Using Silk Flowers to Simplify Your Wedding and Your Budget

There are lots of ways to keep your sanity while planning a wedding. A great way to simplify the process and be easy on your budget is to use silk flowers instead of fresh cut flowers for your wedding day. Once upon a time, silk flower arrangements were associated with gaudy home d├ęcor and bad taste. Not anymore. Today, silk flowers can be so realistic looking that it is hard to tell they aren’t the real thing.

Flowers are at the very center of your wedding theme. They’re on the tables, in your hand, around the room. They define the color scheme, style, elegance and even the formality of your wedding. Fresh flowers, on the other hand, are expensive, a hassle to deliver and setup, subject to availability based on the season and they die. Using silk flower arrangements can address all of your wedding flower needs.

Save Your Budget: While some fresh flowers are more expensive than others, fresh flowers in general are particularly costly for something that is going to be thrown out in about two weeks. In fact, your floral budget is likely to be one of the most substantial portions of the total cost of your wedding. Even a simple floral design can cost $35-$50 per arrangement. At that rate, you can ring up quite a bill. Silk flower arrangements are a very economical alternative. By using silk flowers, you can get beautiful arrangements at a very affordable price that will last well beyond your wedding day. They will also save costs after your wedding is over because you won’t have to invest in preserving your bouquet. Using silk flower bouquets last forever without any additional investment.

Simplify Your Wedding Day Schedule: Because fresh flowers have to be kept cool and specially stored tol keep them fresh and beautiful, timing the assembly and delivery of your arrangements can be complicated. To ensure your arrangements and bouquets are as beautiful as possible, flowers must be shipped, assembled and delivered as late as possible. If you’ve chosen to save money by setting up your own reception, your wedding day can get pretty hectic in a hurry. Silk flower arrangements are a more convenient option. Because silk flowers are eternally beautiful, they can be assembled, stored, and placed when it’s most convenient for you. Using silk flowers can even make it possible for you to do your flowers yourself if you’re planning a wedding on a budget.

Get the Flowers You Really Want: Few fresh flower varieties are available year round. Most bloom seasonally and may not be available during the season in which you’ve chosen to have your wedding. If you absolutely have your heart set on a flower that’s out of season, you’ll pay dearly to have them flown in from wherever they are in season. For example, orchids are a beautiful, elegant and very popular flower. But they’re only available at certain times of the year in certain parts of the world. Sometimes, the flower you want just isn’t available.However, if you choose silk flowers, your favorite flower is always in season. You can always find a silk version of your favorite flower which means you can have the look you want in any time of year. If you’ve always dreamed of having a hydrangea bouquet, you can have it even in December without incurring extra cost.

Don't Forget To Have Fun: Weddings are meant to be joyful, memorable times. Yet so many weddings are characterized by stress, frenzy and financial burden. Silk flower arrangements are just one option for creating the wedding you want without taking on huge debt and ruining your special day. Most of all, it’s important to enjoy your wedding day. Don’t get caught up in the details of what goes right or wrong: how your hair looks, how the cake tastes, whether your bridesmaid is wearing the appropriate shoes. If you’re married at the end of the day, your wedding was a success.

About the Author: Leigh LaCava, publisher of loves the long lasting beauty of silk flowers and plants and has many arrangements throughout her home. Leigh lives in Los Angeles, California with her husband Jeff and their 13-year-old daughter, Ava.