Five Ways to Create a Festive Christmas Wedding with Poinsettias
03 Dec 2015
Rethink your stance on poinsettias this year, and amp up the festive feeling at a winter wedding with these vibrant plants. Bound to surprise with their ivory and coral varieties, spruce up celebrations with our inspirational tips
Poinsettias, the traditional red Christmas blooms we all associate with December are making a comeback this year, providing ample inspiration to include them at winter weddings.
If you’re walking down the aisle during the peak of the festive season, why not sample the appeal of these flowers during your big day?
If poinsettias conjure up images of plastic faux versions that do not say bridal chic, check out these five ways to create contemporary wedding style with them.
From the vintage apricot shades to white and coral colours, there is more than meets the eye to this plant, which originates from Mexico and will celebrate International Poinsettia Day on December 12.
1. Poinsettia table centrepiece
Add ivory poinsettias to the centre of tables during the wedding breakfast. Include pale, wintry-coloured baubles and green leaves to give a natural, muted effect. Perfect for elegant weddings with an ivory theme.
2. Chair decor
Leafy chair decorations scattered with loose fern-like sprigs secured to the back of seats offer an air of botanical garden magic. Go for classic apricot poinsettias and match to the table centrepiece.
3. Contemporary long table setting
Set with rustic twigs, berries and dusky lilac roses, the coral variety of poinsettias can look absolutely stunning in a long table centrepiece. Subtle crystals will create a glamorous edge, as will long, spindly twines.
If you’ve decided on a quirky, vintage wedding, a lampshade wire could be an unusual way to set your flowers. Include spattered red poinsettias with raspberry-tinged varieties for contrast. Pop on a barrel prop and leave near the entrance of the venue.
5. Fire place
Tying the knot in a stately home? Pull everything together by dressing fireplaces with traipsing ivy leaves and clusters of golden poinsettias.
If you’re planning on creating your own wedding floral arrangements, here are some top tips to grow poinsettias at home beforehand.
How to care for your poinsettia
• Inspect before buying. Dense foliage and yellow-green buds are a sign of freshness. Don’t take any standing in breezy entrances.
• Keep them in a bright, warm spot (around 20°C). They can even be close to a radiator, but not in direct sunlight or near draughts – so keep away from open doors and windows.
• Don’t overwater by leaving a pool of water in bottom of the pot or saucer they’re sitting in. Only water when the soil is almost dry (preferably with lukewarm water).
• To keep your poinsettia going long after the festive season, do not fertilise during its flowering period. Afterwards, fertilise monthly using conventional nutrients.
• To produce colourful leaves for years to come, keep the plant in complete darkness for at least 12 hours a day for several weeks.