Whatever one's reasoning behind considering fake flowers, one thing to keep in mind is that depending upon your flower choice, fresh flowers might in fact be less expensive. For example, a modest bouquet of daisies, which tend to be on the cheaper side of the flower price scale, could run you around $30, but a bouquet of silk, realistic-looking daisies could cost upwards of $70 for the same bouquet size. However, for more expensive buds, Cost Plus World Market has a nice selection of silks with an authentic, natural feel. In particular, their orchids are quite impressive.
One route is to go for the obviously fake appearing flowers. Jilliann's Shop has a gorgeous collection of roses in vibrant hues made from tulle, satin, ribbon, and beads. She can fashion wedding party bouquets, corsages, boutonnieres, and even brooches for the mother of the bride. If you don't see a color selection that works for you, she will work with you to produce a product that matches your color scheme. Also, since these have such a dramatic look, you don't have to have a bunch of them to make a big impression. Smaller bouquets will go a long way, and you can even put a couple of them in a vase and use them as your center pieces along with some votive candles. Best of all, your wedding flowers will last forever!
Fake flowers are a definite possibility for your wedding, as long as you make sure you stay cost effective and either focus on very lifelike blossoms or overtly artificial and artistic ones. The bottom line: While treading through the aisles of silk flowers, tread carefully.
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