You Might Want These 10 Winter Flowers in Your Bouquet


Flowers that bloom in winter + what to keep in mind when looking for them

by Stephanie Kaloi

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One benefit of our “anything anytime anywhere” day and age is that when it comes to wedding flowers, you can pretty much have whatever you want (thanks, greenhouses and round-the-world jets!). Of course, getting what you want when you want it comes with a price—both in dollars and carbon footprint. And while I’m totally into technology and how it makes our lives easier, and in some cases, more fragrant… I also think there are serious pros to choosing seasonal wedding flowers.

When you go seasonal with your flower choices, you’re being more environmentally friendly (because no one is flying flowers from around the world). And perhaps the biggest pro: buying flowers that are in season means you can save some serious cash. (Those peonies are not flying themselves, after all.)

So with all of this in mind, here’s a guide to picking your winter flowers for your wedding bouquet—we’ve included both flowers that bloom in winter and flowers that are available all year, so you can take your pick.

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anemone and berry bouquetIn this bouquet: Anemones, berries | Photo by Studio 28 Photography, arrangement by JL Designs, via Bollea

Name: Anemone

Cost: $189.99 (80 stems)–$259.99 (160 stems) | Hardiness: Moderately hardy | Colors: Several | Available: Fall, winter | Affordable alternatives: Lisianthus

While typically thought of as a spring flower, fall-blooming anemones give wedding bouquets a light, dreamy look, and they’re such a gorgeous option for your autumn and winter wedding flowers—truly, it’s worth getting married in winter for these flowers alone. Anemones also vary in hue, and may retain various shades of lavender, pink, and blue.

amaryllis bouquet in winterIn this bouquet: Amaryllis, orchids, berries, greenery | Photo by Angela Hubbard Photography, via SendRoo

Name: Amaryllis

Cost: $129.99 (15 stems)–$229.99 (30 stems) | Hardiness: Moderately hardy | Colors: Red, burgundy, pink | Available: February, March

Amaryllis flowers hail from southern Australia and South Africa, and the flower is part of the lily flowering family. Bonus: They’re pretty easy to grow (and can be grown indoors). And the best part? That red will set off any wedding happening on or around the holiday season.

winter wedding bouquet with dusty millerIn this bouquet: Dusty miller, anemones, white hydrangea, peonies, lisianthus, and silver brunia | Photo by Brooke Schultz Photography via Calie Rose

Name: Dusty Miller

Cost: $129.99 (100 stems)–$189.99 (200 stems) | Hardiness: Hardy | Colors: Silver-gray, green

While not technically a flower, dusty miller is a super hip accent flower in a bouquet, and its silvery-gray color is perfect for winter weddings. Dusty miller can also be paired with bold-colored bouquets or those built from softly hued flowers, since its silvery leaves complement both.

gladiolus centerpiece for winter weddingsIn this bouquet: Gladiolus, white hydrangea, curly willow, and rose | Photo by Lacie Hansen

NAME: GLADIOLUS

Cost: $169.99 (8 bunches)–$259.99 (12 bunches) | Hardiness: Very hardy | Colors: White, pink, red, purple, yellow, orange | Affordable alternatives: Snapdragon, hyacinth, stock, delphinium | Available: November, December

These flowers are ideal for tall flower arrangements, and come in a wide array of colors (purple is extremely popular). They are typically found in Asia, Mediterranean Europe, South Africa, and tropical Africa, and are super elegant.

lily-of-the-valley-780x789In this bouquet: Lily of the valley, white lilac | Photo by Marie Labbancz via CP Bride

Name: Lily of the Valley

Cost: $142.50 (1 bunch) | Hardiness: Hardy | Colors: White | Affordable alternatives: Queen Anne’s lace, narcissus, stephanotis | Available: Late February, early March

Lily of the valley is a spot-on choice for your winter flowers—the way the flower falls even looks a little like snow. While it typically blooms in March, you can find it blooming earlier in the year during mild winters.

lisianthus-wedding-flowers-1In this bouquet: Lisianthus | Photo by Alchemy Wedding Events via Sweet Violet Bride

Name: Lisianthus 

Cost: $119.99 (5 bunches), $189.99 (10 bunches), $259.99 (20 bunches) | Hardiness: Petals are delicate, but overall hardy | Colors: White, purple, pink

