winter wedding

Blue & Purple Winter Wedding ~ Brittany’s Inspiration Board

Brittany writes: My wedding is in December. It’s going to be simple but elegant. My bridesmaid dresses are dark purple (grape from bridal gallery). I was thinking of having purple and blue but can’t find a whole lot of ideas. I originally was hoping to have calla lily’s but that’s not a must have.


Love the colors! I used a bouquet that I think is stunning and has a winter’y December feel. Made up with hydrangeas and anemones in various shades of blue and purple (this way you get all the tones) and green grey greenery. The soft green leaves makes for a winter perfect bouquet. I know there aren’t calla lilies in this example, but they go great with hydrangeas and we offer them in both purple and blue if you’d like to add them! You could even swap out the anemones for the callas.

Get the Goods:

Blue and Purple Hydrangeas

Green Grey Greenery

Blue and Purple Anemones

Photo credit: Holland Studios

Happy planning,

Blue & Silver Winter Wedding Flowers~ Lindsey’s Inspiration Board

winter-wedding-LindseyBouquet Inspiration Photo:  Andrea Hubbell  Photography

{Lindsey’s Request}
Hello! I was wondering if you can give me some ideas for bouquet arrangements with the colors royal blue and silver. I would also like a little bit of white in there. Thanks!

{Lindsey’s Bouquet Details}
This beautiful winter wedding bouquet via The Fete Blog can be recreated with Blue Agapanthus, White Roses, Baby’s Breath, & Tulips, and Succulent & Dusty Miller Greenery.  Add silver accents to our Blue & White Bouquet to create a bridesmaid bouquet.  Wrap each bouquet with shimmering Silver Stardust Ribbon.  Happy Planning, Mindy


Rustic Wedding Flowers ~ Sheila’s Inspiration Board

Rustic-Winter-BouquetBouquet Inspiration Photo:  Woodward & Rick Photographers |  Floral Designer:  The Bloom Room

{Sheila’s Request}
Hi, Our wedding is in December 2013.  Our theme is an outdoor rustic wedding at a country barn and church wedding venue. Our colors are mint green for the bridesmaids, grey suites for the guys, and my dress is ivory.  I want to incorporate the colors of white, ivory, green, natural browns, and a hint of coral to make the arrangements pop. any ideas???

{Sheila’s Bouquet Details}
This rustic Winter bouquet via The Knot is recreated with Cream Hydrangea, Ranunculus, & Anemone, Orange Ranunculus &  Berry Sprays, Brown Ranunculus, Fiddlehead, & Acorn Sprays, Green Hydrangeas & Curly Fern.  Our Brown Ranunculus & Gerbera Daisy Bouquet would be perfect for your bridesmaids.  To finish the bouquets, wrap with Brown Satin Ribbon.


“Green” Winter Weddings

As I take a look outside I could use a little touch of “green” in the white winter wonderland that has blanketed us northern states these past few weeks.

While spring might not be poking it’s head around the corner quite yet I have found a little hope.  In a recent post from Huff Post Weddings, Kate Harrison CEO of Green Bride Guide shares her Top 5 Green Winter Wedding Trends.

“Going green” is a popular concept and practice these days that has also made it’s way into the world of weddings.  Many modern brides and grooms are conscious and careful about their carbon footprint.  When planning their special day couples may be very aware of the carbon output of their wedding.  This can range from things like fuel for travel and shipping, vendors, and waste in items like decor and food.

"Green" Vintage, Woodland Weddings
“Green” Vintage, Woodland Weddings; venue- bride moto; vintage decor-stylemepretty.com; candles in branch- remainsimple.tumblr.com; wooden place setting- iloveswmag.com; pine cones- sophiasdecorblog.blogspot.com; ice lanterns- wickncandlesticks.blogspot.com; vintage vases- lovemydress.net

Harrison gives us some “green friendly” tips when planning your wedding day that also fit in with current wedding trends.  First up, vintage weddings have been a hot trend for several seasons now, and even bigger this year are Art Deco inspired fashion and decor.  Harrison explains a popular destination for winter weddings is indoors at historic mansions and banquet halls.  The perfect setting can also afford your the option to help a great cause, “you can also give back to the venue if they offer donations to restoration.”  Additionally with this theme using vintage decor items will help support an “extremely eco-friendly affair“.

Not in the mood for an Old Hollywood glam wedding?  Harrison has another “green friendly” wedding theme in mind.  The woodland wedding is just as popular, gaining a following for it’s rustic charm and simplicity.  Consider bringing the “woodland whimsy” indoors for a winter weddings.  Eco-friendly decor items include tree branches, season items like pine needles or cones, wooden stands or coasters and recycled or vintage ornaments and favors.

