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

Flowers are a common wedding decoration. Used for everything from the wedding ceremony to reception centerpieces. It is an effective way to lend a touch of natural beauty to your big day, and tie in your bridal bouquets. In more recent years, fake wedding flowers have become a popular alternative. It's a great way to cut down on costs without compromising on beauty! However, there are pros and cons to both options. Keep reading to learn whether real or fake flowers best align with your wedding vision!

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Why Would I Get Fake Wedding Flowers?

So why should you consider fake flowers for your wedding? There are a lot of reasons that a bride may prefer fake flowers! Fake flowers have their own unique charm, so don't overlook this option just yet. Below are some of the reasons that you might consider featuring fake flowers at your wedding.

Reason #1: Real Flowers are Expensive

Wedding experts and recent brides alike will tell you that when it comes to wedding expenses, flowers are a doozy. On average, couples spend between $700 to $2500 dollars on wedding flowers. There is no doubt that real flowers are much more expensive than fake wedding flowers. So for brides on a budget, fake wedding flowers will free up some of your money. Which you can then use for other areas of your event, or for your honeymoon!

Reason #2: Silk Fake Flowers

Silk wedding flowers are an amazing option for your event, with countless designs and colors. With Etsy, you can get some truly natural-looking flowers, and at a very reasonable price. Whether you want to use silk flowers for centerpieces or for your bridal bouquet, Etsy has some amazing options. You can purchase pre-made arrangements, or singular blooms to create a design of your very own.

Reason #3: Rent Fake Flowers Online

An alternative to buying fake flowers for your wedding, is renting. An option that is not possible with real wedding flowers. There are several wedding stores where you can browse a 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, far less than what you would pay for a bouquet of real flowers. Which are often tossed into the trash the very next day.

Reason #4: Your Guests Won't Notice (or Care)

Real flowers do look more natural but the silk flowers don't scream fake. The likelihood that your guests will notice that your flowers are fake is nominal. How many people are touching and smelling the centerpieces? And even if they do notice, they probably won't care. Your guests' focus is more likely to be on the open bar and food or appetizers, so don't spend any time worrying about what anyone else will think.

Reason #5: Buy Fake Greenery and Flowers in Bulk

If you have plans to feature greenery or a large array of flowers at your event, consider purchasing in bulk. This is a great option if your decor of choice will be garland, which is often used on long banquet tables at wedding receptions. They will look real, but by buying in bulk you will also save a lot of money. If you're lucky, you might also be able to resell your bulk goods once your event is over.

Reason #6: Use Your Fake Flowers to Create a Wedding Keepsake

The worst part about getting real wedding flowers is that they all just go to waste once the event is over. Granted, you could donate them to a nursing home to make someones day. But that's another task on your to-do list. If you go with fake flowers however, 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. There are also much easier to keep as keepsake, considering they won't ever shrivel up and fall to pieces.

Reason #7: Order Fake Flowers in Advance to Help Spread out Wedding Costs

Another advantage to fake wedding flowers is that they can be pre-ordered. Pay for them to be delivered well in advance of your event, and you might save some money. If anything, it will help spread out the cost and make the payments less burdensome.
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Reason #8: Options Besides Silk Wedding Flowers

For brides who want to be more unconventional in their choice, there are other options aside from silk wedding flowers. Fake flowers can be made from tissue or paper for an especially unique look that your guests are sure to appreciate. More recently, wood flowers have become popular. Still, you can find them made from polyester, nylon and other types of fabrics.

Reason #9: Fake Wedding Flowers are More Durable

It will take much more than a gust of wind or some light rain to cause any significant damage to fake wedding flowers. By design, they are much more sturdy and durable than any real flower. If you are planning to have an outdoor wedding, fake flowers will free you up from the stress that comes with unpredictable weather. You can trust that your decor will remain intact all day long.

Reason #10: No Worries about "Out of Season" Costs

Designing arrangements and bouquets are ultimately up to your wedding florist, but most brides' have a gist of what they want. Most often a specific look, theme, or flower. 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.

Reason #11: Fake Wedding Flowers are Allergen-Free

For some guests, real flowers present a problem in the form of allergies. While this isn't a huge concern, it is an appreciated thought. Especially if it is a problem that plagues someone in your wedding party, such as the groom, a bridesmaid, or your mother-in-law. Fake flowers will allow them to fully enjoy your wedding day, without any worries or discomfort!

Reason #12: Fake Flowers Come in Every Color

Another great reason to opt for fake wedding flowers is that you can find them in next to any color you want! You can have purple roses, red hydrangeas, or blue tulips. Not only will this lend a unique look to your event, but it will allow you to match the color of your bridesmaid dresses. If you want to ensure that your fake wedding flowers will match your Kennedy Blue bridesmaid dresses, take advantage of our color swatches.

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Let's Chat!

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! Let us know your thoughts or decision in the comment section below!

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Avery W.
April 28, 2022 18:55

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

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!!

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