Hosting your wedding during the winter can seem daunting floristry wise. Fewer flowers bloom in the colder months, meaning many popular varieties are more expensive or have reduced availability. Peonies, for example, are hard to come by.
But that doesn’t mean that your floral arrangements have to be drab. Instead, winter weddings open up a host of possibilities for creative and innovative floristry, allowing you to play with striking colours and bold arrangements, without compromising on style.
Rich, jewel colours work well at winter weddings – think royal purples and opulent reds. These decadent colours are best displayed in your bouquet.
Don’t be afraid to be bold – an eclectic mix of flowers in varying rich tones set against a deep green foliage will be suitably eye- catching for your big day, and bring warmth to a winter colour scheme.
You can afford to amplify your use of colour at a winter wedding – look to red anemones and yellow ranunculus for a flash of dazzling sunshine on a winter’s day.
Added elements such as figs, grapes, hypericum and pomegranates within floral table arrangements help create depth in a display. For a warm winter colour scheme, think about matching the velvety soft reds and dusky pinks of roses with the deep jewel tones of the fruits for a dramatic touch.
What might seem a little dark and heavy for a summer wedding can make a winter bouquet really stand out. Foliage is less pricey than flowers and helps achieve a natural look on your wedding day.
For a soft effect, look to ferns for your bouquet base while the rounded silverly shapes of eucalyptus leaves contrast beautifully against darker greens to add depth to a bouquet.
Think about matching the deep greens of foliage to rich reds and and dark pinks in bridesmaids’ dresses.
There’s a reason why red berries are a popular addition to many floral arrangements around Christmas time – their vibrant reds bring a warmth to a winter display and a celebratory feel to any special day.
Try adding red berries to your table decorations for an easy focal point in any floral arrangement.
Many flowers are available year round but for a special touch, it’s nice to think about using seasonal winter flowers. Look towards hyacinths, amaryllis, hellebores, paper whites and ranunculas for a seasonal addition to any bouquets and arrangements.
Hyacinths, in particular, can make beautiful table centerpieces – try having pure white ones on their own in a vase for a striking, simple display.
Some beautifully table displays don’t have to use flowers at all! Why not go back to basics and consider using wintry branches covered in fairy lights or vases filled with pine cones for a rustic effect? Or return to tradition with elegant candelabras along the tables for a timeless décor scheme.
Little touches, like added flora at each table seat, can help warm the scheme up as well. On a chilly winter’s day, it’s important to keep the decorations cosy so that a room doesn’t look cold.
Adding ceder to your table displays will give your wedding reception a rustic feel. Try replacing your table runner with boughs of the rich, green tree for a Scandinavian touch that’s soft and whimsical. Add red roses or pine cones to create a fairytale theme.
It’s easy to forget that the cake should fit in with your wedding décor scheme as well. At a winter wedding, you can tie together your theme by matching the cake to the floral displays. Unconstrained by the inevitable pastels of summer months, why not go for a bold, brightly coloured sweet treat?
Think about decorating the cake with signature notes from the floristry – if you have bright orange ranunculus, why not include orange peel or dried slices in your cake decorations? Winter fruits, such as blackberries, can also tone well with a colour scheme that includes rich reds and deep, jewel tones.
At Signature Living Weddings, we think hosting your special day in the winter can make it even more magical. Our beautiful venues always look extra special dressed for the colder months.
The White Star Grand Hall at 30 James Street in Liverpool is the perfect venue for a white winter wedding scheme, with it’s beautiful period features and gorgeous ceiling. Or, for a traditional take, why not take a look at our stunning Exchange Hotel’s Grand Hall? It’s wood panelling and grand interiors are a great backdrop to your special day.
For more information, and to start planning your magical journey today, call our incredible wedding specialists on 0151 305 3753.