If you’ve never been to a winter wedding before and you’ve scored an invite to one this year, you’re in for a treat. Whether you find yourself traveling to Telluride or simply crossing the bridge to the Key for a ceremony in the sand, the cooler months entail a whole other nuptial style—and we here at Beneva Weddings & Events don’t mean the vows.
A cold-weather wedding tends to go in one of two directions, design-wise: the look is either opulent, with rich color and texture, or spare and clean, making use of winter whites and pastels. To evoke the luxe feeling of the former, designers work with flowers of substance—rose, ranunculus, amaryllis—in intense, jewel-toned hues (recently, weddings have embraced the color blackberry). In the last year, floral centerpieces have gone from being low and unobtrusive to scaling dramatic heights, hoisted in pedestals from the table. The scale may be a return to form, but the flower design is all new. Rather than the carefully controlled arrangements of yesteryear, we’re seeing mixed, seasonal blooms spilling freely from pedestal holders. The look is wild, undone and a bit distressed, and the flowers themselves suggestive and moody, which really captures the spirit of these types of winter weddings.
On the other hand, many couples opt for a wedding design that is soft and clean, with a palette that seems inspired by snow, ice and even—we’ve seen it—sleet. All-white bouquets of chrysanthemum, rose, Queen Anne’s lace and trendy white poppies are extremely popular and really set the tone for a winter whites or a pastel’s wedding. But these days, we’re even seeing silver bouquets in the hands of cold-weather brides, while gray has long been a major player in a winter whites scheme. Anemones, one of the season’s most intriguing flowers, with its white petals and black center, is really finding its way into the spotlight as well. Winter weddings also remain a wonderful opportunity to use natural elements in bouquets and on tables. Paper white and orchid look gorgeous alongside winter berry, pine cones and fir. This trend toward an organic design, beautiful in its simplicity, makes us think of the forest floor in a snowy wood. And that’s the point—to capture the serenity of that rustic landscape and borrow its effect for a little while.
Though the two design approaches to winter weddings couldn’t be more different—especially as expressed in flowers–they are equally stunning.