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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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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