The Best Winter Wedding Flowers That Don't Look Like Christmas
Article by Jessica Reeves | Photos by: @calebclaytonfilmandphoto
Just because you use evergreens in your arrangements does not mean that your winter wedding will be christmas-y.
Most Important thing to remember: Just because you use evergreens in your arrangements does not mean that your winter wedding will be christmas-y. As a professional florist one of the things that I always try to keep in mind is seasonality- what is happening outside and I try to have my arrangements and designs reflect that. Living in Western NY I experience all of the seasons but none more than Winter (I live in one of the snowiest cities in the US) so it goes to say I LOVE WINTER. But that doesn't mean that if I’m designing in January or February (or March, April or *gasp* May) that I want “Christmas” to carry over.
Evergreens are one of my favorite types of greenery to use. They smell great and can last a pretty long time which is amazing. They also can be combined with almost any other type of greenery and look BOMB in an arrangement- adding texture and seasonality.
- Port Orford Cedar- has a strong scent and a beautiful drape. Can be used in bouquets, loose greens for the table, centerpieces etc…… pretty much for everything!
- Long Needle Pine has a little bit more of a chunky structure and I think is more effective used in centerpieces, urns, or arch arrangements.
- Leyland Cedar- has a slightly more yellow/green appearance than a typical evergreen but like most cedars has a beautiful drape. Can be used in bouquets, centerpieces…. Pretty much everything!
Use evergreens with saturated colors to display texture and seasonality
Use evergreens with saturated colors to display texture and seasonality. Deep raspberry, plums and royal purple with touches of blue thistle add for a great look. It’s rich and textural and will let everyone know that you’re here for the moody vibe.
If you’re feeling BOLD here are some other flowers that would work perfectly for a jewel toned theme!
Winter White - Organic
For me there’s nothing better than trying to reflect the season (what’s happening outside). For most people in winter that’s bare branches and gray skies (I love you WNY!) However, winter helps to reveal all the texture and beauty that be can be revealed even in a stark setting. White, green, silver and brown work perfectly together to lend itself to a natural organic, while still elegant look. Here’s some flowers that work perfectly
- White Ranunculus and White Anemone: One of the things to remember when getting married in the winter is that most flowers' growing seasons have passed, therefore the season of the bulb has arrived! Since flower farms can force bulbs in greenhouses flowers like ranunculus and anemones, which don’t mind cooler temps are a perfect flower to use!
- Legit any other white flower
- Silver Brunia - Silver/gray is a great way to incorporate a “winter” look into your flowers. Brunia berries are very hardy and look amazing in any arrangement but especially tucked into boutonnieres and corsages!
Since everything is so gray outside, consider adding some warm citrusy tones to liven it up! Oranges, yellows and blushy pinks paired with evergreens (especially the Leyland cedar) will create a beautiful and vibrant look for the winter months! Our Citrus Crush, Pink Lemonade and Citrine Collections would look amazing with some evergreens to accent the season!
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About the Author
Jessica has a BFA in Art Education/Printmaking and her MFA in Studio Art with a focus in Non-Toxic printmaking. She brings 10 years of floral experience to her roles at Flower Moxie, having worked in Boston, NYC, and Newport, RI. We still don't know if she's a real person or a hologram but work keeps getting done.