For most special events, having flowers is a must. They’re a beautiful feature, and they’re fully customizeable, too. You can adorn the tables with lush bouquets. Or simply have a cluster of two or three at the gift table, or when guests walk in. What you might be debating, however, is using real or fake flowers.
As with any part of your wedding, you’re thinking about budget, how it will look, and if it will make you happy. We say it all the time because it’s true—you should ultimately choose what works best for you. That being said, if you’re not sure if real or fake flowers works best for you, consider these situations.
USE FAKE FLOWERS IF
The flowers you want aren’t in season
Of course, we hope this isn’t the case! But if your favorite flower—or the one that completes your color scheme—is too hard to get fresh, then fake flowers will do. That way, you can be sure to have the exact flower you want.
Bonus Tip: Use the real deal in your engagement photos as an alternative!
You or a guest has allergies
It’s unfortunate, but you don’t want someone sneezing and miserable during your event. This will just give them a bad memory of the celebration. It could also ruin the day for other guests—if they’re behind or next to someone who keeps leaving to blow their nose, or sniffling around the food. It’s best to just avoid the issue!
Bonus Tip: If you plan to have lots of flowers, ask for any food or floral allergies on the invitations.
You want a keepsake
It’s no surprise that real flowers don’t last forever. If you want to keep your bouquets, then fake flowers are the right choice. They will keep their shape, and high-quality fake flowers can look quite real. Of course, you could always compromise and order a few fake bouquets for you and anyone else to keep.
USE REAL FLOWERS IF
Budget isn’t a consideration
It’s a common misconception that fake flowers are less expensive than real flowers. It’s actually very possible to pay more for fake flowers—especially if you want them to look real! Because there’s no real saving on flowers, go for the real deal if you aren’t concerned about budget.
Climate allows for it
Real flowers don’t last forever, and that can show in humid or frigid climates. Consider where you’re hosting the event, and if weather allows, choose real.
Bonus Tip: If you are worried about the weather, order a few extra bouquets to keep in the fridge on-site for any last-minute hiccups.
You want a floral scent
Nothing compares to the smell of fresh flowers—a smell you can only get from real flowers. If you want guests to breathe in the aroma, real flowers is the best choice. You could light candles, or even order scented fake flowers. But overall, it’s just not going to be the same as walking in and smelling the roses.
Flowers enhance any event; it’s just a matter of which type will enhance yours the most. If you’re still having a hard time choosing, search florists in your area, and have a visit. Ask them what they would recommend for your event, and compare real and fake options. You may end up finding the perfect florist in the process!