Getting married in the winter doesn't mean forgoing the flowers. Sure, your own garden may be snow-covered, but from greenhouses to warmer climates across the country, there are still plenty of blooms you can use to create the lush arrangements of your dreams.
But with so much inspiration coming from spring and summer weddings, with vibrant colors and full, soft texture (we see you, peonies!), it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to choosing flowers for your winter wedding. Victoria Ahn, founder of Designs by Ahn in New York City, is here to break down what you should look for when you're designing those seasonal pieces.
"If you're really in love with the shape and texture of peonies, look instead for garden roses," says Ahn. Peonies are only in season in late spring and summer months, and while they can be shipped in during the winter, the cost may be high and your options will be limited. Garden roses give you the same ruffled, full look and are equally large, so you'll get the fluffy bouquet you were hoping for.
Ranunculus, Tulips and Other In-Season Blooms
Thought there was nothing in-season in the winter? Think again! "We love anemones, garden roses, ranunculus, and tulips for winter weddings," Ahn suggests. Hardy ranunculus and early-blooming tulips mean you can have fragrant florals even with some snow left on the ground, while garden roses are available year-round and anemones are at their peak from October to May.
For a more modern shape, look to calla lilies, which are at their best from late winter to early spring.
Greenery & Texture
There's more to winter greenery than just pine branches and mistletoe, too. Says Ahn, "You'll get a seasonal and shimmery hint of greenish gray if you mix in silver dollar eucalyptus, seeded eucalyptus, and dusty miller, which are all more subtle and delicate than forest green holly." And of course, hypericum and pepper berries will add some color and texture!