Real vs. Fake Wedding Flowers: What You Need to Know

Flowers are a big part of the wedding venue’s décor. The wedding planner, whether it is the bride herself or a professional event manager, often spends a lot of time choosing the flowers that should not only match with the rest of the décor but which also add a touch of natural beauty to the setting.

Up until now, most wedding planners have chosen to go with natural flowers. After all, natural flowers do look beautiful and also smell sweet. Fake wedding flowers for wedding décor have been around for a long time but are still not the great choice for most weddings!

However, if you want to cut down on the budget wherever possible with little compromise, going with fake wedding flowers can be an ideal option. Both real flowers and fake flowers have their own pros and cons and this has made this topic a hotly debated one among wedding planners.

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Why Would I Get Fake Wedding Flowers?

The obvious question that comes to mind when choosing between real and fake wedding flowers is why you should even consider getting fake flowers. This question becomes even more relevant if you are not particularly keen on cutting down the budget.

But did you know that even apart from saving money, there are a lot of reasons to get fake wedding flowers? Real flowers too have their own charm and many brides will definitely prefer them over fake flowers any day.

However, once you give this topic some thought, you will find that just considering fake flowers will open up a world of choices in this segment for you. In fact, if you want, you can even use a combination of fake and real flowers for your wedding. Below are some of the reasons that you might want to think over before deciding on whether you want real or fake flowers at your wedding:

Reason #1: Real flowers are very expensive

If you speak to anyone who has got married recently about wedding expenses, you would find that on an average a bride spends more than $2200 on the flowers alone if she goes for real flowers.

There is no doubt that real flowers are much more expensive than fake wedding flowers. Fake wedding flowers will cost less than half of what real flowers do and will look as beautiful.

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Reason #2: Etsy has some beautiful silk flower options

Like we mentioned before, there are numerous options in fake wedding flower designs and colours. With Etsy, you can get some truly natural-looking flowers and that too at a very reasonable price. Whether you want flowers for centrepieces or for your bridal bouquet, Etsy will be able to provide natural looking silk flowers which some may find to be even better than real flowers.

Reason #3: You can even rent fake wedding flowers online

You have the option of getting fake wedding flowers on rent, something which is not possible with real wedding flowers. There are several wedding stores where you can browse their catalogue of pre-designed bridal bouquets made from silk flowers and choose the one which you would like. The store will then simply pack the flowers and ship them to you.

After the wedding, all you need to do is ship the bouquet back to the store. All this can be made possible by paying a very nominal rental fee of about $50 which is far lesser than what you would pay for a bouquet made from real flowers which anyway goes into the dustbin the next day.

Reason #4: Your guests probably won’t be able to tell

Real flowers do look more natural but the silk flowers will also look so real that guests would probably not be able to tell the difference unless they actually go about touching and smelling all the flowers.

Even if they recognize that the flowers are fake, they probably won’t care as their major focus would be on the food and music.

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Reason #5: There are tons of real-looking fake greenery and flowers to buy in bulk online

If you are thinking of using floral decorations including flowers and other greenery as the main decoration for the wedding venue, it would actually be more advisable to go with the fake flowers. Not only do these flowers and greenery look quite real, but you can also buy them in bulk online and save a lot of money in the process.

Reason #6: You can keep your wedding flowers for sentimental reasons and to decorate your home

The worst part about getting real wedding flowers is that they all just go to waste the very next day when the wedding is over and the venue has to be prepared for the next event. On the other hand, if you have bought fake wedding flowers, you will have the option of taking them home to decorate your place or gifting them to your friends or family. You may also choose to keep those beautiful, if not real, flowers as a reminder of your big day.

Reason #7: You can order the flowers months in advance to help spread out the cost of the wedding

Another advantage with fake wedding flowers is that you can pre-order the flowers and choose the delivery date months in advance so to avoid that expenditure nearer to the wedding. This helps you spread out the cost and be more efficient in managing your wedding budget.

Reason #8: There are other options other than silk flowers to choose from

For brides who want to be more unconventional in their choice, there are even more options to choose from apart from the common silk designs. You can go for flowers made from tissue or paper for an even more unique look for your wedding décor which is sure to be appreciated by all your guests.

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Reason #9: Fake wedding flowers are more durable than real flowers

It will take much more than a gust of wind or some light rain to cause any significant damage to fake wedding flowers which are by design much more sturdy and durable. If you are planning to have an outdoor wedding, you should definitely consider getting fake flowers instead of real flowers so that you don’t have to worry about the decoration getting spoilt if the wedding day turns out to be cloudy or rainy.

Reason #10: You don’t have to worry if a floral you have your heart set on is “in season” or not!

Everyone bride is sure to have a favorite flower which she wants as part of her bouquet. However, it may so happen that that flower may not be in season around your wedding day and would, therefore, be unavailable. However, with fake wedding flowers, you can choose any flower in the world irrespective of whether it is in season or whether it even grows in your country or not.

Reason #11: Fake wedding flowers are allergen-free

It would be a big help to a select few guests who may be allergic to some particular kind of flowers if they do not have to constantly worry about their allergy acting up because of the real flowers placed all around the venue. This is an especially big reason to consider if the bride or groom or any member of the bridal party is prone to allergies.

Reason #12: You can get your flowers in any color you’d like

Another great reason to get fake wedding flowers is that you can choose to get the flowers designed in any color you want. You can have purple roses or red hydrangeas. Not only will that look unique and exotic but you can actually color match the bridesmaid dresses with the color of the flowers too.

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Choosing between real and fake flowers can seem to be a difficult choice initially but we are sure that if you consider these reasons, it will be much easier for you to make up your mind.

Do share your flowers online shopping experience with us and let us know whether fake wedding flowers match up to your expectations or not.

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Hannah Mayer
June 28, 2020 10:47

Wow!! These were so cute! I love the idea of fake flowers because it takes so much hassle out of the day

June 27, 2020 17:55

Renting fake flowers would be a great option!

June 27, 2020 17:55

Renting fake flowers would be a great option!

June 18, 2020 12:14

We will be doing the Sola wood flowers for ours!

June 18, 2020 12:14

Doing a combination of dried and fake but still deciding on fake. Many pros on fake.

June 14, 2020 08:44

Definitely will be doing a combo of real and fake!

May 28, 2020 10:38

I am so glad I found this article. I have been debating on wether or not to get real or fake flowers for my wedding. I’m artsy so I figured I could make my own bouquets but was worried it would still be just as expensive as real flowers in the end. I had NO IDEA you could rent wedding flowers! Some of them look so real and beautiful too! Definitely going with that option.

Brianna M
May 11, 2020 10:34

This just confirmed my debate! Thanks alot! Fake flowers for sure

Alisha Dan
April 07, 2020 17:01

We’re looking at wood flowers and they are soooo pretty!!

March 30, 2020 16:13

I’m glad I decided to go artificial. I may mix in some real; if I do this, I want to donate any real flowers to a local hospital or retirement home to help brighten up the rooms!

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