A wedding bouquet is a vital accessory for any bride. However, extra care is necessary to retain the vibrancy and color of fresh flowers. If it gets too hot or too cold, they can wilt quickly. Plus, wedding bouquets arranged by florists can also be a bit pricey.
Good thing there are artificial flowers, which you can use to make your wedding bouquet. There are many quality varieties of faux flowers that you can choose from. Plus, you will have the freedom to create your flower arrangement.
What is Artificial Flower?
Many years ago, people used to sew faux flowers with silk, thus the name. Nowadays, fake florals are made from synthetic fibers, but the name silk flower remains. Artificial flowers used for wedding bouquets are “silk” flowers created to look and feel like fresh ones.
Some brides prefer to use silk flowers on their wedding day since they are easy to maintain and are durable. Aside from that, there are many types of silk flowers that you can make a lot of arrangements and designs with them.
How Artificial Flowers are Made
Most low-end artificial flowers come from plastic. However, faux flowers are commonly made from polyester, which is known for its durability. Also, Dyes can easily color polyester, thus making it an ideal material for artificial flowers. Plastic materials are used as flower stems or adornments of silk flowers. Hidden inside the flowers are wires to make them sturdy, yet flexible for an easy floral arrangement.
High-quality and more expensive artificial flowers come from cotton materials. They look more like real flowers as compared to those made from other materials.
All artificial flowers are originally white. Colors are added to the petals using dyes. The flower petals are also heat-pressed for a more natural and realistic look. But, large-petaled flowers are more challenging to do. Wires are needed to make their edges stiff and avoid drooping.
What are the Advantages of Artificial Flowers?
You can buy silk flowers for as low as $1 per piece to as much as $1,000 for a set of floral arrangements. Some say that artificial flower arrangements are cheaper than the fresh one, and vice versa. However, one cannot ignore the many advantages of using fake flowers at any event, whatever their price may be.
1. Artificial Flowers Last Longer
Faux flowers cannot be easily destroyed. You don’t have to worry about falling petals and leaves while you are walking down the aisle. The head of your bouquet will last until your last guest has left the event. You can also decorate or put any embellishment on your bouquet without the fear of bruising the petals.
If you choose to receive the artificial flower bouquet ahead of time, you can be sure that you will still have fresh-looking flowers on your wedding day. In addition to that, you can have the bouquet as a keepsake of your most memorable day.
2. Artificial Flowers are Available Any Time of the Year
With silk flowers, you do not need to worry if your favorite flower is out of season. You can always be sure that you can get the flowers with the exact color that you wanted on your special day. You don’t need to wait for the right season to order the flower to your liking. And on top of that, prices of artificial flowers do not change all year round whatever the occasion is.
3. Artificial Flowers Do Not Cause Allergy
Silk flowers are fragrance-free, pollen-free, and allergen-free! You won’t need to worry about triggering the allergies of guests. Artificial flowers will not pose any health-problem to anyone present on your wedding day. Guests can enjoy the day without the irritating allergy getting in the way.
4. Artificial Flowers Need Low Maintenance
Your wedding bouquet made of artificial flowers will look fresh at any time of the day. And, you do not need to water or clean them regularly. They are much easier to take care of than fresh flowers. These flowers will only need a simple dusting from time to time.
If you have an overseas wedding, you can use bubble-wraps for your silk flowers and put them in your luggage. You will be surprised by how fresh they will still look when you take them out of the suitcase.
5. Getting Artificial Flowers Can Give You More Flexibility
Silk flowers are easy to buy. You can order them online. And you have the assurance that what you will receive is the same as what you saw in the website picture.
You can design these flowers any way you want to. The flexible stems make it possible to create shapes and designs out of them. Or, you can add any scent that you may fancy.
The silk flowers can also be used several times without losing its color and beauty.
And if you still want to use fresh flowers on your wedding day, you can mix them with your silk flowers. There are a lot of possibilities when using artificial flowers to give more life to any event.
Steps to Make a Wedding Bouquet with Artificial Flowers
If you’re the type who enjoys DIY crafts, you’ll enjoy learning how to make a wedding bouquet with artificial flowers. Follow these simple steps and let your creativity flow.
Step 1: Gather All Needed Supplies
It is best to gather all the necessary materials and supplies before you start doing the bouquet. Be sure that you have everything at arm’s reach to make your job faster. Here are the items you will need in preparing a wedding bouquet:
- Your chosen artificial flowers
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Flower wire
- Flower tape
- Wire cutters
- Birchbark, wrappers, or fancy papers of your choice
- Decorations, ornaments, and personalized accessories
Step 2: Trim Excess Leaves and Stems
Using the scissors, trim off the excess leaves. You can leave one to two leaves nearest to the flower. Cut the stems with wire cutters to your desired length. Do not worry if the cut is not perfectly equal in size.
Step 3: Choose Preferred Flowers and Greenery
Select one to three large blooms, or four to six small ones, to serve as the base of your bouquet. Tape the bottom of the stems and secure them together. Large flowers like tulips, roses, calla lilies, and peonies are ideal for round bouquets. Choose about five to six greenery to go in between your selected flowers.
Step 4: Build Your Bouquet
You can now start building your bouquet by putting the flowers in layers. Do this by adding stems while turning the bunch of flowers around. Make sure that the biggest blooms you find best are in the center. You can place the smaller ones towards the outside of the bouquet. Don’t forget to insert greenery in between the flowers to make the blooms more noticeable.
You can add texture to your bouquet by combining large and small sizes of flowers. Baby’s breath and jasmine will make your flowers more interesting. Just a tip, you might want to use blooms with a matte finish. These flowers are easier to work with and look more realistic in a bouquet.
The type and color of flowers will depend on your personal choice. You can either use one color for all the flowers or consider combining two or more colors that suit your personality.
Now, it is up to you how big your bouquet is going to be. For bigger and fuller bouquets, add more blooms until you reach the desired size. You may also want to wrap each stem as you go along to make the flower stems sturdier and more secure.
Step 5: Secure the Stems
When you have reached the ideal size of your bouquet, wrap all the stems with the floral tape. Start from the top part working down the bottom of the stem. Evenly cut the stems with wire cutter until you reach the length where you can comfortably hold them.
You may fully wrap the stems for added support and to completely cover the wire and stems. Or, you can leave about one to two inches of the stems sticking out at the bottom. Now, cut the tape using a pair of scissors and tuck the edges underneath itself to hide them.
Step 6: Design and Decorate
Now that your bouquet is done and all stems are entirely secure, it is time to put decorations and designs. You can use a birch bark or wrapper that complements your motif to cover the stems and the floral tape. Stick the birch bark or wrapper with a glue.
You may choose to tie the wrapped stems with lace or ribbon or add any embellishment you fancy. These decorations can be beads, feathers, glitters, or feathers. A sparkle and added scent can be used as final touches. Remember to be creative when it comes to designing your bouquet.
The wedding day is the most memorable day for a woman. Thus, making it perfect is the dream of every bride. A wedding bouquet is a must-have on a wedding day. A beautifully arranged bouquet is a requirement to match the beauty of the bride equally.
However, fresh flower bouquets can be costly, only last for a few days, and need to be handled carefully. For those who love DIY arts and crafts, knowing how to make a wedding bouquet with artificial flowers may be helpful.
It will now only save you money, but will also give you the freedom to put your creativity on the bouquet. High-quality artificial flowers are readily available in a variety of kinds, colors, and styles. There are endless possibilities for making your bouquet unique that shows your individuality.