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Real Flowers or Fake Flora – Which Is Right for You?

Posted on November 7th, 2007 by Courtney in Wedding Flowers 4 Comments

807636_wedding.jpgI’m sure we all remember the days when silk flowers looked like they were made from paper napkins and green wire. There’s no way you would choose such a hideous alternative over the real thing! But floral imitations have really come a long way from their less-than-ideal design from the 1960’s and have since become serious contenders for big events like weddings.

Anyone advising you to choose silk flowers over real for your big day is sure to mention cost as a major factor, but surely cost isn’t everything? There are certainly pros to choosing faux flora over the real deal, but making your selection based off of just one detail really could turn out to be something you regret.

So read up brides-to be! Below is some information you might want to consider before committing to real flowers or replicas:

The Real Deal:

  • Floral selection may or may not be in season: On the downside, if you’re planning on getting married anytime other than spring or early summer, you’re likely to spend quite a bit more money on your floral selections. However, as with any purchase, if you happen to be in the right place and are ordering for the right time of year, there’s a chance that you’ll happen upon a fantastic deal. Sometimes it’s all just a matter of luck!
  • Traditional: What little girl doesn’t imagine walking towards her groom while fresh petals are lightly tossed to the ground? Everyone knows that flowers have meaning tied to them: red roses mean love, while white indicates purity. The question that lies with the individual, however, is how much of that tradition lies with the flowers being real. You want your big day to be perfect, and if fake flowers are going to make your wedding less than the fairy-tale day you imagined, it might be worth the extra cost to put your mind at ease.
  • Can be pressed or dried: Though one of the stronger arguments for choosing fake flowers is that your arrangements will last forever, there are several ways of preserving real flora from your wedding. Some brides might actually prefer to press one or more flowers, a technique that makes them easier to keep in a photo album or scrapbook. Your other options are to dry your bouquet or even take it to a floral preservation specialist.
  • Fresh Scent: The first thing you do when you see a beautiful arrangement is lean forward and breathe in the freshness. That’s what flowers are known for: not just to look pretty, but to smell pretty too. Fake flowers might imitate the look of real flowers remarkably, but they certainly can’t duplicate the scent.

Faux flora:

  • Less expensive: The biggest reason most brides even begin considering fake flowers for their wedding is because of the considerably higher cost of real flowers. In fact, depending on the size and types of arrangements you choose, flowers can end up costing as much as, or even more than your wedding dress! I bet you didn’t think of it that way! By selecting silk flowers over fresh flora, wedding costs can be decreased by hundreds, even thousands, of dollars.
  • Unscented: This is the one thing you can’t change about real flowers. There are unscented real flowers out there, but why limit your options when you could simply select fine silk flowers instead? You might have any number of reasons you don’t want your flowers to smell: allergies, other medical conditions, or even because you simply dislike the scent, but if you’re looking for flowers that will be seen and not smelled, you should probably go with an artificial option.
  • Can be prearranged: Who hasn’t heard the horror stories of weddings where the florist doesn’t show up, or when carnation arrangements arrive instead of the carefully selected lilies and orchids? One of the greatest benefits to selecting silk flowers is that you can order the arrangements to be prepared before the wedding day for your review. If the florist hasn’t followed your directions, and there’s some sort of floral crisis, you’ll have time to correct it instead of just dealing.
  • Arrangements will last forever: Many weddings are complicated events, sometimes with receptions taking place at a later time or date, or even in a different location. Is it really logical to order flowers for each and every time and place you’re going to be doing something wedding related? If you’re going to want bouquets and floral arrangements for your bridal portraits, wedding, and reception all on different days, your best bet might be to stick with silk.

So that’s it. If there’s a certain reason one option resonates over the others, that makes your decision all the easier. But if you’re still having a hard time deciding which option is best, consider asking others for their input.

Just make sure your selection is going to make you happy on the big day. You don’t want to be red nosed and sneezy because you were too stubborn to switch from real flowers to fake. Then again, you probably don’t want to sacrifice your picture perfect wedding day to save a few dollars. Like everything else you’ve got going for the big day, picking the perfect flowers is ultimately all about you!

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Comments (4)

  1. 1shane

    I think when the time comes that I’ll get married, I’ll choose to go with both. It seems interesting to mix real and silk flowers as wedding flowers.

  2. 2Melissa

    I loved my real flowers, they smelled SOOOO good and I really don’t think I could have done fake flowers. But then again I hated watching my beautiful bouquet die after a few days :(

  3. 3Melissa

    That’s a good idea, I might have done two bouquets; one to walk down the aisle with, and one to keep forever… I should have done that!

  4. 4Courtney

    I always thought fake flowers would be tacky, but they really are a good alternative. One of my friends got married not too long ago and I had no idea her flowers were fake until she told me!

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