Why Would Anyone Consider Using Silk Flowers For Their Wedding?

Mother Nature can not be replicated with its beautiful and unique flowers.  So why would anyone consider using silk flowers for their wedding? Is it a budget decision or a preference?  Honestly, it all depends on the couple’s preference.  If it’s a budget decision then the question would be, is it really cheaper?  Depending on the type and quality of the flowers, the cost may end up being more than fresh flowers. There are locations you can find good quality silk flowers at a discounted prices.  For instance, if you ever go into Michaels Arts and Crafts, you will find that when they bring in new season merchandise, the old season merchandise will be significantly discounted.  So it’s always good to do some research before you consider buying silk flowers.

Hand Tied Silk Wedding Bouquet

Hand Tied Silk Wedding Bouquet

Even though silk flowers may end up costing a bit more than fresh flowers there are some advantages to having them:

  • You are able to have the arrangements ready months before your wedding day.
  • There is no wilting involved.
  • They are manageable, durable, and light to carry.
  • It is great to have for couples who are allergic to flowers, but want to incorporate flowers in their wedding.
  • They do not stain your wedding attire.


silk Orchid Corsage

Silk Orchid Corsage By Russ Phillips

Some couples consider silk flowers tacky and would definitely not prefer this option of flowers, but for those that do prefer silk flowers please consider the quality.  Quality of silk flowers is based on grade levels.  The higher the grade, the more realistic the flower.  The grading level is from 1 to 6, and anything close to a 3 would not be recommended to use for a realistic floral arrangement.  If you are buying silk flowers online, make sure to request a sample before placing your entire order.


silk stargazer bridal bouquet

Silk Bridal Bouquet with Stargazer Lilly

If you consider fresh flowers are the way for you, then ensure that the quality of the arrangements you are getting on your wedding day is mentioned.  You do not want wilted flowers, and you should not have to worry about not getting the right flowers if you hire qualified florist/floral designers.  Seek prior recommendations, and seek to see a sample of your flowers and/or arrangements prior to the wedding.  Please Note: Most samples will be included in your contract, limited to 1.  Other samples will request a fee.  Definitely sit down and meet with a florist/floral designer before making your decision whether you will use fresh or silk flowers on your wedding day.  Also consider, will you use fresh for the bouquets/boutonnieres and silk for the centerpieces or vice versa?  There are so many different options.


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  1. Lynn Jawitz

    As a primarily “fresh” flower florist, I welcome silk orders for the following reasons:

    — I have peace of mind that the flowers won’t will (no blaming the florist!)

    — I have the flexibility to make the bouquets at a time when I’m not overwhelmingly busy

    –My client is guaranteed a bouquet that they love since they have worked with my to plan it, build it and adjust it as often as needed well before the wedding

    –The client feels that they received “good” value for an item that conceivably can last them forever

    –They look amazing in photos!!

    Thank you for spreading the word about the beauty of silk flowers. Personally, I feel that it is an underutilized resource for us all.

    Lynn from Florisan

  2. Jacqueline Vazquez

    Hi Lynn,

    Your comment is much appreciated coming from a great florist. Your floral design is beautiful, but I do agree on the points you make especially the “peace of mind”. Sometimes it’s better, I believe, for the Florist or Floral Designer to use silks in their work for that peace of mind for everyone. I also know that some florist are using both fresh and silk florals, is that to cut down on cost or to incorporate a longer lasting feel and look?


  3. Terri

    Although I am still impartial to “real” flowers, I did not realize that there were so many reasons for purchasing silk flowers for weddings other than an allergy.I will certainly have to consider this option whenever I choose to get married.

  4. faye lavender

    I am a fresh flower florist but own and run Lavenders of london where we only stock Artificial flowers which are becoming more and more popular. They are not always cheaper than fresh flowers. Some are so realistic that in photos you would not be able to tell the difference so brides have peace of mind that what they pick up a week or so before their big day will be the same on their wedding day , for the whole time.
    We have a lot of brides that are traveling abroad to get married that now take a back up bq with them so that if their flowers are not up to their expectations they have a back up with them that they are happy with.
    Foam flowers are cost effective and realistic.
    I think that with the cost of flowers rising Artificial flowers will get more and more popular.
    We do 10 – 15 weddings ( table centres, bq, buttonholes etc) a week now in artificial flowers but have lots more diy brides that come and buy the flowers and do it themselves.
    Having artificial flowers also gives brides the chance to have out of season flowers any time of the year.

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