Wedding flowers add colour, texture and personality to so many aspects of your big day. From choosing your bridal bouquet to table arrangements, the possibilities can seem endless. But an option you might not be considering just yet? silk flowers.
Silk flowers are a stunning choice for the couple looking for a more sustainable option. While they are artificial versions of natural flowers, silk flowers look completely real. “You can find pretty much any type of flower in silk or art form,” say Lauren Bercier and Laken Swan, founders of Something Borrowed Blooms. “The key to choosing the best silk flowers is making sure the silk version mimics exactly what would be found in nature.” Another bonus? You have the option of keeping your bouquet or a centerpiece from your wedding as a keepsake for years to come.
Think silk flower arrangements might best suit your wedding day? Read on for everything you need to know about these pretty blooms.
Silk flowers vs. real flowers
Worried that a silk flower arrangement won’t look nearly as beautiful as one with real flowers? Silk flowers can be stunning and offer a long list of other benefits. For many couples, the main appeal can be savings on your budget. “Cost savings are generally the biggest benefit when it comes to choosing silk over fresh silk,” say Bercier and Swan. “Silk flowers are always in season, which means prices are stable and more predictable.”
For even more cost savings, couples have the option of renting their silk flowers instead of buying them.
Choosing silk wedding flowers in advance also has the added benefit of being able to see your bouquet or centerpiece arrangement ahead of your big day. “You can see exactly what you’re walking down the aisle with on your wedding day, so there are no surprises due to flower shortages or quality issues,” say Bercier and Swan. “It’s a huge benefit for [couples] who are very visual or want to be sure of what they’re getting.”
Unfortunately, real flowers have a shelf life and are usually thrown away after your wedding day. But silk flowers? They will never wither. Silk flowers offer a sustainable option, whether you’re hoping to keep your bouquet for years to come or opting for a rental and return program. In any case, these flowers can be repurposed multiple times.
Cost of silk flowers
Choosing fresh wedding flowers always comes with a variety of costs. Since wedding flowers depend on seasonality and flower type, the price can vary from month to month. But that’s not necessarily the case with silk flowers.
“On average, we save couples over 70 percent with our silk rental and flower return compared to fresh-from-the-house florists,” say Bercier and Swan. “Our costs are completely transparent and consistent from season to season, no matter where or when you tie the knot.” Many couples can spend thousands of dollars on fresh flowers for their wedding. Silk flowers can offer significant cost savings, with total spends approaching $500.
Where to buy silk flowers
The key to using silk flowers for your wedding is to source them from a reputable retailer. Silk flowers carried down the aisle are not the same as the typical synthetic flowers you’ll find at a craft store. “The quality of the silk varies greatly from retailer to retailer. One is likely to fool the eye, while the other is likely to be conspicuous as artificial,” say Bercier and Swan. Consider a specialty retailer or look at large premium retailers like Pottery Barn or Front Gate to get started.
Ways to use silk flowers
Are you hoping for stunning spring blooms? Silk roses, peonies, hellebore, ranunculus and ferns work together to create a beautiful, structured bouquet.
Capture small details
Don’t forget the small details! Your photographer will be thrilled to have flowers for a flat lay photo with your invitation and other items of the day. Of course, silk flowers can also be used to create a stunning boutonniere.
Channel a boho vibe
Channel a romantic boho look with the mix of roses and ranunculus paired with touches of textured pampas grass and willow. We love the warm atmosphere this silk flower arrangement exudes.
Carry a lush bouquet of flowers
Think silk flowers fall flat? think again This bouquet features white peonies, hydrangeas and ranunculus for a classic bridal option.
Embellish your altar
Create an elegant altar with beautiful flowers. These golden pot arrangements featured soft hues of roses and orchids for a beautiful look.
Decorate your cake
Silk flowers are not only suitable for bouquets and arrangements. They are also perfect for decorating a cake! Add a bold pop of color with silk bougainvillea for a bold statement.
A wide range of silk flowers imitating real flowers are available. Everything from popular wedding options like peonies, roses, ranunculus, hydrangeas and even anemones can be found in silk form. Silk green options like eucalyptus and ferns are also available.
Whether you’re planning a beach ceremony or a boho party, silk flowers can always go with it. You can choose to put together a silk flower package that includes a bridal bouquet, bridal shower bouquets, and even floral arrangements for a traditional reception. Planning an elopement or destination wedding instead? Silk flowers are also a great option for other types of weddings.
Absolutely! There are no rules when it comes to finding the best fit for you. “We have a lot of customers who mix fresh and silk flowers and the result is great,” say Bercier and Swan. “With the right balance, fresh and silk flowers can complement each other perfectly.”