At the end of last year, I created the wedding flowers for my sister-in-law's winter wedding. It was the first time I have worked with silk flowers and whilst nothing can take away the beauty of real flowers there are a lot of benefits to working with silk flowers....
Benefits of choosing silk wedding flowers:
- You don't need to worry about the availability of certain varieties of flower. Silk flowers have come a long way and you can now buy almost any variety of silk flower you want. For Catherine & Mark's wedding, I chose scarlet roses, white peonies, red Chinese lanterns, ferns, wedding fern, hypericum, snow tipped fir cones, anemones and holly.
- You can buy ahead. I started sourcing the flowers for Catherine's bouquet in September, in plenty of time for the 2-day, weekend wedding on the 12th-13th December. I brought flowers from the Silk Flower Shop Shropshire (online) and Dunelm Mill. To give the bouquet a festive feel I used Metallic Gold Woven Lame Ribbon and to compliment the Tudor-style wedding dress I attached some vintage looking keys (both from Ebay).
- You don't need to worry about the flowers being in full bloom or wilting. This was really important as I had to transport the flowers to Livingston as well as consider that the flowers would be needed for 2 days. Fresh flowers just wouldn't have survived the journey, the full 2 days or the frosty Livingston weather!
- Silk flower bouquets are lighter and easier to handle. Catherine has a shoulder injury which meant that the size and weight of the wedding bouquet had to be considered. Despite being compact and including numerous varieties of flowers, the final bouquet was surprisingly light and perfect for Catherine's big day.
- You can keep the bouquet as a reminder of your wedding day. At the end of her wedding Catherine gave her bouquet to her mum which was such a lovely idea and a perfect memento of the celebration.
The best silk flower finds:
Whilst researching for Catherine & Mark's wedding designs I came across the good, the bad and the ugly of silk flowers! Here's what inspired me:
- Winter Bridal bouquets, bridesmaid bouquets, boutonnières 6 piece set from AmoreBride on Etsy.
- DIY your wedding! Learn how to create beautiful centrepieces, and floral projects using silk flowers with simple how-to videos and tutorials from Afloral.com
- Artificial roses from M&S.
- Faux Florals with Homesense UK from Owl And Accordion. (This blog post came after Catherine & Mark's wedding, but it's a great showcase of silk flower styling.)
I never thought I'd be a silk flower convert...but I am! I hope this little ramble has persuaded you to give silk flowers a go? I'd love to hear your thoughts...