter wedding arrangements quite as romantically as soft candlelight

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