I don't work with silk flowers, but let me tell you why.
Photo by Natural Escape Photography
1. A lot of brides have an idea that silk flowers will cost less than real flowers and choose them simply to save money. If you are looking for high quality silk flowers this is simply not true. Most silk flowers cost the same if not more than real flowers.
Photos by Natural Escape Photography
2. Silk flowers will not give you the same experience as fresh blooms. I love working with fresh flowers and feel privileged to do so. I love the feel, color, texture and experience of them. Silk flowers do not come close to this experience. If you are going to invest your money into flowers go for the experience of fresh blooms. You will not be sorry that you did this.
3. You can definitely tell the difference between silk and fresh flowers, especially when it comes to your bridal bouquet. Your bridal bouquet is one of the most photographed items of your day and will be in the majority of your wedding photos.
Photos by Claussen Photography
4. Fresh flowers will eventually fade, but that makes them even more special on your wedding day. As you were scrolling through the above photos didn't you want to get closer to those blooms? To touch and smell them? To experience them? That is what fresh flowers can offer. A unique experience on your wedding day that is worth the investment.
A few side notes(random thoughts from me):
One of my favorite days during wedding week is 5a.m. on a Tuesday morning. My flowers are delivered really late Monday night and so I get up really early Tuesday morning to process them and get them ready. It's just me, my coffee, and my boxes of flowers. I love taking the fresh flowers out of the boxes and getting them into water. I especially love it when I get in a new variety of flower or green that I haven't seen yet before in person.
I don't generally recommend mixing fresh and silk flowers. Mainly because you can really tell and it makes your silk flowers stand out even more because they are getting directly compared to fresh. I highly recommend using all fresh whenever possible.
A lot of people call silk flowers fake flowers. This was very quickly drilled out of me when I worked for a flower shop for the first time and so I just can't do it, I have to refer to them as silk flowers. Actually, the move in the floral industry is to now call silk flowers permanent botanicals. This is a bit of a mouthful when you bring it up in casual conversation, but perhaps you could try it out at your next dinner party? Let me know how it goes.