• Bouquets of the Season: Brenda Abbott talks Winter Wedding Florals

    Bouquets of the Season: Brenda Abbott talks Winter Wedding Florals

    Warm colors and full texture make all the difference.


When it comes to winter I do’s, brides are seeking seasonal elements and hues to complement their big-day celebrations. We talked with bloom artist and special event visionary Brenda Abbott of Brenda Abbott Floral Design about winter wedding florals – which, like fashion, combine layers and texture to create warmth and wow. Here, Abbott describes this season’s loveliest looks, both classic and new, that truly capture the wonder of winter.

Q: What makes winter weddings special, and how do the seasonal bouquets and arrangements represent that?

A: When I think winter wedding, I think cozy, cozy, cozy. How fun is it for us Texans to get all dressed up and not be too hot?! Likewise for the bouquets and arrangements of winter. Gone is the search for the lightweight, picked-along-the-roadside bouquet. Our winter brides often find that they want that over-the-top, rich, textural look in both their bouquets and floral arrangements.

Q: How do winter wedding flowers differentiate themselves, and what color combinations are leading the way?

A: Winter weddings can include loads of luscious textural elements and not seem too heavy or overdone as they might in summer. Much like putting on that favorite cashmere sweater, the florals for winter weddings warm us up with color and texture. We love the rich jewel tones and velvety textures like those in red heart roses and cockscomb. Berries and evergreen foliage make an appearance and are great organic accents all the way through the winter holidays and into the New Year.

Q: What trends are you seeing for the season and in general?

A: In general, bouquet styles continue to evolve in the direction of natural and organic. The cascading bouquet has indeed made its comeback. We’ll see more and more of the knee-length beauties with asymmetrical styling and a wild, wispy side full of unexpected elements like vine, berries and big fluffy blooms like peonies and dahlias.

As we progress from the rich hues of fall, greenery is continuing to trend in a big way. Abundant, tousled and romantic, garden-style garlands serve as table runners or swags accented by natural organic elements in tones ranging from sheepskin to soft apricot. The colder days of winter bring with them gray misty skies and beautiful moody blue grays. The floral elements of this palette will include eucalyptus, dusty miller and succulents.

Q: Is there anything a winter bride should know when choosing her flowers for a winter wedding, be it this year or next?

A: We suffered through September and late October with peony availability almost nonexistent, but now our eternally popular bridal favorite, the peony, is back! They are fluffy, fragrant and robust just in time for winter weddings. With colors ranging from pure white to soft pink to deep wine, peonies are happily included in many wedding color palettes.

SEE ALSO: To learn more about Brenda’s take on bouquets, boutonnieres and blissful arrangements, click here.

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