We know, as a bride, you have a vision of what you want your wedding bouquet to look like, but maybe you need just a little more inspiration to truly nail your designs. Today, we are going to give you some silk flower wedding bouquet inspiration with the Top 5 Bouquets from @Afloral on Instagram. These bridal bouquets are full of trendy color schemes, textures, and themes!
The blue silk cosmos in this spring bouquet give us a vintage feel, and paired with pink peonies, flocked lambs ear, and white filler flowers… it’s the perfect combination!
Really make those cosmos pop with a “something blue” ribbon!
This grand bouquet is filled with cafe au lait dahlia’s, blue berries, mini ranunculus blooms in peach and white, dusty miller, and ferns. There is true elegance in the dahlias and mini ranunculus tied stunningly with a dash of nature in the sprayed greenery and berries! Featuring a combination of natural tones and accents, these flowers can perfectly be displayed in bohemian, garden-style, or spring weddings.
This wildflower bouquet, with a foraged look, can give your wedding that little bit of sass you’re looking for with it’s moody hues… but there’s a touch of sweet serenity in the antique pink rose and natural green berries.
The faux fuchsia peonies and ranunculus along with the green-brown silk leaves bring personality to this stunning bouquet perfectly designed for bohemian or fall weddings. Oh, and we can’t disregard how that touch of hanging amaranthus shines so gloriously!
A destination bridal bouquet that is as large and grand as your wedding dreams! This silk flower bouquet is filled with texture, offering an equal mix of luscious greens and complimentary colored silk flowers.
Lavender, burgundy, fuchsia, wine, mauve pink, and dark greens made the perfect color palette for this organic bouquet, while creating an ethereal feel.
What is your eye attracted to first? That unbelievably realistic faux pink peony, or the sprays of everlasting eucalyptus?
This wedding bouquet is charmingly suitable for a number of different themes due to it’s neutral color scheme. If you find that you’re unsure of what colors to use to create your wedding theme, you can never go wrong with neutral, complimentary tones… with a dash of pink!
For more bridal bouquet and wedding design inspiration, be sure to follow us on Instagram! And for a chance to be featured on our social, site, blog, and beyond… be sure to use #afloral on photos of your wedding creations!
Hello Katie and Josh, the winners of the 2017 Afloral Annual Submit Your Wedding Contest! This wedding, with dashes of glittering glam and soft pastel tones, is one that anybody would get dreamy eyes over! From silver sparkled brooches in her bouquet and shimmering bridesmaids dresses, to the light pastel pink and baby blue tones accented throughout her floral arrangements. What’s even more beautiful than the visual aesthetic, is that we can feel the love and happiness that was shared on this special day.
Josh and I went with a travel theme wedding. We love traveling and I just loved the whole vibe of the design scheme that our wedding planner, Pauleen Vacca, put together for us. It may be because we’re artsy people. I’m a music teacher and even though he works in the engineering field, we both met through music in an a’cappella group. There was even an impromptu performance with alumni from his college group at the reception and I got a serenade!
For a long time I wanted a brooch bouquet, but I ended up shifting my focus to mostly blush and white flowers with a touch of baby blue. I asked friends and family to donate their own brooches for me to use and they gladly obliged! We put the ones that really meant a lot to them in my bouquet and put a few bulk brooches I ordered in the bridesmaids’ bouquets.
I knew I wanted to use Afloral right off the bat during wedding planning. If we would’ve used real flowers to achieve the look we wanted, we would’ve probably spent over $3,000 – for something that was going to die in a week!
The last thing I wanted to worry about was making sure my bouquets were in water and with AFloral, I didn’t have to worry about that! Not to mention, our flower budget was 1/3 of what it would’ve been if we went with real ones. Who doesn’t love a deal?
I can’t even tell you the amount of people that came up to me at the reception to say “I LOVE your bouquet.” When I would say “Touch it.”, they would respond with a surprised look on their face and say “No WAY! I should’ve done that when I got married!”
Our wedding was nothing short of perfect. I can’t think of one thing that really went wrong! And I’m so happy that I get to keep my wedding bouquet forever!
If you used Afloral.com in your wedding, share your photos with us for a chance to be featured on the blog, in social, and beyond! Tag us in your images on Instagram with @Afloral or submit your wedding today to be entered into the next Submit Your Wedding Contest!
