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The Benefits of Silk Flowers

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Nowadays, many people find silk flowers a sensible alternative to fresh flowers. They look just like fresh cut flowers and can be arranged in many different ways: faux tropical flowers, clutch wedding bouquets, flower garlands, silk corsages, silk buttonholes, artificial bouquets and silk flower decorations. They can add lasting beauty to home interiors, malls, offices, restaurants, furniture stores and boutiques.

Traditional choices for a wedding bouquet are fresh flowers, but silk wedding flowers are becoming popular. Whether people are looking for exotic flowers, a romantic gesture that will last a long time, a wonderful gift, or a touch of beauty for the home, flower arrangements made of this great material are a great choice.

There are innumerable reasons why silk fabric flowers are preferable to fresh flowers. Many people would of course prefer real flowers over the artificial ones, but flowers are expensive and very short-lived and hence, constantly need to be replaced. Other long term benefits for selecting flowers made of the material silk plants are that they will not outgrow their space and home-owners never have to worry about insects, mold and mildew.

Gone are the days of watering flowers, which usually leads to damaged wood or carpeted floors. Another advantage is the fact that they are hypo-allergenic. They contain no allergens such as pollen, and are disease-free and nontoxic. Also, there are hundreds of varieties and colors that are available year-round, as compared to real flowers that are seasonal.

A person who gives flowers will not be forgotten for some time. However, flowers wither and have to be discarded once they wilt and die. By giving silk flowers, recipients will remember who they got them from for a lifetime. Silk is a logical material for artificial flowers as it embodies the ethereal qualities of a flower. Many flowers made of pure silk on the market today are of such high quality that unassuming customers cannot discern their difference from the real ones.

Silk flowers are easy to store and maintain. Just keep them in a dry location and away from sunlight and light bulbs, as constant light will fade the colors. Avoid laying the flowers down. Instead, place them in a flower vase or other receptacle that will keep them upright and retain their shape.

How to Create a Silk Flower Bridal Bouquet

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Silk arrangements will typically cost about half the price of real flower arrangements. Since they are not real, silk flowers are not seasonal. That means if you want two hundred daisies in the middle of winter, you can have fresh-looking silk daisies fill your reception hall without paying to have the flowers shipped from far away. Silk flowers are not affected by the heat of an outdoor summer wedding or the flashes of a photographer’s camera.

By the end of the day, real flowers can start to look wilted and tired, but with a little maintenance silk flowers will look fresh for years to come. One of the biggest advantages to silk flowers – they are worry-free. Fresh flowers need to be delivered on the morning of the wedding and are just one more thing that you need to remember. Meanwhile, you can create your silk flower arrangements months before the ceremony and load them into your car the night before the ceremony. You will not need to worry about the florist delivering your flowers on time or leaving the church and reception hall painfully bare.

When creating your arrangements, there are several things to keep in mind. Color is one of the primary concerns. You want to ensure the arrangements complement your wedding colors, but also reflect your favorite flowers. Before you purchase any flowers, visit local florists, browse wedding websites and flip through some bridal magazines. You will gather inspiration from the pictures and arrangements you see in these places. While some wedding table decorations may be difficult to replicate, small arrangements that can be attached to church pews or your bridal bouquet are easy to make at home.

There are a number of options for your bridal bouquet, but the most popular fall into three categories – cascading, round and monogrammed. Create an idea board that features all the bouquets that you like. When the board is complete, you should be able to draw together several characteristics among the different arrangements that you like. These characteristics will help you craft the perfect bouquet. You can choose from two different methods to arrange your bouquet. The first involves flowers that are taped together and wrapped in a ribbon, decorative stem cover or other wedding accessories. For the second option, you can place the flowers in a bouquet holder.