Is It Tacky to Use Artificial Flowers At Your Wedding?
It's never ideal, but no one will judge you if you use them right.
When you start planning a wedding, the prices start to add up quickly – very quickly. And one of the biggest expenses is usually the florist. You've got dreams of miles and miles of peonies and banquette tables filled with dozens of ranunculus stems. There will be a lovely fragrance wafting down on you from the living wall of roses that comprises the back wall of your wedding altar. Once you get the estimate the bloom falls off your wedding flower dreams. Reality bites, but there are ways to cheat your florist bill before you have to use all fake flowers. Here are some guidelines for using a few fake flowers at your wedding.
Never ever use all fake flowers.
That would be tacky. There's absolutely no reason, budgetary or otherwise, for a groom to sport a silk flower boutonniere. Also remember, that you aren't using real flowers just for their looks, they do provide the aforementioned delicate fragrance to your wedding day. Before you resort to artificial wedding flowers, consider budget friendly options like using lots of greenery (cut branches in vases can be beautiful) or using inexpensive flowers like carnations en masse. Also, try and stick with what's in season and grows locally to keep your budget down.
Never use fake flowers in your wedding bouquet.
Trust us, you will regret that. Don't use them in your bridesmaids' bouquets, groomsmen's boutonnieres, or in the corsages or small nosegays that you would give to the mother-of-the-bride or mother-of-the-groom.
It's not tacky to use silk wedding flowers in some places that are outside of the direct line of vision.
You can use them in arrangements that are high up on a wall or in the distance. Sub a few fake flowers to swag the orchestra balcony at the church and no one will know. Consider other faraway places to place your fake flowers like in the dark dance room near the band or over door arches.
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The Bottom Line
If the flower is going to have a starring role in a big wedding moment or photograph, splurge on real flowers. Save the artificial wedding flowers for out of the way spots or fillers.