Great Plants for a Winter Wedding

A very now, very eco-friendly trend we’re seeing everywhere is the use of plants, instead of or in addition to, cut flowers for wedding decor. Plants bring sustainability to your wedding’s entire look, plus you can continue growing them long after the ceremony is over- just like your love for one another! 

The floral experts at Rose Hill Weddings have so many great options for wedding plants that can be bought or rented, combined with your favorite flowers, and are amazing in winter, as well. Open up a world of possibility when you consider using leafy green foliage, succulents and other greenery for your wedding decor. 

Choose In-Season, Local Plants 

Creating a look that feels seasonal and fits with the region where your wedding will be held can be as simple as working with plants that are in season during this time of year. 

  • A Northeastern Wedding: The beauty of evergreens will make gorgeous winter decor. Drape garland along chairs for an aisle marker, have topiaries framing your archway where you’ll recite your vows, and include mini Christmas trees as centerpieces at your reception. 
  • A Southwestern Wedding: The charm and beauty of succulents and cacti can bring a rustic look to your winter wedding. Decorate with your favorite flowers, tulle, or elegant twinkling lights to make variations on the mood you want to create.
  • A Winter Beach Wedding: If you’re choosing to get married on the Florida or Hawaiian beaches, tropical blooming plants are the way to go! From bromeliads and birds of paradise to any number of orchid varieties, you’ll feel the essence of paradise when you’re surrounded by so much color and texture. 


Consider Renting your Plants

If you’re loving the idea of including your plants in your wedding ceremony and reception, there are a few things to consider. Buying enough plants to fill a wedding venue or reception hall could cost more than your budget allows. Also, buying plants means keeping them after the wedding. Unless you plan to send your plants home with guests afterward or start your own garden (both of which we highly encourage!), think about renting plants from a local florist or nursery for your big day. This is also a great option if your nuptials will be part of a destination wedding. Local plants and foliage will only add to the local feel of a destination wedding, too!

Rented Plant Installations

Combine Plants with Flowers

Even in winter, there are so many plants that bloom beautifully. From bougainvillea and hibiscus to Christmas cactus and petunias, blooming plants will bring a colorful pop to your wedding day. Or, choose to blend your favorite cut flowers among the plants you arrange, dressing up the foliage and giving your flowers a lush, green backdrop.

Plants with Flowers

Choose Stylish Containers 

The containers you choose can bring a particular vibe to your wedding’s overall look, so choose wisely and according to the style of wedding your planning. Here are some popular choices, depending on what type of plants you choose:

  • Terra Cotta: For succulents, cacti, or other earthy looks, make the most of the look by enhancing it with clay or terra cotta pots and planters. The more weathered the container, the more natural and earthy your overall look will feel.
  • Ceramic: For polished, elegant pieces like topiaries or sculpted plants, climbing ivy, or even small trees, consider using ceramic containers. The understated elegance will bring sophistication to your plant displays. 
  • Rustic Boxes: For a farm-fresh feel, display plants in rustic wooden boxes or barrels. The raw, unfinished wood will mesh perfectly with your natural, straight-from-the-meadow decor.
  • Baskets: If you’re hoping to hang plants from rafters or other overhangs (and we definitely recommend trying this!), using lightweight baskets as containers is a smart move. Let the plants spill over the edges or even through the cracks to be seen from all angles. 

Succulents in Clay Pots

Infusing your winter wedding with plants is a beautiful, affordable and eco-friendly way to decorate your wedding day with all the greens and life you desire. Whether you plan to keep your plants and grow them at home after the ceremony, give them away to guests as favors, or just rent them for the day, the floral designers at Rose Hill Weddings can help you create the best look for your best day.