Wedding Flowers with Silk Blooms

Photo by Helen Burnham

I wasn’t that fussed about flowers for the wedding, to be honest, and I wasn’t even going to bother.  But, after three sets of parents (look, it’s complicated, okay?) asked what we were having, we realised that maybe flowers were a bigger deal than we’d realised and we did some investigating.

Picture by Priya Sonn

I knew all along that having a February wedding meant my options for real flowers would be limited, and that not getting married till later on the day would limit those options further (cut flowers start to die from the moment they are picked, and need careful handling to look their best if you’re not getting married early morning) so I was always at least vaguely interested in silk flowers.

After doing a great deal of googling in the months running up to the ceremony, I discovered Silk Blooms,  who had by far the largest range of purple bouquets, and at extremely reasonable prices to boot.  I did some checking of their reviews, and they were unanimously positive, which gave me some peace of mind – especially as I was ordering the flowers rather late, all things considered!  Note to self: for next time, order flowers when there’s more than a month before the ceremony)

Anyway, the bouquet I decided on, the Lesley, is, perhaps, somewhat more traditional than I think I would have picked had I gone for a white dress – I was interested in a long “spray” of purple orchids originally, but I realised that the drama of it would have been lost against my magenta dress – I think the mix of white roses and purple tulips (I do love me a tulip) worked well with the colour of my dress:

Picture by Priya Sonn

Overall, I can’t fault the service from Silk Blooms at all, they dealt with my rather vague instructions exceedingly well (the question “can I have silver ribbon please?” elicited a choice of no less than five different wrappings to choose from, completete with links, and suggestions) and they were also  extremely helpful when I realised a couple of days later that I needed more buttonholes too.  The flowers were despatched very quickly, and arrived in perfect condition – everybody loved them!  Mums in particular loved their matching corsages.  On the day they garnered lots of compliments from the guests, and quite a few people were stunned when they realised they weren’t “real”!

I like M&Ms.  Shush.

I love the fact that if I’d have needed the flowers in a different colour, Silk Blooms could custom-dye the flowers if I could tell them a Dulux colour shade that matched what I wanted, which is very handy if you need something a little different!  They also sent a little email (and not a form one, either) on the day of the wedding to wish us luck too, which I thought was a very lovely touch.

Best of all, I have a permanent keepsake of my day which looks as good now as it did then, and so do the wedding party who all had corsages, buttonholes and  bouquets of their own, in a matching design.  I currently keep my bouquet on my desk, and I’m planning to fill the vase with hundreds of aurora borealis crystals to make it even more of a feature.  Silk Blooms also do a selection of flowers for the home too, and we’re thinking of investing in a couple of arrangements to put around the place as they have some fabulous ones, both modern and traditional.

What do you think of silk flowers?  I know some people really hate the idea, but I think if they’re done well, no one need ever know!  I admit to being surprised at how much I liked my bouquet, and deeply surprised at how glad I am now to have even bothered with them, too. Thank you, Silk Blooms!

The Fine Print:  Purchases – Silk Blooms had no idea who I was, or if I was going to write about them (I genuinely wasn’t planning to, but so many people have asked about them) – their excellent customer service comes as standard.
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  1. February 28, 2013 / 8:53 am

    Lovely bouquet! I am seriously into flowers and as you know my bff got married on the same day as you st 4pm! I told her to order ranunculas (buttercup family) and roses (available all year and cheap after Valentines Day)and the flowers were stunning. Such a shame they aren't permanent, I find dried/preserved bouquets rather scary. Glad you had a lovely day

    • February 28, 2013 / 1:48 pm

      Glad I'm not the only one who finds dried bouquets rather disquieting!

  2. February 28, 2013 / 10:18 am

    Congrats to the Lippies, you look great:-) I had artificial flowers at our wedding, chiefly because hay fever is a real killer and I had no desire to spend my wedding day with red super puffy streaming eyes, a massive headache and a feeling of nausea combined with the earth spinning (yeah flowers and I really aren't friends). Best of all, we get to keep the bouquet forever:-)

    • February 28, 2013 / 1:49 pm

      I think artificial bouquets are much better now than they used to be! And they're practical, too, which is excellent. I love seeing my bouquet every day, such a nice reminder of the day (at least until we get some pictures framed, anyway … 😉

  3. February 28, 2013 / 12:06 pm

    The flowers look great (as do all of you, you good looking bunch of people!) and the email on your wedding day was a lovely touch! xo

    • February 28, 2013 / 1:51 pm

      It was, I really appreciated it – they were a genuinely lovely company to work with from start to finish.

      Thank you!

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