Keeping your succulents, air plants, and cacti alive can sometimes be compared to trying to make spaghetti with no noodles, quieting a screaming baby, or keeping your fresh flowers alive forever…. IMPOSSIBLE. But, don’t give up on your plants just yet because Afloral.com is here to guide you with the best tips on caring for your plants!
How to plant succulents:
The number one rule for planting succulents is to make sure to plant them in a container with a drainage hole. If you do not have a container with a drainage hole, you may also add gravel to the bottom of a container to allow the water to drain out of the soil. Succulents won’t do well and may rot with an abundance of water or extremely moist soil.
With this being said, the first step of planting your succulent is to remove it from the pre-potted container and remove as much of the soil as possible without doing too much damage to the roots.
Once your planter has been prepared with proper water drainage, fill it with succulent soil. Leave room at the top for the plant.
Place your succulent into the container, nestling the roots slightly into the soil. Then, fill in the container with more soil while allowing for space to remain between the soil and your succulent to prevent rotting.
If you want to take the extra caution of separating your succulent bloom and the soil you can always add a small layer of gravel or sand as a top layer!
How to Care for Succulents:
The first thing you might think to do is to water your newly planted succulent, BUT we advise you to give it about 1-2 days before watering. This allows the roots to settle into their new home! Watering too soon after planting them can cause root rot.
Your succulents LOVE dry air, dry soil, and lots of sunlight! Check the soil every 7-10 days and only water them if the soil feels dry.
Avoid humid areas (such as the bathroom or kitchen) or areas that have often changing temperatures. The perfect place for your succulent in most homes and offices is in the dry air and placed in a window with lots of light.
Succulents may also be planted outdoors, though it is best to plant them in an area that you know the soil does not hold moisture and that receives lots of sunlight!
How to Plant Air Plants:
You don’t! Air plants require absolutely no soil to grow. They actually do best with lots and lots of fresh airflow, bright, indirect light, and water.
How to Care for Air Plants:
The aptly named “air” plants, use the moisture in the air to thrive and survive! Once a week, you will need to soak your air plants in a bath of room temperature water for approximately 10-20 minutes. After you have removed it from the water, gently shake the access water off the plant and leave it in a bright space to dry. If you live in a place that is generally very dry and hot, soaking your plants may be necessary up to 2-3 times a week.
And to be a really good air plant parent, it is recommend to spritz them with water between water baths as they feel dry.
Ok… we know this sounds like a lot. So here’s a tip to really know when your air plants NEED water. When the leaves feel stiff and are full of color, that means that they are well hydrated. When the leaves are soft and brittle and look colorless, water away, your air plant babies are thirsty! If the leaves are curled, your plant is probably dehydrated.
The best home for your air plants is in a place with lots of fresh airflow and in indirect light. Indirect light can simply be the glow of light that fills the room from your windows, or under fluorescent lights in your home or office.
Your air plants may also live outdoors, though it is recommended to keep them on a porch or patio to keep them out of the direct sunlight.
KEEPING ‘EM IN SHAPE-
For the best care possible, a bit of grooming is recommended. Naturally, the bottom leaves of your air plant can dry out. These leaves are no longer useful to the health of your plant and can be removed. Your leaves may also develop dry tips, but you can simply trim them off, and they will continue to grow!
Cacti are very similar to succulents when it comes to the care that they need. Cacti go through an active growing season, between spring and fall, which is the time that they are growing the most and need the most care. In the winter, they go into dormancy, which is a time that all developmental and metabolic processes stop in order for the plant to conserve energy. During dormancy, the care needed is very minimal.
How to Plant Cacti:
Just like succulents, cacti need to be planted in a container that features a drainage hole, as cacti also do not do well in moist soil. If you do not have a container with a drainage hole, you will need to add rocks to the bottom of a container to allow the water to drain out of the soil.
Plant your cactus in succulent and cacti soil and pack down the soil with a spoon.
How to Care for Cacti:
During active growth, you will want to water your plant when the top half-inch of soil is dry. Thoroughly moisten the soil once a week, watering from the top of the container. If the soil very quickly absorbs the water, you will want to water until you see drainage occur.
