Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Dresses in "Cinnamon" | Santiago Murillo Photography
Why Would I Get Fake Wedding Flowers?
Average Costs of Wedding Flowers
One big deciding factor for real vs. fake flowers is the cost. Wedding experts and recent brides alike will tell you that when it comes to wedding expenses, flowers are a doozy!
- Real wedding flowers: Most couples spend between $700 to $2500 dollars on real wedding flowers, with $1500 as the average.
- Fake wedding flowers: The range is around $500 to $1000 for fake wedding flowers.
Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Dresses in Sky | Nicole Catherine Photography
Endless Artificial Floral Options to Choose from
Faux flower options have only grown in recent years, with more realistic-looking options than we've seen in the past. We've seen beautiful examples of:
- Silk flowers
- Wood flowers
- Rental bouquets
- Foam flowers
- Wax-coated flowers
- Dried flower decor
- ...and more!
1) Fake Wedding Flowers Come in Every Color
Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Dress in "Spice" / Tonya Hjort Photography
2) Buying Artificial Flowers Helps Spread out Wedding Costs
3) Fake Wedding Flowers are More Durable
4) You Can Buy Fake Greenery and Flowers in Bulk
Peridot South Photos | Kennedy Blue Real Weddings
5) No Worries about "Out of Season" Wedding Flower Costs
When it comes to real flowers, however, there are costs associated with whether or not a bloom is in-season. If it's not, the price goes up. Thankfully, fake flowers allow you to choose any flower in the world, irrespective of whether it is in season or if it even grows in your country!
6) Fake Wedding Flowers are Allergen-Free
If a member of your wedding party is going to be carrying or wearing the flowers all day, fake flowers will allow them to fully enjoy your wedding day without any worries or discomfort!
Calli Brown Photography | Kennedy Blue Real Weddings
7) Flower Rentals Allow You to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
First, you'll browse through a catalog of pre-designed bridal bouquets made from silk flowers and choose the one which you would like. The company will pack the flowers and ship them to you. After the wedding, all you need to do is ship the bouquet back. All this can be made possible by paying a very nominal rental fee of about $50 - far less than what you would pay for a bouquet of real flowers. The best part is that the flowers will then be reused in a future wedding, rather than getting tossed into the trash the very next day.
8) Your Wedding Guests Won't Notice (or Care)
Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Dresses in Wisteria | Amanda and Chad Photography
9) Use Your Fake Flowers to Create a Wedding Keepsake
If you go with fake flowers, you will have the option of taking them home. You can use the flowers to decorate your place, or even gift them to friends or family. They are also much easier to hold on to as keepsake, considering they won't ever shrivel up and fall to pieces.
Kennedy Blue Iris Bridesmaid Dress in "Navy" | Deidra Mckenzie Photography
(featuring wood wedding flowers)
10) Endless Options for Materials
Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Dress in "Rosewood" / The Tarnos
Artificial Wedding Flowers We Love
We've picked out some of the best wedding flowers for you to choose from. Whether you choose real or fake flowers for your wedding, we want you to know what options are available to you. If you're in the market for cheap wedding flowers, we've got some favorites that won't look cheap. Get ready for some of the best budget wedding flowers on the market right now!
1) Silk Wedding Flowers
We can't believe how realistic these silk flower bouquets are! They come in a variety of sizes and combinations - everything from silk boutonnieres to silk flower corsages and hair combs. The cascading faux eucalyptus is also a nice touch for your fake wedding bouquet.
2) Wood Wedding Flowers
We are very impressed with this wood bridal bouquet! Woodland Flower Co offers a variety of wood options in many different colors (pictured here in an ivory, apricot, and copper color combo). As far as artificial wedding bouquets go, the durability and beauty is unmatched! Wood flowers act as the perfect wedding flower decor.
3) Wedding Greenery
Wedding garland looks perfect running across long tables, across wedding archways, and on entryways. We love the assortment that this Etsy seller offers! Available in different greenery types (such as Eucalyptus and Boxwood), these realistic faux wedding flowers will have your guests fooled. You can also choose between softer greens and brighter ones depending on your wedding colors.
For a greenery option with faux flowers included in the display, we really like this lush-looking lamb's ear garland. The combo with eucalyptus is stunning, and the lambs ear softens the look along with the gorgeous flowers.
