Chances are before you started planning your wedding you didn’t know when peonies were in season – but we bet you do now!
Even the least green-fingered of brides can discover a penchant for florals as they work with their florist to create their bouquets and centrepieces.
While it’s pretty tough to beat the fragrance of fresh flowers, choosing the artificial variety does bring many benefits. From budget to dates to décor, these are seven reasons to go faux with your flowers.
Seasons change, but artificial flowers don’t
If you’ve been dreaming of a blush bouquet of barely open peonies but set the date for September, your first thought will be disappointment. Do you really have to give up one dream in favour of another?
Use artificial flowers and you don’t have to. Choose from high quality suppliers for realistic replicas for all of your favourites – whether that’s ranunculus, delphiniums or prized peonies – and you can carry bouquets, wear buttonholes or choose table centres with any blooms at any time of year, allowing you to have your day as you dreamed it while also taking advantage of off-peak dates if you wish.
You can arrange them ahead of time
When you’ve got a venue to set up and decorate as well as getting ready on your wedding morning, we’d forgive you for feeling just a little over busy. Give yourself the relaxing morning you deserve by planning and setting up in advance.
That’s the beauty of working with artificial flowers – you needn’t worry. Not about them wilting in the warmth of your marquee or the flowers fading and crumpling or even how you’ll find the time to arrange them. They can all be arranged into vases and vessels weeks in advance, making the final few days before the big one much more blissful.
They can become mementos of your day
If you choose a fresh flower bouquet and want to keep it after the wedding, you’ll encounter the challenge of preserving the petals and flower heads perfectly. This challenge is only compounded by the fact that you’ll probably be jetting off on honeymoon soon, so there’s very little time to get these kinds of tasks done. With an artificial bouquet, though, you can simply wrap them in protective paper and stow them in a box, forming a lasting memento of your perfect day without half of the fuss.
They make a lasting gift to the bridal party
You might have heard of couples gifting their floral centrepieces to family, friends or perhaps members of the bridal party as thank you gifts. It’s a lovely touch, but with faux flowers to gift the present will last so much longer.
Your budget can go further
In general, purchasing artificial flowers usually works out cheaper than buying them fresh from a florist. This means that for some couples, going faux can facilitate far more in the way of flower walls, garlands and canopies, and standout table centres, making all the difference to their overall reception décor.
This comes with a caveat though, because nowhere more so than artificial flowers is it important to pay a little more for quality. You get what you pay for, so if you want true to life blooms that your guests will struggle to tell aren’t real, then it’s worth going for the more expensive options for artificial flowers.
They can be mixed and matched with fresh flowers
Including artificial flowers needn’t stop you from using any fresh flowers; they’re not mutually exclusive. Some of the most creative of couples and florists will work with a selection of both, most of them doing so to prevent seasonality from limiting flower choices.
Faux flowers aren’t always exactly as you imagine, either. A breathtaking paper flower wall hand-crafted by Things by Laura graced the cover of our March issue this year and we’ve definitely got the bug for all things paper florals here at Wedding Ideas HQ. Paper, silk and other artisan flower choices won’t always be cheaper than using the real thing, given the time and craftsmanship involved in producing them. If you ask us, though, their delicacy and beauty is well worth the investment.