Artificial vs Real Wedding Flowers – Which is Best?

Your wedding flowers will be noticed and remembered by you and your guests for years to come. Yet the cost of floral bouquets, table centrepieces and buttonholes can be astronomical. Many brides search for an alternative to costly fresh flowers, instead choosing artificial or silk wedding flowers instead.

Should You Choose Real or Fake Wedding Flowers?

Thanks to the abundance of poorly made fake flowers, many brides are understandably worried about choosing artificial flowers. Yet there are many high-quality versions available, many of which look incredibly realistic. It comes down to more of a personal choice for brides, with both pros and cons for both.

Regardless of fake or real, when choosing your flowers, it is important to keep your budget, photography plans, colour theme and location in mind. If the weather is likely to be wet or windy, then fresh flowers are more likely to become damaged. If you are wanting detailed photographs of your flowers, then choosing real flowers is your better choice.

Pros and Cons of Fake and Real Wedding Flowers

Fresh flowers:

  • May be naturally fragrant
  • Delicate and unique
  • Look more authentic
  • Are easily damaged
  • Can wilt quickly
  • Heavier than artificial versions
  • Need to be ‘made’ on or the day before the wedding
  • Expensive out of season

Fake flowers:

  • Continually in season
  • Will last for years to come
  • Non-allergenic
  • Can be organised and received early
  • Easily transportable
  • Less fragile
  • Can be an eco-friendly option
  • May not look ‘real’ up close
  • Unscented
  • Lighter than real equivalent
  • Silk equivalent of common fresh flower is more costly

Artificial wedding flowers are cheaper, right?

When it comes to the cost difference between real and artificial flowers, there may not necessarily be a large difference. While professionally arranged bouquets are pricey, fresh flowers you arrange yourself are not. The same goes for artificial flowers. Extremely good quality flowers will cost a lot more than ones from the local dollar shop. Remember, it is not only the type of flowers you are paying for, but the florist’s expertise in arranging them too. Another factor to consider is the florist themselves. If you love the work your local florist does with a specific type of flower, then choosing them is a great option. Many florists work with either fresh or fake flowers, though a few will use both if asked.

For super organised brides who want to ensure their dress matches their flowers, artificial versions may be best. Not only can you get your silk flowers well before your wedding, you can take them with you for dress fittings too. If your wedding is being held overseas, you can even take your bouquet with you!

Whether you choose fresh or fake wedding flowers, you need to be happy with them. The decision is no one’s except for you and your fiancée to make. Don’t forget to read our NZ Wedding Flower Season Guide for some help choosing the perfect flower variety for you!

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