Should I have been asked the question 18 years ago, when I started my own wedding and event coordination consultancy, the answer would have been a definite no. Fake or artificial or imitated or even phony are immediate synonyms that would have popped up in my head.
And what if guests/patrons/patients should touch the flowers, like I sometimes do when I go to my GP or my dentist? What if they realize it is not “real”. Mind-set change did indeed step in for me. And that was during a good read. One of the best reads I’ve had on the floral subject is an article in the Washington Post April this year. This is what stood out for me on the subject matter:
“When then-first lady Michelle Obama wanted hibiscus garlands for a Korean state dinner, the fresh blossoms proved too fragile to string together. So artist Livia Cetti was tapped to create gorgeous garlands of paper blooms to adorn the White House. No longer the pariahs of decor, fake flowers are showing up at some of the best addresses.”
Paper or silk flowers are indeed an artistry on its own, and let’s face it, so many of us, and even smaller or larger institutions, cannot afford fresh flowers on a weekly basis.
I personally started to embrace fake flowers two years ago, being it Polyester, poly-blend, silk, or any other version of faux, as long as it looks real. In the long-term I find it to be cost effective, and I love combining it with fresh greens from my garden.
The main reason for my change of heart, was the heavy water restrictions implemented in the Western Cape, South Africa. No more watering of your garden, and me watching sadly how my plants cry for help, and I could not help.
My main rationale for accepting my change of heart, was the fact that I learnt from a blogger friend and stylist, that they only use faux flowers, when doing shoots, and creating magic with photo and multimedia.
My main tip when working with faux flowers, would be to style in high above a table or let it trail from a very high pot, perfectly placed on a pillar. Also to combine fresh cut flowers, blooms or greens with it, to create a third dimension.
My motto remains, it is all about what you feel, it being in your heart or on your skin, and the memories captured on pictures.