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Flowers for Your Winter Wedding Wonderland

christmas-winter-wedding-flowersGetting hitched in the chilly months of winter doesn’t mean that you need to compromise on your winter wedding flowers.  Although relatively rare compared to summer weddings, winter ceremonies can indeed benefit from all the sparkle and glamour of the party season, with family and friends close to hand for the festive period. Wedding planners will normally recommend against sourcing for the low season as flowers can be much more expensive, and less available. However, if you’re all set for marriage in December, January or February – Arena is here to guide you in making the most of your winter wedding.

If you look out into the garden, it may seem that the selection of winter flowers is limited, but many varieties are available all year round. For instance, roses, lilies and carnations – the nation’s favourite wedding flowers – may traditionally be known as summer flowers but they can be found in virtually any colour throughout the year. Winter weddings may also be brightened by using lilies or chrysanthemums. Again both of these are a popular choice and are available all year round so you will not have to worry about breaking the bank when it comes to choosing your wedding flowers.

While the prices for winter wedding flower bouquets may run a bit on the high side, there are some great seasonal bargains to be found. For a real festive touch, what better than red or white amaryllis for an extra showy effect (as illustrated by our bridal bouquets above), or perhaps even poinsettia, holly or winter berries – mixing with winter evergreens such as firs and spruce.

Alternatively, there are also many varieties of lilies or orchids that make beautifully exotic winter wedding flower arrangements (as illustrated by our bridal bouquets below) and won’t necessarily cost you an arm and a leg. An exotic or tropical themed wedding in the bleak midwinter can make a lovely break from the cold.

Fire & Ice – Decorating Your Winter Wedding Flowers

Winter Bridal Bouquets
Winter white or very light ivory flatter any bride’s skin tone, and make the perfect canvas for bright, bold colours – bringing life to an otherwise monochromatic winter hues. When selecting a theme for your winter wedding flowers, a favourite choice is to opt for shades of white, rich greens and tones of copper or red and burgundy.

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Continue a seasonal theme with spray roses coupled with holly and/or berries, or alternatively take the low season as an opportunity to experiment with exotic flowers such as orchids or asiatic lilies.

Flowers for the Ceremony & Reception
If opting for a ceremony in December or early January, it is likely that the wedding or reception venue will already be decorated in red and green for seasonal events however you do not need to feel constricted by these colour schemes. Metallics and whites will complement your festive setting, while extra colour can be added by lightly spraying petals with glitter to add that little extra winter sparkle.


Candles are highly recommended for adding warmth and glow to any venue, and decorating your winter wedding flowers with light or crystal embellishments also brightening your scheme. Mirrors, glass pebbles and baubles will add a glamorous touch to table decorations for your wedding reception. Wax apples, pine cones or cinnamon sticks will also add an extra festive feel to your centrepiece arrangements. For more ideas and inspiration for your wedding flowers visit our online portfolio.

Seasonal Availability & Christmas Flower Prices

In this day and age of under soil heating and imports from as far afield as Africa and Asia, most flowers are available to buy in the UK all seasons. However, the more ethically aware bride may have issues with the perceived carbon emissions associated with their availability – as well as inflated marketed prices over the Christmas period! Sadly, it is likely that wholesale prices for some flowers are set at a much higher market price then at other times of the year because of the increased demand for them for festive flower arrangements – something florists cannot control.

However, here’s a list of winter and all-year-round availability without the need for vastly inflated prices or air miles: Agapanthus, Alstromeria, Amaryllis, Anemone, Anthurium, Aster, Bouvardia, Calla Lily, Carnation, Chrysanthemum, Craspedia, Cymbidium Orchid, Euphorbia, Freesia, Gerbera, Gloriosa, Gypsophila, Heliconia, Hyacinth, Iris, Leucospermum, Lily (Asiatic & Oriental), Lisianthus, Muscari, Narcissus (Daffodil), Nymphaea, Ornithogalum, Phalaenopsis Orchid, Phlox, Poinsettia, Ranunculus, Rose, Sunflower, Strelitzia, Tulip, Veronica.

Winter Berries - photo (c) Arena Flowers

If you enjoyed this post, you may also enjoy this one about about our family summer wedding, or perhaps this post about spring wedding flowers or even this one about getting the best from your wedding photography.

