Hannah Goodman
By Hannah Goodman Published 02/08/2017 13:40:00 | Views: 211

We all know flowers are one of the most expensive parts of the wedding day festivities, so we want to explore a beautiful alternative: silk arrangements!


Did you know silk arrangements typically cost about half the price of real flower arrangements? Since they are not real, silk flowers are not seasonal. This means if you want two hundred daisies in the middle of winter, you can have fresh-looking silk daisies fill your reception hall without paying to have the flowers shipped in from far away!


Another reason we love silk flowers: they aren’t affected by the heat of an outdoor summer wedding – or a photographer’s lights! By the end of the day real flowers can start to look wilted and tired but with a little maintenance, silk flowers will look fresh for years to come. Another big advantage is that silk flowers are worry-free. Fresh flowers need to be delivered on the morning of the wedding and tend to be just one more thing you need to remember. Meanwhile, silk flower arrangements can be assembled months before your wedding ceremony and simply placed into your car the night before!


Some wedding table decorations may be slightly difficult to replicate, but small arrangements like church pew décor, boutonnieres, bridesmaid bouquets and your bouquet are easy to make at home. Some women are also afraid that silk bouquets will look fake, but check these out!


  images by: Chris5aw | Catherine Joll | tanakawho


Creating Silk Flower Arrangements


First you want to ensure the arrangements will complement your wedding colors, while also reflecting your favorite flowers. Before you purchase any flowers, visit local florists, browse wedding websites and flip through bridal magazines. Find some inspiration from the pictures and arrangements you see!


The most popular options for a bridal bouquet are: Cascading, Round and Monogrammed. Create an idea board that features the bouquets that you like. Then see what characteristics these bouquets have in common!


There are two popular methods to arrange your bouquet. The first [which we like best] involves flowers that are taped together and wrapped in a ribbon, decorative stem cover, or other wedding accessories. The second option is to place the flowers in a bouquet holder.

Flowers2 images by: Helen S. Cho | Kodamakitty | Flowers by Meredith

Since the flowers are silk and not real, don’t be afraid to go through several ‘draft’ arrangements until you find something you like! The goal is to create an arrangement that is evenly spaced and shaped well. We’ve found that the round/oval or monogrammed bouquets are the easiest to create. Once you create something you like, cut the greenery off the flowers – this way it will take less manipulation to fill in the greens after the flowers are in place. Put the flowers back together with a hair tie, fill in the greenery and add a few pearl sprays!


When you are completely satisfied with the bouquet you can wrap floral tape around it and finish it with a satin ribbon or stem cover. If you choose to use a bouquet holder, you have a few different options because bouquet holders normally come with a floral foam insert. Soak the insert in water before you use it to sculpt your flowers [normally this is for real flowers, but we’ve found it makes it a bit easier for silk as well]. *If you want a cascading bouquet, this is the way to go!* Just make sure to practice with it so you know the finished product is something you can easily carry on your wedding day!


Here’s a great how-to video to help: ehow

Hannah Goodman
By Hannah Goodman 02/08/2017 13:40:00