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March 8, 2010

Fresh vs. Silk Flowers: Do I want to Save Them or Smell Them?

Category: Flowers – Tags: , – Matt Ward – 9:56 am

Fresh Wedding Flowers VS Silk Wedding FlowersFresh wedding flowers are beautiful and fragrant. There are some things to consider when purchasing them.  What time can you pick up the flowers; will they be open before your ceremony? If you pick them up the day before how will you store them to keep them fresh?  Is there a refrigerator at the location of your ceremony you can store them in?  Is your florist limited to in season flowers or can they have any flowers you choose shipped in?  Have your florist remove the stamens in flowers such as lilies. The tip of the stamen on a lily is heavily coated in pollen that can stain the wedding dress leaving yellow spots on the dress.  Lilies are beautiful and blend well with roses for a beautiful bride’s bouquet in white.

Silk flowers give you more versatility on time. You can have them done early on and store them easily.  If scent is important to you scent them with good scented floral oil. If your wedding is during the hotter month’s silk flowers will hold up better if you are doing outdoor pictures.

Both types of flowers are beautiful for the wedding. One thing to consider when making the choice is whether you are keeping the flowers as keepsakes or not. Bridesmaid’s flowers that are attached to fans make good wall hanging for keepsakes for the girls in your wedding. The bridal boutique is beautiful in a curio cabinet or china cabinet. In a cabinet a few momentous such as the bride and groom champagne flutes, two taper candles in holders, a small frame with your wedding invitation framed in it can make a nice display shelf.  Don’t forget to add your favorite picture of you both on your wedding day!

A nice alternative is having a combination of the two!  A fresh bride’s bouquet to toss at the wedding, and a silk bouquet for the ceremony, pictures and to keep is a good mixture. Bowls of water with floating flowers with floating candles are good center pieces.  Having silks for all the arrangements you want to save and using fresh flowers for all the flowers you don’t want to save is a good way to balance the two choices.

Weddings can have as many flowers as the room can hold or just the flowers that the bridal party has. There aren’t any strict flower standards to abide by. If you’re wondering just how many flowers do I need here are some ways flowers can brighten your big day;

  • Floral arrangements at the altar for the ceremony
  • Flowers attached to the pews
  • center pieces for the reception (usually the bridal table and sometimes as center pieces for the guests tables)
  • Bouquets for bride and bridesmaids, maid of honor and flower girl or girls
  • Boutonnieres for best man, groomsmen, ring bearer or bearers, the fathers of the bride and groom
  • Pin on or wrist corsages for  mothers of the bride and groom
  • Wrist corsages for bride and bridesmaids
  • Flowers in combs for bridesmaids and maid of honor for hair pieces.

In lieu of a bouquet for the bridesmaids and maid of honor flowers can be attached to fans as a nice alternative.  In total there can be a lot of flowers to buy and plan for.

When it comes to your wedding the ideas are endless.  There really isn’t a right way or a wrong way when it comes to the flowers.  Just as long as the bride remembers to throw a bouquet to all the single females at the wedding sharing the luck of getting married everyone will be happy!  What matters is that it is your day and you are doing it your way.

Robin Oliverio

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