Are you trying to have gorgeous wedding flowers on a budget? Do you have a large bridal party that will all need their own individual bouquets and boutonnieres? Are you worried about having all of your floral needs met in a meaningful and affordable way? If so, you might be the perfect bride to use artificial bridesmaids’ flowers in your wedding.
Even if you’re particularly attached to the idea of using fresh flowers, don’t let that make your floral dreams impossible. You can have your own bridal bouquet made out of fresh flowers if you feel strongly about using some fresh flowers in your wedding. However, you can have your bridesmaids’ bouquets and other floral pieces, such as boutonnieres, centerpieces, and corsages, made out of artificial flowers. This will save you a lot of money and you’ll be able to have all of the floral arrangements that you’ve dreamed of while still fitting within your wedding budget.
Using Artificial Flowers
There are many benefits that come along with using artificial flowers for your wedding. Artificial flowers are generally more affordable than fresh flowers. This has become particularly true with the inflation and supply difficulties that have come two with the floral industry in the past few years. While there have been many fresh flowers shortages, particularly certain trendy colors or styles that have been in high demand for lots of weddings, artificial flowers have remained dependable and in stock.
There are a few different kinds of artificial flowers that you can use when you're creating your beautiful bridesmaids' bouquets. Some of the most commonly known and most popularly used artificial flowers are created from different types of fabric. Some cheaper, synthetic types of fabric are used to create the artificial flowers that you'll commonly see at any generic craft store. These artificial flowers usually look obviously fake and aren't as aesthetically pleasing as you might hope. Better options come in silk fabric flowers. These flowers are created from more expensive fabric and shaped with plastic and wire to create realistic forms that imitate fresh flowers.
Another option for artificial bridesmaids' flowers that you can use for your bridesmaids' bouquets is wood flowers. Wood flowers are created out of different natural materials, such as tapioca root, which helps them to have a natural and beautiful form. One great part about using wood flowers for your wedding bouquets is that they can be shaped to imitate lots of different styles and aesthetics that you would achieve using fresh flowers. However, there are a lot more affordable. You can order wood flowers in bulk and create lots of different floral arrangements for a fraction of the price that you would be spending on a couple of fresh flower bouquets.
A huge benefit of using wood flowers for your bridesmaids' bouquets is that they can be dyed to match any variety of shade or color. So, if you're more of a bohemian bride and you know that you'll be using a lot of really unique colors for your wedding, you might want to go with wood flowers. If you use fresh flowers, you'll have to pay even more to get flowers that only sort of match the colors that you were going for. With wood flowers, you can have your bouquets match your color aesthetic perfectly, no matter how unique or vibrant it may be.
How to Make Bridesmaids’ Bouquets with Artificial Flowers
So, now that you're familiar with some of the best options for artificial flowers, you'll be ready to create your own bridesmaids’ bouquets. In fact, if your bridesmaids are crafty and love a good DIY project, you should include them in creating their own bridesmaids’ bouquets together. This will be a meaningful and memorable bonding moment for all of you to create your bouquets for your big wedding day together. Here are a few steps that you should keep in mind that will help you know how to create a great bridesmaid’s bouquet. If you've never had much experience with floral design or never created a bouquet before, don't worry. Trust your wedding vision and the aesthetic that you're trying to achieve as you form your bouquets together. If you need some inspiration, check out this article by Greenweddingshoes to help you create unique artificial bridesmaid wedding bouquets. Plus, these steps will help you along the way.
1. Gather Your Statement Flowers
Make sure to start off your bouquet by gathering together the biggest flowers that will be the central statement of your bridesmaid’s bouquet.
2. Add Smaller Flowers
Next, add smaller flowers that will contrast the bigger flowers in color, texture, and size. This will help your bouquet to look beautiful and well-rounded without looking too traditionally structured.
3. Stuff in Fillers
After you’ve added your smaller flowers, you’ll have the fun task of stuffing in filler flowers to your bouquet. There is a huge selection of artificial filler flowers that you can use to add color, volume, and texture to your bridesmaid’s bouquet.
4. Add Greenery
Finally, it will be time to add some greenery to your bouquet, whether you’re using artificial greenery or live greenery. This will frame your bouquet and help it to look finished and beautiful. This will also give your bridesmaid’s bouquets a cohesive look as they’re all gathered together.
5. Tie it Off
Wait! You’re not quite finished yet! Tie off your bouquet securely with a rubber band. Then, cover the rubber band with some ribbon or fabric to make it look pretty and to help with the grip. Keep in mind that you don’t want your bridesmaids’ bouquets to look too much like the bride’s bouquet, so maybe forgo the long streaming silk ribbons as a finishing touch.
Remember, bridesmaids’ bouquets are generally a lot smaller than the bride’s bouquets, and they might also look a little different. They might use contrasting colors to highlight the wedding color palette. Or they might use mostly white or neutral flowers paired with lots of full greenery to let the bride’s bouquet be the highlight of the moment. Keep this in mind as you’re creating your unique bridesmaids’ bouquets with artificial flowers.