Wedding Flowers Expert - Karen Barnes
As an increasingly popular season to tie the knot, there are plenty of colour and style options for the winter bride. If youre planning a winter wedding, see our seasonal guide to winter wedding flowers and discover the latest trends from our expert florists.
"There is so much beauty around us in the cooler months with nature providing plenty of inspiration for winter and Christmas weddings. For your florist its a fabulous time of year to experiment with seasonal textures and colours to create unique designs which exude true style and glamour."
"Cool blue, silvery greys and snowy whites are the perfect colour combination for a bride who wants to inject some winter sparkle into her wedding day.
Here the look has been achieved by using a combination of large headed Avalanche roses, mop headed blue hydrangea, grey-green eucalyptus, spray roses and delicate bouvardia.
Ask your florist to add some glacial touches by incorporating jewels, chiffon ribbon and a generous helping of tulle. The overall look is glamourous and opulent."
Corienne Dixon, Flowers by Suzanne, Lincoln
"For the bride who wants to avoid the clichés of a winter wedding, vibrant flowers are a wonderful way to add some warmth and colour to their big day.
In these designs the vivid pinks of the gerbera, freesia and stunning Piano roses are set off to perfection by the rich blue anemones- a favourite seasonal wedding flower. Elsewhere, Vanda orchids bring a touch of romance and glamour to table arrangements.
For winter weddings, when daylight falls away early, consider combining your flower arrangements with candles. For a top arrangement with a difference, simple hand-tied posies arranged in silvered glass vases look spectacular running down the full length of the table, punctuated with lit candles in complimentary colours."
Steve Betts, Urban Design Flowers, Birmingham
"Nudes and muted tones remain a popular choice for brides. For a seasonal take on this trend, ask your florist to combine a combination of subtle pinks and creams.
Flowers such as the delicately coloured Hypnose roses and pretty astrantia are perfect choices to achieve the look whilst the addition of decorative seed heads and miniature wood slices bring the enchanted forest theme to life."
Karen Barnes, Head of Product Development, Interflora
"Deepest red combined with delicate cream is a timeless look that never goes out of style. For winter weddings this classic combination has just a hint of Christmas about it without feeling too festive.
In these designs sumptuous roses steal the show. Deep red Baccara roses are the perfect choice for the winter bride. The addition of red hypericum berries and burnished silver accessories completes the look."
Natalie Shaw, Natalies Florist, Newcastle Under Lyme
"For couples who are planning a Christmas wedding, choose an opulent colour theme of pinks, purples, gold and green and ask your florist to include as many festive touches as possible, including seasonal foliage, glittered pine cones and even fairy lights!"
Janet Boast, Going Dutch, Nelson
Ask the Experts
Interfloras lead designer and Head of Product Development Karen Barnes shares her top tips for choosing flowers for your winter wedding.
I'm getting married at the end of November. What flowers should I choose for my wedding bouquet?Roses and spray rose are popular all year round, and you can always find a variety that fit perfectly with your colour scheme. White and red roses are always popular in the winter months.
Winter brides often also choose ranunculus, as these delicate rosette-shaped flowers look beautiful in a bridal posy or vase arrangements.
Were planning a winter wedding but want our big day to be full of colour. How do we achieve this with flowers?Rich, bright colours are a brilliant alternative to the icy whites for winter. A mixture of reds, pinks, purples and blues adds a lovely warmth to a wintry wedding. Opting for no foliage will help to make the arrangements bolder and will ensure they have real impact on your big day.
What are the key colour trends for a winter wedding?Icy whites and blues are always popular colours for winter. If you are looking for a bit of glamour, try adding diamante pins and brooches to the flowers.
Vintage is a theme popular in all seasons at the moment. For a wintry take on vintage go for a natural, almost woodland theme, using pale pinks, greens, creams and light brown.
I need inspiration for my table arrangements. Help!Candles are very popular for winter weddings, adding a romantic glow once the sun sets mid-afternoon. For a really dramatic look candelabras are very impactful and can be beautifully dressed with flowers. Using a mixture of candles and vases of flowers also looks very effective, and is a great idea for a full length top table decoration.
How can I add the wow factor to my winter wedding with flowers?Detail is everything! Little extra touches like a decorated napkin or favour boxes, or floral chair backs will add that finishing touch that people will remember... and usually take home!
Winter Wedding Flowers