GG's Yard

Autumn & winter wedding flowers

Picking your winter wedding flowers and wedding florist is such a fun part of the wedding planning. From centrepieces, flower arches, bridal bouquet, bridesmaid flowers to top table statement flowers – there are many aspects to consider.

Our in-house florist Maybelle offers a bespoke service with styling tailored to your brief. Should you wish to work with her, Maybelle will sit down with you to find out more about the type of wedding you are having and to go through your wedding flower ideas.

With a ‘no two weddings are the same’ mentality, Maybelle is full of ideas and inspiration and creates the most beautiful wedding bouquets and wedding centrepieces to make your guests say ‘wow’. 

Below we’ve put together some key things to consider when choosing your autumn or winter wedding flowers.

So what colour should you have?

We’re well into the colder season now and as the season change, so do the colours of winter wedding flowers and foliage – we start to see those beautiful autumnal shades of orange and reds that work beautifully in bridal flowers and wedding centrepieces. You don’t need to worry too much about your colour palette when picking your bridal flowers as any colours can work at any time of the year. For autumn and winter weddings, you have an opportunity to go for pops of colour from luxurious jewel, copper, berry tones, deep blues and purples to warming amber and oranges. We love these flashes of autumn warmth that come through wedding flowers at this time of year.

What flowers and foliage should I pick?

Obviously, many flowers are season dependent, but you can’t go wrong with a classic rose. And the good news is that this beautiful flower works at any time of the year.

Interestingly Carnations have undergone a revival and made a comeback. They are a wedding flower we thought we’d left in the last century but they’re officially back, and more stylish than ever! The range of colour is immense and they are fairly economical.

White and ivory blooms combined with luscious green foliage is hard to beat at any time of year.  A Christmas spin can be easily added using snow berries, cones, senecio and some carefully chosen ribbon.

What sort of style should my wedding bouquet be?

This entirely depends on your personal taste but for us, wildflower bouquets are all the rage at the moment.  The rustic and non-contrived styling is just so GG’s Yard.

As for buttonholes, you can’t go wrong with an authentic Scottish thistle as the lead flower complimented with smaller wax flowers.

We’ve also seen a new trend for dried flowers which work well for both modern and more traditional weddings.  Gone are the days of dried lavender and roses, you can dry pretty much any flower type and add in a variety of extra quirky touches such as seed pods and pampas grass. You could even weave dried elements within fresh blooms. Dried wedding bouquets are perfect for an autumn or winter wedding and what’s even better, you get to keep the bouquet forever.

Anything else I should consider when booking my wedding florist?

We try to be as green as possible and this is something Maybelle feels passionate about too.  With everyone becoming increasingly more conscious of sustainability, Maybelle prefers to forage where possible and appropriate. Maybelle also uses a local grower when she is able to do so.

Do you have any wedding flower decoration tips?

Yes! We encourage our couples to use items and arrangements twice on the day.  For example, large floral displays as guests enter the Ceremony Wing can be easily moved into the Grand Gallery for the wedding reception. The bridesmaid bouquets can also be used as decorative pieces after the ceremony.

You can also hire large arrangements that use silk flowers instead of real ones – they look just as natural and beautiful.  These arrangements also use real foliage to make them stand out.

If you’re having your wedding in December, don’t forget that you have the benefit of twinkling fairy lights, GG’s chandeliers and the elegantly decorated Christmas trees.

Maybelle also recommends remember the famous saying ‘less is more’ when planning your wedding flowers for GG’s Yard.  Our venue is so grand that it doesn’t need to be awash with flowers at any time of the year.

What can I do with my wedding flowers after the day is over?

Some brides like to use the wedding bouquets and flower decorations as gifts to say thank you to those who helped at the wedding.  Potted plants are a stylish way to re-use wedding flowers and foliage as gifts. Or, cut flowers and place in jars or vases and tie with ribbon as a thank you.

Why not dry and press some of the flowers from your bridal bouquet and get them framed as a keepsake of your special day.

Finally, you could also look at donating your flowers to a local hospice.

If you would like to speak to Maybelle or find out more about her services, get in touch!

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