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Festive Wedding Flowers: Traditional or Not?

Festive floliage

Image: Ashley Dru

For many brides, flowers are a mind boggle. Trust us, we love our flowers here at Mrs2Be, but our knowledge of floral varieties ends at the difference between calla and Casablanca lilies. If you’re planning to get married over the festive season, you’ll have a few difficult choices to make when it comes to flowers. Do you go for traditional and festive wedding flowers in reds, golds and greens or a paler palette with festive touches?

We’ve had a look at some of our favourites winter wedding arrangements and chatted to Jesse from Bloomsday Flowers, who explained how to save money without compromising on style when choosing your festive wedding flowers.

“Winter flowers do not have to necessarily be rich palettes of reds and golds. In fact, during the festive season these shades are the most expensive because demand is at the highest which in turns drives up prices,” explains Jesse.

“We advise brides to choose pretty pastel shades and add festive touches with pine cones, sparkle, berries and feathers.”

“If brides are looking for the best value flowers they should go with a non-christmassy colour scheme, like pinks and purples, usually seen in spring flowers such as anemones, ranunculus, parrot tulips and narcissus. Flowers that are available all year round, like roses, astrantia and alstromeria look great mixed with seasonal fillers like waxflower or limonium, or dried items such as lavender, wheat, or twigs. Winter foliages like pine, holly, and viburnum look seasonal without being too christmassy, and pine cones are cheap while still looking great,” adds Jesse.

Anemone bouquet
Image: Brooke Shultz

We are very fond of this anemone bouquet in shades of silvery white. With a bit of luck you might even end up with a snowy wintery scene to match it.

Add soft touches of colour in your bouquet with beautiful thistles. This unusual rustic bouquet even has cotton in it.

Gorgeous bouquet of cotton, wood Sola flowers, lily and eucalyptus pods, berries and dusty miller – very different but very memorable.

If sticking to neutral whites and ivories isn’t your thing, we love the idea of adding pretty pastels to your bouquet and upping the festive theme with berries and eucalyptus leaves.

We are sold on alternative colours for winter weddings but just to be fair, here are a few beauties using traditional rich tones of red:

This red and purple wreath is so gloriously festive!

The addition of gorgeous, affordable poinsettia will add instant Christmas cheer.

Don’t forget to use candles in your centrepieces, as they’re relatively cheap and will add to the romantic atmosphere. Plus, who doesn’t look good in candlelight?!

Two table setting ideas we have fallen for! Cinnamon = Christmas! As for cranberries, sure Christmas wouldn’t be complete without them.

Thanks to Jesse at Bloomsday Flowers for her expert advice. For more information on Bloomsday flowers, visit www.bloomsday.ie.

Which do you prefer? Let us know with a comment below! 

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