The first bride, Nancy, is getting married at Prince of Peace Catholic Church with a reception following at The Gainesville Civic Center and she wanted magnolia flowers. Magnolia trees are common in the South, and the blossoms from the tree can be huge and very fragrant, but the blossoms are not available from growers and I can't be assured any trees in the area will be blooming when we need them, not to mention that they don't hold up well in arrangements. So, we suggested taking high quality, very realistic looking silk magnolia flowers and working them in with fresh flowers for two large church altar arrangements at the ceremony. She'll carry a silk cascade arrangement and for her reception decor, we're using silk flower clusters on bird cages for half of her table centerpieces, and fresh rose petals around candelabras for the other centerpieces. A silk flower garland with large magnolia flowers will line the stair railing leading up to her reception room and silk magnolia wreaths on the reception room doors will welcome guests to a beautiful garden party look - Southern style.
|Cascade w/ peacock feathers|
The fourth bride, Debbie, was open to an all silk bouquet when I explained about shading variations that can occur with fresh flowers. She wants a yellow rose bouquet with dark purple accents and it's a beautiful combination and easy to do with fresh, if the bride is flexible on the shading of the color of the purple accent flowers. I can't guarantee the exact color of fresh flowers when they arrive from the growers, because of the natural variances that can occur. Sometimes the label says 'purple' but the flower has blue undertone or is lighter than expected. If the color is too far from the desired shade, there are floral sprays that can help correct the issues, but in general I like to say 'shades of a color' when talking about how a bouquet will look, rather than the exact color. But Debbie was very specific about the shade of purple, so she decided to go with silk where the color could be controlled. Her bouquet turned out beautifully.
|Silk navy roses with bling|
I love fresh flowers, but I also really, really like high quality silk flowers. All of these brides are excited about saving their flower bouquets after the wedding, putting them in shadow boxes or on a table to be enjoyed for years to come. As for whether the finished bouquet is less expensive than fresh, the answer is 'No'. The high quality silk flowers that I work with cost as much, if not more than fresh flowers and there's just as much time and effort put into creating the design as when the flowers are fresh. They are a wonderful alternative to fresh and I'm glad these brides are proud to go there. I'm proud too. :-)