“I am getting married next December and I want something a little bit different for my wedding bouquet. What kind of options do I have?” Joanne
Claire from Flower Store – www.flowerstore.ie
Hi Joanne, firstly congratulations on your engagement and your upcoming wedding date. A wedding in December is always a magical time to get married – you can give your bouquet that festive touch. Incorporate the seasonal elements. Foliage like berried Eucalyptus, Asparagus Fern, Senecio foliage and Silver Brunia berries along with pine cones, intertwined with a choice of Anemones, Calla Lilies, David Austin scented Roses, White O’Hara Roses or Darcy which is a bright red. If you are a bride who likes the cascade bouquet, Cymbidium (orchid) Yonina, a pale lime colour is a great choice for winter bouquet. If you have a bridesmaid dress colour in mind, maybe incorporate this colour palette into your bridal flowers and button holes. Happy planning!
Judi from Balla Florists – www.ballaflorists.com
Bouquets using varying foliage or wood such as the Pussy Willow, Silver Dollar Plant, Erygynum (thistle), pheasant feathers or peacock feathers make a beautiful eclectic bouquet. All-white bouquets are at the helm of style this year. They are so on trend for winter weddings. By mixing up various flowers in cream or white, adding a little bling or feathers, and blending in some foliage for contrast, you have a timeless winter bouquet that looks so elegant when worn with a white fur shrug. I am using a lot of white and ivory flowers this winter and I am very excited about them. Some of the blooms we are using are the very popular Gypsophila Perfecta, White Waxflowers, Avalanche and Vendela roses, White Amaryllis, Callas, Anemones, White Lisianthus, White Carnations, White Freesia, Eucalyptus foliage, Pittosporum, white/silver berries and green Hypericum berries for contrast.
You could introduce some natural silver to your winter white bouquet by using silver foliage. It transforms the bouquet into something quite magical. I would suggest using Silver Pittosporum, Silver Dollar Eucalyptus and Dusty Miller. For a modern look, I would suggest white Anemones with black centres. They really look wonderful in blocked colours, for example, with burgundy. For the red seasonal bouquet, you can give it a winter look by adding red berries and some citrus smelling Waxflowers. If you have an all-red bouquet, it will make a fantastic fashion statement and perhaps use tartan or velvet as your wrapping. Flowers you could use would include Grand Prix Roses, Red Amaryllis, red tipped Hydrangeas, a favourite red Carnations, red Hypericum berries and winter foliage. You could also use a gold blend in a burgundy bouquet. It looks so beautiful in December. I normally spray flowers with high end smooth gold spray. I use Gold Ruscus, Gold Sprayed Berries, Gold Eucalptus, Gold Waxflower and Gold Holly.
Jesse from Bloomsday Flowers – www.bloomsday.ie
At Bloomsday, we normally recommend seasonal flowers year-round, which in December mean foliage, berries, and grasses. Flowers outdoors have gone to seed, leaving behind amazing berries and seed-heads along with robust foliages and branches. The current trend for rustic wedding details are a perfect match for winter foliages, and they are easily prettied up with roses of different sizes and colours, and winter fillers such as Waxflower and Limonium. Berries such as Hypericum or Viburnum are great for a bit of rich colour. Increasingly popular are all foliage bouquets, which can make up for what they lack in colour with size and drama. Large trailing bouquets of mixed Eucalyptus are a great twist on the current fashion for unstructured bouquets, but without the added cost of winter flower prices. Bunches of birch branches are available in all colours and add drama and colour quickly to foliage-based church and venue arrangements. Seasonal foliages are also great value, so don’t be afraid to use them in volume, creating large arrangements and allowing them to cascade over the sides of tables, even on to the floor. A few dramatic arrangements will make an impact, saving the pricier, smaller winter blooms for simple intimate table arrangements. And don’t forget lots and lots of candles to stretch the short days!
For more wedding flower inspiration visit our Bouquet Gallery!
1. Bouquet by Good Seed Floral Design – Image by Bethany Small via Style Me Pretty | 2. Rose & Berry Bouquet by Virtu Floral & Event Design – Image by Studio B via Style Me Pretty | 3. Foliage Bouquet by Blush & Bloom, Image by 3D Photography via Ruffled | 4. Winter Bouquet in Burgundy & Pink by Bloomsday Flowers | 5. Winter Bouquet with Silver Brunia by Balla Florists | 6. White Winter Bouquet by Flower Store
Main Image by Gabrielle Bower, Flowers by Rebecca Aspin via Love My Dress
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