Faux Florals That’ll Take Your Wedding Décor To New Heights

by Raj Desai | 1/5/22

All products listed were in stock and priced as shown at the time this was written. Dulhan may be compensated for some of the following recommendations.

Faux flower arrangements on floral patterned background

I probably shouldn’t be as shocked by this as I am, but apparently the fresh cut flower industry is a climate crisis nightmare. 👀

Infographic detailing the environmental toll of the fresh flower industry

80% of flowers sold in the US are imported. And getting them here from where they’re grown (typically Colombia and Ecuador) uses up a lot of energy (water, refrigeration) and transportation. 

 

Meaning from a flower’s perspective, all weddings are destination weddings. 

 

On top of that, to preserve the beauty of fresh flowers, they’re treated with synthetic pesticides that seep into our water supplies and waterways. 

 

Basically, if your flowers aren’t locally grown, seasonal, and pesticide-free (known as the slow flower movement), then they’re part of the climate change problem. 

 

So what’s a bride to do? 

 

First, for whatever real flowers you’re purchasing, do your homework on your (hopefully certified-green) florist to make sure they’re taking the foam-free, slow flower movement path.  

 

Second, go faux! But not plastic (also terrible for the environment). I’m talking about silk and the occasional dried flower (use the latter sparingly, they’re treated with chemicals). 

 

What’s great about a faux arrangement is that a little goes a long way, especially if you shop from places like Afloral, whose flowers I personally purchase, use, and *love.*

 

I’m particularly fond of this arrangement that I used for Diwali, that’s bright and festive enough for a wedding event, like your mehndi:

They also sell affordable vases and tools (like stem cutters and floral tape) to get that picture perfect bouquet juuuuuuust right. 

 

Interested in putting together a faux floral arrangement for your wedding? Here are some ideas* to get you started.

 

*Pictured arrangements are digital representations. Actual size and length of flowers and greenery will vary. Measurements are available through the links.

Peachy Keen

White rose, peach peony, lambs ear, and eucalyptus faux floral arrangement in white vase

Perfect for: Bridal shower, mehndi, ceremony

What’s in it: Blush pink dahlia, seeded eucalyptus spray, white rose, apricot pink peony, flocked lamb’s ear, caspia flower

How To Make It

Blush peach dahlia
Faux florals
White fake Orlane rose stem
Faux wedding flowers
Flocked lamb's ear leaf
white caspia flower
White round ceramic vase

Coastal Cottagecore

Pastel flowers in blue and white chinoiserie vase

Perfect for: Sangeet, reception

What’s in it: Cream natural palm spears, dried mini silver daisy, pink dried phalaris grass, 

How To Make It

Cream cut pointed spade palm spear
Mini silver daisy in pink
Pink dried phalaris in white art deco vase
blue and white cracked vase

Very Peri

Faux wedding flowers

Perfect for: Mehndi, sangeet

What’s in it: Nigella Orientalis, pampas grass, bunny tails, petite blue dried floral buttons

How To Make It

Light purple dried Nigella Orientalis
Lavender dried pampas grass
light blue dried bunny tail
dried floral button

Raj Desai

Content strategist and UX writer who’s been researching and writing about weddings for 5 years. Addicted to Netflix, dirty martinis, and naps.

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