During dormancy, your plant requires little to no watering depending on how dry the soil becomes. If it becomes dry, you will want to water it every few weeks, inserting the water into the drainage hole, rather than the top of the container.
Also similar to succulents, cacti require some direct sunlight.
During active growth, your plant will need to be placed in direct sunlight for approximately 4 hours a day. During this period, be sure to rotate the plant as sunburn can occur. You can detect sunburn if your cacti develops a white or yellowing color. Rotating it also encourages even growth! For the remaining time, your cacti can be placed in bright, indirect light. Your cacti will also do best in an indoor temperature of 65-90 degrees Fahrenheit.
During dormancy, your cacti simply needs to be placed in bright indirect light! During this period, your plant will do best in an indoor temperature of 45-55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cacti need to eat in order to grow.
During active growth, you will want to use 5-10-10 fertilizer every 2-3 months. Though, as a tip, you will not want to feed it right after planting as it will need time to settle into it’s new home!
During dormancy, you will not want to fertilize your plant, as it is not growing or taking in nutrients at this time!
So we’re sure you’re wondering… how do I know when my plant comes out of dormancy and into active growth? A great indicator that your plant is in active growth season, requiring your care is the formation of buds and flowering. At this time, you will want to be sure to continue caring for it as directed!
Are you looking for the most beautiful places to get hitched? Bring your wedding theme to life by taking it on the road to your dream wedding location! Afloral.com is bringing the top destination wedding locations to you, and also giving you the best faux floral options to bring along on your special day!
Silk flowers are a great option when traveling for your wedding. They won’t wilt or die, they will hold up in the heat, and won’t become damaged when taking the long trip to your beautiful destination! Pack them in your suitcase and take them from home to the alter with little fuss.
The desert offers grand and impeccable cacti, wild grasses & shrubs, and barren landscapes that create a blank canvas for you to create your dream wedding. Saying your “I-Do’s” as the sun sets in a full desert sky will feel like a dream come true!
If you’re traveling to the desert in Utah, it only makes sense to bring your favorite flowers with you. Just because you are heading to an area known for it’s lack of vegetation does not mean your dream of a lush bridal bouquet has to wither away, this is where faux flowers enter into your destination wedding planning.
Create a bouquet featuring artificial burgundy dahlias and white peonies as the focal point. Accent these statement flowers with brown artichokes, spiky cacti, and bold protea for the perfect desert look. Incorporate silver dollar eucalyptus to finish your bouquet with refreshing greenery.
If you’re tying the knot in the deserts of Arizona lighten up your bouquet with pretty pink peonies and dahlias. Give your bouquet life with green berries and sprays of eucalyptus. The two tones of green will truly make your bouquet pop!
If sandy deserts aren’t quite your idea of a dream wedding destination, maybe sandy beaches are more your style. Your wedding will feel like your dream vacation and the best day of your life all in one. From the beach with sky blue waters and warm sand, to regions that offer the most diverse of rainforest, you will have plenty of gorgeous backdrops to choose from!
Beautiful southern beaches probably hold countless memories of spring breaks and trips with the family. Travel to your favorite vacation destination for your wedding day. Have your favorite flowers ready to go when you pack up your shorts, flip flops and wedding gown. With artificial bouquets you can make your bouquet months before your wedding.
Flowers like hibiscus, roses, and ranunculus in pinks and corals will look stunning against the beautiful beach backdrop.
Maybe Miami is more your style? Miami beach oceanfront hotels are a great place to travel for your wedding to combine tropical weather and a thriving city energy. This space offers the opportunity for many wedding themes from tropical beach, modern, and even vintage!
Tropical silk florals such as phalaenopsis orchids, hibiscus, and anthurium and large tropical leaves will truly enhance your tropical wedding vision!
If your destination wedding takes you to the Caribbean save on time and money (but not beauty) with a silk flower bouquet. Faux flowers look so fresh that they have even fooled Customs… but they can safely travel around the world with ease.
Walk down the aisle with a glorious mountains around you. You can’t create this grand backdrop!
Travel to Colorado for mountain vistas and golden aspens. Make your own real touch bouquet with premium artificial peonies and calla lilies. Even with this view, your faux floral wedding bouquet will still be the star of the show! Your wedding flowers will stay forever fresh, meaning you can bring them home with you as a lasting keepsake.
