Silk flower arrangements: everything you need to know

Wedding flowers infuse color, texture and personality into so many aspects of your big day. From choosing your bridal bouquet to table arrangements, the choices can seem endless. But one option you may not be considering yet? Silk flowers.

Silk flowers are a stunning choice for the couple looking for a more durable option. Although they are artificial versions of natural flowers, silk flowers look very real. “You can find just about any variety of flower in silk or artificial form,” says Lauren Bercier and Laken Swan, founders of Something borrowed blooms. “The key to choosing the best silk flowers is to make sure the silk version closely mimics what you would find in nature.” Another bonus? You will have the opportunity to keep your bouquet or a centerpiece from your wedding as a keepsake for years to come.

Do you think silk flower arrangements could be the best solution for your wedding day? Read on for everything you need to know about these pretty flowers.

Silk flowers vs real flowers

Worried that a silk flower arrangement won’t even look as beautiful as one created with real flowers? Silk flowers can be beautiful, and they come with a long list of other benefits. For many couples, the main motivation may be saving money on your budget. “Cost savings are usually the biggest benefit when it comes to choosing silk over fresh,” say Bercier and Swan. “Silk flowers are always in season, which means prices are stable and more predictable. »

For even more savings, couples have the option of renting their silk flowers rather than buying them.

Choosing silk wedding flowers ahead of time will also have the added benefit of seeing your bouquet or centerpiece arrangements before your big day. “You can see exactly what you’ll be walking down the aisle with on your wedding day, so there are no surprises from flower shortages or quality issues,” Bercier and Swan explain. “It’s a huge advantage for [couples] who are very visual or who want peace of mind knowing what they will receive. »

Real flowers, unfortunately, have a shelf life and will usually be discarded after your wedding day. But silk flowers? These will never fade. Silk flowers offer a durable option, whether you want to keep your bouquet for years to come or opt for a rental and return program. In any case, these flowers can be reused several times.

cost of silk flowers

Choosing fresh wedding flowers will always come with a wide range of costs. Because wedding flowers depend on seasonality and type of flower, the price can definitely fluctuate from month to month. But this is not necessarily the case with silk flowers.

“On average, we save couples over 70% with our silk hire and return flowers compared to fresh florists,” Bercier and Swan say. “Our costs are completely transparent and consistent from season to season, no matter where and when you are getting married.” Many couples can spend thousands of dollars on fresh flowers for their wedding. Silk flowers can offer significant savings, with a total outlay of around $500.

Where to buy silk flowers

The key to using silk flowers for your wedding is to buy them from a reputable retailer. The silk flowers carried down the aisle are not the same as the typical synthetic flowers you find at a craft store. “The quality of bristles varies widely between retailers. One will likely deceive the eye, while the other will likely stand out as artificial,” Bercier and Swan explain. Consider a specialty retailer or look at major high end retailers such as Pottery Barn or Front Gate to get started.

Ways to use silk flowers

Celebrate Spring

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Hoping for superb spring blooms? Silk roses, peonies, hellebores, ranunculus and ferns work together to create a beautiful textured bouquet.

Capture small details

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Don’t forget the small details! Your photographer will be happy to have flowers to include in a flat lay photo with your invitation and other elements of the day. Of course, silk flowers can also be used to create a stunning boutonniere.

Channel a bohemian vibe

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Adopt a romantic and bohemian look with the mix of roses and ranunculus combined with a touch of textured pampas grass and willows. We love the warm vibes this silk flower arrangement gives off.

Carry a lush bouquet

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Think silk flowers are going to fall flat? Think again. This bouquet features white peonies, hydrangeas and ranunculus for a classic bridal option.

Brighten up your altar

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Create an elegant altar with the addition of beautiful flowers. These gold potted arrangements featured soft hues of roses and orchids for a charming look.

Decorate your cake

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Silk flowers aren’t just for bouquets and arrangements. They are also perfect for dressing a cake! Add a punchy pop of color with silk bougainvillea for a bold statement.

FAQs

  • A wide variety of silk flowers that mimic real flowers are available. Everything from popular wedding options such as peonies, roses, ranunculus, hydrangeas and even anemones can be found in silk form. Silk greenery options such as eucalyptus and ferns are also available.

  • Whether you are planning a seaside ceremony or a bohemian evening, silk flowers will always do the trick. You can choose to put together a silk flower package that includes a bridal bouquet, wedding bouquets, and even flower arrangements for a traditional reception. Are you planning an elopement or a destination wedding instead? Silk flowers are also a great option for other types of weddings.

  • Absoutely! There are no rules when it comes to finding the best fit for you. “We have many customers who mix fresh flowers and silk flowers and the result is excellent,” say Bercier and Swan. “With proper coordination, fresh and silk flowers can complement each other perfectly.”

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