Whether you chose real or artificial wedding flowers, you should consider your wedding flower options and make your choice based on your budget and what type of wedding you are having. Silk artificial wedding flowers do have the advantage of not wilting, which is something to consider if you are having a warm-weather wedding or if you are partial to very delicate flowers that tend to droop quickly. Likewise, silk flowers won’t freeze in cold weather. Artificial wedding flowers are very lightweight, making bouquets much easier to handle and to transport. They don’t need watering and are more durable (no worrying about delicate blooms coming apart, sagging, or being stomped on by your flower girl!). Artificial flowers can be scented to smell like the real thing or given a spritz of your favourite wedding day fragrance, without the drawback causing sneezing! Another plus – a silk bridal bouquet will keep it’s beauty and look just as gorgeous on your 25th anniversary as it did on your wedding day.
Where to use silk wedding flowers
The flowers at a wedding are usually one of the things that guests will remark upon; whether it is the scent, the colours, the scale of the arrangements, unusual flowers, or the atmosphere that they create. Floral arches are beautiful and make a real statement as well as a lovely backdrop for photographs. If you have a wedding outside artificial flowers can be used to decorate a gazebo and make it a real focal point for the day. If you will be indoors for the ceremony, flowers can really brighten a room as well as decorate it and lots of blooms in the same colour can really have a wow factor. Small bunches of flowers tied to the seats at the aisle, or at the end of church pews make a lovely avenue to walk up and a beautiful scent for your guests to enjoy while they wait for you to make your entrance. Speak to your florist about the flowers and make sure that it is something you like. Or discuss faux wedding flower arrangements if you suffer from hay fever and want to save teary eyes for when you are saying your vows!
Benefits of Artificial Wedding Flowers
But keep in mind that while silk wedding flowers can be more practical than real flowers, they can sometimes be just as expensive. Though you also won’t end up paying more for certain types of flowers that may be out of season when you get married.
Choosing Your Silk Wedding Flowers
When choosing floral arrangements, many brides already have a vision of the perfect bouquet, from the type of flower right down to the charm that will be tied onto the ribbon. But before you jump right in here are a few things to remember (and if you are a bride that has no idea where to begin when it comes to flower arrangements, these tips are for you too!!)
Choosing bridal flowers
The bride’s bouquet is definitely the starting point for choosing flowers — all the other arrangements should complement hers. The bridesmaid bouquets often echo the colour and shape of the bride’s but are usually smaller. Of course, they should also complement the colour of the bridesmaid dresses. Flower girls can carry mini bouquets that match the bridesmaid bouquets; wands or a pomander (a flower ball suspended on a ribbon).
How will your wedding bouquet photograph
While you may dream of a huge, full bouquet filled with dozens of the most ornate and beautiful flowers, take a step back and think about your future wedding photos. Do you want a giant bouquet of flowers covering the wedding gown that you spent weeks searching for? Don’t let your flowers overpower you and your photos; use your bouquet to accent your gorgeous wedding day look.
Choose your artificial wedding flowers to compliment your wedding theme
If you dream of a rustic, outdoor wedding, sparkling with stringed lights and covered in burlap accents, let your wedding flowers reflect this. When ordering your wedding flowers, imagine what your venue is going to look like as a whole. This means thinking about every detail, from the linens down to the place cards.
With wedding flowers, Less is more!
You want to have it all on your special day and your florist wants you to have it all as well but trying to incorporate everything you like into a little bouquet can be overwhelming. Make a decision and stick with a theme for a beautiful bouquet that doesn’t feel too crowded.
You have dreamt about these wedding flowers…so make sure you plan for it
Choosing floral arrangements should not be left to the last minute. Budget not only for the cost but the time it takes to order the flowers as well. The early bird always gets the worm. In this case popular wedding florists will be booked up earlier particularly in the popular wedding season summer months. The sky’s the limit when it comes to flowers for your wedding, but realistically you can plan on spending about 10% of your overall budget. This covers the bride’s bouquet, bridesmaids’ bouquets, button holes, corsages, center pieces and table arrangements. How much you actually spend depends on many different factors, such as the number, size and complexity of the arrangements.
Be flexible with your artificial wedding flowers
Try to control your inner bridezilla when your wedding florist tells you that the flowers you have been swooning over are not available. Work with your florist on creating a bouquet that resembles the one you dreamt about and be okay going with a different flower or adding more foliage to reduce the cost.
Choose your wedding florist carefully
- Chat to the florist and check out their style and see if it fits in with what you want.
- Do they have a wide range of bouquets and testimonials from previous brides.
- Do they have suggestions for colour schemes, arrangements and accessories.
- Do they specialise in wedding floristry.
- Are they well established.
- Are they able to incorporate your design ideas for additional items you might want in your bouquet such as ribbons, beads, jewels, photographs and so on.
- Visit their websites to see photo galleries of arrangements for inspiration.
- Follow them on social media.
Last but certainly not least…this is YOUR day!
In the end, how you feel about your wedding floral arrangements is what matters most. Not what your mum says, not what your maid of honor or bridesmaid says, and not even what your florist says (although our opinions are valuable!) If you are not in love with the arrangement when you are planning for your wedding day, you will not be in love with it on your wedding day, so choose something you absolutely love. Do not be shy with your wedding florist if they are heading in a direction that you aren’t crazy about. Be specific about what you want!
What is a wedding without flowers? Take some time to think about your arrangements as flowers are one of the most important details of a wedding. Use these tips as a checklist when making your final floral decisions so you can walk down the aisle with the perfect bouquet!