Bloomin' marvellous!

We asked Diana Critchell from Flowers of Foxhall (www.flowersoffoxhall.co.uk) about the benefits of faux versus fresh flowers. Read on for her words of wisdom.

White faux flower arrangement Considering the beauty and opulence flowers add to your wedding day, they're a huge element of the planning process. So, along with colour and design, it's not surprising you've found yourself asking about the benefits of fresh versus faux. There's no denying that fresh blooms are beautiful. Their myriad forms, colours and scent cannot be truly replicated by their artificial counterparts. However, there are a few points to consider before you make the final decision.

Cost. Fresh flowers are becoming more expensive due to global supply issues and uncertain weather patterns. If you'd like the wow factor, but lack the budget, faux centrepieces can be hired at a fraction of the cost.

Seasonality. Many favourite wedding varieties such as peonies have a very limited season. By opting for faux flowers you can choose the ones you love whatever the time of year.

Allergies. If you or your partner suffer from hay fever, faux is the way to go.

Quality and freshness. Good quality faux blooms can look and feel very natural as quality has improved greatly over the years. In fact, it's unlikely your guests will be able to tell the difference. However, their fresh equivalents can wilt in the heat and are susceptible to bruising.

Weight. Artificial flowers are much lighter than fresh and don't require a water source making them ideal for garlands, arches and hanging installations.

Keepsakes. Your faux bridal bouquet can be treasured forever.

Finally... why not mix and match faux and fresh? My recommendation would be to have a fresh flower bouquet with faux table centres and décor – the best of both worlds.

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