Wedding Flowers: Fresh or Felt
There is no doubt about it, unless you have been planning your wedding since you were 6 years old, making decisions about your wedding can be a struggle. Well it is for me anyway…and even harder making a decision about wedding flowers!
I am new bride-to-be, only being recently engaged in February 2016. I haven’t always known what I wanted on my wedding day, so even beginning the planning process was hard. Big wedding vs small wedding, somewhere close to home vs. tropical island, fresh flowers or fake.
My mum has worked in flower nurseries for the best part of 20 years, and I have always loved watching her many varieties of roses bloom in her garden, amongst other flowers. The few fresh flower bouquets I have received in my life have been gorgeous, and they have definitely made my day.
But as much as I love fresh flowers, I damn well hate it when they start to die. They start to turn brown and/or wilt, and it is depressing! Not to mention that I get hay fever, so pollen tends to get make my top lip feel like it is swimming in the middle of the Pacific Ocean!
Here is where I come at a cross roads for my wedding flowers, between having fresh or fake flowers. Of course, I can get as creative as I like with my very own felt flowers, but I would love to have a mix of fresh flowers, although, if I want to keep my bouquet, I would have to reconsider the fresh flowers (unless they were dried properly afterwards).
So here are my personal pro’s and con’s to having fresh and/or felt flowers.
Pro’s of Fresh
– Real flowers are beautiful
– You can get some beautiful scents from fresh flowers, creating a natural fragrance during your wedding day.
– They can be freeze dried, or dried naturally.
– In season flowers can be cheaper.
Con’s of Fresh
– Some flowers are seasonal. Out of season flowers may still be available, but likely to be more expensive
– They die
– Pollen can trigger allergies/hay fever.
– Unless you know how to dry them properly or get them freeze dried, you literally have no use for them afterwards.
– During summer or winter months, more fragile flowers may need care.
Pro’s of Felt
– Hard wearing, non-fragile.
– No need to dose up on allergy relief.
– No need to water.
– They will last for a very long time, if not forever, with the right care.
– Bridal bouquets etc, also make great thank you gifts, as they can also take them home as a keepsake.
– You could use your favourite perfume, to give a light spray on the felt, bringing scent to the flowers.
– Weather conditions will not affect them.
– If you choose to have a and tied bouquet, you can rearrange them after the wedding and display them in a vase however you please.
Con’s of Felt
– Depending on the amount of flowers, yes it can be expensive due to the amount of time that goes into making each flower, so the con is really only dependent on the style of your wedding, your budget, and design. (but then again, that kind of goes for fresh lowers too!)
– There is a bad stigma amongst some, that fake flowers look cheap.
OK, so I struggled to find con’s for felt flowers. It might seem a bit biased, but from a bride-to-be perspective, and taking into consideration my hay fever etc etc, I do believe felt flowers can be a wonderful part of your big day.
I know that it is not everybody’s cuppa tea, but for those wanting an alternative to fresh flowers, definitely don’t hesitate to get quotes and ask questions about felt flowers.
You can view our weddings page here or our portfolio for a range of felt flowers..