Flowers for Winter Weddings
Many people think that winter can be a difficult season to source flowers for weddings but that’s not really the case at all. It is true that many of the popular summer flower varieties are now out of season but, if its mid-winter here then its mid-summer somewhere else.
A good floristry business should have access to flowers grown in all sorts of exotic places – Australia, South Africa, South America and Southern Asia. So if your heart is set on Peonies in December you can get them but we think it’s a like strawberries at Christmas – doable but they might not be your best option.
Flowers sourced from the southern hemisphere mean a lot of air miles. That’s not good for the flowers and it’s not great for the planet either. Like people, flowers are not quite at their very best after a long haul flight. They don’t like to be cooped up in air conditioned, recycled air for long periods of time. An experienced florist knows this and will therefore need to order more than is necessary as insurance against spoilage. All this means added waste, added environmental cost and extra expense.
When it comes to winter flowers take inspiration from what you see outside. In early winter many late autumn colours are still in season – reds, yellows, browns, oranges and russets. In deep winter we think that two main colour palates prevail – sparkling, frosted white with touches of green or Christmas toned, strong reds and greens. Some of the many flower varieties we consider at this time of year include Roses, Orchids, Gerbera, Snowberry, Hyacinth, Amaryllis, Calla Lilies, Spray Roses, Hellebores, Gloriosa, Tulip, Viburnum Snowball and Hypericum.
A single bloom with twig and berry detail can make a wonderful buttonhole, a bride’s bouquet can be given an extra dimension with the correct choice of winter foliage. Don’t just concentrate on the focal flower variety – emphasise texture with foliages, lichen, twig, moss or cones. Add vivid colour splashes with berries, rose hips or ilex. Use light on tall and larger flower arrangements. Candles in lanterns, candelabra or tea lights add warmth, movement and dramatic effect.
So if you are tying the knot in winter you do have an abundance of choice. Take expert advice from somebody who understands seasonality and who can source the very best this season has to offer.