Wild At Heart’s Nikki Tibbles discusses how to create a winter-themed look for wedding flowers at a December wedding without opting for the traditional festive colours
Q: We’re planning a December wedding, but I want flowers that feel sophisticated, rather than using the typical festive colours and themes. I’m not keen on rich reds and greens and don’t want my wedding to turn into just another Christmas party. What would you suggest?
A: For a sophisticated winter wedding we would normally tend to avoid the traditional Christmas colour palette of whites, greens and reds, but there are plenty of other options to consider and you can keep things very subtle, or add some dramatic focal points.
We would suggest that when it comes to selecting the colour scheme for your arrangements, you think about the flowers that you love in day-to-day life. Don’t be afraid to choose a favourite flower that perhaps doesn’t emanate Christmas or winter.
For instance, a beautiful blush rose (my favourite flower), is often associated with early spring, but can be the perfect place to start for your bouquet and arrangements. It is also a good choice for creating a luxury atmosphere at a winter gathering, and is always appropriate for weddings.
The festive element can still be added in a restrained way without becoming overwhelming once you have decided on your overall theme and colours. For instance, you could incorporate statement garlands and tablesettings using seasonal foliage, decorative gold pine cones, beautiful winter wreaths and luxury silk ribbon.
Other elements are also important for setting the scene and a very good way to add subtle drama and a celebratory atmosphere. For instance, warmth and sophistication can be added with the use of opulent crystal hurricane vases, detailed candelabras and a selection of unique gold vessels – the epitome of luxury and sophistication.