10 Tips for Choosing + Buying Fake Flowers That Look Real



you’re super close!

If you are touching it with your hands… then yes. However, it will be much harder to distinguish the difference in your wedding photos on social media.

Flowers are one of the many things to consider ahead of the big day. Guests tend not to judge real & fake flowers at weddings because they are focused on the bigger picture… you!

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If you are reading this article, then something you have probably not rented yet in flower garlands. It is very common for parties & wedding receptions nowadays to have a variety of silk and real flowers.

Before you determine if you want real flowers or fake flowers that look real, you need to learn the pros & cons of each. In today’s blog post, we delve deeper into the world of rent and return flowers.

✔️ Keep reading (until the end) to decide if renting real or fake flowers is better for your wedding style.

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What are Silk Flowers

We know you have seen them at weddings. Silk flower garlands are a combination of fake leaves & flower petals that form arrangements. They are an excellent option for parties & events compared to real floral.

silk flowers are in abundance & might be a better value than real ones

The price of real flowers depends on what’s in season & how many flowers are in the centerpiece. The last question to ask is, are silk flowers cheaper than real ones?

If you are asking yourself this question, that’s okay! Plenty of couples decide they don’t want to spend a lot of money on their wedding day. The best way to make budget cuts is by thinking outside the box for your wedding décor rentals.

🌸 The average bride in the U.S spends up $1,500 – $5,000 on real flowers. More couples substitute real flowers for silk products since they are reasonably priced. Our silk roses start at only $99 per garland.

How Many Types of Silk Flowers

So you’ve started your search for silk wedding centerpieces. The first thing you should find out for your party is how many types of imitation silk flowers are there.

To help you with picking beautiful floral arrangements, we’ve listed our (15) most popular types of silk flowers below. We recommend each one for different color palettes.

(15) Types of Silk Wedding Flowers:

  • The most widely used flowers are roses as they can be found in any color.
  • Peonies are popular, ranking second, & are known for their fluffy blossoms.
  • Hydrangeas have large globes and blooms mainly occur in the summer.
  • Chrysanthemum is an autumn flower with dark, vibrant colors.
  • Dahlia Flowers (bloom early until autumn)
  • Milan Grass looks like boxwood hedges when the green foliage is blossoming.
  • Wisteria vines arcs loiter flora.
  • Ranunculus L.. bloom lengthily petals from color to color.
  • Pampas Reed Grass has a dry feel with a twill weave.
  • Camellia trails among evergreen shrubs with broadleaf foliage.
  • Clematis glossy is flora strewn intricately with 6 or 7  petals.
  • Gerbera Daisy address for casual every occasion display.
  • Garden Cosmos Floral Bloom with Daisy-like the sway bottom of disk floret.

What most couples don’t realize is how many options there are for wedding flowers. There are over 1,000 different types of fake flowers

wow, talk about making a difficult choice!

Before deciding, think about your wedding décor, bridesmaids’ dresses, and color scheme. Style your wedding arrangements any way you like. Your flowers should complement all of the above.

Flower Size, Quantity, & Use

No matter what people say, size always matters! In this case, you might even need help to decide on the best flower sizes to rent. To do this, you will need to plan a site visit at your wedding venue.

design in arrangements of 3 or 5, odd numbers create interest

Look at what areas should be decorated with faux flowers. A little planning will help transform your wedding location making it even more beautiful.

Where to Decorate with Fake Flowers?

When it comes to designing those areas, incorporate different types of flower rentals. Mix & match small table centerpieces, large centerpieces, long centerpieces, and even tall floral centerpiece stands. We recommend half-small and half-large silk floral arrangements.

Different Sized Silk Wedding Flowers:

☝️ DIY tip: table place cards should be legible & instruct guests where to sit. These shouldn’t overshadow centerpieces. Minimalistic fonts look best.

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Silk Flowers are Low Maintenance

Versatility is a strong feature of silk flowers. Easily work them into your wedding décor. Arrangements made with silk flowers are incredibly realistic & DIY friendly!

Why Rent Luxury Silk Flowers?

