Wedding flowers are an essential part of the decorations for any wedding, and often times they will not be included in the price of your venue rental. Occasionally, a ceremony or reception venue will supply standard bouquets and centerpieces around the hall that will be reused for every wedding that comes through, but often times you’ll need to supply them yourself. That isn’t all bad, though, since you will probably have a personal preference in the variety and colors that you want your wedding flowers to be. Unfortunately, the cost of buying wedding flowers is usually pretty high, which means you’re going to end up paying an arm and a leg for plants that you’ll be throwing away the next day.
The good news is that there are many great alternatives to buy expensive wedding flowers from a florist, namely artificial flowers. Though it may sound like you are compromising from your original plan of having real flowers, choosing artificial wedding flowers actually has many benefits over buying the real thing. Here are a few things to consider before you decide whether to buy real flowers or opt to buy artificial flowers for your wedding.
Types of Artificial Flowers
There are three main types of artificial flowers that can replace the real thing; plastic flowers, paper flowers, and wooden flowers. Plastic flowers are a great choice because they are very inexpensive and are made to look very similar to the real thing. They are also available in a wide variety of colors; even color choices that you can’t get with real flowers because they are too complex to occur in nature or for your florist to use dye to reproduce. Also, since you can buy them made from recycled plastics, they are considered eco-friendly.
The next option is paper flowers which don’t actually look anything like real flowers but will still get the same point across. You can either spend a lot of time folding paper into the shape of flowers yourself, otherwise you can buy them premade to save yourself a lot of time and paper cuts. Like plastic flowers, paper flowers can be made from recycled materials.
Lastly, there are wooden flowers available that look very close to the real thing except they are carved out of wood. Most commonly, you will see wooden roses when shopping for flowers made out of wood. Though they aren’t made from recycled materials, they are the closest you can get to real looking flowers while still shaving off the vast majority of the expense.
Artificial flowers don’t have a scent naturally, but fortunately they make floral sprays that you can use to imitate the scent. Just squirt a little on each bouquet or single flower and the smell will linger well through your entire wedding ceremony and reception. Since the fragrances are derived from actual flowers, it will smell very close to the real thing.
One of the hidden benefits of buying artificial flowers for your wedding is that they don’t rot over time. This means that instead of throwing them in the trash like you’d have to do with your real flowers, you can hand them out to your guests as keepsakes that will last virtually forever. Your guests will love taking home their artificial flowers, and you can save money at the same time.