Lisianthus have ruffled-shaped blooms that are often found in white, purple, and pink—which means they pair well with a variety of greenery and attire.

narcissus wedding bouquetIn this bouquet: Paperwhite narcissus, roses | Photo by Ashley Ludaescher via Botanicart Blog

NAME: PAPERWHITE NARCISSUS

Cost: $189.99 (10 bunches, or 100 stems) | Hardiness: Moderately hardy | Colors: White, yellow | Affordable alternatives: Stephanotis, daffodil | Available: December, January, February

This flower is native to the meadows and woods in southwestern Europe and North Africa, and lends an old-fashioned charm to your bouquet.

ranunculus wedding bouquetIn this bouquet: Ranunculus, globe amaranth, greenery | Photo by Kate Ignatowski via My Wedding

Name: Ranunculus

Cost: $129.99 (50 stems), $169.99 (100 stems), $229.99 (200 stems) | Colors: Several | Available: September–May

There are almost no flowers these days hipper than ranunculus, and for good reason: they’re gorgeous. There are several different types of ranunculus flowers—if your winters are mild, you can generally count on the flowers to bloom in late February or early March.

scabiosa wedding bouquetIn this bouquet: Scabiosa, distant drum roses, orchids, Russian olive, clematis vine | Photo by Lauren Balingit via Vogue | Flowers by Dawn Mauberret Events

Name: Scabiosa 

Cost: $105 (10 bunches) | Hardiness: Moderately hardy | Colors: White, yellow, pink, lavender | Available: December, January

Scabiosas are part of the honeysuckle family—think of them as sort of giant, wild-looking jasmine. If you’re searching for that lush wildflower look in the dead of winter, this is your ticket.

silver brunia balls in wedding bouquetIn these bouquets: Silver brunia balls, roses, greenery | Photos by Off Beet Productions and Marie Papp Photography via Project Wedding

Name: Silver Brunia Balls

Cost: $329.99 (15 bunches) | Hardiness: Very hardy | Colors: White, silver, gray | Available: November, December

Silver brunia balls are my new favorite flower, because I think they’re adorable and want them on everything. The dusty gray color is gorgeous, and perfect for a winter wedding.

wedding bouquet with star of bethlehemIn this bouquet: Star of Bethlehem, hydrangea, peonies, mini callas, casa blanca lilies, and phalenopsis orchids | Photo by Ben and Molly

Name: Star of Bethlehem 

Cost: $139.99 (per three-part bridal box) | Hardiness: Moderately hardy | Colors: White | Available: All winter

If you Google “winter flowers for wedding,” you’re going to get star of Bethlehem in the top three results every single time. They are kind of the winter flower… and for good reason.

bride holding a wedding bouquetPhoto by Laura Ford

flowers that are available all year

Just because you’re getting married in the winter doesn’t mean you’re limited to a handful of winter flowers… or forking over boatloads of cash. There are a bunch of flowers that bloom year round, and you can use them to fill out your bouquet selections.

NAME: ALSTROEMERIA 

Cost: $11–$19 per bunch | Hardiness: Vase life of 7–12 days | Colors: All except blue

Alstromeria is a variety of lily that is native to South America. It comes in many color varieties, which makes the flower DIY-friendly and an excellent filler flower in large bouquets.

NAME: CALLA LILY

Cost: $27–$48 per bunch | Hardiness: Flower has medium hardiness and holds up well in heat | Colors: White, gold, purple | Affordable alternatives: Alstromeria, tulip

Calla lilies are wildly popular (especially for weddings), and come in a range of varieties. The flower is native to cool, temperate regions in the Northern Hemisphere.

NAME: CARNATION

Cost: $9 per bunch, or $0.75–$1 per stem | Hardiness: Holds up extremely well | Colors: Basically whatever you can imagine, including colors that don’t exist in nature

This flower is used widely, and is generally purchasable by the stem. The flower hails from the Mediterranean, but is now cultivated worldwide.

NAME: CRASPEDIA (BILLY BALL)

Cost: $50 (25 stems)–$250 (300 stems) | Hardiness: Very hardy | Colors: Yellow, green, orange, red (also available tinted and airbrushed) | Available: All year

Craspedia are native to Australia and New Zealand, and are often used a filler flower for wedding bouquets. You can generally get a good deal on stems because several are required to make a big impact.

