Sumptuous colours, cosy candlelit interiors and maybe even a smattering of snow, winter weddings are seriously romantic. Fortunately, a winter wedding is also the perfect opportunity to get creative with your choice of wedding flowers, and make the most of the season’s dramatic colour scheme. Here, The Egerton House Hotel’s talented florist, Jane Wadham, shares her essential advice for picking the perfect winter wedding blooms.
Throw out the rule book
As Jane explains ‘There are no rules to a winter wedding. The trees may look bare but use this to your advantage: take wonderfully tall boughs and branches and fill with hanging candles for instant charm and romance. They’re also easy to stand in smaller painted terracotta pots, which are inexpensive yet add volume and height to any setting.’ Small, simple details like these can appear effortlessly stylish and add drama and elegance to a room, regardless of the cold weather and fading light outside.
Stay in sync with the seasons
Embrace the season and try to eschew summer blooms in favour of winter alternatives, Jane suggests. ‘Don’t be afraid to include seasonal berries such as rose hips and blackberries’, and consider the kind of colour scheme associated with this time of year. Wintery greens, velvety reds and icy whites can all be easily incorporated into your colour scheme in beautiful, modern ways.
Likewise, be inspired by the natural environment and think about using bits of foliage, moss and branches in your arrangements. The addition of something wintery like pine cones can look fantastic in a bridal bouquet or table arrangement.
Candles are also an excellent choice for winter wedding arrangements. Used generously, they will help create a welcoming and romantic atmosphere that your guests are sure to appreciate.
Commit to your theme
Jane advises couples to find a theme they love and run with it; ‘whether your theme is understated and simple or richly flower-filled and decadent, be bold with it. By this I mean if you plan to have candles and petals, do multiples grouped together and then sprinkle a few petals. If your dream is tall candelabra then fill to the brim using large fillers such as really open amaryllis lilies to keep costs under control, filling in with jewel-like flowers such as roses, anemones and ranunculus.’