This time of year always seems a bit bleak outside when the gardens are lacking colour, but it can be a beautiful time to get married. What could be better than celebrating the love of two people to cheer up the January blues?!
Even if you want to choose or include seasonal flowers, there are still options for the coldest time of year. I’ll show you some of my favourites here.
Hellebores are a quitessential Winter flower (you might even spot some blooming in your garden at the moment through the frosts). They are also known as the Christmas rose due to the fact that they are one of the only flowers blooming naturally at Christmas-time in our part of the world. Although they can sometimes be a bit tricky to include in arrangements, they have a fantastic vase life if looked after and can look truly beautiful in a bridal bouquet or table arrangement.
Narcissi or daffodils sometimes have a bad reputation as wedding flowers as everyone thinks of the big yellow blooms that bring a bit of sunshine to our gardens in the Spring. However, there are so many different varieties out there from the gorgeously scented miniature paperwhites, to the lovely double Early Cheerfulness. At this time of year British narcissi are available – some grown outside in Cornwall and the Scilly Isles where the climate is slightly warmer or sometimes they are grown in glasshouses. Narcissi can be a little temperamental as they don’t like to mix with other flowers but they can be used in cut flower or bulb form, particularly in table arrangements.
British tulips are starting to make themselves known in January (although some are available earlier). Tulips have always been one of my favourite flowers because they just look so elegant so they can be perfect for a timeless and sophisticated arrangement. They do carry on growing towards the light once picked so you need to be a bit careful with storing them prior to use (or think about where you put your vase). As the stems are quite soft and short, they can be tricky to include in a bouquet so they tend to work better for table arrangements and vases at weddings. They come in so many varieties too including gorgeous double and parrot types – some of my local growers have fabulous tulips when they emerge in March/April time.
Does anyone else feel like little Nemo when trying to pronounce this? It never seems to come out right! That doesn’t stop them from being another one of my absolute favourite Winter/early Spring flowers! At the moment most of the anemones are coming from the Continent where they flower earlier due to a slightly warmer climate but we do get some early British ones too. For me these are just the most magical wedding flower – particularly the white panda variety with their delicate white petals and black centres. I would use these all the time if I could.
Yes I know – not strictly a flower! But I have to give a little shout out to British eucalyptus, which is at its best at this time of year – gorgeously scented and it comes in so many different varieties. This means it just has so many uses and its ability to last well out of water makes it the perfect foliage to use in wedding arrangements at this time of year.
So there you have it, just a few of my favourites to use for a beautiful Winter wedding. If you are planning a Winter wedding (or any other season for that matter!) then I’d love to hear from you 🙂
If you have any questions then do get in touch or leave a comment below and let me know what your favourite Winter flowers are!