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5 Magical Ways with Winter Wedding Flowers
Just because you’re getting married in the winter months, it doesn’t mean your decor needs to be Christmassy.
When the shops are full of festive glitz, it’s refreshing to step away from the obvious red, gold and silver and welcome your guests with something a bit subtler.
Here are five tips for contemporary winter wedding flowers that don’t rely on holly and ivy.
1. Think in colour
Unless you live in Narnia, winter isn’t always white. There are some stunning colour combinations that create a beautifully ethereal feel during the colder months.
If you love pink go for chalky, washed-out shades that pick up on summer’s passion for blush, yet feel calm and cool against winter’s grey-green foliage. Hellebores, anemones and roses paired with silver brunia or eucalyptus work together perfectly for this look.
For a bridal bouquet with impact, Odessa cala lillies – so dark in colour that they appear almost black – add a touch of gothic romance.
2. Use the season to your advantage
Autumn and winter bring so much more than cut flowers.
At this time of year florists are able to incorporate all the wonderful things that nature delivers as the seasons turn: berries and rose hips in pale grey, russet or deep purple; bursts of fluffy white cotton and pussy willow; grey-green mosses and succulents; and a huge variety of glossy evergreens.
Working with the seasons means your budget will stretch further - and you might even find some of these things readily available in the garden.
3. Let there be light
Unless your ceremony is early in the morning, chances are that natural daylight will be starting to fade by the time your guests arrive.
Make the most of this with warm candlelight that will transform even the chilliest of venues (think Ross and Emily’s wedding scene from Friends!).
We love church candles placed inside hurricane lamps and garlanded with greenery; add a touch of bronze here and there for added warmth and subtle sparkle.
4. Warm up by the fire
If your venue has an open fire, it’s the perfect place for your guests to cosy up with a glass of mulled wine after the ceremony.
Grand stone mantelpieces provide the perfect stage for sumptuous garlands and yet more candles; keep it simple with an elegant central arrangement, or go nuts with trailing branches for a wild, fairy-tale look.
5. Make your table decorations work harder
A group of potted succulents makes an eye-catching, on-trend centrepiece.
If your tables are round, gather them together in the middle and add height with a larger terrarium arrangement; for trestle tables create a neat line down the centre.
Add hand-written luggage tags tied with ribbon or string and they will double up as place names and wedding favours too.
Here at Gardenia we have been designing wedding flowers year-round for over a decade. Come and talk to us about your plans and we’ll help you create your own magical winter look.
General Manager & Weddings Specialist