Should You Use (Gasp!) Fake Flowers?

August 2, 2011

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Bridal Bouquet

Using fake wedding flowers might seem like something your Grandmother will frown upon, but it can be a great way to save money on your wedding! As with everything, if real flowers are important to you then get them! Know your wedding budget priorities so you can afford the things you really want, but you are not spending money on the things you do not care about. Flowers are a huge expense in a wedding. Contrary to what vendors would like you to believe, you do not need fresh, expensive, wedding flowers.

Fake wedding flowers have come a long way in the last decade. You can now find fake flowers that are hard to tell apart from the real ones. You can even find fake flowers that are wilted, dried, or have brown spots (although if you are going to go fake then get the ones that look amazing over the wilted ones). These realistic fake flowers will cost you more than the ones you find at a dollar store, but they are worth it. If you have a store such as Hobby Lobby in your area then wait until they go on sale. Your target price should be 50% retail (unless you get in a time crunch and need them sooner).

A few benefits to choosing fake flowers:

  • You will be able to keep your bouquet (in “like new” condition) for as long as you want. No drying, no crumbling.
  • You are not limited by what is available for your season. You will be able to choose any wedding flower you want, in season or not.

If you are not completely sold on using fake flowers at your wedding then consider using both. You could use real flowers in your bouquet and fake as centerpieces or vice versa. Just because you have your heart set on using real flowers for part of your wedding does not mean you can’t fake it elsewhere!

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Rene August 8, 2011 at 9:35 pm

My sister and I both used fake flowers. We got married within 7 months of each other & we both used the same flowers. Then, we split the flowers & both made bouquets for our house with those flowers. I love seeing them each day because they are the flowers that I was married with. We were also able to make the bouquets ourselves in advance because we used fake flowers & this saved us quite a bit of money. I think fake flowers are great!

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Heidi August 9, 2011 at 12:40 am

I used a mix! I used fake in my bouquet and I love that I was able to save it! My brother and his wife used real but she grew all the flowers – seriously, all of them! They were beautiful.

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