Flowers are the most important design element of any wedding. The flowers chosen for the wedding decorate the venue, are used in the centerpieces and are placed in bouquets as the bride and bridesmaids walk down the aisle. Nowadays many brides are opting to design their own floral arrangements, which raises the popular question ‘real or silk flowers?’ Silk flowers are proven to be quite a viable alternative to real flowers due to their benefits but with benefits also comes a few downfalls as well. Here are some of the pros and cons of silk flowers so you can see if these hand-crafted flowers are a good fit for your wedding.
Pro: Silk Flowers Can Be Arranged In Advance
With all the stress a bride is dealing with it can be a huge weight lifted off the her shoulders to know that the floral arrangements have been taken care of. When opting with silk flowers you don’t have to worry about your bouquets and centerpieces wilting days before the wedding leaving you empty handed down the aisle. There will be no last minute running around trying to arrange hundreds of flowers or unpleasant surprises if the flower company shows up with roses in the wrong shade of lavender.
Con: Silk Flowers Often Look Fake
Sometimes silk flowers look like silk flowers, meaning they look fake. There are low-quality flowers that look more unrealistic than others but even high-quality silks can still be easily distinguished from a variety of people. It ultimately comes down to the tastes of your guests because some people think silk flowers are just as luxurious as real ones while others consider fake flowers to take on a whole new level of tackiness.
Pro: Silk Flowers Can Be Saved As A Keepsake
What a better way for a bride to reminisce on the happiest day of her life than with the bouquet that she carried with her to the alter. Unlike real flowers, silk flowers aren’t going to wilt, die and crumble on you. Silk flowers are perfect for sentimental brides. Bouquets and centerpieces of silk flowers can be kept intact and on display for a lifetime rather than just one special night.
Con: Silk Flowers Can Be Expensive
Some may think that silk flowers are an economically friendly option for a wedding but that is not always the case. Silk flowers made of high-quality fabric can pose to be an issue to a tight budget especially when buying them in bulk. The best way to score a deal when shopping for silk flowers is by browsing your local craft shops that way you can save a little money on shipping.
Pro: You Can Chose Out of Season Flowers
When opting with silk flowers you are not limited by the flowers that are in season. You will be able to carry tulips in December or dahlia flowers in spring.
Con: Choices May Be Limited
Even though silk flowers give you the option of out of season varieties, brides may find it difficult to find their favorite flowers in their local craft store. Most craft stores only carry the most popular flowers so if you are looking for a more unique flowers you may have to go with fresh-cut.
When it comes down to the ultimate decision of real or silk flowers it comes down to the budget, style of the wedding and of course the personal tastes of the bride.