Winter Wedding Trends: Flowers
With winter weddings picking up in popularity among our New Jersey wedding couples, we see our wedding venue decorated in beautiful wintry splendor. A top wedding trend we’ve noticed is that the cold months don’t limit the types of flowers and greenery used in wedding décor. In fact, we’re seeing a beautiful array of winter-season flowers, and creative use of lighting and color to make a winter wedding gorgeous in a wedding ballroom.
A key to your wedding planning ideas is using flowers that are in-season, plentiful and lower-priced so that you can incorporate more of them in your wedding décor. Our top New Jersey floral designers suggest the following seasonal flowers for winter months:
Alstromeria, Amaryllis, Anemone, Asiatic Lily, Bells of Ireland, Camellias, Carnations, Casa Blanca Lily, Cosmos, Cyclamen, Daffodil, Forget-me-nots, Ginger, Holly berry, Jasmine, Narcissus, Orchids, Pepperberry, Phlox, Poinsettia, Protea, Queen Anne’s Lace, Ranunculus, Roses, Star Gazer Lily, Star of Bethlehem, Statice, Sweetpea, Tulip and more.
Cymbidium orchids are extremely popular as a top wedding flower for decorating your wedding venue centerpieces and other décor items.
You also have access to the top wedding flowers available year-round: Baby’s Breath, Bachelor’s Button, Calla Lily, Carnations, Delphinium, Eucalyptus, Gardenia, Gladiolus, Heather, Lily of the Valley, Orchid, Rose, Scabiosa.
Flowers in Color
You could choose to decorate your wedding venue with flowers in all-white arrangements, to coordinate with a snowy atmosphere outside, or you could follow the new décor trend of using cream-colored flowers known as ‘antique white’ for a romantic effect. The range of creams in natural flowers include ivories and pale blush colors such as a very soft pink to add just a touch of color to the cream-colored palette that may even coordinate with the colors of your wedding ballroom better than stark white.
Or, follow another wedding flower trend and choose florals in bright, jewel colors such as vivid purples and ruby reds. Our brides like to use reds especially as a pop of color in the top trend of planning a black and white motif for their winter wedding. Among the top wedding ideas now is to avoid the ‘red and white’ color scheme that is considered a bit too cliché for winter weddings, and instead add some depth to floral pieces with richer merlot or cranberry hues in varying shades, mixed with cream-colored flowers.
Mix Flower Styles
Add some extra visual appeal to your winter wedding flowers by having your floral designer combine different types of flowers such as calla lilies, roses, orchids and anemones…flowers with different shapes and petals that look lovely in elevated centerpiece.
Add in greenery for effect
When you add in unique greenery to your floral designs, you add fullness, height, and varying textures that make your flower choices stand out against a natural backdrop, and couples planning budget weddings like to increase the amount of greenery in each display to stretch their wedding décor for greater effect. Some popular greenery includes sage green lamb’s ear and silvery Dusty Miller leaves to provide a touch of wintry shine in arrangements. Eucalyptus is also a popular greenery in floral designs for winter.
Add in branches
Add height to your floral arrangements, and make your wedding ballroom even more glamorous with tall willow branches in their natural wood color, or have your floral designer spray-paint them a glittery white, silver or gold to bring out the sparkle in your wedding ballroom table settings. Branches may also feature little pops of color via holly berries, pepperberries, hypericum, white snowberries or other wintry effect berries found in nature.
Evergreen and holly may be the first winter greenery you think of, but these are now best used as subtle accents to more elegant, flower-filled décor pieces, not set as the primary look to wedding flower arrangements. Our couples seek more creativity in their floral designs, so they’re avoiding the ‘expected’ winter flowers and greenery, and mixing up their décor items with more unique floral touches.