Choosing flowers for your wedding can be quite a challenge. The variety of blooms and the price tag are all factors in the decision-making process. What you choose sets the tone for the day and reflect your personality, the season, and desired atmosphere. However, you must first answer the question of real flowers v. silk flowers.

Aside from some of the most apparent differences, such as fragrance, weight, and durability, choosing between real or fake flowers early on will give you a framework through which to filter the rest of your flower decisions.

Real Flowers

The vivid colors and sweet aromas of real flowers can brighten your wedding and delight your guests. The scent will also remind you of your special day for years to come. Real flowers can also be a nice nod to the beauty of the season. Depending on the bloom, choosing in-season flowers can be fairly inexpensive.

On the flip side, allergies are an important consideration where real flowers are concerned. After all, you don’t want your beautiful bouquets to trigger a sneezing fit and puffy, red eyes. The season of your wedding and temperature the day of can affect the longevity of your flowers as well.

Silk Flowers

Silk flowers are the way to go if you want your bouquet to last for years to come. You can even select flowers from any season, which gives you more options to choose from.  Keep your wedding timeline and preparation schedule in mind as well. Are you’re expecting a flurry of activity in the days right before your wedding? If so, then you might want to use silk flowers to make your arrangements ahead of time.

Silk flowers can be nearly as expensive as real flowers. Decide on the quantity of flowers you want before choosing your most cost-effective option. Additionally, even though the quality has improved greatly, fake flowers have a different ambiance.

A Side Note on Professional Florists

When deciding on real flowers v. silk flowers, it’s important to note that hiring a professional florist to create your arrangements can be a great option. They can work with either real or silk flowers to make your bouquets stunning works of art. A florist is an expert on what flowers, greenery and colors will work together and complement your wedding theme.