Following after the vibrant oranges and bright yellows of autumn, winter wedding bouquets offer plenty of their own breathtaking displays. As we transition into the colder months, when most things turn white and dark, your floral arrangements will be anything but that! Well, they may have some white in them. But they also have reds and silvers and purples and greens. Yes, you read that correctly–it’s perfectly in-season for your winter bouquets to have lots of green in them.
Rustic weddings aren’t reserved for the summer or fall, either. Your winter wedding bouquets can add to your rustic theme with juniper boughs, pine cones, and Dusty Miller leaves. Instead of browns and burlap, your rustic winter wedding can be full of iced silvers and soft velvet.
So if you’re looking for inspiration for your winter florals–look no further! Below, we highlight white, red, purple, and green winter flowers and plants you can bundle separately or together to match whatever winter theme you’ve got planned. Plus, some of the examples include fake flowers–which are ideal for inclement weather or outdoor celebrations.
Star of Bethlehem, Lily, Gardenia
Yes, your dress may be white, your suit may be white, your venue may be white, and the car you drive off in may also be white. But that doesn’t mean your flowers can’t be white, too! White is the color of the winter season, so your winter wedding is the perfect chance to incorporate this elegant color option. However, if you’re worried about too much white, add some silvers into your bundle or even frosted greenery and pine cones.
Of course, a white winter bouquet might not stand out against a white dress or tux compared to a red or purple. So we recommend white arrangements for couples with nontraditional wedding attire. This may be a colored tux or even a white dress with a colored shawl or wrap. All you need is a little splash of any other color to make those white flowers pop.
Roses, Holly berry, Amaryllis
Red is perhaps the most traditional wintertime color. Holly berries and poinsettias are used in decorations, as adornments, and even as holiday gifts. But that certainly doesn’t mean that your winter wedding bouquet can’t be red, too! Deep reds contrast beautifully with the snow-covered outdoors and the light color of any wedding dress. Plus, the red bundles will make stunning centerpieces against the reception tablecloths. (We don’t recommend having red tablecloths and red centerpieces!)
Because reds are all about contrast, we recommend that you adorn your cake or other wedding dessert with a few red flowers to match your bouquet. However, if you’re bridesmaids dresses (or skirts or pants) are also red, consider asking them to carry mostly green or white bouquets that complement yours. That way, there isn’t a wall of red at the altar with you, and guests will be able to see all the details of the dresses and the flowers.
Sea lavender, Hellebore, Orchid
Purple may not be the classic winter-and-holiday color that red is, but it has the same level of drama and more versatility. For example, you can choose from rich, dark purples for your evening wedding. Or you can decorate your outdoor celebration with light, delicate shades. In fact, purple is one of the best colors for an outdoor winter wedding!
Although you still have the colorful contrast to the greys and whites outside, the purples also complement those same silvery hues. Whereas red offers a stark contrast and white completely blends in, purple becomes part of the landscape and enhances it in all the right ways. Just be sure to add fresh lavender in your bouquet for a natural and aromatic finish!
Queen Anne’s lace, Hypericum, Evergreen
Like we said earlier–you can absolutely have green flowers and foliage in your winter wedding bouquet! Plenty of plants are in-season and thriving during the cold months. You can create an entirely green bouquet filled with pine cones and boughs, reminiscent of cozy winter walks through the woods. Or you can fill your purple, white, or red bundles with soft green finishes. Either way, your green-filled winter wedding bouquet will be full of life!
Adding a bit of greenery is an excellent way to invite the indoors inside, too. It may be too cold for an outdoor celebration where you live–so bring the outdoors to you! You can transform your venue into a winter wonderland with bouquets and centerpieces full of fresh wintertime plants. Just be sure to ask your florist about proper care, so they aren’t wilting or shedding by the reception.
Combined Winter Wedding Bouquets
Any combination of the above!
Of course, who says you have to choose just one winter color? You can always mix and match whites, reds, purples, and greens for a symphony of winter color. We know we promised you 15 photos–but we had to add a fourth combined bouquet because they were all stunning.
A combination bouquet is ideal if one of its colors is your main wedding color. For example. if maroon is your primary wedding color, that last bouquet from Etsy would be ideal. The maroon flowers connect with your theme, while the blues and whites enhance its richness. A centerpiece like that surely wouldn’t get lost on top of a maroon tablecloth! Plus, that bouquet would stand out against any maroon bridesmaid or groomsmen attire. Sometimes adding more color is the better option.
Although wintertime has a reputation for being dark and grey, it offers a variety of color for your winter wedding bouquets. You can choose from vibrant reds, rich purples, or clean greens. And, of course, you can’t forget about classic white. No matter which colors you choose, make sure they stand out against any dresses, tuxes, or table decorations.
Which winter bouquet is your favorite? What other colors make you think of wintertime?