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Fresh Flowers vs. Silk Flowers

November 3rd, 2014 by Jeannine

Fresh Flowers vs. Silk Flowers

Have you ever looked at wedding photos and admired the flowers? Can you imagine your shock when you find out they’re fake? Why would someone choose fake flowers, you wonder… Well, there are many reasons from which range from saving money to combating allergies to wanting a wedding day memento that will last… but are they really a worthwhile substitution for fresh flowers? I decided to contact floral designer Jayme Carter (Vancity VendorUnique Boutique) for her expertise on this topic.

DJ WED - Unique Boutique

The filler plum-coloured flowers in the above photo are silk.

Fresh vs. Silk

Silk flowers will last a long time and they will not get bruised… so if you drop your bouquet or hit it against something, the flowers will still look fine. You don’t have to worry about them wilting either. You can even display the bouquet in your home after the wedding and 10 years from now, your bouquet will look as it did on your wedding day. Jayme has a warning though…

“The downside of silk flowers is that you need to be careful of the quality. Some silk flowers look fake and are really a poor choice to celebrate one of the most important days of your life. Nothing can beat the smell and look of fresh flowers. If they are treated well they will last the day and look amazing in pictures for years to come.”

Unique Boutique - photo by Alyssa Schroeder Photography

Unique Boutique - Earthling Photography Which costs less?

You would assume that fake flowers will cost less than fresh but Jayme says…

“Silk flowers can cost almost as much if not more than real flowers. There are several grades of quality for silk flowers. The Dollar Stores quality is not even close to the quality of silk flowers at a flower shop.”

There are brand names out there like Real Touch or Floramatique that make very realistic looking silk flowers. A simple Google search will lead you to a bunch of websites that sell these types but we strongly suggest you do your due diligence and look for reviews, search for blogs that have real weddings that used silk flowers (so you can see how they look in photos), and if the option is there, order a sample so you can see and feel what the fabric is like.

Jayme says the cost also depends on what kind of arrangement you like. For example a silk rose pomander ball would generally cost less than a pomander ball made of real roses (both dependent on size).

Combining silk & real flowers?

I had a thought… what if you combined silk and fresh flowers in a bouquet? Save money on the more expensive flowers by buying silk and use real flowers that are more affordable. However, according to Jayme, this is not a common thing to do and sometimes you can tell the difference between the silk and fresh flowers in your bouquet…. but it’s still possible.

“If you want a specific color added to your bouquet you could you silk flowers as more of a filler. I would not recommend using bigger silk blooms with other fresh flowers as you will notice the silk are not real. This is really a preference thing – if you like the look, it’s your wedding.”

DJ WED - Unique Boutique

The filler plum-coloured flowers in the above photo are silk.

Unique Boutique - Kirill Bordon Photography DIY or not?

Most florists do not offer silk options so a lot of brides end up doing this as a DIY project. Jayme has some advice on where you can source these…

“It is best to go into a store to see what they have. Michaels does have some silk flowers as does Jo-Ann’s in the states. You can also look online, but make sure the site you are checking out is reputable and been in business for a long time. Read reviews.”

And if you do decide to shop at Michaels, don’t forget to use their coupons. They come out with lots all the time and even have special deals on certain days of the week.

Hope that provided you with some ideas or insight. Thank you to Jayme for her great advice. If you want to know more about her and her business, visit the following links below:

Vancity Vendor profile | Website | Facebook | Twitter

All photos provided by Unique Boutique

*** Note: Flowers used are fresh unless stated. ***

Photographer Credits: Kunioo (Featured photo – Vancity Vendor), Alyssa Schroeder Photography, Earthling Photography (Vancity Vendor), Kirill Bordon Photography (Vancity Vendor)

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  • January 19th, 2016 at 10:45 pm
    Silk flower bouquets for weddings says:

    Silk flower bouquets for weddings will last a long time and they will not get bruised.so if we drop your bouquet or hit it against something, the flowers will still look fine.

  • February 7th, 2017 at 11:24 pm
    Lily says:

    Combining silk & real flowers is a great option for wedding decoration, as silk flowers would last longer while fresh flowers will give nice fragrance. Thanks for the article, it was very informative.


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