Winter weddings are some of the most striking, with elements reflecting the beauty of ice and snow.
“Popular flowers for this winter’s weddings are pretty much all whites and blues,” says Amanda Nicolai, ICPF (Illinois Certified Professional Florist) of Countryside Flower Shop, in Crystal Lake. Blue delphinium and thistle, hydrangea, lilies, tulips and stock often grace wedding tables and bouquets, along with ribbon accents.
Stock looks like a cross between a delphinium and a snapdragon, and like its name says, is short and stocky. “They come in white, ivory, a couple shades of purple, lavender and true raspberry. It’s one of those fun ones that’s a go-to. Stock and tulips are coming back into season and will be big for weddings, especially more toward Valentine’s Day and through Easter,” says Nicolai.
Roses, always a popular wedding flower, no matter the season, come in whites and ivories for winter. The classic look of red roses with evergreen accents is also popular for December and January weddings. Another favorite, lisianthus, is a unique and elegant flower and available in a wide range of colors.
“People are also bringing in the silvers for winter weddings, according to Nicolai. “We did a New Year’s Eve wedding that had silver and gold for that New Year’s feel,” she says.
Another famously popular color scheme for weddings year-round is white and blush. “Seventy-five percent of the weddings we did in 2017 were white and blush,” says Nicolai. “A lot of the weddings now are very neutral.”
Bridal bouquets are going clutch nowadays, but with a more vintage look. “They're kind of loose and have that more romantic feeling to them. Brooches in and on intricate ribbon wraps have become very popular to accent the romantic, vintage theme,” says Nicolai. The romantic look extends to centerpieces, as well. “Brides are bringing in lanterns or eclectic groupings of vases and having us do different things with all the same flowers but not having the centerpieces identical to one another,’ said Nicolai. “This makes it kind of nice because you can do a couple, then change up the containers for others but still have that same feeling because you’re utilizing the same flowers.”