To Real or Not to Real

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When it comes to choosing between faux flowers and real flowers for a wedding, there are pros and cons to each option. Here are some factors to consider (and obviously you know which side of the coin we fall on): 

Real Flowers:

There are several reasons why couples may choose to use real flowers at their wedding:

Natural Beauty: Let’s face it, real flowers are like Mother Nature’s supermodels. They strut down the aisle, flaunting their vibrant colors and exquisite petals. Artificial flowers might try to keep up, but they can’t compete with the real deal. It’s like asking a plastic fruit bowl to stand in for a juicy, ripe watermelon—it’s just not the same!

Symbolism: Flowers have long been associated with love, romance, and new beginnings. Sure, you could have an artificial flower bouquet that lasts forever, but where’s the symbolism in that? Real flowers represent the ephemeral beauty of love, just like those wedding vows you’re about to exchange. It’s like comparing a pop-up toaster to a flaming dessert—it’s all about the flair, baby!

Fragrance: Real flowers have a delightful natural fragrance that can fill the air and create a more immersive sensory experience for everyone present. The scent of fresh flowers can add an extra dimension to the ambiance and contribute to the overall romantic atmosphere of the event.

Organic: Many couples value eco-conscious choices and strive to reduce their environmental footprint. Using real flowers allows them to embrace nature and avoid the environmental impact associated with manufacturing artificial flowers. 

Personalization and Customization: Real flowers offer a wide variety of options for customization. Couples can work closely with florists to select specific types of flowers, colors, and arrangements that align with their wedding theme, personal preferences, and cultural or religious traditions. This level of personalization may be more challenging to achieve with artificial flowers.

Photography and Memory Preservation: Real flowers can create stunning visual elements in wedding photographs. Their delicate textures, vibrant colors, and natural movements can enhance the overall quality of the photos and help capture the essence of the day. Additionally, some couples may wish to preserve their wedding flowers as keepsakes, by drying or pressing them, which is not possible with artificial flowers.

While real flowers have their advantages, it is obviously important to consider other factors such as budget, availability, and personal preferences. It is a common misconception that faux flowers are a more budget friendly option.  Per stem, faux flowers can actually be double or triple the cost of a real flower which adds up quickly.  

Some other cons of faux flowers to consider: 

  •  Lack of fragrance: Faux flowers do not have the natural fragrance of real flowers, which can be disappointing for some couples and guests.
  •  Artificial appearance: Faux flowers may not look as realistic as real flowers, especially up close. This can detract from the overall aesthetic of the wedding.
  •  Limited selection: Faux flowers may not come in as many varieties or colors as real flowers, which can limit creative options.
  •  Eco-impact: Faux flowers are not biodegradable and can have an impact on the environment.

In summary, both faux and real flowers have their own benefits and drawbacks for weddings. Couples should consider their budget and most of all the overall aesthetic they want to achieve.  Ultimately, the decision should be based on what is most important to the couple and what will make their wedding day special and memorable. Cough cough, real flowers. 

XOXO, Susanne

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