Artificial or Real Wedding Flowers?
The Advantages of Artificial Wedding
How do Artificial Wedding Flowers Compare to Real
This is just one
question in the myriad of decisions facing today's modern bride.
There are just so many things to take into account when planning
a wedding. Choosing the right flowers is just one
decision, but it's a very important decision that could make or
break your entire wedding theme. This blog
will go some way in helping you make the right choices for your wedding
flowers. Whether to have real or artificial wedding
flowers is a decision that's best made informed. So, let's look at some of the
obvious advantages and disadvantages to help you decide.
The Pros and Cons of Real Flowers
Traditionally, brides have tended towards real flowers
as their first choice. Real flowers have a
natural scent and a true beauty that no one can deny. For people who love
flowers, it is sometimes hard to consider artificial
flowers. However, real flowers have some
serious limitations that you need to consider.
Below we look at each consideration by comparing and
contrasting the choice of real or artificial wedding
Timing the Delivery of Real Wedding Flowers
Some of the main disadvantages with real flowers
come from the fact that they can wilt in hot
weather, or worse still, they can die in transit if they've not been stored or
shipped under the right conditions. To
minimise the risk of your flowers wilting or dying
on your wedding day, timing becomes absolutely
essential. You need to put a lot of trust in
your florist to deliver on time and to take great
care that your bouquets and arrangements are cared
for and treated
properly. If you choose real flowers, then
they must be prepared a day or two before the wedding
itself, kept in perfect conditions and delivered with impeccable timing. A lot of people would
consider wilted or dying flowers as a sign of bad
luck, but worse still, we've heard some real horror stories with real
flowers not arriving on time for the wedding at all!
Can you imagine, no flowers?
Consider the difference with artificial flowers,
which clearly take these risks completely out of the
equation. Artificial flowers can be prepared
well in advance, so there's no last minute rush or
panic and they don't wilt or die. You can take
delivery of artificial flowers weeks or even months
At Silk Blooms, we consider the option to buy your
flowers ahead of time as an opportunity to help you
spread out the cost of your wedding. That's
why we offer a flexible, interest free
Allergies and Hay Fever, Should you Use Real Wedding Flowers?
Not everyone suffers from hay fever or flower allergies,
but with real flowers it can really ruin your
day. Especially with the more pollen rich
species like lilies, anthurium's, roses and anemone's.
Artificial flowers are definitely the best choice if
you don't want a red nose and watering eyes in your wedding photos. Pollen
can be a real annoyance for you and your wedding
guests, but it can also cause bad stains on fabrics.
real flowers well away from your wedding dress!
Are Artificial Wedding Flowers Cheaper?
Price is just one small advantage of
artificial versus real. The cost
of artificial flowers is generally less than fresh flowers, but beware of
sellers who are still using older silk
fabric flowers of inferior quality.
The newest ranges of artificial flowers use
cutting edge foam and they are almost
impossible to tell apart from real flowers.
As a result, the price of artificial wedding
bouquets are rising. Still marginally
cheaper, but comparable to fresh flowers.
The quality and realism of artificial
flowers does vary, but the best quality,
more modern and most realistic flowers are
the ones you should use. An artificial
bouquet takes a florist the same amount of
time to prepare as a real bouquet, so the
difference in price between real and
artificial flowers is an advantage, but it's
not always a huge difference.
The type of flowers you choose can have a big effect on the cost of your
wedding flowers. Ask your florist if your choice can be substituted with
cheaper alternatives. You should also try to order in bulk as this
will save you costs on multiple delivery charges and you will often find
that the florist will give a better price for bulk purchases. If you order
all your buttonholes, corsages, bouquets and table arrangements for the
entire bridal party at the same time then you're sure to get a better deal!
Realism, How Real Looking are Artificial Wedding
If you opt for a quality florist,
www.silkblooms.co.uk then you
are guaranteed the best artificial
wedding flowers. We use only
the finest range and our flowers are
very realistic indeed. You may
hear the general term, 'silk flowers' used
to describe artificial flowers, but
in reality today's flowers are not made of silk.
To create the most life like
replicas of real looking flowers,
manufacturers have started to use
foam as the fabric of choice.
