Real vs. Fake - A Flower Debate

by Jenny Bryde 27. October 2013 01:20

Recently at our Bride and Groom Garage Sale, I had a discussion with a very good friend who was shopping who spoke about how she could not believe there were so many silk flowers for sale and that she thought silk flowers were a no-no for a wedding.  She spoke about how she thought that she would rather splurge on real flowers than on other parts of the budget.  This got me thinking.  I am wondering how other people weigh in on this subject.  Real vs. fake?  Which flowers do or do not have a place in a wedding?  People, I imagine, will take a strong stance one way or another, so let's look at the pros and cons of both.

Silk Flowers:

Pros -


  • Relatively inexpensive when compared to fresh flowers.
  • They will not wilt so you can buy them in advance of the wedding.
  • You don't have to choose your flowers based on what is in season at the time of your wedding.
  • You can buy them used and sell them when you're done using them.
Cons -
  • Unless made to look very whimsical, silk flowers can often be spotted by look, touch, or smell.  
  • Good silk flowers are very good, and bad silk flowers are very, very ugly.  
  • Some silk flowers can cost just as much as fresh flowers.
Fresh Flowers:

Pros - 
  • Hiring a florist takes the artistic guesswork out of arranging a floral centerpiece.
  • Flower centerpieces make great gifts to guests at the end of the evening.
  • Fresh flowers look and smell great and add a lot to the ambiance of your wedding.
Cons - 
  • Fresh flowers are often much more expensive when compared to silk flowers.
  • When selecting the specific blooms for your flowers, you will often be restricted to what is in season at the time of your wedding. 
  • Fresh flowers are at the mercy of the elements of weather; hot or cold weather could impact the look.
And now here is a little test.  The following pictures of flowers are a mix.  Some pictures show real flowers, and some pictures show fake.  Can you tell the difference?  Get out a piece of paper and take the quiz.  There are five pictures of fresh and five pictures of silk.  The answers are at the end of this post!


#1 - Fresh or silk?


#2 - Fresh or silk?


#3 - Fresh or silk?


#4 - Fresh or silk?


#5 - Fresh or silk?


#6 - Fresh or silk?


#7 - Fresh or silk?


#8 - Fresh or silk?


#9 - Fresh or silk?


#10 - Fresh or silk?



1 - Silk

2 - Silk

3 - Fresh

4 - Silk

5 - Silk

6 - Fresh

7 - Fresh

8 - Fresh

9 - Silk

10 - Fresh


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