This time on the blog I thought I would try and answer some of the most common questions I receive about artificial flowers.
1. Can artificial flowers be used outside?
Yes, they can. As long as they're not in the sun for a prolonged time before the event, they can most definitely be used outside.
If you receive artificial flowers and you'd like to lighten the colour, it is actually recommended that you leave them in the sun for at least a few days which will help them fade, otherwise just keep them indoors until the event.
2. Can you place artificial flowers in water?
In most cases, yes. Generally the stems are made from plastic that is coated at the bottom so there should be no issue placing them in water so that they can look more "real". But certain stems such as dusty miller and lambs ears are best kept out of water as the stems are usually porous.
3. Are artificial flowers cheaper than real flowers?
Basically, there is no straight forward answer to this. It just depends on which flowers you are comparing them to and the quality of the artificial stems.
For example, if you want a fresh bouquet made up entirely of peonies and David Austin roses, these flowers can be super expensive so silk flowers are a great alternative.
Having said that, some silk flowers are such amazing quality that the price may be very similar to that of fresh peonies etc. The best thing to do is shop around and make sure that if you do opt for silk flowers, check that the quality is exactly what you're after as you wouldn't want to compromise on the look of your wedding flowers.
4. Can you wash artificial flowers?
If you are thinking of washing your artificial flowers, first ask yourself why? If there is a spot or a stain on a part of the flowerhead, first consider whether you can cut that part out or fold it down with glue. If they are just dusty, you can go over them with a slightly damp cloth or give them a bit of a shake. If they smell, try leaving them outside in the fresh air or sun. You can even spray them with perfume from afar!
But whatever you do, don't place them in the washing machine! It will most definitely destroy them.
5. Are artificial flowers tacky?
Says who?! In the past it was perhaps thought that artificial flowers are tacky and look, if you can afford to change the fresh flowers in your vase at home 2-3 times a week then go for it. But artificial flowers these days can come in such great quality that it really isn't that big of a deal. Just check out Instagram, Pinterest or Etsy and you'll find some amazing faux flowers and bridal bouquets that nobody need know the difference.