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Flowers: To be Fake or Not to be, that is the Question


You may be wondering will people be whispering at my wedding “She couldn’t afford real ones” or “They look so cheap, where did she get them from?” if you choose to use artificial flowers. If you decide to use real flowers you may wonder if people will say “She didn’t use enough” or “She should have used a different kind”. It’s easy to agonize over what people will say on your big day. There are a lot of factors that go into deciding whether or not to use real or artificial flowers. But, a factor that should definitely not be one is the “people factor”. I will admit at one time there may have been a negative stigma when using artificial flowers but thankfully the world of wedding designing has evolved. And now the more common terms used for fake flowers are silk or artificial and they are becoming increasingly popular. Tip: Your choice of using real or artificial flowers in your wedding should be based on your preference, your design theme, and your budget not what will people think.

At the beginning of your flower search keep in mind the kinds of flowers that will most easily work well with the colors of your wedding. Then, begin to consider availability. Based on the amount of flowers you want, if they are real, certain ones may not be in season. If they are artificial, they may be in a limited supply from a retailer. Tip: If you plan on being creative and have a specific design theme in mind, it may be safer to use artificial flowers. If you want a more elegant affair then real flowers always add a special touch and are best for large budgets.

            What I most love about flowers is that even if you have never been a person that really liked them, you will find that with so many choices you are bound to find a combination that you will love. You can be bold, understated, rugged and country, or glamorous. Tip: You can use flowers to say a lot about yourself and the groom. Don’t be afraid to have fun and let your personality shine through. However, unless it is intentional and you are using a combination, you must have the same flowers displayed throughout your wedding. Once you pick a style of flower, it is best that you stick with it. Having a different style of flower appear out of nowhere may not be noticeable to your guest but it has the ability to drive you crazy.

To make sure you get the most out of your flowers and do not regret your decision, try to do these 3 things:

  • First, to save time and money decide on the flower that you like the most based on the color choices of your wedding. This will help you stick with your initial vision and prevent you from changing your mind half way through.
  • Secondly, to avoid being surprised, thoroughly research the prices of flowers based on the amount that you will need for both real and artificial with 10 percent extra. This will leave room for error or an unexpected change in design.
  • Lastly, do not underestimate the impact flowers make on your special day. Avoid waiting untll the last minute or being indifferent and letting someone else make the decision for you. Without proper planning it can leave a lasting negative impression on your pictures, memories, and overall wedding experience.

I hope I have given you a good start when thinking of where to begin in regards to your flower search. You can never go wrong when you make the choice that is best for your wedding, not other people’s expectations. Flowers may seem like a small part of the wedding as compared to your dress or location, but it is the small things that make the big things even better.

Remember….stay a Busy Bee and share with a Bride To Be!

Rachel Bryant Lundy


Rachel Bryant Lundy

4 Replies to “Flowers: To be Fake or Not to be, that is the Question”

  1. Fake to me for an outside even are better for several reason. One unless u are hiring a florist to bring the real flowers that morning it is not a good thought. Plus real flowers will cost too much if U are on a budget. Fake are better b/c they don’t attract insects. Fake are great b/c they don’t wilt.

  2. I think you raise some good points. I think if fake flowes are uses you have to make sure they are good quality and classy. Anything less would cheapen the atmosphere you create for your big day. But I am not opposed to using them at all. Ultimately, it’s what works best for the birde and the groom that really matters the most.

  3. You raise some good points Rachel. I think if fake flowers are used that they should be of good quality and classy. Anything less would cheapen the atmosphere you create for your big day. Ultimately, it’s really about what works best for the bride and groom.

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