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  1. January 12, 2009 at 9:18 pm — Reply

    Great article. See for other theme wedding ideas

  2. January 13, 2009 at 10:37 am — Reply

    Hey Stan I enjoyed this post. Made me want to get married in winter. Just got to find myself a partner now! 😀

  3. January 23, 2009 at 4:55 am — Reply

    […] Flowers for Your Winter Wedding Wonderland Alternatively, there are also many varieties of lilies or orchids that make beautifully exotic winter wedding flower arrangements (as illustrated by our bridal bouquets below) and won’t necessarily cost you an arm and […] […]

  4. January 25, 2009 at 5:30 am — Reply

    […] Winter Wedding Wonderland Alternatively, there are also many varieties of lilies or orchids that make beautifully exotic winter wedding flower arrangements (as illustrated by our bridal bouquets below) and won’t necessarily cost you an arm and a leg. […]

  5. March 9, 2009 at 2:54 pm — Reply

    Im getting married in dec and my colours are white blue and silver…any ideas for flowers?

    • March 18, 2009 at 1:24 pm — Reply

      Hi Annmarie! First-off, congratulations on your forthcoming wedding. You’re on the right track by considering your wedding flowers in good time for your December wedding – a month that can be hectic with Christmas festivities and chores! Our wedding florists recommend Aconitum or Agapanthus, white Roses, White Anemone, White Anthurium, Bouvardia, or even big spiky white Chrysanthemum blooms (such as ‘Anastasia’). For a touch of colour, there are varieties of blue Delphinium and Hyacinth available in the winter, which will compliment white Lisianthus, Freesias and Gerbera. For added sparkle, metallic touches can be added to sea holly or twigs. I hope this has been of some inspiration for you – and good luck with planning your wedding flowers!

  6. May 1, 2009 at 12:48 am — Reply

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  7. June 22, 2009 at 6:18 am — Reply

    I’m getting married the first week of January in LA, with my colors being mostly white with beige and light silver accents. I just want it to be really classic looking. Any ideas for flowers without making EVERYTHING look white?

    • June 22, 2009 at 11:06 am — Reply

      Congratulations on your forthcoming wedding Camille! White is the perfect canvas for winter colours, and we’d recommend peach roses to compliment your beige/white theme, perhaps mixed with crisp white calla lilies and eucalyptus foliage for that silvery effect. If available, consider white hydrangea, which will combine well with roses; and experiment with silver-dusted thistles in your decor for that added touch of sparkle…

  8. October 27, 2009 at 9:05 pm — Reply

    Hello! Love your ideas, im getting married in January and my colours are beige and green… any ideas for what flowers i should use for my bouquet? i would appreciate your help. thank you

  9. November 2, 2009 at 6:06 pm — Reply

    Hi Ana A wedding; what a lovely start to a new year. And even in winter there are so many flowers to choose from that you will be spoilt for choice. Our wedding florists suggests that for the green in your bouquet you choose from bright green hypericum berries, green carnations, large green chrysanthemum blooms, smaller green spray chrysanthemums or, if you have a taste for the exotic, then the wonderful anthuriums – either ‘Midori’ or ‘Pistache’ – both of which are a vivid green. There are no truly beige-coloured flowers but, to harmonise with beige, we would suggest either ‘Vendela’ or ‘Artemis’ roses – both of which are a beautiful cream or you could use our ‘Talea+’ roses which are a warmer peach colour. If you wanted to have some nearly beige flowers in your bouquet then the mini gerbera ‘Café’ is gorgeous. There is also a lovely cream lisianthus which you could mix in with some cream spray roses; ‘White Lydia’ are particularly pretty. I hope this helps to give you some ideas to make your bouquet absolutely perfect.

  10. May 31, 2010 at 4:36 pm — Reply

    Hi – I’m getting married on 27 Nov and am very keen on using holly in my table decorations. I was thinking of teaming the holly with small white roses or perhaps mistletoe berries – will mistletoe with berries be in season in Nov? Do you have any ideas on where I might source it? Any advice (or alternative ideas) gratefully accepted! Thanks, Jo

  11. June 1, 2010 at 11:31 am — Reply

    Hi Jo, Both holly and mistletoe are available in November and would look stunning with white roses. Both can be sourced from the flower markets in Holland and any UK florist would be able to get them for you. Why not think of adding some ivy as foliage? It traditionally goes very well with holly and is a beautiful addition to winter wedding flowers. I hope this helps.

  12. June 11, 2010 at 5:11 pm — Reply

    Looks like your doing a good job with this blog.

  13. November 3, 2010 at 2:05 am — Reply

    Brides look stunning in the winter, it’s a trick of the light I’m sure, as all brides have a radiance all of their own. We are always being asked about winter flowers – so your article is just what we needed to read. The most popular winter flowers for our brides are amarylis, cymbidiums and gerbers.

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