21 Best Flowers For a Beautiful January Wedding

Updated July 10, 2022
21 Best Flowers For a Beautiful January Wedding

Winter brides often believe that they won’t have many seasonal blooms to choose from. However, January wedding flowers are much more diverse than you may expect.

Numerous flower varieties bloom from late fall to spring or even year-long (hi, roses!).

Traditional tulips and roses, delicate baby’s breath and waxflowers, exotic calla lilies and orchids, or festive poinsettias – there’s a January wedding bloom for any preference.

The benefits of using seasonal flowers in bridal arrangements include cost-effectiveness, fresher look, longevity, and lower environmental impact.

If you’re wondering how to choose wedding flowers, consider your wedding style, budget, and color theme. Gathering inspiration online is among the most helpful tips for choosing the right wedding flowers.

1. Amaryllis

Amaryllis is an exotic winter flower, by its trumpet shape resembling lily. It comes in various colors, from red and pink to snow white and patterned varieties.

Since amaryllis is a long-stemmed flower, it looks best in bouquets and venue décor. However, amaryllis blooms with cut stems can work as beautiful hair accessories or boutonnieres.

Due to the unusual flower shape, amaryllis-only bouquets look incredibly modern. But if you prefer more diverse arrangements, pair it with freesias, calla lilies, or orchids.

2. Anemone

Anemone can be recognized by its open petal shape and black center, resembling poppy. It’s a perfect winter wedding flower available in shades from white (known as the “panda” variety) to red and blue.

Anemones are versatile and pair well with nearly any other flower.

They look equally gorgeous with popular blooms such as roses and tulips, exotic flowers, wildflowers, and greenery. Anemones work best in centerpieces, floral crowns, and bouquets.

3. Tulip

Tulips are available year-round. This elegant flower comes in nearly any shade imaginable, including white, yellow, pink, orange, red, and purple.

Furthermore, tulips have endless varieties – fringed, double, Fosteriana, Greigii, and parrot, to name a few. They look excellent in bouquets and venue interior décor.

Minimalistic tulip-only bouquets are incredibly trendy. However, you can safely mix them with other seasonal blooms, be it anemones, freesias, or ranunculus.

4. Rose

Roses are always in season, thanks to the popularity of this flower. Rose is deservedly considered the queen of all flowers – it’s a beyond gorgeous and highly versatile bloom. There are over 300 species to choose from!

The best thing is that roses work in bouquets, flower crowns, aisle décor, boutonnieres, centerpieces – you name it. You can opt for rose-only arrangements with green branches or use them with other winter flowers.

5. Aster

You’re likely familiar with aster – this flower with a yellow center and dozens of narrow petals is favored by gardeners worldwide. It comes in white, yellow, orange, pink, purple, and many other colors.

You may choose China asters resembling chrysanthemums, classic flat-topped asters, or white wood asters with small star-like blooms – there’s a variety for any preference. Use it in combination with other seasonal winter flowers for venue décor and your bridal bouquet.

6. Calla Lilies

Calla lilies are trendy winter wedding flowers featuring a unique shape and long stem. This exotic flower comes in yellow, orange, pink, red, purple, and all-time wedding favorite, white.

Calla lilies are expensive but long-lasting flowers that look stunning in mono arrangements but also work well with other exotic blooms. They can be used for venue décor, bridal bouquets, and creative boutonnieres.

7. Gardenia

Gardenia is a delicate and fragrant winter bloom with an unusual textured shape resembling camelia. This beautiful bloom comes in many shades, but the most popular for weddings is, of course, white.

Some creative gardenia bridal arrangement ideas include wreaths, hairpieces, and blooms floating in the water as centerpieces.

Gardenias go well with many flowers but look incredibly stunning with white peonies or hydrangeas.

8. Orchids

Orchids are, perhaps, the most popular exotic flower for weddings due to their versatility and unique look. From large snow-white phalaenopsis to ruffled yellow-spotted oncidiums, there’s an orchid to fit any preference and style.

Orchids look drop-dead gorgeous in modern asymmetric, oversized, and cascading bridal bouquets, either on their own or in combination with other exotic blooms.

You may opt for single-stem centerpieces, place an orchid flower on top of each guest’s menu, or have orchids floating in the water. They work great as boutonnieres and hairpieces, too.

9. Carnation

Carnation is an unusual flower with ruffled petals, available in white, pink, red, purple, and yellow. They look stunning with other textured blooms like peonies, roses, and chrysanthemums.

If beauty is not enough, carnations are long-lasting and cost-effective. They can serve as a base for your wedding floral arrangements due to their reliability. Plus, carnations are available year-round.

