PSA: These are the Flowers You Want for Your January Wedding
If you’re planning a January wedding, then you’ll want this consult on wedding flowers in season and available in January.
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With the new year right around the corner it’s hard not to dream about cold January days where everything feels new and fresh and the impossible seems possible. Unless we’re talking about growing flowers or keeping them alive… or maybe that’s just me and my so-far-from-green-thumb. I couldn’t even imagine a January wedding, while extremely beautiful and romantic, I wouldn’t know where to begin with wedding flowers. Luckily, a good florist can be a godsend. Or you can just read this blog where we dish on everything Chelsea Gillette, Owner of Amuse Floral Co. has to say about January flowers.
There’s a surprising amount of variety and options when it comes to year-round flowers or those that you’ll find available in January. Gillette shares seven that can’t be beat.
No 1: Roses
Did you know that Roses are imported from warmer climates like South America? That’s what makes them a year-round staple, Gillette explains. “Spray roses, a single stem that has multiple smaller roses, are another great option,” she notes.
And for a pro tip from our expert: “While white roses can be great to compliment a winter wedding, they tend to show natural bruising much more than a colorful rose, especially during the colder months were flowers can brown more easily.” …sooo maybe avoid white roses in January?
No 2: Chrysanthemums
“Mums tend to have a bad reputation as a fall flower you can find at any grocery store, but there are hundreds of different varieties of Mums that aren't your run-of-the-mill bloom. Many can resemble the beloved fall favorite, the Dahlia, like the Mum variety Helen Mae,” Gillette explains about Chrysanthemums.
No 3: Calla Lilies
These beauties are a hearty, year-round flower that Gillette explains is a good flower choice to withstand some of the cooler elements on a chilly wedding day. Who would’ve known?
No 4: Anthurium
Another year-round bloom, this tropical flower, the Anthurium can be imported for a January wedding and makes “a great option for both neutral and colorful palettes.” And they come in white, so no need to stress about avoiding white roses, you’ve got options now! It also comes in red, orange, yellow, pink, and purple.
No 5: Aster
Hello, budget-friendly floral! The Aster, Gillette shares is “a fun, textural and budget-friendly flower with funky varieties, such as Aster Matsumoto.” Now you can have a beautiful without it breaking the budget… YW!
No 6: Thistle
Thistles withstand the cold better than most, she notes, and it’s due to the hearty nature of this textural flower. Oh, and it comes in blue or green… And this is a flower I’ve seen used before and literally love, it makes a great addition to an arrangement!
No 7: Gerbera Daisy
If you thought Gerbera Daisies were a summer or fall flower, you’d be shocked to find that it’s actually an option for a winter wedding in January. “Oftentimes a polarizing flower, you either love them or hate them,” Gillette points out, “But more specialty varieties of hybrid gerbera daisies, like the Pasta varieties, can add a fun and funky texture to your designs with a flower that's known for its long vase life.”
Four blooms fall in this specialty category that you’ll find available in January, according to Gillette.
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No. 1: Ranunculus
Okay, so the Ranunculus is a solid favorite with brides, there’s no question about it, but also florists, she tells us. “They’re famous for their layers of delicate petals and are one of the flowers that gets more beautiful as it ages — the layers open up to reveal a fluffy, romantic bloom.”
No. 2: Anemone
Like Ranunculus, Anemone’s are favored and you’ll be hard pressed to find wedding floral designs that don’t include these blooms. “The white Anemone is famous for its dark navy blue center, but also comes in a variety of colors including red and deep purple. Available locally in the spring, Anemone can often be found at the flower market in January through greenhouse growers.”
No. 3: Hellebore
The ultimate winter staple, striking the perfect balance between delicate and durable, we’re told.
No. 4: Mimosa
We’re not talking about the drink, but a bright and fun flowering branch that starts blooming in January. A word of caution on these Mimosa florals, though, Gillette says while they bloom in January, cut varieties aren’t usually found until later into spring.
Gillette shares two types of flowers that are ideal to grow indoors in January — Paperwhites and Amaryllis.
“Paperwhites can be grown inside from fall to late winter and they’re the perfect, delicate neutral blooms to bring some life indoors throughout the cold winter months. Amaryllis are similar to Paperwhites, [in that they] can be grown indoors during the winter season, with some blooms lasting until later Spring.”
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