NAME: DAISY

Cost: $99.99 (12 bunches)–$159.99 (24 bunches) | Hardiness: Very hardy | Colors: White, yellow, pink, red, orange

The daisy is a spray flower that includes more than twenty-three thousand species. These are found everywhere on Earth except Antarctica and the extreme Arctic.

NAME: DAISY, Gerber 

Cost: $109.99 (50 stems)–$259.99 (200 stems) | Hardiness: Very hardy | Colors: White, pink, red, purple, yellow, orange

Gerber daisies are extremely popular and are generally used as a cut flower or for decoration. The flowers are native to the tropical regions of South America, Asia, and Africa.

NAME: DELPHINIUM (LARKSPUR)

Cost: $25–$33 per bunch | Hardiness: Moderately hardy | Colors: Blue, purple, white | Affordable alternatives: Gladiolus, stock, snapdragon, lilac

Delphinium is one of the few naturally blue flowers in the world, and is native to the Northern Hemisphere and the high mountains of tropical regions in Africa.

NAME: HYDRANGEA

Cost: $7–$10 per stem | Hardiness: Moderately hardy | Colors: Any and all

Hydrangeas have been popular in gardens for years. They are native to southern and eastern Asia and the Americas, and you can find the greatest species diversity in China, Japan, and Korea.

NAME: LILY

Cost: $28–$47 per bunch | Hardiness: Very hardy | Colors: Many | Affordable alternatives: Godetia, dianthus, stock, delphinium

Lilies are native to much of Europe, and most of Asia to Japan, India, Indochina, and the Philippines, as well as southern Canada. You can also find the flowers throughout much of the United States.

NAME: LISIANTHUS

Cost: $30–$34 per bunch | Hardiness: Delicate | Colors: White, purple, light green, pink | Affordable alternatives: Godetia

The lisianthus is a delicate, delightful flower that is native to the southern United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, and northern South America. The flower is also known as eustoma.

NAME: MUM (CHRYSANTHEMUM)

Cost: $7–$23 per bunch | Hardiness: Very hardy | Colors: Many

Chrysanthemum flowers are widely used in centerpieces, and come in a variety of colors. They are native to Asia and northeast Europe, and the center of diversity is in China.

NAME: ORCHID

Cost: $18–$40 per stem, $2–$25 per bunch | Hardiness: Delicate | Colors: Many | Affordable alternatives: Iris

The richest and most diverse species are found in the tropics, but orchids are also found above the Arctic Circle and in southern Patagonia, and there are two species on Macquarie Island.

NAME: ROSE, GARDEN

Cost: $49–$65 per bunch | Hardiness: Very hardy | Colors: All except blue

Garden roses have predominantly been grown for ornamental purposes and thrive in temperate climates. The roses are known to have been grown as far back as ancient Babylon.

NAME: ROSE, LONG STEM

Cost: $170 for 200 stems | Hardiness: Very hardy | Colors: All except blue | Affordable alternatives: Lisianthus, other rose varieties

Roses are native to Asia, and smaller numbers are native to Europe, North America, and northwestern Africa.

NAME: ROSE, SPRAY

Cost: $120 for 144 stems | Hardiness: Very hardy | Colors: All except blue

Spray roses are typically smaller than other roses (but not always), and have shorter stems than those you’ll find in classic rose bouquets.

NAME: SNAPDRAGON

Cost: $28.70 per bunch | Hardiness: Moderately hardy | Colors: White, yellow, pink, lavender

Snapdragon is native to rocky areas of Europe, the United States, and northern Africa. The flowers are frequently and excellently used in table arrangements and centerpieces.

NAME: STEPHANOTIS

Cost: $2.39 per stem (for 25+ stems) | Hardiness: Moderately hardy | Color: White | Affordable alternatives: Narcissus

The most popular species of stephanotis is native to Madagascar. The flower is also known as Madagascar jasmine, waxflower, and Hawaiian wedding flower.

NAME: STOCK (GILLIFLOWER)

Cost: $22–$25 per bunch | Hardiness: Reasonably hardy | Colors: White, pink, red, yellow, purple, orange | Affordable alternatives: Snapdragon, hyacinth

Stock can be used in centerpieces and bouquets, or on its own as a green accent. The common names include night-scented stock and evening-scented stock, and the flower is also known in the United States as ten-weeks stock.

