Are Artificial Silk Wedding Flowers Good Substitutes?

artificial flowers (photo by N.L. (Flickr) )

Preserving the freshness of real flowers is indeed one dilemma for brides and wedding planners and with the fact that wedding celebrations can last for several hours, solutions to address this problem are very welcome.

When I wanted Malaysian mums imported for my wedding and I wondered if I can ever get fresh mums for the big day. Maybe artificial silk wedding flowers are the answer?

The Secret about Silk Flowers for Weddings

Silk Wedding Flowers, Anyone?

It was a friend’s wedding when I first saw silk flower bouquets and I didn’t even have a clue that they were all made of silk, as they looked very real. I was amazed to see imported flowers staying fresh throughout the whole ceremony so I asked my friend and she told me about the secret.

One of the things that crossed my mind when it comes to artificial silk flowers is the discouraging look of a fake flower but with good technology these days, silk flowers can look as close as the real ones, you can’t even tell they are not the real deal. Of course, if you choose silk flowers, I strongly advise you to get them from a trusted high-quality manufacturer to make sure you get something made from the highest quality material.

I have seen a lot of weddings using silk flowers since then. From silk bridal bouquets, flowers for the bridal car, silk floral centerpieces, silk flowers for hair and even for the cake – they can all look real and they stay fresh all day long. Even if they closely resemble the real ones up to the finest details, they don’t even cost as much as real flowers. A friend bought wholesale silk flowers and she was able to save quite a few dollars with it.

Real Looking Silk Flower Arrangement for Weddings

At my friend’s wedding reception, the guests were so amazed by the reception venue adorned with large silk flower arrangements and centerpieces. I tried to check out if the flowers were real and they did exactly look like real ones! One smart idea I learned is that the couple decided to mix real flowers with the silk ones and indeed, it makes beautiful, attractive wedding bouquets and flower arrangements. If a guest gets to check out a real flower from the bunch, she would assume everything is real – considering of course, that your artificial flowers are done perfectly.

Some wedding floral packages, in fact, offer this combination of real and artificial flowers and it can be a good option for couples who want exotic or rare flowers on their wedding. I have known several brides who love to have blue flowers on their big day and as blue flowers are a little hard to find, blue silk flowers are good substitutes and won’t cost you a lot as well. It would have been the best option at my wedding when I wanted to have Malaysian mums, but of course, it was too late when I found out about it.

Looking for artificial alternatives? Foam flowers for weddings are a great choice.

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“With silk wedding flowers you can have the type of flower you want – whatever is the month or season of your wedding.”

Want more? read about choosing silk flowers for wedding cakes.

Advantages of Realistic Wedding Silk Flowers

If you are still skeptical about having artificial flowers on your big day, here are a few things I find beneficial with silk flowers.

  • Silk flowers allow you to rearrange and adjust your floral setup even days before the wedding. You can always see how they match and how good the combination is without the fear of destroying them.
  • No matter how many flowers you want to put into your floral arrangement, silk ones are lightweight and easy to put together.
  • You can have the type of flower you want – whatever the month or season of your wedding.
  • Of course, if you have pollen allergies, artificial flowers are your friends.
  • Without the fear of your flowers looking dull or wilted, you can relax, enjoy and free your mind from worrying about your wedding.

Want cheap silk flowers? – We got advice for finding them.

Worried about having poor quality silk wedding flowers? One important piece of advice I can give is to make sure you chose a kind of flower that is easy to replicate. There are just certain types that are not easy to reproduce and you have to keep this in mind.

Would you go for silk flowers or real flowers at your wedding? Comment, tweet, let us know…

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