Red is one of the most fabulous colors for winter wedding flowers. It is rich, passionate, and seasonal. These are some of the most beautiful red centerpiece and bouquet ideas for winter weddings.
Not all winter weddings are the same. Some are Christmasy, some are Valentine’s inspired, and some are simply sophisticated. Whatever your style, you will be able to find red flowers to bring your vision to life. The key is as much in the accents as it is the flowers themselves.
Red roses are the ultimate expression of love and passion. They are certainly an enduring favorite for late winter weddings around Valentine’s Day, but they are equally beautiful for any winter affair. (Do keep in mind that the price of red roses will spike around February 14th.) One of the most striking way to use red roses for wedding bouquets is to create the bouquets entirely from the same variety of roses tightly packed into a classic round nosegay. If your wedding style is dramatic, opt for deep dark red roses, or choose a vibrant true red for a Christmas wedding.
Seasonal accents can be used to make special red rose winter bouquets and centerpieces. For a wedding in December, a clear footed urn can be filled with different sizes of round Christmas ornaments before being topped with an arrangement of red roses, red hypericum berries, and evergreen. Keep the look sophisticated by filling the vase with red balls mixed with frosted silver or moss green balls, which are an unexpected departure from a traditional holiday green color.
Flowers with a tropical flavor work surprisingly well in the winter. Did you realize that poinsettias are actually tropical flowers? Big pots of bright red poinsettias are an easy way to fill up an altar or an entryway at your wedding ceremony. Remove them from the foil wrapped pots that they come in, and place them in tall black wrought iron planters for a grand effect, or in large woven baskets for a homey effect. If you wish, you can return the poinsettias to their original pots after the wedding and donate them to decorate your church for the holidays.
Another showy tropical blossom that is popular in the winter is amaryllis, which are forced from bulbs. Amaryllis is a very lush flower which make gorgeous bouquets. It combines wonderfully with wintery greens and berries. You can make striking bouquets by accenting the amaryllis with large red crystals and glass beads woven into the flowers. Imagine how pretty that would look if your attendants were wearing red crystal bridesmaid jewelry. Speaking of bridesmaids, be careful not to create a look for them that is completely monochromatic. If they are wearing red dresses accented with handmade red crystal bridesmaid jewelry, make their bouquets from variegated white and red amaryllis, or from red amaryllis mixed with white lilies or roses.
Not all winter weddings have a holiday theme. A modern black and white chic wedding would be the perfect setting for bright red carnations. The red, white, and black palette is high contrast and high style. Carnations, which have long had a bad rep as a “filler flower” can actually look quite amazing when they are used en masse to create large full balls. The carnation balls can be suspended over dinner tables, placed in tall vases, or even carried by attendants as pomanders.
There is no end to the gorgeous red flowers a bride can choose for her winter wedding. From tulips to calla lilies to ranunculus, there is a red flower that will be ideal for your bouquet and centerpiece designs.