Will you be using real or artificial flowers?
Real wedding flowers more popular than artificial flowers
The vast majority of couples choose to have fresh flowers at their wedding according to an Easy Weddings poll. 79% of couples that took part in the poll indicated that they would be using some real wedding flowers, with 68% stating that all of their wedding flowers would be fresh rather than artificial.
For many couples a wedding just wouldn’t be a wedding without fresh flowers. They create beautiful bouquets for the bride and bridesmaids, as well as arrangements and centrepieces for the ceremony and reception. While silk flowers can look very realistic, nothing quite compares to the beauty of a real lily or the fragrance of a real rose. Many couples spend around 5-10% of their wedding budget on fresh flowers because they can make such a difference to the day. If you choose local seasonal flowers, that can help to keep the cost down, and you can use your flowers as the inspiration for your wedding theme and colour scheme.
There is still a big market for silk wedding flowers, with 32% of couples reporting that they would be using artificial flowers and 21% stating that all their flowers would be artificial. Silk flowers are often cheaper than real flowers depending on the season and the flowers that you choose. You can also choose from a wider range of colours to match your wedding theme. Artificial flowers last forever so you don’t need to worry about keeping the bridesmaids bouquets in water so they don’t wilt, and you can keep your own bouquet as a memento of the day.
11% of the couples that completed the poll avoided making a decision between real or artificial wedding flowers and instead opted to have both. They may have chosen artificial flowers for the bouquets and boutonnieres to make sure these would not droop and could be kept after the wedding, and then splashed out on real flowers for their table centrepieces.