Though many people are initially turned off by the thought of artificial flowers, they have come a long way in the past few years. The key to a good arrangement of mixed florals is making sure you have a good balance between natural and artificial flowers.
Staying away from items that are very big and noticeable can help to maintain the quality of the bouquet. Berries, greenery, branches, succulents, and small flowers are all great options to add to your arrangements.
In August of 2017, I had the privilege of coordinating and arranging flowers for a client’s wedding day. The client had a specific vision that she was able to communicate to my assistant and I, which helped us in bringing her ideas to life. She wanted to create an upscale look with a frugal budget. Her theme was backyard boho, as she had her childhood backyard landscaped into her own wedding venue. As we walked around the site, we noticed that there was no shortage of foliage and greenery, which happened to be what she had envisioned as her bouquets and arrangements for her ceremony and reception. We started with a base of ferns and aspidistra leaves and layered in sprigs of fresh and dried baby’s breath, dahlia’s, and assorted greenery until we were pleased with the volume of the bouquet. We then filled in any sparse areas with artificial eucalyptus, berries, lambs ear, and greenery until we achieved the bride’s vision. We also collected artificial succulents, artichokes, and vines to use as décor at her altar and throughout the reception.
Artificial flowers can add a pop of texture and color to a table to add a whimsical feel. Instead of a traditional centerpiece; add berries, succulents, small flowers, or vines to a greenery garland lining your table and place items like crystals, candlesticks, and vases to give your reception the perfect “thrown together” look that is trending this season.
Another great use of artificial floral décor is for wreaths. Wreaths are one of the top trends this year and I don’t see them going anywhere in the near future. Whether you are getting married in the summer or winter, indoor or outdoor, wreaths are so versatile. Some of the benefits of using artificial wreaths are being able to simply place your décor pieces and not have to think about the elements or having to continuously water/spray them, being able to reuse or sell them after your wedding day, they are usually more cost effective, and you can buy or tailor them to fit your wedding colors and the season that you are getting married.
The florals and décor of your wedding are where you can let your personality and creativity really shine, so don’t hold back! Don’t compromise your vision because of your budget or the availability of florals, with a little originality and some ingenuity you can make your dream into reality!
By Madii Ensz
Madii is a barista and wedding coordinator from the Pacific Northwest. After planning her own wedding in 2014, she decided to go to school to learn how to be a professional wedding coordinator and planner. She is an expert when it comes to the wedding industry and enjoys researching upcoming wedding trends and styles.