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The Benefits of Silk Flowers

December 27th, 2010 3:01 am

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.

Choosing A Wedding Florist

November 25th, 2010 1:45 am

Choosing a wedding florist is almost as important as choosing a photographer. After all, it is the flowers and decorations that guests will see first as they start arriving. The most important thing in choosing a wedding florist is to choose early, especially if you are having a wedding in June or one of the other months that weddings are most popular in, or if you are having a holiday wedding (especially if it is around the Christmas holidays or Valentine’s Day.) Florists often book up months, and sometimes a year, in advance, so the sooner you make a selection, the better your chances of getting the one you want.

Go ahead and visit a few other florist shops. This way, if your first choice should fall through, you can simply call your “back-ups” until you have found one who is available. As soon as you have chosen the florist, immediately tell her if anyone in the wedding party has an allergy to certain plants. For example, some people are allergic to roses, while heavily scented flowers may aggravate sinus or other respiratory problems. With this out of the way, you can proceed to choosing flowers and greenery.

Give the wedding florist your color scheme for your attendants, as well as the theme of your wedding before you start choosing flowers. This way, she will know which flowers will work best. This is especially important if flowers are going to have to be tinted or otherwise changed to match the color scheme. Have the number of attendants on both sides of the wedding party, as well as any relatives and other special guests who will need corsages, bouquets or boutonnieres.