Artificial or real flowers – what to choose?


Artificial or real flowers – what to choose?

With so much to think about and plan for your wedding day, your to-do list is no doubt fairly long already. Flowers are of course on it, but possibly fairly low down on the list – it’s one of the last things to do to make sure they are fresh and seasonal. You have options though. We turn our attention this month to what those are. When it comes to flowers, is it best to go for real or artificial ones? What are the pros and cons of each?

Real flowers

Real flowers can be a thing of beauty. Their vibrant colours, the variety and subtlety of their shades and their fragrant aroma are enough to make many brides think no more about this – they simply look and feel authentic.

Flowers are also seasonal, offering not only an option that is fresh and special for that time of year, but one that will complement your theme and the colours you choose for the bridesmaids’ dresses and groomsmen’s ties. That seasonality needs to take into account that your preferred flowers may not be available, in which case you would have to choose an alternative.

There are some other downsides to real flowers as well though, including:

  • They need to be made up no earlier than the day before, and ideally on the morning of your wedding day. This leaves very little room to deal with problems or a lack of availability.
  • They can wilt quickly, especially if it is a hot summer’s day.
  • They can be damaged easily so need to be handled with care.
  • Depending on the bouquet you choose they can be heavy to hold and carry.
  • They can be problematic for those who are allergic to pollen.

Artificial flowers

When we talk of artificial flowers, we don’t mean the plastic variety that may be the first thing that comes to mind for most. No, we mean the silk variety. The ones that can be made to look as close to the real thing as can be. They can even come with the fragrance of the real thing! And they can be any flower you want – there is no seasonal constraint and no risk of your favourite flower being unavailable on the day.

That also means that they can be arranged and ticked off your list much sooner, not leaving it until the last minute. They are less fragile to handle and will last for decades – perfect if you intend to create mementos of your special day.

They are lighter to carry than a full bouquet of real flowers and can be an eco-friendlier option than flowers that are grown overseas and imported. Finally, they are an excellent choice if you are allergic to flowers but would still like to have a bouquet.

As with real flowers, artificial ones come with some disadvantages, including:

  • Up close, they may not look as real.
  • They may not be a cheaper alternative to real flowers, particularly if you choose a variety that is widely and easily available.

Still in two minds? Talk to us and let our Proposals Crawley team help. And remember, we are experts when it comes to finding the right wedding gown. Call us today on 01293 521635 to book an appointment.

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