If you’ve landed on this post, chances are you’re already considering using faux floral in place of live cut stems for your wedding reception. If you’re still on the fence, trying to decide between real floral and fake flowers, here are a few reasons you might want to go faux.
Price: It’s no surprise that purchasing floral for your wedding can get expensive. This is the category that is almost always most shocking to new brides. According to ValuePenguine, the average cost spent on wedding flowers is around $2,000, and can go up considerably from there. Take out $500 for personal flowers (bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, etc.) and that still leaves you spending about $100 per centerpiece, at the low end. You’ll notice that many of the arrangements on this list are considerably less. Vases can be purchased wholesale for $10, so even those arrangements that don’t include one are less expensive.
Environment: Wedding flowers have a pretty sad life. Just like all other cut floral, their lifespan is short. You can lessen the burden on the environment by going local and choosing flowers that are in season, but even then, there’s a lot of waste involved in the wedding flower business. When you opt for fake floral, rather than throwing your arrangements in the garbage at the end of the night, you can keep them in storage for future weddings and events. Choosing artificial flowers also allows you to decorate with flowers that are out of season without paying for it.
Longevity: We’ve seen it a million times. 6:00PM strikes and the flowers that have been purchased for thousands of dollars look sad, deflated, browned, and all around awful. Summer weddings are when this happens most often, as cut flowers just can’t take the heat and humidity. With faux floral your centerpieces and bouquets will look like new throughout the entire day, regardless of external elements.
Here are 20 of our favorite artificial centerpieces, great for your wedding or event. If you’re in the midst of wedding planning, check out our entire wedding section for some awesome shopping posts and great wedding advice.
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1. Artificial Flocked Lavender Bouquet
Lavender flowers are one of the easiest to decorate with. They offer some color but their muted tone keeps things airy, fresh, and romantic. The soft purple hue works just as well in spring and summer as it does in fall, transcending the seasons. Lavender can stand on its own as a centerpiece so you don’t need to worry about incorporating other floral or greenery. Mix and match some of these vintage vases and fill them with the lavender stems to complete your wedding decor.
Price: $10.99 (63 percent off MSRP)
2. Vintage Artificial Peony Silk Flowers Bouquet
Peonies are one of the most popular wedding flowers but unfortunately, they’re only in bloom for a couple months of the year. They’re pricy flowers to begin with, but outside of the time they’re in bloom, their difficult to get at an affordable cost. This faux version is extremely realistic looking and would work well in either a bouquet or a centerpiece. Each bouquet comes with 13 stems (with six flowers and two buds). If the pink tones aren’t your style, these are available in several other colors.
3. Real Touch Mini Artificial Tulips
Tulips are one of the most classic flowers, especially in the spring. The crisp white color of these makes them perfect for a wedding. While real tulips are known for opening and wilting quickly, you won’t have to worry about these fading on you. These can be ordered in either the creamy white or a soft pink in quantities of 10, 20, and 30. Currently on sale for 75 percent off, you’ll be able to fill your tables with tulips without spending a fortune. If you’re looking for some design inspiration, consider a monochromatic look and fill various vases with a selection of faux white floral.
Price: $9.99 (75 percent off MSRP)
4. Faux Lavender Flower Plant With White Vintage Vases
If you’re a fan of lavender but don’t have the time or creative juices to assemble your own centerpieces, achieve a beautiful rustic look with these pre-assembled lavender floral pieces. Set them on the table alone or alternate tables, giving some this lavender piece and others a collection of these faux herbs. You can also incorporate these mini artificial lavender plants on cocktail tables to keep your look cohesive.
5. Dancing Lady Orchid Silk Flower Arrangement
One of the best ways to create a gorgeous reception space is by playing with depth and height within your decor. If you use only short arrangements, the room can look a little bit flat. These faux stems give height and life to your decor, drawing the eye upward. This is a great trick to use in spaces with tall ceilings, or even outside. Each order comes with 10 pieces of natural silk dancing lady orchid, available in this peachy pink, or a few other colors including the more traditional yellow. Looking to explore some other tall floral options? Jasmine, willow grass, and olive branches are all great choices.
6. Artificial Rose Floral Decor Bouquet
Sometimes it’s hard to get quality with quantity, but with this purchase, you’ll get the best of both worlds. Each order of these gorgeous and realistic roses comes with seven stems and 21 flower heads, which is just about enough to make a complete centerpiece. These roses are available in four various color combinations, three of which we love for a fall or winter wedding given the deep and muted hues. The one pink selection is lovely for a bright and colorful spring or summer shindig. Shop wholesale for simple glasses vases like these for an inexpensive and green way to decorate all your reception tables.
Price: $9.99 (47 percent off MSRP)
7. Mixed Silk Flower Centerpiece
If you’ve chosen rectangular tables for your wedding reception, then you’ll want to follow suit with your centerpieces. They help to keep the lines clean and are more aesthetically pleasing, plus they take up a bit more room on the table so you can spend less covering the same amount of surface area. The colors in this arrangement are bright and look just like the real deal. While there is a good amount of color incorporated in these, the plethora of greenery keeps them from looking overwhelming. Realistic floral of this caliber would cost over $150 for each centerpiece, making this slightly higher cost seem much more affordable. Purchase one of these affordable wooden planter boxes to complete the look.
8. Artificial Hydrangea in Grey-Washed Wood Cube
These quality faux hydrangea come potted and ready to display on your reception tables, complete with a grey wash wood display. Available in a number of colors, there’s no question you’ll find a shade that works for you. The white and blue tones tend to be the most realistic, keeping consistent with what’s available in nature. Pick your favorite or mix and match a few. Purchase these wood pillar candle holders to add some depth, texture, and a candlelit glow to your wedding space. If you’re low on budget, consider one of these rustic table runners instead.
