How to Choose Your Winter Wedding Flowers

I provided flowers for Heather & Dan’s gorgeous winter micro-wedding, just a day shy of the Winter Solstice last year. They were married in Dan’s parents’ stunning walled garden in Stockbridge, Edinburgh. A big thank you to Natalia Swiader Photography for the beautiful photos.

Heather wanted her bouquet to be ‘wild, lush, with lots of greenery and to embrace Christmas and Winter.’ It was important to her that we didn't use any imported flowers and instead focused on true seasonality.

I designed a bouquet (and matching maids bouquet, buttonholes, corsages and tablescape) to reflect her wishes, focusing on mainly lots of different rich textural foliage to celebrate winter. I made sure I used some essential ‘Christmassy’ foliage too - Leylandii, berried Ivy and Pine, plus dried elements to bring extra interest and a few British grown flowers too.

It got me thinking however, about how interesting the process of designing wedding flowers in winter can be. So I’ve put together a little guide for some key things to think about when choosing your winter wedding flowers.

When in Winter?

When exactly is your date? Flowers available, as well as the vibe you may want to go for can be very different. If it's the very beginning of December you might decide you want to hang on to Autumn, if it’s closer to Christmas you could embrace this as Heather did, if it’s the end of January, well then….could you look forward to spring?

Also, winter doesn’t have to mean lots of green, I’ve seen some stunning arrangements and installations that look like a frosted winter landscape; lots of neutrals, chocolate browns and dusting of white flowers and/or seed pods.

British v non British

At this time of year, the decision to use solely British will have a large impact on the outcome of your florals as it impacts what your florist has at their disposal. The only thing technically not British in Heather's flowers were the Scabiosa seed heads - I had saved and dried these as they were leftover from a previous job (I hate waste so dry whatever I can to reuse later). Everything else was British - I used foliage from my garden, a friend's garden, dried goods from Essentially Hops and ordered with British grower BJ Richard’s in Cornwall.

Although I’ve said using solely British in winter will impact what is available to you, don’t think that that will limit you (or a good florist). You’ll be surprised what you can still get from British growers and it gives florists a chance to think outside the box.

I’ve had brides ask for ‘mostly British’ too, which gives you lots of options and means you can ‘top up’ on certain elements if needed by using certain imported flowers.

Foliage & Texture

The fashion for many wedding flowers now is to be heavy on the florals, and I must confess, when Heather asked for no/little flowers I did think it would be a challenge! But working with (mostly) only foliage allowed me to gain a new appreciation for it and create something really wild and untamed. I also love a challenge and responding creatively to a brief…

Trust Your Florist

So with that in mind, trust your florist.

I also used some dried elements for the bouquet - honesty seed pods are so wonderfully ephemeral and helped create a magical winter vibe which was also a play on twinkling Christmas lights. Some British flowers were used; British grown white Alstroemeria and delicate Paperwhites. I kept the colour scheme very tonal, partly because Heather requested a focus on lush greenery but also to ensure that the bouquet didn’t end up looking like a Christmas tree!

The bouquets were then tied off with hand dyed silk ribbons in orange and cerise pink - Heather’s two favourite colours (see her shoes!) from Cfleursdesign.

Your florist isn’t just someone who gathers a bunch of flowers together, they will really think hard about what you’ve asked for and work out a way to give you the best for your day.