10. Poinsettia

Poinsettia is traditionally considered a Christmas flower, but it works equally well for a January wedding. While we’re all used to vivid red poinsettias, there are also cream, pink, yellowish, and spotted varieties.

Red poinsettias are excellent for venue décor – due to the large petal size, you can use single blooms as centerpieces and aisle décor. For bouquets, pair poinsettia with greenery and pinecones.

If you’re concerned about your wedding looking too Christmassy, opt for cream or pink poinsettias – some of your guests may not even recognize a popular festive plant in your arrangements without the signature color.

11. Narcissus Paper White

Most narcissus varieties bloom in spring, but the paperwhite kind is in season for a January wedding.

Paperwhite narcissus typically has six delicate petals, a yellow center, and a dark green stem. It’s much smaller than classic daffodils.

You may opt for a minimalistic mono-flower bridal bouquet or incorporate narcissus in arrangements with freesias, jasmine, and iris. Narcissus works equally well for venue décor, bouquets, and boutonnieres.

12. Camellia

Camellia is a garden winter bloom with a rose-like shape that comes in pink, red, and white shades.

Some camellia varieties, such as Alexander Hunter and Granada, have yellow centers, while others, like Helen’s Ballerina and Coquettii, have no visible center.

Camellias work great as venue décor, hairpieces, boutonnieres, and in arrangements with other blooms, particularly with peonies, ranunculus, and roses.

13. Stephanotis

Stephanotis is a delicate short-stemmed flower with petite star-shaped blooms, also known as Madagascar jasmine. Due to its size, stephanotis makes perfect boutonnieres, hairpieces, and small bridal bouquets.

14. Gypsophila or Baby’s Breath

Gypsophila, commonly called baby’s breath, is a unique flower with dozens of tiny, clustered blooms. Gypsophila is always white, but florists dye it in all rainbow colors – sometimes, literally in all colors at once.

Gypsophila on its own resembles a puffy snow cloud and therefore is ideal for January weddings in wonderland style.

Baby’s breath is prevalent in wedding venue decoration. However, it’s equally suitable for bouquets – it can make even the simplest floral arrangement appear unusual.

15. Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Anne’s lace is a long-stemmed wildflower with an unusual flat-topped, crown-like head with tiny clustered white blooms. The blooms indeed resemble an intricate lace pattern.

Like baby’s breath, Queen Anne’s lace makes a perfect filler flower and can transform a simple bridal bouquet into a modern arrangement.

16. Waxflower

Waxflower is another filler flower alternative to baby’s breath. This short-stemmed flower with small blooms looks incredibly chic in boutonnieres, hairpieces, or as an addition to elaborate floral arrangements.

Bohemian January brides may consider waxflower crowns – unlike a rose or peony crown, such an accessory looks very modest and doesn’t draw too much attention while beautifully contouring the face.

17. Winter Jasmine

Unlike common white jasmine, winter jasmine isn’t fragrant, nor is it white. Winter jasmine belongs to the olive family and has many small yellow blooms on branches.

It makes perfect venue decoration – place a few branches in a tall vase, and you’re set. Alternatively, winter jasmine can be used in bouquets along with shorter-stemmed blooms to diversify the arrangement.

18. Algerian Iris

Algerian iris, a lovely lilac-blue flower with a yellow center and unique shape, blooms from fall to spring.

This gorgeous bloom can add a pop of color to any bridal floral arrangement and looks especially beautiful with freesias and winter jasmine.

However, iris-only bridal bouquets are equally stunning and perfectly fit a blue wedding color theme. Apart from arrangements, irises work great as boutonnieres, hairpieces, and centerpieces.

19. Crocus

If you’re looking for a small flower for boutonnieres, consider crocus. It’s a short-stemmed January flower that comes in white, purple, blue, orange, and yellow, with a bright yellow center.

Crocus use isn’t limited to small accessories, though – it can be added to bouquets with other popular winter wedding flowers such as stephanotis, iris, baby’s breath, freesia, and waxflower.

20. Freesia

Freesia is a trendy January wedding flower with a subtle sweety-lemon scent. Naturally, the most favored freesia color for weddings is white, but the flower also comes in yellow, orange, blue, pink, and purple.

A freesia-only bridal bouquet looks impeccably elegant and delicate. Furthermore, freesias last for up to three weeks in a vase. It’s a versatile flower suitable for centerpieces, boutonnieres, ceremony arches, and hairpieces.

21. Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemums boast many varieties, from classic daisy-like blooms to rounded pompons and unusual spider chrysanthemums with long, curved petals.

The color selection is also broad, including white, yellow, pink, purple, and bi-color. Chrysanthemums work excellent as venue décor and in floral arrangements.

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