There's nothing wrong with using red roses as part of your winter wedding décor—we love that the traditional bloom is a symbol of love and passion—but if you'd prefer something a little more modern and a little less expected, you may be wondering which flowers you should use in your bouquet. To channel the season in a unique way, florist Megan Chandler, owner of Vero Designs, likes to use nontraditional color schemes, showy textured blooms, elegant dried leaves and branches, and seasonal accents. This combination, she says, ensures you end up with fresh, contemporary arrangements that still speak to the season. Here, she shares more tips for choosing a winter-inspired bouquet that features more than just red and green flowers.
Remember that red isn't your only option.
While many couples feel they need to use lots of red flowers and green foliage to get their wintry theme across, Chandler disagrees. "When it comes to a winter color palette, a lot of women are into a dark, moody look," she says, but explains that she often uses mostly white blooms paired with pops of color when designing arrangements for a seasonal event. "I like to blend really clean, neutral, simple colors with some darker elements that make it feel more weighty. I like pulling in those darker blooms, and then letting the meat of the bouquet be those really clean, pretty flowers."
Don't say no to roses altogether.
If you like the romantic symbolism of roses but want to stay away from the color red, consider using the classic flower in neutral tones. Chandler relies on the versatility of "tea-stained" roses—like Alabaster and Beatrice garden roses or yellow mustard roses—to add interest to a larger bouquet. "I love playing with different rose colors that open in different ways, and working in maybe five or six that all look different and give a different texture," she says. Then, she'll add rich, darker blooms like ranunculus, amaryllis, or delphinium for just the right hit of color. "The way I really like to think of things in the winter is with that really clean, snowy approach with a pop of darker color."
Think about all the possible color schemes.
Reds and whites aren't your only choices, either: Winter bouquets offer more flexibility than you think, as long as you work with a few different colors. One of the current most popular combinations, Chandler explains, is burgundy and blush. But using two shades at far ends of the color spectrum without any other blooms in between won't give you the same sense of winter drama that comes from widening your options, so be sure to choose an array of colors in your selected gradient. "It's a very literal interpretation of that color palette," she says. "I'd like to fold in some purples and other shades to bridge that gap. It makes a more elevated look."
Another bonus: Incorporating a wider range of colors lets you make just about any shade work for winter. Whether your favorite color is a springy pink, a deep autumn orange, or a cool summer blue, you can work it into a seasonal design scheme. "Folding in other colors that seem a bit more unexpected but fall in the same gradient is a way to cross seasons without being way out of the box," says Chandler. "You're working in more shades, and that will fade into a different color." Use mauve, brown, blue, peach, or purple to smooth the transition from one color to another.
Go big on texture.
Using a variety of textures and greens is essential if you want a lush bouquet during any season, but winter has plenty of its own playful options: draped juniper, clusters of dark red privet berries, or delicate japonica are all good choices. Phlox, explosion grass, and moss all add a lush, verdant look that's especially welcome during the frostiest days of winter. Chandler also likes dried products, including baby's breath, maple leaf, and skeleton leaf, which add a unique element to bouquets year-round, but offer winter brides an easy way to make a stylish impact without relying on out-of-season blooms.