Wedding Greenery with Flowers | Etsy
4) Artificial Wedding Flower Centerpieces
As far as artificial wedding flowers go, we love how realistic these faux peonies are. These wedding flower centerpieces are bestsellers, and feature acrylic water for a no-mess solution to wedding decorating. If you prefer, you can also order the centerpiece without a vase so that you can choose your own in order to better match your color scheme. It's a win-win!
Artificial Wedding Flower Centerpiece | Etsy
5) Wedding Arch Flowers
One of the most visible places for flowers at your wedding is the wedding arch, where all eyes will be on you during the ceremony! Your arch decor can be your largest wedding flower cost since they tend to be the biggest blooms.
In terms of budget wedding flowers, Etsy has endless options for a flower arch, and the best part is that most sellers will customize your order to match your preferences. Our favorite floral arch is this one - an elegant, luxe set of faux arch flowers that look very real!
6) Fake Flower Petals For the Flower Girl
Fake rose petals are an excellent choice for the wedding, even if you decide to go with real flowers for your bouquet or other decor. Once your flower petals hit the ground after being thrown by the flower girl, the delicate petals will crumble and shred as soon as the guests start to walk around.
Fake flower petals don't pose the same problem, leaving them intact even after a few footprints land on them! We love these realistic-looking petals from the Magical Wedding Store.
7) Paper Wedding Flowers
If you had told us that these wedding flower arrangements were made from paper, we would not have believed you! Made from Mulberry paper, these blooms are durable and perfect keepsakes for after the wedding. They come in many different colors to suit your theme!
Paper Wedding Flower Bouquet | Etsy
If you are seeking a wedding flower arrangement that is more obviously paper, we adore the idea of custom flowers made from book pages. These are perfect for bookworms, or those that wish to have a special or romantic message or song lyric embedded in their bouquet. They are truly one-of-a-kind and serve as a cherished keepsake after the wedding!
Book Bouquet Paper Flowers | Etsy
Choosing between real and fake flowers can be a difficult choice! But by considering these factors, hopefully you will be able to make a confident decision. If necessary, ask your friends and family about what they think of real versus fake wedding flowers. But in the end, remember that it is your event and your happiness is what matters most!
Real or Fake Wedding Flowers?
What are your thoughts on real or fake wedding flowers? Let's chat! Tell us about your experiences with both, and let us know what amazing options you have seen at the weddings you've planned or attended. What are the pros and cons of fake wedding flowers?
Let us know your thoughts or decisions in the comment section below!
I’ve been a wedding planner and florist for 20 years. There are a few more things to keep in mind among all of this great information. While yes, you can usually get fake flowers cheaper than real flowers, sometimes the quality isn’t the same. Some fake flowers look, well, fake. But that’s subjective. I could think something is beautiful and the next person could think they look plastic. It’s your personal preference! I only mention it because super realistic looking fake flowers can be very pricy if you’re not going to rent them. I’ve seen one Real Touch rose stem be more than $5 whereas the same fresh rose could be purchased for around $2/stem. Also, be realistic with your expectations in light of your budget. $1500 in either fresh or fake only goes so far. That’s often the budget for personal flowers and maybe a couple of ceremony arrangements or very simple centerpieces. Arches, large ceremony arrangements, flower-heavy centerpieces (especially elaborate ones), etc. will cost anywhere from $4000-$10,000 and up depending on your flower type and the number of things you need, number of tables you have, etc. You can 100% do wedding flowers for $500-$1500! Just keep your wish list in line with that. Happy planning!
I’m so glad I ran to this article because I’ve been giving my mom mother’s Day flowers for years and she always complained how quickly they die so could you recommend anyone.. a great place to get silk flowers for mother’s day
Wow!! These were so cute! I love the idea of fake flowers because it takes so much hassle out of the day
Renting fake flowers would be a great option!
Renting fake flowers would be a great option!
We will be doing the Sola wood flowers for ours!
Doing a combination of dried and fake but still deciding on fake. Many pros on fake.
Definitely will be doing a combo of real and fake!
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.
This just confirmed my debate! Thanks alot! Fake flowers for sure