  • no water or sun required

  • no need to trim

  • they last forever

  • setup takes less time

  • reuse at multiple events

Real flower shipments arrive a week before your wedding day. You will be in charge of them for (7) days. When the time comes to prep them for vases the blossoms could wither. How will you keep all those boxes of real flowers fresh?

real flowers require large walk-in coolers… refrigeration costs $$$

The next best thing about renting this type of flower is it doesn’t need refrigeration. Avoid wilted arrangements by focusing on silk flowers instead of real ones.

Fake Florals are Eco-Friendly

In today’s age being sustainable is important for weddings. Silk florals are not shipped in from an exotic country. This reduces the cost & the carbon footprint associated with shipping rentals.

Yes, we ship silk flowers from our warehouse to your event, but a box of real roses…

  1. starts at a nursery
  2. prepped & picked
  3. delivered to a distributor
  4. resold to a florist
  5. delivered to the florist
  6. then the florist delivers them

A big issue is what do you do with the fresh flowers at the end of the night? Give your guests favors for them to take home! However, not all guests will take the flowers. Also, some couples might take the glass containers the flowers come in.

Are Fake Flowers Good for the Environment?

  • minimal carbon footprint

  • are reused for multiple rentals

  • they don’t need water at the event

  • budget more for sustainable vendors

  • can be reused at multiple events

At the end of the night, you can keep the flowers and then donate them to a local nursing home. We have heard of florist companies doing this with leftover flowers. It is a kind gesture that is very much appreciated by the elderly.

There is another alternative to throwing fresh flowers away at the end of the night. We suggest saving & composting them so it’s environmentally friendly.

♻️ Use bio-degradable silk flower petals for outdoor ceremony aisleways. Wind that catches petals are harder to retrieve.

Fake Flowers are Always in Season

Imagine your wedding is in the winter and you have to settle for different flowers as your ceremony décor. This is such a depressing thought! We have good news… you will not have to experience that! One of the best things about silk flowers is they are always in season!

silk flowers ship almost anywhere & won’t perish

We all understand that shipping out-of-season flowers cost more. You do not have to import exotic flowers from another country. Instead, think about how you can make your wedding day just as beautiful by renting silk flowers.

The next step in your quest to get the best wedding flowers is deciding who to hire. If you opt to make wedding day arrangements, first ask where to buy fake flowers. The (3) most common options are to buy from a fake flower store, hire a florist, or do it yourself.

📝 Here is an article that features (68) DIY silk flower table ideas for events. Trust us, your guests will comment on how great they look.

Do It Yourself & Rent Fake Flowers

If hiring a florist is over budget, then rent silk flowers online for less. This is so easy that you can do it yourself. All you have to do is lay them out & you’re done.

You need a lot of flowers for a short time, so it is best to rent the blossoms! You don’t have to store them away afterward. Simply ship everything back after your event for another couple to enjoy!

we suggest renting pre-made arrangements that look breathtaking

Ship Our Wedding® silk wedding flower packages are created just for you! Our kits arrive the week of your party with a 5-day rental. You return everything in the same box using the included return shipping label.

Once you consider quality silk flowers, there is no going back! You’ll enter a world of wonder & discover the awesome power of DIY flowers!

ℹ️ It’s all about color with fake florals. Choose silk flowers & create unique arrangements with flowers that might not even be in season!

Buy Fake Flowers from a Store

Want to know where to buy artificial flowers? Many wholesale silk wedding flower companies like Etsy & Amazon have a network of online sellers.

online sellers only sell arrangements, they might not help you create them

If buying imitation flowers becomes too much, then it might be time for a different approach. Instead of buying individual silk flowers, rent a complete kit like a DIY pampas grass centerpiece.

🌼 Create something unique, silk arrangements are in fashion at the moment!

How to Hire a Wedding Florist

Are you thinking of hiring a florist? This is a sign that you want to hand over the control & stress that comes with party planning. A wedding florist comes into the picture to lift a weight off your shoulders.

talk to someone who knows flowers better than anyone else

The wedding florist will want to know if you would like real or fake flowers. Local florists in your city may cost more, but they are completely worth it.

Why Real Flowers Cost More?