NAME: SUCCULENTS

Cost: $2–$17 each (minimum of 20 per order) | Hardiness: Extremely hardy | Colors: Green, gray, purple, black, pink

Succulents are ever-increasing in popularity, and include 60 different plant families. Most succulents come from dry areas (think steppes, semi-deserts, and deserts).

NAME: THISTLE

Cost: $20 per bunch | Hardiness: Extremely hardy | Colors: Blue, green, gray-gold

Cotton and scotch thistle hail from Europe and West Asia, and north-to-central Scandinavia. They are also cultivated widely around the world.

NAME: VERONICA (SPEEDWELL)

Cost: $160 (15 bunches)–$280 (40 bunches) | Hardiness: Moderately hardy | Colors: White, blue, purple, pink
Most species are from temperate Northern Hemisphere climates, though a few can be found in the Southern Hemisphere. There are many types of Veronica flowers available.

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Stephanie Kaloi

Stephanie is a photographer, writer, and Ravenclaw living in California with her family. She is super into reading, road trips, and adopting animals on a whim. Forewarning: all correspondence will probably include a lot of punctuation and emoji (!!! ? ? ?).

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  • Ashlah

    I have very little to contribute on the flower front, but I can say that Paperwhites smell so great. My mom grows the bulbs inside every winter, and it makes her house smell amazing.

  • idkmybffjill

    Those rununculus & scabiosa bouquets!!!! *Heart Eyes Emoji*. Love love love greenery in bouquets and it’s so much cheaper than extra flowers!! We only did flowers in my bouquet & my bridesmaids, and did eucalyptus for all the tables/the alter etc, and it was very fragrant and lovely and HELLA cheap.

    ETA: We also had brunia balls and I thought they were so cool.

    • Anon

      Wasn’t gonna point this out, but since you’re interested in the globe amaranth–that’s not globe amaranth. It’s eryngium (a type of thistle) with the bracts removed.

  • Sarah Porter

    I DIY’ed the flowers for my sister’s winter wedding (I apprentice with a florist so I was able to use her wholesale account card) and this post would’ve been so helpful for planning before I went and bought the flowers! Things I learned for future budget-conscious weddings: If you’re looking for a rather inexpensive and classy filler-flower that’s not greenery, spray roses work well, and carnations too, if you use sparingly (they’re coming back in style!). For the more expensive flowers, such as calla lilies and ranunculus, try to buy them in a stand-out color from the rest of the bouquet (ex: if you’re doing a mostly white with a bit of blush bouquet, get your accent ranunculus flowers in a light peach), that way you won’t need as many and they’ll stand out well. Also, greenery, so much good greenery! Finally, even if you’re buying most of your flowers from a wholesaler, foraging is free, and adds a gorgeous wild look to bouquets (pine boughs are always classy, a couple brown grasses look nice, and twigs and berries found in the winter woods are perfect).

  • my bouquet was made from pussywillow that i found near our wedding site. he silvery-gray buds are beautiful, and it worked perfectly for a rustic feel. bonus: i get to keep my bouquet forever since pussywillow stalks can be cut and kept for decoration. i even tried to propagate a few stems from my bouquet for my garden.

  • anachronismsarah

    LOOOOVE flowers.
    My mom DIYed my flowers, and I DIYed my brother’s flowers, plus being the officiant for his wedding. You could say flower arranging is genetic- my grandmother was a master gardener.
    The article about the Trader Joe’s bouquet floating around here is helpful.

    Lisianthus is the gift that keeps on giving. They look good closed up and stay beautiful when they bloom/.
    A friend with a eucalyptus tree filled up the backseat of my car, and statice and baby’s breath also did a lot of heavy lifting for us!
    And paper whites could be forced to bloom with an amaryllis and then be centerpieces. Boom. Done.

  • Christina McPants

    As part of the wedding coordinator business, we (usually not me) help DIY flowers. I have seen some gorgeous fall arrangements lately that include fragrant herbs like rosemary or eucalyptus (beautiful AND smell divine), as do just about any kind of berry. I think pepper berries are my favorite right now, as I got to strew a bunch of fronds over mantles and windows at a wedding a few weeks ago and they looked great (which is unusual when I try to do fancy things!).