So you’ve decided on an Autumn or a Winter wedding? Gone is the summer sun and new budding flowers, but there are still so many species of flower you can use to brighten your bouquet and make your big day even more beautiful. Here we have some tips from the Great British Florist for some of the best seasonal flowers you can use over the wintery season.
- Dahlia. These are a common sight in bouquets in every season and come in a wide range of colours. If you want a burst of colour or a small feature flower this could be the one for you. You can also collect this flower in cream and white and they make great fillers to give any bouquet a bit of soft texture and bulk.
- Tulips. A controversial flower choice for bouquets, but one that any daring woman of style must include in her bouquet this year! The great thing about this plant is the unusual shape and texture. This injects smooth texture and almost alien form to the average soft, rustic looking wedding bouquet. You can also choose to go for a no-fuss look of a tulip-only bouquet. This allows you to decorate yourself and your dress far more in contrast.
- Sweet Pea. Superb for adding a lovely scent to your bouquet, this plant is comes in a number delicate colours and it adds much needed bulk to a wedding bouquet. Why not add some soft pinks and lilacs to a pure white bouquet to add a touch of feminine charm?
- Mistletoe. Ever popular in our homes (and Christmas parties) in the winter season, white mistletoe berries add a touch of life to any bouquet. Foliage such as mistletoe is very good as filler and these touches of detail help to make a bouquet look homemade and rustic. This is great for a country wedding or a Christmas theme.
- Chrysanthemum. For any bride-to-be looking to make a statement, this big, colourful flower should be top of the list. Deep purples and soft pinks look at home in a white bouquet; if you want a bouquet to burst with warmth there are many orange, yellow and red colours to draw the eye.
- Gardenia. This luxury flower is a must have if you want a decadent wedding. Choose a few of these as the feature flower and fill the rest of the bouquet with white flowers and silvery eucalyptus leaves to create an icy coloured yet subtly soft wedding bouquet. These can also stand alone as a bouquet by themselves, but they can be pricy.
- Carnations. Another classic of both the wedding bouquet and the vase at home, these are great for filling in gaps, adding colour and adding lots of texture. For added detail choose heavily patterned carnations with rich colours on the petal rims or deep into the flower.
- Amaryllis. Roses and peonies are the feature flowers of spring and summer, but amaryllis takes the crown during the colder months. This splayed flower has gently pointed petals that mark it out from many species of flower, and the stamens mint at its lily-like texture.
- Bells of Ireland. For those counting off the days till the greenery of spring rears its head, these green plants add a splash of life and a hint of spring to any bouquet this season. If you’re leaning towards a colourful, Mediterranean-coloured bouquet this goes great against oranges and yellows as foliage.
- Ranunculus. These tightly wound, rose-like flowers appear almost like they’re made of yarn. Many of these have a different colour in their centre, which you can use to add a pop of contrasting colour to any bouquet. Due to their unusual texture they look great in a rustic bouquet.
The most important thing to think of is that flowers for weddings must still represent you. Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean that you have to go for white and icy green even though you’re burning for a bouquet in all the colours of summery Spain. Most species come in colours for everyone, so just shop around at different florists as they often have different stock!