If you look out your window during the winter, you may not see much plant life. Trees are bare, snow covers everything, and there’s hardly a flower in sight. But despite the view from your front yard, there are many beautiful flowers that bloom in cold weather—and if you’re getting married in the winter, these beauties are just perfect for your bouquet.
The amaryllis is a flower from South Africa and the southern regions of Australia. Part of the lily family, this flower features big, triangular petals in vibrant shades of red. It’s the perfect pop of color to brighten up a home (or a wedding bouquet) in the dead of winter!
Amaryllis is most readily available in February and March, so this flower is ideal for couples tying the knot at the end of the winter season. However, if your florist can get a hold of the flower earlier, it can be a stunning and seasonal addition to your bouquet.
2. Paperwhite Narcissus
There’s something incredibly beautiful about a winter bride in her white dress, carrying a bouquet of white flowers. It’s a look that shines in its simplicity, and paperwhite narcissus can help get you there! These members of the daffodil family are available from December through February, making them an excellent choice for a winter bride.
Even if monochrome white’s not your thing, paperwhite narcissus still can be. You can also find variations of this bloom in a vibrant yellow color, adding a bright and cheery touch to your bouquet. Whichever color you choose, this flower will still be a star.
Think bouquets full of lush wildflowers are only for summer brides? Think again. Scabiosa (also known as the “pincushion flower”) is a type of honeysuckle that blooms in December and January, and it looks just as wild as anything you’d find in June. Scabiosa will add a feeling of whimsy to any bouquet.
Looking for variety in your flowers? The scabiosa has you covered. This flower grows in a variety of shades: white, yellow, pink, lavender, and anything in between. They can be a beautiful pop of color beside larger flowers, or grab a whole bunch for a sweet, simple arrangement.
4. Star of Bethlehem
If we’re going to talk about winter flowers, we have to discuss the star of Bethlehem. This perennial flower has a delicate star-shaped bloom (hence the name) and is incredibly popular in wedding bouquets. Because of its small size, this flower is best used as accent blossoms or filler, but they always add a touch of understated beauty to the arrangement.
Most often, you’ll find star of Bethlehem in a shade of white, with either a yellow or black pistil. However, the flower also grows in shades of yellow and orange, so don’t be afraid to ask your florist if you want to carry something a little more colorful.
Hellebores, better known as the “winter rose,” is a wonderful choice for cold weather weddings. A member of the buttercup family, this flower has a wide blossom with a slight bell shape. It also comes in a wide variety of colors, from white to deep plum (you can even find speckled varieties).
Adding hellebores to your bouquet is a wonderful way to embrace the winter season. You can combine these large flowers with smaller blossoms (like scabiosa, for example) for a truly elegant, wintry look. Best of all, you won’t have to worry about the elements messing with these strong, hardy flowers!
6. Silver Brunia Balls
Speaking of fillers, it’s my personal opinion that no winter bouquet is complete without silver brunia balls. This is a particularly unique plant; its woody stem looks almost like coral reef, and the balled “flower” is naturally a light grey and covered in a velvety texture. But while it may sound strange, it looks amazing in any bouquet!
Brunia balls are a great way to add variety to your bouquet. Instead of flowers, flowers, and more flowers, you can incorporate an original brand of natural beauty! The grey color also looks equally amazing next to white flowers and colorful ones, making it the ideal filler for any winter bride.
7. Berries and Branches
If you’re getting married in the winter, eventually someone will suggest “Christmas-y” decorations – complete with poinsettia centerpieces and holly berries in your bouquet. Your first instinct may be to say “no way,” but take a minute to think about it. After all, those flowers became associated with the holiday season because they are seasonal plants!
You may not want to go all out with the holiday décor, but a few sprigs of holly or yew branches can give your bouquet a nice winter-y feel without looking too much like an arrangement at the office holiday party.
With these flowers in your bouquet, you can get into the spirit of the winter season and carry a breathtaking bunch of flowers!