Last week’s blog was all about the importance of lighting at your wedding, particularly in winter. This week we want to discuss flowers and foliage at your winter wedding.  Once your ideal venue is booked you can really start to plan the style for your big day; including the floral and foliage arrangements that are key to dressing your venue and play a huge part in the overall look.

We believe venue styling and floristry go hand-in-hand; and that was why we launched Not Your Average Flowers early last month – we wanted to give a seamless experience to our Brides and Grooms when creating their vision.

Nowadays, with approximately 90% of cut flowers being imported, picking ‘in-season’ flowers for your wedding florals isn’t strictly necessary. However, it does cost more to import flowers and therefore whether you’re a Bride on a budget or keen to honour the British florals of your seasonal wedding, below you’ll find some of our recommended winter foliage and florals.

Foliage and Fillers

At this time of year, there isn’t anything more romantic then mistletoe. Why not tie it to your wedding chairs lining your aisle or your church pews to add an intimate twist.

Photography by Pippa MacKenzie Photography
Florals by Fabulous Flowers

Pussy Willow or ‘Catkins’
Pussy Willow comes in soft shades of white and grey but can be dyed to match any wedding colour scheme which makes it a versatile and playful foliage addition for an elegant wild bouquet. They also look striking as centre pieces.

Photography by Eliza Claire
Florals by Daisies Flower Shop

This wintery looking shrub produces attractive looking flower buds in both white or red from November onwards. Include their green leaves to give a lush full look to your bouquet or centrepieces.

Image 1: Photography by Philip Bedford and florals by Eden Blooms Florist
Image 2: Photography by Millie and Belle Photography and florals by Eden Blooms Florist

If you’re on a budget but looking to create a striking bouquet, then fern can be a fantastic option with several different variants of fern to create a full look. To add a unique twist, spray paint a few of the leaves with metallic spray for that luxury winter feel! Fern is also a great alternative for centrepieces and dramatic table runners.

Image 1: Photography by Jo Bartholomew
Image 2: Photography by Luiza Smirnova
Florals by Asya Bloom

Adding dashes of colour

This hardy shrub is perfect for adding a dash of elegant colour to your bouquet. If your wedding dress is the real centrepiece… why not create your own DIY heather bouquet for a simple but elegant look to complement your dress without overshadowing it. Heather was used in ancient Celtic wedding ceremonies as a symbol of love and devotion so is a perfect choice on your special day.

Image 1: Photography by Sarah Kate DIY Bouquet
Image 2: Amalie Loves Denmark

Hellebores are in bloom throughout winter and available in many colours making it a perfect flower to fit most wedding colour themes. They can be used in structured or loose-tied bouquets making them versatile for many looks. With a soft ethereal feel, they’re also perfect for creating gentle flower crowns if you’re looking for something a little more boho. Hellebores are poisonous when eaten – so don’t add them to your wedding cake for decoration!

Image 1: Photography by Jessica Sim Photography and florals by Leaf and Honey
Image 2: Photography by Marina Koslow Photography and florals by Hart Floral Design via Magnolia Rouge
Image 3: Photography by Phase 2 Photography with florals by Beamsley Blooms

Hyacinths and Grape Hyacinths
Usually blooming in Spring, hyacinths and grape hyacinths can be forced to bloom in December bringing a touch of spring to your winter wedding. Use blue variations for your ‘something blue’. Grape hyacinths make great additions in buttonholes while hyacinths are beautiful winter fillers for your bouquet.

Image 1: Photography by Rankine Photography and florals by Planet Flowers
Image 2: Photography by Cassandra Lane and florals by Flower Power Bridal Gown by Charlie Brear

Paperwhite Narcissi
Part of the daffodil family, this dainty flower can be planted indoors in mid-October ready to bloom in winter. Daffodil’s aren’t just for Easter – symbolizing new beginnings they’re perfect for the day you and your partner venture on your new beginning together!

Image 1: Florals by The Real Cut Flower Garden
Image 2: Florals by Owl House Flowers

Christmassy Extras

If marrying in December, you might be keen to embrace the fact you’re sharing your month with Christmas. Add Christmas trees, pine cones, holly, ivy, fake snow confetti and cinnamon sticks to give your wedding a Christmas twist.

Image 1: Photography by Melissa Kelsey Photography
Image 2: Photography by Amber Lynn Photography

If you’re keen to have out-of-season flowers but don’t want to use imported flowers, there is another unique option for you to think about… paper flowers. Not only can you choose exactly which flowers you want to feature in your bouquet, buttonholes and flower crowns, with no worry of the season; but you will also get to keep your bouquet for life. Clare at Petal & Bird did exactly this for her own wedding in 2016 and now creates long-lasting bouquets for brides all over the UK.

Photography by New Forest Studio and florals by Clare at Petal & Bird

Not Your Average Flowers

If it’s real foliage you’re looking for – we’d love to see what we can create for you. Here at Not Your Average, we love creating fresh foliage installations for our brides. Foliage can be hung from lighting or chandeliers; wrapped around beams; or added to altars to create stunning backdrops for your ceremony photos. We love traditional foliage installations as well as creating something a little unique. Please see inspiration from previous weddings below and do get in touch for a complimentary consultation with our in-house florist, (Lisa, head of Not Your Average Flowers) to discuss your Pinterest dreams becoming a reality!

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Photography by laurenhensonphotography, Sarah Wenban Photography, Charlotte Razzell and Matt Penberthy