In Australia, there is a real trend towards faux florals for wedding and events. It makes sense; our florals won’t wilt in the hot Australian wedding season weather, won’t get crushed in those tight congratulatory hugs… and in the movement of sustainability, our flowers are reused and reused. There is no waste and for the bride, this means that she gets the flowers that she wants, in a season that they may not be usually available, for a lesser cost than fresh florals. Wins all round. Here’s to a bigger honeymoon!
We were recently invited to add some insight and knowledge into the wedding flower industry for an online UK Wedding publication. Here are some of our thoughts….
We are lovers of beautiful flowers, so naturally, the best wedding flowers are those of the highest quality which are constantly mistaken for fresh. Our beautiful large-headed roses, orchids or our peonies; real cannot compete… which is odd to say even for us! Our florals look AND feel undeniably real! We do have our favourites and offer beautiful soft colours, as Mother Nature does.
Our favourite tip for any bride is to make sure there is a consistent theme throughout the wedding look. Tie it all together to allow your wedding day to be the beginning of your wedded story; carefully selected and edited. That could include the welcome sign matching the look and feel of the table seating sign. Using the same florals in the bridal table runner and the garlands over the doorway or photo booth. The look should be seamless. Breaking up flowers with greenery is also a great option. Sometimes sharp edges of a venue just need a little softening. Here in Australia, it is popular to get married in a surf club overlooking the ocean. Traditionally, surf clubs are not the most romantic-looking of venues, so greenery and florals allow the space to really sing!
If budget and venue space allow, so not to obstructing the flow of people, we love flowers en masse! Decorating an entrance with flowers can be a great introduction to the look and theme of a wedding. Like a gorgeously illustrated book cover or beautiful packaging, it is a hint and first impression of what is to come.
Our final word of advice for brides would be to trust in the experts you have employed. Listen to the experts on what works best for your particular venue. Odds are they have done a lot more events at that location than you! Your wedding day is your day but it is just a day that will come to a close before you know it. Take the time to take it all in and enjoy it. Being a faux flower specialist brides can inspect our designs before they are installed, which is a bonus, however for the brides that are working with fresh florists; if something is not perfect on the day, take a deep breath and let it go. It might not be exactly what you wanted, however, it will still be beautiful and no one else will know that it was not perfect in your eyes.