“Going green” is an ever growing trend that is making it’s way into every faucet of our lives.  Start out your new life together as a couple being earth and “green” friendly in your wedding planning.  For more tips visit greenbrideguide.com.

Winter Wonderland Wedding Theme

winter wonderland wedding

The magic of the season doesn’t have to end after the holidays.

Winter is a beautiful and magical time of the year, especially for those in the northern states.  It’s time for cooler temps and fluttering snow flakes that fall, glisten, and sparkle in the sun.

These colder winter months set the stage for more formal indoor weddings.    From our Winter Red Rose Wedding theme we discussed, “ winter weddings are known for their glamour and more formal tone.” Guests will come out dressed for a ceremony and reception to remember.  Make your special day memorable; capture the magic of the season with a glamorous Winter Wonderland wedding theme.

Get a Winter Wonderland look with the right key elements, color palette, and special extras to provide just the perfect finishing touches.  DIY wedding projects, ordering items in bulk, inexpensive wedding extras, and a few tips will set you on your way to planning a fabulous wedding at an affordable cost.

winter wonderland elements, afloral.com

Winter Elements

Afloral.com’s Crystal and Feather wedding showcases what you’ll need for a Winter Wonderland look; translucent crystals or rhinestones, white feathers and branches, crushed acrylic ice, votive candles, with white and metallic accents.  Like a crisp winter’s day, you want to capture the beauty of a snow blanketed earth with a touch of sparkle and frost.  Crystals found in decorated jewels, brooches, decorative beads, or acrylic ice add a touch of sparkle.  Go glam with a chic faux diamond runner, a newer item from afloral.com’s accessory line.

Feathers and branches are a play on the magical season.  Branch centerpieces featured in Thursday’s DIY post give you a unique wedding look with stature that demands attention.  Branches are easy to work with, and available to order in bulk which translates into great savings for budget brides. A feathered spray is a versatile accent; easy to tuck in a bridal bouquet or to create a stunning winter chair back.  The second installment of the DIY winter chair back post showcased the glamorous Winter Wonderland chair back, 3 easy steps using Afloral.com tulle, a silk white rose, a feather spray, and a globed jewel.

winter chair back, afloral.com

Winter Palette

A winter wedding is more formal and glamorous.  Take a cue from what’s always in; classic looks never go out of style.  Go for a white wedding with a touch of color as an accent.  You can make more of a play with textures than going overboard with a variety of colors.  With a white wedding palette, play with different textiles like silk, tulle, satin, and even fur.  It will create an intriguing look that is subtle yet rich.

Metallics like silver and gold provide a charming and modern accent.  Sterling silver pots or white and gold charlotte votive holders will give you a touch of glam while setting the right ambiance with softly lit candles.

Your white wedding can also be accented by a touch of color.  A muted or frosted tone of soft pink, frosted blues or cooler tones will result in a romantic tone. Pair with romantic touches like pearls, roses and draped tulle for even more romance.  Deep blues or rich purples will add more drama. For a timeless, beautiful theme, take a few ideas from our Winter Red Rose Wedding theme like a DIY lush red rose hair piece or build your own red rose silk bridal bouquet.

In love with them all?  For help narrowing down your winter wedding palette with floral choices email Mindy[at]afloral.com for a custom inspiration board.  It’s the perfect starting point for planning your special day.

votive candles

Inexpensive Extras

Don’t rack up your wedding budget with all the little extras.  There are guaranteed to be things that you didn’t plan for running up your wedding budget.  Give yourself a little extra cushion by saving big bucks with the right inexpensive wedding accessories.

Items like votive candles and twinkle lights are essential in setting the right mood and ambiance for your wedding.  Remember  we saw those back in our DIY Wedding Lighting post.  They are also fabulously inexpensive wedding items you can pick up in bulk and dollar stores.

Pinpoint the right DIY wedding projects that take a little bit of your time but in return give you a ton of savings.  Little touches like DIY hair accessories, chair backs, and escort cards can cost under $10 a piece.  Planning ahead will help you get things done and save you from spending extra cash you haven’t budgeted for.

Table accessories like the crushed acrylic ice featured in the Crystal and Feather wedding theme are just as affordable and easy to purchase in bulk as candles.  They are great to scatter on the table as an accent or to fill glass vases.

Pulling it All Together

Today we got to take a look back at several of our recent posts.  From the Crystal and Feather wedding theme, that holds elements perfect to set the stage for a winter wonderland look, the Winter Red Rose wedding theme, for formal tips and accents of color, to a few DIY wedding project and idea posts.

Afloral.com has all the right resources to help you plan a glamorous Winter Wonderland wedding.  The holidays might be over, but you’re just about to start your magical journey through life together.  Make sure it’s memorable and fabulous, but still affordable.