Sure we all know about the cherry blossoms in the spring, but can I have flowers for my wedding in the Washington DC area in the winter? You may have thought that the winter season is a challenge for your wedding day florals but today, some of the top Washington DC area wedding florists will prove you wrong. With early planning, and tons of creativity, the perfect floral design for your wedding style is still achievable—whew! From year-round favorites like roses and calla lilles to flower alternatives like evergreens and brooches, there are plenty of options for your DC area winter wedding.

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Photo Credits: Genevieve Leiper Photography with flowers by Holly Heider Chapple Flowers

Holly, owner of Holly Heider Chapple Flowers:

Surprisingly enough, winter is a fairly good time of year to get beautiful flowers though if you are willing to have flowers special ordered from Chile, Australia, and Holland. Chilean Peonies are incredible and are truthfully some of the finest peonies throughout the year. All cool weather flowers like tulips, ranunculus, and anemone are fabulous this time of year. Designing this time of year is actually awesome as long you are not hoping for dahlias, zinnia, coxcomb, or unique grasses. Those flowers must come from a local source.


Photo Credit: EyeWonder Photography with florals by Petals and Promises, LLC

Lisa, owner of Petals and Promises, LLC:

The many white blossoms available, such as elegant snowy white duchess peony and majestic amaryllis, are a beautiful backdrop to organic elements such as long slender pine cones, the blue berries of Juniper boughs, slender sprays of navy Liriope berries, clustered black winterberry, matte silver brunia berries and the velvety texture of dusty miller and white birch twigs. I especially love featuring beautiful one of a kind ribbons that reflect the mood and style of the bouquet… a red and white strip ribbon for a holiday themed bouquet adds a playful touch!

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Photo Credits: Narrative Images Photography (left), Elle G. Photography (right) with flowers by Honey Floral Design

Julie, owner of Honey Floral Design:

Flowers and elements that shine this time of year are viburnum berries, thistle, hellebores, mushrooms, herbs, clumps of moss, lichen-covered branches, ferns and evergreens, scabiosa, callas, anemones, tulips, hyacinth, ranunculus, narcissus and amaryllis (a favorite of mine). Plus, orchids and roses are beautiful year-round. Trust your florist and encourage them play with color, texture and unexpected elements- and your winter wedding florals will be gorgeous!

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Photo Credits: Love by Serena (left), Documentary Associates (right) with both flowers by Elegance and Simplicity, Inc.

Katie, owner of Elegance and Simplicity, Inc:

The best flowers to use for winter weddings in the DC area are succulents, snapdragons, berries, baby’s breath, eucalyptus, waxflower, moss, greenery, thistle, orchids, tulips, belles of Ireland, delphinium, roses and calla lilies. I wish brides used more greenery and thistle and tulips in the winter and spring.  They make for unique and timeless bouquets!

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Photo Credits: Eli Turner Studios (left), Sandi Foraci Photography (right) with both florals by Petal’s Edge Floral Design

Gerry and Rebecca, owners of Petal’s Edge Floral Design

Depending on the color scheme, a particular favorite is berries – red ilex berries and dark blue privet or viburnum berries are particularly unique to the winter.  The red berries are so vivid and bright, and with the viburnum or privet berries, it’s a color you almost never have available in floral design other times of the year.


Photo Credit: Holland Photo Arts with florals by Petal’s Edge Floral Design

Shelly, owner of B Floral & Event Design:

Winter is a wonderful time for a wedding! Flowers are actually plentiful thanks to the tremendous South American farms. We can even get peonies in December and January! I love using white flowers mixed with gray accents such as dusty miller and brunia berries. Feathers and branches are wonderful non-floral items this time of year. I love to use flocked branches that look like snow covered branches. Add in some hanging crystals for an added bit of fabulous!

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All Above Photo Credits: Teresa Wood Photography with florals by EightTreeStreet

Maribel, owner of EightTreeStreet:

Winter bouquets offer special opportunities to explore new themes.  I love incorporating jewelry at this time of the year in brooch bouquets and handmade feather bouquets, something unique and special to celebrate your wedding day.


Tons of winter wedding floral inspiration! Leave a comment and tell us what flowers you be using for your winter wedding!

For the best florists to bring your floral dreams to life, check out out local vendor guide for Washington DC area floral designers. And, if you are looking for more floral inspiration, be sure to check out our local DC wedding galleries, too!

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