Flowers from luxury event florist You Grow Gal based in Princeton, New Jersey.

Why Faux Flowers are a Popular Wedding Trend

For brides seeking elegance and practicality in their wedding décor, premium faux flowers have become a popular choice. Gone are the days of plastic florals in shockingly bright colors that were blatantly fake. Instead, today’s options have a remarkably lifelike quality that often makes them indistinguishable from their natural counterparts. 

With faux flowers, you no longer need to worry about wilting bouquets or seasonal limitations. Instead you can have stunning arrangements that retain their beauty from the ceremony to the reception and beyond. Beyond their visual appeal, faux flowers also present an eco-friendly option along with a variety of other practical benefits. 

We talked to luxury wedding florist Nicole Rose of You Grow Gal Floral Design in Princeton about faux flowers. She not only creates beautiful bouquets, centerpieces and floral installations out of faux blooms but also incorporates both real and faux in arrangements for a lush look that will maximize your budget. Here, she explains why faux flowers have become so popular with New Jersey brides.

Eco-Friendly

“In an era where environmental consciousness is at the forefront of decision-making, brides are making eco-friendly choices for their weddings,” Rose says. “Faux flowers, made from materials like silk, paper or recycled fabrics, align perfectly with the sustainability trend. The production and transportation of fresh flowers often have a significant environmental impact, including carbon emissions and water usage. Choosing artificial flowers helps reduce your wedding’s ecological footprint. Brides are finding solace in the fact that their wedding choices can contribute to a more sustainable future.”

Picture-Perfect No Matter the Weather

Mother Nature can be unpredictable, and live flowers are often at the mercy of weather conditions. From scorching heat to torrential rain, the resilience of faux florals ensures that they maintain their pristine beauty regardless of the weather. “Brides no longer need to worry about wilted or drooping flowers since artificial blooms stand strong against the elements, providing a picture-perfect aesthetic for every season,” Rose explains. “Unlike fresh flowers that wilt and fade, artificial blooms retain their vibrancy and allure no matter the weather. Rain or shine, faux florals stay devine!” Popular flowers that are quick to wilt, such as peonies, lilacs, hydrangeas, daffodils and poppies, are now fair game with their faux counterparts.

Flowers from luxury event florist You Grow Gal based in Princeton, New Jersey.

Out-of-Season Flowers Are Now an Option

It can be cost-prohibitive to ship in out-of-season blooms from overseas, but this is no longer a concern if you incorporate faux flowers into your décor. Want peonies for a November wedding? Tulips in August? Hydrangeas in February? All of these are now possible…and like Rose explained above, they won’t wilt!

Multi-use

Since faux flowers are wilt-proof and hardy enough to withstand the weather at outdoor ceremonies and the stress of being relocated, these arrangements can be transported to your reception without worry. Repurposing not only eliminates waste but is another way to keep your floral budget in check. 

Allergy-Free Bliss

For brides and guests who suffer from allergies, the choice of flowers can be a crucial consideration. “Faux flowers eliminate the risk of triggering allergies, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the celebration without the discomfort of sneezing or watery eyes,” Rose explains. “This health-conscious decision is resonating with brides who want their wedding day to be a joyous and comfortable experience for all.”

No Pollen Stains

Some flowers such as lilies produce a lot of pollen—and with that comes the risk of dark-yellow pollen stains on your pristine white gown. With faux flowers, you can have the look of your favorite bloom without the worry of staining.

Endless Possibilities

Faux flowers offer endless possibilities for creative wedding décor beyond traditional bouquets and centerpieces. They’re a great choice for elaborate but affordable ceremony arches, huppahs, staircase swags and floral backdrops, along with wedding cakes and dessert table embellishments, hair accessories, boutonnieres, corsages and decorative accents for wedding invitations and place settings.

“As we navigate the changing landscape of wedding trends in 2024, the preference for faux flowers emerges as a thoughtful and stylish choice,” Rose adds. “From sustainability and cost-effectiveness to everlasting beauty and customization, brides are finding that artificial blooms check all the boxes for a memorable and environmentally conscious wedding.”


Flowers from luxury event florist You Grow Gal based in Princeton, New Jersey.

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