I know that on a warm sunny day like to day it seems a bit mad to be talking about winter wedding flowers, but it’s a topic that I feel quite passionate about. When it comes to weddings held during December, January and February, I think it’s easy to assume that there are no flowers growing in this country, and therefore if you want wedding flowers they’re going to be imported.
I’m here to show you that it’s just not true!
With this selection of seasonal winter bouquets, I hope I can encourage some winter brides to fully embrace a truly British grown wedding when it comes to the flowers. So say no to the red and white roses, and fill your bouquets and arrangements with hellebores, anemones, catkins, narcissi, and more!
As with all naturally grown flowers, there will be seasonal and locality variations, depending on when and where you are getting married. We would always recommend choosing a flower farmer or florist who specialises in British grown flowers, and ask for their advice.
Hellebores and silver foliage
Rosemary, narcissi and lichen covered twigs
Hellebores, foliage and narcissi
Berries, paperwhites and anemones
Hellebores, ferns and foliage
Our last real wedding for 2014, beautifully put together by Samantha…
There is something so magical about this time of year isn’t there? I just love Christmas time and all the festivities that come with it, there is an air of excitement and everything seems to have a glow about it!
It was for just this reason that Emily and George the beautiful couple from today’s real wedding chose to have a winter wedding on the 28th December: “We love the winter, and we really wanted to play to its strengths for our wedding. With long, dark evenings and intimate, cosy family gatherings, there was a lot to work with.”
We couldn’t agree more, their wedding is so romantic and elegant, with some wonderful inspiration for those couples planning a winter wedding without wanting a bit of tinsel in sight!
There’s a gorgeous bouquet featuring succulents and rosemary sprigs by Jay Archer Floral Designs from our directory, fabulous wedding shoes, and literature inspired DIY decor. Don’t take my word for it though, read on and enjoy a little light relief from all that last minute Christmas wrapping…
There has been so much love for flower crowns over the past year or so, and I am all for wearing flowers in your hair on your wedding day, it’s just nice to see alternatives to the big statement flower headpieces once in a while.
When I saw this idea for a gold leaf flower crown (and that it comes with a DIY guide so you can make it yourself) I thought it would be perfect for a winter bride. Spraying foliage gold takes me back to my childhood, but this is a much more chic version than anything I created as a kid.
One of last year’s TNWC Real Brides, Nik, made these brilliant hot chocolate wedding favours for her wedding. She customised mugs and had these beautiful vintage teaspoons stamped with a message for each of her guests.
On the evening of their wedding guests were able to fill their mugs with hot milk and stir in a wooden spoon coated in chocolate. What a neat idea and a great way to have wedding favours that really get used as opposed to just taken home and forgotten about.
For an autumn or winter wedding in particular (but lets face it, hot chocolate is great at any time of the year!) I think the idea of hot chocolate wedding favours couldn’t be any more perfect. Here you have two options – hot chocolate spoons or jam jars of hot cocoa mix.
It’s rainy and miserable outside, so if you are getting married during the winter months (no winter wonderland of snow for us British!) then a cake that brings some cheer is a must.
We’re all about going with the seasons here at The Natural Wedding Company, so lots of colourful fresh flowers isn’t such a viable option for a winter wedding. This simple tiered white cake, with its sharp edges and chocolate dripping down from each layer, seems to be both rustic and yet elegant at the same time.
As a wedding blogger I find it’s easy to get past Christmas and New Year and suddenly start thinking about spring – in fact, I’m all too guilty of doing this in my everyday life. It’s a shame, because winter’s only just begun and apart from the rain and dark days it’s not all that bad.
I think that inspiration and ideas for winter weddings can often get overlooked, so today I wanted to share this image of a simple way to decorate your wedding venue for a seasonal winter wedding. Just because it’s winter you don’t need to feel that seasonal foliage limits you to holly and ivy, or wreaths. Keep your tables refined and uncluttered with a simple arrangement of candles (I really like how they are varying heights and sizes) and a scattering of fragrant woody herbs, and create a focal point of greenery wound round a metal chandelier.
I love today’s colour scheme from Gabrielle and think it would be a beautiful palette for a New Year’s wedding, and what about stealing inspiration from those lovely star candle centrepieces? You can find more colour scheme inspiration from Gabrielle at The Green Gables by checking out her Colour Crush series so far.
Lighter colour palettes may be more popular than dark but deeper shades can give a winter wedding a wonderfully warm and cosy feeling. This colour palette of diesel blues and greys may be a little unusual but imagine it against a snowy backdrop with candles and exposed wood.
I can picture this palette working brilliantly in a cosy barn venue with twinkling fairy lights, lots of greenery and touches of light blues and greys to lift the deeper diesel colour.
What do you think, can you imagine using this palette in your winter wedding?