Foam is more rigid and far more
durable than fabric, so it doesn't
shrivel and it's waterproof nature
makes it easy to wipe clean.
Foam is simple to shape and cut so
it doesn't fray at the edges and
looks sharp and crisp like the real
McCoy. Foam is used these days
to create the most realistic roses
we have ever seen. Truly life like imitations
are easy to achieve using the clean
crisp lines of foam fabrics and the
range of floral designs and colours
is truly limitless.
table arrangements at a wedding
ceremony are the centrepiece of your
table and rest assured, they will be scrutinised by
your guests. The flowers that
we use will have them fooled, even
if they reach out and touch them.
Our flowers are really convincing
because we use modern, top of the
range artificial flowers. The
only thing that gives them away is
the fragrance, but you can purchase perfume for artificial flowers,
which makes it extremely difficult to
Lifespan, Durability and Preservation of
your Wedding Flowers
Something else to consider with
artificial wedding flowers is their
lifespan and durability. As
previously mentioned, artificial flowers
last forever. They wonÃ¢??t wilt and
they wont die. You can take delivery
well in advance of your wedding and you
can keep them forever after as a
keepsake. If stored properly, they can be kept indefinitely.
This is a clear advantage for the sentimental
bride who wishes to forever preserve her bridal bouquets.
Choosing artificial wedding flowers means you have a lasting reminder of your
wedding day without the
additional cost of wedding bouquet preservation companies who charge over the
odds for this service. Floral
preservation is a costly business, so
why add this to your budget when
artificial flowers can be kept forever
as souvenir to remind you of the day?
Even when real flowers are preserved,
they eventually result in brittle, dried flowers.
This is a major drawback for romantic
brides who wish to preserve their
bouquets. Artificial flowers can
be kept for years and years and they'll
still look as beautiful come your
daughter's wedding day as they looked on
your own wedding day.
Moreover, they they are much more
sturdy than fresh flowers and will take
more abuse, for example when being
carried by a young child. ThereÃ¢??s no
worry about your flower girl mishandling her bouquet or dropping your
flowers. Unlike real flower
bouquets, artificial bouquets are
your artificial wedding flowers before or after your big day, just wrap them in
acid free tissue paper or clear florist
rolls and keep them in the box they
arrived in. Keep them out of
Seasonal Advantages of Artificial
Artificial flowers arenÃ¢??t seasonal, you can have
your favourite flowers all year round. Available in a vast array of colours
and always in season you can have virtually any flower in any colour at anytime
of year. Unlike fresh flowers, they are always in season. Out-of-season flowers are
no longer an issue, you can be guaranteed your
favourite flowers and a perfect match to your colour scheme,
from January to December.
Lightweight Artificial Flowers for Weddings
Artificial flowers are really, really light so
carrying them is completely effortless. You
won't feel burdened by them on your wedding day!
Unlike fresh flowers, with a heavy water content,
artificial flowers weight practically nothing.
This makes them perfect for
weddings abroad. Lightweight and durable, they're so easy to pack and so
easy to transport. Just pop them in your hand luggage
and take them with you. A clear advantage when
you consider cross border controls. The UK
will not allow you to bring your bouquet into the
country if you've taken it home from a wedding
seems when you weight up the pros and cons of real
flowers versus artificial flowers, you may wonder
why you even considered real flowers in the first
place. Add into the equation the advancements
in today's material and manufacturing technology and
the realism of artificial wedding flowers will
astonish you. Gone are the days of cheap
silk fabric flowers that fray and shrivel. Today,
foam fabrics and superior manufacturing makes
artificial wedding flowers the choice of the
discerning, modern bride. Artificial wedding
flowers are becoming more and more popular for
weddings and this huge increase in the popularity is
testimony to the realism of today's fake flowers.
It really is hard to tell the difference.
a designer of artificial wedding flowers, I can see why
they are taking centre stage, especially over the winter months when some
popular fresh flowers are not widely available. Although they do not have
the same scents and delicateness of real flowers, artificial flowers last forever,
so the bride can have a lasting momentum of her day.
We hope we
have helped in your decision between fresh or artificial flowers. If you require
any help in choosing please contact us for advice.