Flowers have been synonymous with weddings for ages, but lately more and more couples are considering alternatives - partially because many couples just aren't willing to spend that much money on something they see as so temporary.
According to The Knot, the average couple spent about $2000 on flowers for their wedding in 2019. Bouquets, boutonnières, centerpieces, and other decorations can quickly add up.
It's not a cost that compares to that of a videographer or dress, for example, but while you'll always have your wedding video, and you can choose what you want to do with your dress, flowers die. They are SO gorgeous, and they contribute to the beauty of your day and the photos for sure, but when you come back from your honeymoon, they won't be around, and probably will not even be fully appreciated by many of your guests during your wedding.
If you've always dreamed of having the most beautiful floral arrangements, then the cost is worth it. You only get married once, and if flowers mean a lot to you, sacrifice in some other area, or consider having less flowers and then only some spectacular bouquets & centerpieces! Or you can use real greenery (much cheaper) wherever you can - bridesmaids' bouquets, centerpieces, etc. - and then just attract all the attention to your very real bouquet.
But for those brides who don't really care so much about their big day smelling like fresh roses, fake flowers are a practical, aesthetic, and cost-effective option.
There's another reason that fake flowers can be a good option for your big day; if you're getting married in the extreme cold or extreme heat, fake flowers won't wilt or freeze like normal ones may.
You'll also get to keep or give these flowers as keepsakes to your wedding party, family, or just in your home - an added bonus!
Today there are so many options for fake flowers, too! Just know that you don't have to sacrifice beauty. While a real flower will always hold a special feel in person, and we actually recommend that your bouquet always be real, people looking at your wedding video or photos won't be able to tell the difference if you do it right.
There are really two ways to get fake flowers to work for your wedding: DIY or buy.
Hobby Lobby & other craft stores have extensive options of fake blooms and greens to choose from. (Fun fact - that's actually how I made my bridesmaids' bouquets and cross decorations for my wedding!) You can work with a flower specialist there to match different shades and flowers, and end up with whatever types of floral arrangements you need to. They have vases and other holders and accessories for you to use, also.
Online shops like Etsy, Amazon, JJsHouse
, TheBridesBouquet, and more have silk options that are usually much more beautiful than what a typical bride can DIY on her own, but beware - some of these options are just as expensive, if not significantly more expensive, than real flowers. Do your research and always compare prices with a nearby florist, who may be able to get you a better deal! And always read reviews before purchasing. We also recommend purchasing with enough time to figure out a plan B, should the flowers not appear the way you had hoped.
What do you think about fake flowers vs real flowers for your wedding day? What's been your experience or friends' and families' experiences? Share with us in the comments!! And find robes to match your fake OR real flower goals at Kadlee.com!