“Here comes the bride”. We all know the tune that most brides choose to walk down the aisle to. That moment when you hear the melody begin and the guests turn around the watch the bride as she makes her way to the nervously waiting groom. Some people shed a tear, others are smiling insanely – everyone is happy. The bride looks beautiful, dressed from head to toe in dazzling ivory white, clutching her bouquet… wait, hang on a minute; the flowers! With so much to organise before the day itself, it can be a stressful time trying to fit everything in. So if you’re currently planning your winter wedding, here are some tips to help you when it comes to choosing flowers. Read on for the best in winter blooms for your bridal bouquet.
If you’re after an eye-catching statement flower for your bridal bouquet then you cannot go wrong with a beautiful amaryllis flower. Shaped like a trumpet, this bloom is tall and available in a large selection of bright colours. Ideal for a hand tied bouquet, an amaryllis works well on its own or with any combination of flowers. The brightness of its colour means that it brings a pop of colour to a winter wedding. Similar in appearance to lilies, the two work well in conjunction for a bridal bouquet.
There are multiple variants of protea and it is this fact that lead to their being named so. The bloom shares the name of the Greek god renowned for changing his form often. It is the King Protea that is most often used in bridal bouquets. The great thing about using this bloom is that it is such a statement flower on its own; you won’t need to buy any other flowers. Keep things simple by surrounding the bloom with green foliage and let it do all the talking.
Brides-to-be planning a wedding close to Christmas may wish to incorporate the hypericum flower into their bouquet. The petals are star shaped and golden yellow, with tiny red, orange and brown berries hanging off the stalk. The great thing about a hypericum is that it looks totally unique so you can almost guarantee that your bouquet will look completely original in comparison to anyone else’s wedding you’ve ever been to.
Although tulips are usually known as a spring time flower, they are extremely versatile and work really well in bridal bouquets. Compared to the other types of tulip, French tulips are the biggest and have the longest stems. The petals have a delicate frilled edge which makes them ideal for a wedding bouquet. Colour-wise, they tend to be less varied than other tulip varieties but for more traditional weddings, cream and rose pink will work great. If you’re choosing French tulips for your winter wedding, you may wish to consider selecting a bolder shade to contrast with the white of your dress, and the (hopefully) snow-covered ground. In that case, purple and pink French tulip arrangements are ideal.
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Guest post submitted by Rachael Blakewood, freelance wedding blogger, on behalf of wedding stationery specialists Bride & Groom Direct