Winter wedding flower and decoration Ideas

If you are getting married in winter it can be frustrating when you start your planning and most images that come up in search results are summery marquees and al fresco picnics! But don’t worry; there are plenty of options out there for you. In fact, some of the most beautiful weddings I have been involved with have been in the winter.

Read on for our top flower and venue decoration tips.

1.    There is no point pretending it isn’t winter and so be bold and embrace the season

It is possible for florists to get their hands on all sorts of flowers throughout the year these days but it is crazy to import traditional summer flowers when there are plenty of seasonal options on offer. We have a pinterest board which shows what is available in every month for florists to buy and so browse our boards before you speak to your florist – you will be pleasantly surprised at just how much is available.

2.    Foliage, branches, berries and moss are your friends

...Especially if you are an eco bride who only wants to use home-grown. You don’t want your guests to feel that they are walking into an unnatural environment that feels worlds away from what nature is doing outside. Those who know my work will know I am an absolute moss and foliage obsessive! Using lots of greenery will really help your guests feel like they are in a natural environment and it is far cheaper to trail foliage over surfaces than it is to have a heavy concentration of flowers. Picture an outdoor winter scene that you love and make that your inspiration.

3.    Think about TRADITIONAL VERSUS NON TRADITIONAL colours  and ask your venue about their own christmas decorations

It is easy to get carried away with a colour scheme but think carefully about whether it will work in your venue. You might decide you dislike traditional red and green Christmas colours and then arrive at your venue only to discover it’s own Christmas decorations all over the shop! Walk around the venue and think about what will work best with the colours already in the venue before you get too fixated on your own ideas. Ask the venue when they put their Christmas decorations up and when they take them down. They often go up in mid November! 

4. Candles and Sparklers

Dotting candles amongst your flowers adds a wonderful sense of cosiness to a winter wedding. In fact, just cover every surface you can in candles! Sparklers also make great favours or confetti alternatives.  If you do include candles in your decoration scheme make sure you have agreed who will light them (waiters may be rather disgruntled if they unexpectedly have to light 800 tea lights!) and invest in candles that will last for the duration of the wedding breakfast.

5.    Consider using living bulbs

Speak to your florist about the possibility of using living plants and bulbs in your table centres. You can even offer them to the guests as gifts to take home. Hyacinth, muscari and miniature daffodils are lovely options to consider.

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6.    Invest your budget inside not outside

Everyone loves a flower arch but there isn’t much point in spending a fortune on decorating the outside of your church or venue if people will be too chilly to spend much time outside for photos. Also, if it is REALLY cold, your flowers won’t last outside in any case.

We hope this helps put your mind at rest. There are so many exciting and original options for a winter wedding! Do follow us on pinterest to see our boards that clearly show what flowers are available in every month of the year. Do contact me if you have any questions of join our mailing list for future flower tips!

6 top tips for your winter wedding flowers and venue decor by Jennifer Pinder