  • middleman is either a wholesaler or auction

  • can ship from Netherlands, Columbia, Ecuador

  • shipped in from out of town

  • scheduled to arrive on time

  • prepared by trimming steams/leaves

  • associated with high labor costs

If you have your heart set on using real blossoms, why not ask your florist if they can make faux flowers look real? Chances are those silk flower garlands are already on their shelf. This will help your party stay under budget.

Also, you will want to ask them about the wedding centerpiece cost. Professional florists customize gorgeous floral arrangements by listening & helping you brainstorm. Rent half tall & half short centerpieces to save on rental prices.

Lastly, consider hiring a local florist your banquet hall recommends because they know your wedding venue. They can suggest how to make artificial flower arrangements for weddings look more creative like hanging flowers in unique areas to maximize your decorating budget.

🗒️ Florists may charge delivery costs for venues that are far away, downtown with no parking, limited setup time, & have elevators.

Order Fake Flower Arrangements Online

We live in a world of unpredictability. Unfortunately, the wedding industry is based predominately on labor. The main issue facing our industry is a reduction in the labor force.

As if owning a wedding business was not competitive enough. Now florists & wedding vendors are facing challenges that make it more difficult to:

  • load & unload trucks

  • process inventory

  • transport party rentals

  • perform vehicle maintenance

  • schedule site visits

  • network with wedding vendors
  • host in-person consultations

  • return phone calls

  • setup & teardown packages

  • stay at events to render services

  • handle multiple events a day

Are you experiencing issues getting quotes or having phone calls returned? It is because owners of these companies are having to work overtime in their businesses. This is a frustrating situation for both clients and vendors.

order silk flowers online it is an automated process available 24/7 with accurate inventory

Whether you choose white roses for your wedding or gentle peonies, you can place your order anytime. The choice is all up to you without waiting for a return phone call. Having certainty in what you are getting & for how much is a great feeling.

👍 Just the reassurance of knowing everything will be fine is what every client wants to hear! Feel confident renting ivory rose garlands & blush ombre roses. Add them to your rentals today.

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Final Verdict on Silk Flowers vs Real

Planning your wedding (as exciting as it sounds) isn’t an easy process. The best way you can reduce some of the back and forth is to consider all options before making a decision.

choosing realistic silk flowers or fresh flowers shouldn’t be stressful

Deciding against using real flowers can be a hard choice to make. You might just decide on mixing real and fake flowers for your wedding. We believe fresh silk flowers have many benefits, and the rentals available today are so realistic looking.

Pros to Silk Flowers vs Fresh Blossoms:

  • they cost less

  • wide variety

  • looks like the real deal

  • easy to do it yourself

  • use for multiple events

  • they are not seasonal

  • streamlined ordering

So will you rent fake or real flowers for your wedding? Browse through our website & let us know what you want. If you’re planning a wedding on a budget, then our DIY kits may be your best choice.

We provide you the option to design your own centerpiece online by choosing any pre-made arrangements. Our artificial flower company is looking forward to helping you create a timeless wedding look under budget.

💬 Do you need help with your flower rental? If you have any questions give us a call or message us on chat.

Founders Robert + Nicole Reno

With a combined (4) decades in the industry; we’ve trained hundreds, booked thousands, & partied with millions. Our first-hand experience allows us to empower others to succeed & be great… (read full bio)

Founders Robert + Nicole Reno

With a combined (4) decades in the industry; we’ve trained hundreds, booked thousands, & partied with millions. Our first-hand experience allows us to empower others to succeed & be great… (read full bio)

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   Detroit, Michigan


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We saved $15,000 hiring Ship Our Wedding

I’m infatuated thank you hugs + kisses MWAH

We were amazed the uplights were really easy

Brad & Annika
Cario, Nebraska

We saved $15,000 hiring Ship Our Wedding

Jennifer & Val
Detroit, Michigan

I’m infatuated thank you hugs + kisses MWAH

Jose Rocha
Omaha, Nebraska

We were amazed the uplights were really easy

Brad & Annika

Cario, Nebraska

We saved $15,000 hiring Ship Our Wedding

Jennifer & Val

Detroit, Michigan

I’m infatuated thank you hugs + kisses MWAH

Jose Rocha

Omaha, Nebraska

We were amazed the uplights were really easy

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