9. Veranda Garden Silk Flower Arrangement
Putting together a bouquet with various wild flowers can get pricey. Not only do you get a full bouquet filled with natural looking, eclectic, and whimsical floral, but a gorgeous glass vase is included as well. If you’re looking to vary the bouquets on each table you can browse alternative wildflower options here.
Price: $44.59 (19 percent off MSRP)
10. White & Green Contemporary Flower Arrangement With Vase
If you’re a fan of compact floral like this arrangement, you’ll find that real flowers will get quite expensive. Without space between each flower or the use of inexpensive greenery, the price increases dramatically. This faux option is designed with the illusion of expensive floral – complete with roses, orchids, and hydrangea. Luckily using artificial floral can give you that same polished, lush look, for less. Each arrangement measures 8 3/4″ high x 8 3/4″ wide x 9 1/4″ deep, and includes the square glass vase. These can be used on square, rectangle, and vertical tables alike. Like this look but not the green colors? You can see some alternative color options here.
11. Artificial Baby Breath Centerpiece
Want to know a secret about baby breath? It smells really, really awful. If you’ve ever been around a large bouquet of baby breath then you know what we mean. If you haven’t, trust us on this one. Get the same look without having to put your nostrils under distress with this gorgeous bouquet of faux baby breath, great for a bridal bouquet or as a centerpiece. The stems are available in varying heights (9.8″ or 23.6″) so you can alternate tables and add depth to the look. Looking to add something bright amongst the white? These short arrangements feature faux green grass and baby breath for a fresh and romantic look.
Price: $18.99 (47 percent off MSRP)
12. Artificial Earl Rose Bouquet
Create a vintage inspired look with these inexpensive earl rose bouquets which feature the most beautiful soft and romantic shades of blush pink, mauve, and green. While the vases are not included, you can find beautiful vintage inspired vases here or incorporate some inexpensive birch wood vases for a more rustic look. Purchase one of these vintage inspired table runners to complete the design.
Price: $9.99 (39 percent off MSRP)
13. Decorative Mini Artificial Succulents
If you’re not a fan of flowers at all, don’t fret. There are tons of alternative ways to decorate your wedding reception tables that don’t include flowers (real or fake). Succulents are a contemporary decorative item that don’t take up much space and offer just a touch of fresh, structured, greenery. To play off the more geometric shapes of succulents, mix them with other greenery that has the same feel – boxwood centerpieces and faux green moss are both great options.
14. Real Touch Calla Lily Wedding Bouquet
It’s impressive how real these calla lilies look. The elegant and structured shape of these lilies makes them a popular choice for brides and with the low price point on these, you can stock up to use them for centerpieces or your bridal/bridesmaid bouquets. Use thick satin ribbon to wrap around the stems and/or vases for a polished look. You can find two inch wide, double satin ribbon here for a low cost in several colors.
Price: $12.99 (43 percent off MSRP)
15. Gerbera Daisy Silk Centerpiece
These bright and festive gerbera daisies are very natural and authentic looking, making them the perfect faux centerpiece if you love color. The colors are happy and bright, great for a summer wedding. Each vase measures 12″ heigh x 12″ wide, and one vase per table is certainly enough. To cut costs, place one of these gorgeous vases on only half of the tables, with a collection of inexpensive pillar candles on the other tables. If you’re the creative type, use these colorful tissue paper flowers to create a fun coordinating wedding backdrop.
16. Vintage Artificial White Roses Bouquet
Keep things simple and elegant with long stemmed white roses. If you were looking to purchase the real deal, you’d be spending a pretty penny, but these artificial stems are excellent quality and will keep costs down. Each arrangement comes with 10 flowers that not only look real, but also feel real to touch. While the vase is not included, accomplish the same look by purchasing a simple glass vase and some nautical rope and make your own.
17. Artificial Blue & Purple Hydrangea With Vase
The high reviews and gorgeous colors make this faux centerpiece and easy choice. While almost everyone recognizes this popular flower, guests would have to touch them to know they’re not real. The colors are just as shown (a beautiful deep blue and a clean crisp white). The cost is driven up by the fact that the beautiful unique shaped glass vase is included with each centerpiece.
Price: $66.79 (5 percent off MSRP)
18. Artificial Sunflowers With Berry Hydrangea Greenery (Set of Four)
If you’re hosting a late summer or early fall wedding, this centerpiece is our favorite choice. Sunflowers are easy to replicate so guests won’t know the difference. The large face of sunflowers means that you’ll need less blooms to fill your centerpieces and they’ll still look nicely sized. If you’re purchasing these for a wedding, you can do so in sets of four. We recommend one centerpiece for round tables and two or three for longer rectangle tables depending on their size. If you’d like to incorporate alternative artificial sunflower centerpieces, check out some top-rated options here.
19. Artificial Rose Garland With Green Leaves
These garlands are a great way to fill long tables with decor without having to spend a ton. The artificial garlands are designed with a total of 60 flowers each garland. A raw silk material is used for the flowers and leafs, while the vine is flexible plastic. Each garland is 63 inches long, perfect for a rectangular table that seats 8-10 guests. Place some simple floating candle pillars among the garland for a beautiful romantic and ethereal look.
Price: $25.99 (56 percent off MSRP)
20. Artificial Rose, Dahlia & Daisy Flower Bouquet
If you’re not looking to hire a florist and you’re opting to go the fake floral route, it can be overwhelming trying to decorate and assemble your bouquet and centerpieces without really understanding what types of flowers look best together. Need a hand? Purchase something that’s already assembled for you and includes a variety of gorgeous, realistic, coordinating floral. This one has varying tones of pinks and purples with roses, dahlias, and a variety of daisies.
Price: $15.99 (38 percent off MSRP)