While June brides may be blushing and smiling across all the covers of wedding magazines, there is something elegant and lovely about a winter wedding. It’s true that summertime nuptials might offer a few more flowers in season to choose from for the special day, but winter has its own wonderland of blooms for bouquets, boutonnieres, and the top of a wedding cake. Below are just a few of the choices available to you for a winter wedding.
Star of Bethlehem
This white, star-shaped flower of the lily family is often available during the winter months. It has a fragrance so soft and fresh, it’s the perfect addition to a bouquet of winter whites. The blooms grow from a bulb with the dainty flowers opening up from the bottom to the top on stalks between one and two feet in length. Mix with white Phalaenopsis orchids or oriental hybrid lilies for a solid white bouquet that smells as good as it looks.
This nodding flower of spring is available in many colors during the winter and look amazing in vases or in corsages. Delicate, paper-like petals swirl around the center of these soft flowers that can be several inches across. Deep red or bright gold ones stand out in a snowy background and look amazing tucked in with seed pods or shiny sprigs of evergreen plants for a winter wedding.
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The quintessential wedding flower, stephanotis is a flower very similar to white jasmine. Growing as a vine, usually in a greenhouse, it’s possible to find this prettily-scented bloom year round. The individual flowers are picked and pinned in such a way as to be worn in the hair of brides or on the lapel of grooms. Not terribly long-lasting, the delicious smell of this flower will stay in your memory and remind you of your wedding day.
Fresh Evergreen Branches
Nothing is quite as warm and welcoming in the winter time as the soft needles of an evergreen bough. Florists have access to all sorts of tree trimmings such as the yellow-tipped incense cedar or delicate tips of a pungent pine. Mixed in with a few flowers or cones and berries, these make excellent centerpieces or table decorations for a winter wedding.
Winter berries and cones
Bring the outside in with a few cones or winter berries collected from your surrounding environment. Have a florist wire a few into your bouquets or tabletop arrangements for wedding flowers that inspire. Green or red hypericum berries are a perfect find at any florist and can be added for effect to every aspect of a winter wedding.