All Dressed in White: Flower Arrangements for a Winter Wonderland Wedding

These romantic wedding arrangements are deliberately formal, with a twist: a mass of tiny frosted pearls are hidden in the boutonniere and bouquet.

Winter White Bouquet

Winter White Bouquet

© 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Fresh Flower Arranging

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

A winter wedding is an ideal time to use flower design that is restrained and feminine, simple and soft. It's worth showing the bride how to hold her bouquet correctly: its weight should draw her arms down naturally so they are straighter, allowing the flowers to be shown off at the best angle.

Flowers, Foliage and Other Materials

For the boutonniere
1 stem white spray roses
1 ivy stem
wired pearls (available from hat makers, bead shops and specialty flower markets)
pearl-tipped pin

For the bouquet
9 white spray roses
9 white single 'Avalanche' roses
11 white freesias
7 white trachelium
5 white lisianthus
11 eucalyptus stems
wired pearls (available from hat makers, bead shops and specialty flower markets)

For each centerpiece
10 white spray roses
12 white single 'Avalanche' roses
12 white freesias
11 white trachelium
6 eucalyptus stems
6 ivy stems
12-inch wide floral foam ring with ring holder
large white candle
hurricane glass

For each pew end
8 white single roses
plastic bowl
block of garden foam
florist's tape
wire
cellophane
white netting

Flowers and Foliage Used in Winter Wedding Florals

© 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Fresh Flower Arranging

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

How to Arrange the Boutonniere

Sprays of wired pearls tucked between delicate spray roses lift this boutonniere out of the ordinary.

1. Wire the roses and ivy leaves. Gather several wired pearls into a spray and bind the wires together with stem tape.

2. Group the individual roses, arrange the wired pearls around them, and encircle them all with the ivy leaves. Trim the wires so they are graduated, wrap stem tape around all the wires and press the tape down with your fingers to seal it.

3. Mist the roses occasionally to keep them fresh until they are needed, then supply the boutonniere with a pearl-tipped pin to attach it onto the lapel of a jacket.

For more details on making a boutonniere, see our step-by-step instructions.

White Boutonniere for Winter Wedding

White Boutonniere for Winter Wedding

© 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Fresh Flower Arranging

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

How to Arrange the Bouquet

This bouquet is a large spiral-stemmed design with pearls scattered through it. It has a high binding point to give it a compact look.

1. Divide the different ingredients into separate piles. Hold a rose and add one of each of the ingredients at an angle to create a spiral effect. Turn the bunch in the same direction as you work, and add lengths of wired pearls.

2. Add all the blooms in turn so that they are balanced equally throughout the bunch. Arrange the last two layers of flowers slightly lower around the edges to create a domed effect.

3. Secure the bunch with a length of raffia or string. Trim the stem ends with garden shears. If you want to cover the stems with ribbon, wind a long length of white ribbon down around the stems and up again. Tie the two ends together in a small knot and press pearl pins in a vertical line into the ribbon to secure it and create a pretty detail. Mist the flowers occasionally until needed.

For more details on making a hand-tied bouquet, see our step-by-step instructions.

Winter White Bouquet

Winter White Bouquet

© 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Fresh Flower Arranging

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

How to Arrange the Centerpiece

Each stem of this table centerpiece needs to be inserted at an angle to cover the foam and give a smooth, rounded shape. When you have placed all the flowers and foliage, move the arrangement into its place on the table, place a large white candle in the center and cover the candle with a hurricane glass.

1. Soak a 12-inch wide floral foam ring briefly in water.

2. Arrange the ivy stems and angle them downward to create a graduated shape from the center to the edge of the ring; there is no need to cover the inside of the ring, as the glass will sit in the center. Angle the stems around the outside edge of the ring upward so they hide the ring holder.

3. Add stems of eucalyptus in between the ivy to create a sparse but even coverage of foliage.

4. Add the single roses, distributing them evenly. Group the spray roses and freesias as you angle them into the foam so they create more impact. Insert the trachelium in a uniform pattern. Then position the ring on the table and add the candle and glass.

DIY Wedding Centerpiece With Candle and Surrounding Flowers

Centerpiece Delivers Aura of Casual Formality

2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Fresh Flower Arranging

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

How to Arrange the Pew End

This pew end, with its romantic cloud of netting tied in a bow, is designed to look like a hand-tied bouquet, though it is actually a floral foam arrangement. Roses don't last well out of water, so this rather unusual way of arranging them means they last longer; a real hand-tied bouquet of roses would quickly become floppy and unsightly. This also means you can arrange the pew ends the day before for convenience. The result is a slightly larger-scale, more dramatic, display that gives the impression given that the roses are on longer stems than they really are.

1. Punch two holes in the top of a small bowl using a pair of scissors and insert a long length of wire through each hole. This wire is to tie around the end of the pew and attach the flowers securely (image 1).

2. Soak a third of a block of floral foam, shave about 1/2-inch off the top and strap it onto the small bowl with diagonal strips of florist’s tape. Trim the rose stems to about 4 inches, keeping just a few leaves at the top, and leave one rose stem slightly longer than the others. Set aside the cut rose stems for later. Insert this tallest rose at the top of the foam (image 2).

3. Arrange the rest of the roses at an angle, with the shortest stems at the front to create a graduated, semi-domed effect. Trim the reserved cut stems to about 7 inches and insert them into the base of the foam at angles that mirror those of the roses above (image 3).

4. Wrap a piece of cellophane around the foam to prevent the netting absorbing the water and sagging. There's no need to tape it, as the netting will keep it in place (image 4).

5. Place a length of white netting underneath the small bowl and tie both ends in a large bow. Attach the arrangement to the pew end (image 5).

Insider Tip

Fresh flowers need to be fully open to look their best at a special event such as a wedding, so buy them a few days before you make the arrangements to ensure they will be in peak condition.

Buy Fresh Flowers to Use in Wedding Arrangements

Buy Fresh Flowers to Use in Wedding Arrangements

© 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited DK - Fresh Flower Arranging

DK - Fresh Flower Arranging, © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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