To Fake It or Not to Fake It, That is the Question
Nothing divides a room full of florists and flower enthusiasts like the question of faking it. Is it a sin? Is it acceptable? Or does it all come down to context? At Koch we love an abundance of fresh flowers, but can see the benefits of using a blended mix of fake and real flowers, and we like to stock a wide range of wholesale artificial flowers for interested customers.
Silk flowers allow you to create trans-seasonal displays, can be useful for conditions where certain fresh flowers don’t flourish, and in some instances reduce costs. It’s useful to keep a few things in mind when using silk flowers as part of wedding displays, home decor, or office design so you can execute the mix effectively.
Here are a couple of rules when choosing artificial flowers:
- Try to choose realistic-looking silk flowers in colours that occur in nature. If you start with a true-to-nature pallette, combining artificials with real flowers will make a seemless and lifelike look much easier to achieve.
- Consider real touch flowers, for florals that feel as realistic as they look. They can fool even the keenest eye and hand.
The fact that fakes are trans-seasonal allows you to use your favourite blooms throughout the year. Because artificial flowers are always “in season”, it can be a real bonus for people planning a wedding or event, especially when you don’t have control over the date. Say, for example, you’re just mad about peonies but you’re throwing an autumn wedding: choosing a few artificial peony stems and mixing them in with some real flowers means that you don’t have to miss out.
Silk flowers have come a long way in recent years with a lot more options, so it’s easy to choose multiple styles in a beautiful array of colours, giving you complete control of the final look of your bouquet or arrangement.
With the added advantages that they require no pruning or watering, are easy to clean, and are available in a wide selection of colours, artificial flowers are extremely practical. Silk wedding flowers have the advantage of withstanding all the hustle-bustle of a wedding, and won’t wilt on even the warmest wedding day! Mixing artificial copies of very delicate blooms, prone to being damaged, with more sturdy fresh kinds can be a really useful solution. For many brides the ability to save some of their flowers from their wedding day is also a real plus.
Many modern brides are choosing to mix fresh with fake flowers as a means of cutting costs on hard to source flowers, and finding that quality silk flowers are comparable in price to fresh flowers. While some artificial flowers might be considerably cheaper than the real deal, quality is worth the extra cost. So make sure you do your research, as finding a great deal on silk stems can be a clever way to cut your budget while still preserving quality.
Silk flowers, when mixed with the real stems and arranged tastefully, can work wonders. And when these mixed arrangements are done well, it can be really hard to notice the difference. We’ve certainly done more than a couple of double takes, looking at our new arrivals . Why not pair it with one of our pots online too!