Real vs. Faux Wedding Flowers


April 7, 2022
Words by Jessie Allen
Photos courtesy of Jeff Stockwell

You may have noticed textured elements of pampas grass and dried floral elements starting to be more relevant than ever in the wedding space. There is actually a reason this style is gaining more traction as of late, however, and that is because of the worldwide flower shortage. We spoke with our friends at Something Borrowed Blooms to get their take on why choosing faux/dried floral elements might save you a pretty penny and a planning headache.
“There are three main reasons to choose faux flowers over fresh flowers for the wedding day – cost, convenience, and sustainability.

On average, we save couples over 70% compared to a traditional florist. An average wedding order with Something Borrowed Blooms is just around $500, compared to the national fresh flower average of $3,500. Silk wedding flowers can also be more convenient than fresh flowers. The silk flower market is more predictable in terms of pricing, selection and availability, meaning there are no day-of surprises. Our Brides appreciate the ability to see exactly what they will have on their wedding day!

And silk wedding flowers are a more sustainable choice. For most weddings, flowers are used for a few hours before being thrown away. Our bouquets are re-used multiple times, with light refreshes between each use, upwards of 26 times per year before being recycled, never thrown away.

Overall, the flower shortage is mostly affecting how far the budget goes. The budget agreed upon in 2020 or even last year, which covered attendant flowers and centerpieces/decor, may now only cover a fraction of that. This is why couples are getting smarter with how they are using their budget. We’re seeing a rise in the mix of silk and fresh wedding flowers on the wedding day and beyond that.”

Looking to achieve a Boho, Traditional, Rustic or Romantic theme? The new Bianca Collection from Something Borrowed Blooms includes a mix of premium silk florals in a soft, feminine color palette of ivory, cream and blush. Open rosebuds, paired with creamy hydrangeas, and white ranunculus create a beautiful, feminine floral bouquet. Elements of beige pampas grass and curly willow mixed with pittosporum greenery provide texture and depth, completing the modern floral design. The full line of products includes bridesmaids’ bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, centerpieces, garland, aisle markers, and hair accessories.

Vendors: Photographer: Jeff Stockwell; Dresses: Watters & Revelry; Venue: Foxen Canyon Ranch; Florals: Something Borrowed Blooms

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