Getting married in the winter doesn't mean forgoing the flowers. In fact, seasonal flowers for winter weddings can be just as stunning as those summer arrangements you already have saved to your Pinterest board. Sure, your own garden may be snow-covered, but there are still plenty of blooms you can use to create the lush arrangements of your dreams.
There are tons of beautiful advantages to winter weddings, you know. Winter brides have breathtaking snowy settings, holiday decor, and classic long sleeve wedding dresses for the choosing. But with so much floral 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 nuptials. What's in season? What will have the same lush look as those super stunning summer arrangements and springtime bouquets? What won't wilt in the frosty air by the time the cake cutting rolls around? Fret not, winter brides: Luckily, 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 these seasonal pieces.
Here are the seasonal flowers she suggests for winter weddings. Trust us—these blooms are so beautiful, you'll forget all about peonies!
"If you're really in love with the shape and texture of peonies, look instead for garden roses," suggests 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 and Anemones
Thought there was nothing in-season in the winter? Think again! "We love anemones and ranunculus for winter weddings," Ahn says. Hardy ranunculus and striking anemones mean you can have fragrant florals even with some snow left on the ground. Large and romantic ranunculus are at their best from January through May, while 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 and Texture
There's more to winter greenery than just pine branches and mistletoe. Ahn explains, "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!