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Best Flowers to Use for a Winter Wedding

Denise Porcaro, founder of Flower Girl NYC, shares her favorite way to use blooms in a winter wedding.

Photography by: Laily Mesbah

Winter weddings are so romantic. Although to be honest, I didn't always think so. I grew up as a summer beach bum ... fleeing the city for waves and sunshine whenever possible. But now that I'm a grown up, hopeless romatic living in New York City, I realized how wonderfully cozy and inspiring the winter can be. It was actually on a trip to Vail to a dear friend's family vacation home that I finally concluded that running to the beach wasn't the only way to relax—there are glorious sunsets in the winter months over the mountains, too!

The flowers of the winter season are surprisingly abundant. I am all for staying seasonal when helping a bride choose her flowers, however in New York and many other cities across the globe, not much grows seasonally in winter. That being said, so many of your wedding flowers are or can be flown in from Holland and South America, regardless of the season and there are many beauties for you to choose from. Think: hellebores, narcissus, anemones, white lilac, clematis, peonies (yes peonies!) pods, evergreen, winter citrus, parrot tulips, and ranunculus. Here, a few of my favorites.

Photography by: Kelly Stuart

Staying (uber) traditional to the season, for instance for a holiday wedding perhaps. For this a color scheme of white and deep red with touches of mixed varieties of evergreen and red berries is a beautiful way to celebrate the colors of the winter/holiday season. There are many winter berries that you can use, but the more traditional to use for this look include encrusted red ilex berries or holly. Baby evergreen trees can be scattered throughout your tabletops or on occasional tables. Vessels can be gold and silver as per the tradition, however birch works well here too.

Photography by: Kelly Stuart

If you want to stay seasonal with a flair, try incorporating texture with the pods that the season has to offer. You don't need to be red, white, and green here but rather touch upon the various shades of evergreen, from acid green citrus to deep bluish juniper and black pine. Pick up the juniper with blue thistle and blackberry, tie in winter citrus using kumquats on the branch, and pull in blooms such as hyacinth, narcissus, and hellebores.

Photography by: Kelly Stuart

You can also create a winter snow goddess vibe with full forward flowers of the season and embrace winter whites. For this approach, the more the merrier. Use heavy hitter blooms like peonies and anemones with hellebores, parrot tulips, ranunculus, and clematis. You can use minimal greenery here to achieve a more bloom-heavy feel or perhaps add touches of white dusty miller for added texture and to keep it consistently white.


No matter which style you choose, it's important to work with a florist that gets understands you and your significant other's vibe. Once you feel comfortable with each other, the flowers will just come … And don't forget to enjoy the process! It should be fun (part of the time at least!).

About the Author

Denise Porcaro

Flower Girl NYC has been bringing lush and whimsical arrangements with a distinct edge to New York City since 2004. Founder and owner Denise Porcaro comes from a background in production design for film, but discovered a creative outlet in flowers, crafting striking arrangements and bouquets for a select group of clients and friends. Over time, demand for Denise's unique style grew...


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