If your dream location doesn’t have the natural beauty you have envisioned, fill in your aisles with artificial wild flowers. Sometimes Mother Nature needs a little help, so make your destination wedding venue perfect with faux flowers and greenery.
Find inspiration in the natural hues found at your destination for your wedding color palette. Bring out the beauty of your flowers and your surroundings.
Many couples travel from one city to another for their nuptials. With the internet, it is so easy to explore your destination inch by inch and prepare for your big day.
Another thing the internet is great for is shopping online for your wedding flowers! Take a virtual tour of your city venue and choose flowers to fit your destination. With faux stems you are free to pick flowers that are “in bloom” no matter of the season. Bold colors and vibrant blooms will look right at home in your urban locale.
Use city landmarks and street art as a part of your wedding planning.
A weddingmoon is a great way to combine international travel with your wedding day. A cruise or resort on a pristine beach is what most of us think when the words “destination wedding” are brought up, but you can use your wedding as an excuse to travel to countries you have always dreamt of.
Say your vows surrounded by glaciers and volcanos in Iceland. Large organic bouquets will give your wedding photos an ethereal beauty. Fill your bridal bouquet with ranunculus, berries, helleborus, and a variety of unique flowers and greenery. Tie long silk ribbons that will blow in the wind behind you.
Or you could be dreaming of you and the love of your life walking the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. Your artificial flower bouquet may need a little fluffing when you unpack them after their international flight, but the lush silk peonies and ranunculus will not let you down!
Rustic-Lodge has been such a popular theme for holiday decorating and floral arrangements this season, and Event Designer, Audrey Chaney truly brought the beauty to the table with her rustic holiday tablescape and lodge decor, with a contemporary spin.
From the gorgeous garlands of juniper, faux antlers, and fur poinsettia details of the tablescape, to the metallic and wood candleholders and vases filled with magnolia, and accents of pine cone. Audrey’s delicate and tasteful styling will truly inspire you to take on this theme to bring the holiday spirit to your home. And thanks to the talent of Weddings by Scott and Dana Photography, these designs truly came to life!
The holidays are my favorite time of the year – entertaining, baking, spending time with family and friends. And — the decor! Who doesn’t love decking their home out and making it super cozy!
Getting to work with some of the new winter-inspired foliages and accent pieces from Afloral’s collection surely brought the winter spirit into my home. It can be so simple to create a beautiful table centerpiece mixing foliages, metallic candles and a few blooms!
I created this look by layering foliages and flowers – working around place settings. Adding candles to your table design always adds some movement and flickering candlelight. The perfect finishing touch! Each place setting was garnished with a sprig of cedar to make the place setting extra special!
To dress up the mantle, I chose mixed elements of wood candleholders I placed blooms in, metallic votives and geometric vessels with magnolia blooms. The pinecone wreath was easy to dress up with more white magnolia, flocked branches and metallic leaves. Simple and stunning!
Mixing the look up, the mantle was transformed with an all foliage garland, tin accents and antlers for a more rustic look.
For the table setting on this look, things were kept simple – foliages and textures with the fur poinsettias and white berries with pinecone accents.
A natural swag was a fun addition to the chair back for an interesting touch. Imagine if you dressed up each of your guests chairs, and they got to each take a swag home with them from your holiday party? Love it!
Faux Christmas flowers and foliage are the perfect option to make your holiday arrangements last through the entire winter season, and for years to come. Reuse them for different projects throughout the year, or store them and bring them back out to recreate your holiday dreams year after year!
One of the best reasons for using faux flowers in your home is that they never die! You get the beauty of fresh without the care, and that can’t be beat. Especially when we start talking about decorating for the holidays. We can all agree that the holidays are when your house shines! It is also a time of year when spending can get out of control. That is where we enter… what if you could decorate your home for fall AND winter with the same flowers?! Not only that, what if those flowers could be used again next year, and the year after that…
This year we have partnered with three incredible home decorators to show you how you can take your artificial flowers from one season to the next. Check it out!
It’s easy for me since I start with a neutral pallet. My florals for fall are in their natural colors. So when I switch to winter, I take out the pumpkins, leaves, acorns, etc..
….and then add some glitz! The Winter to me is sparkly and snowy. So I add evergreen, pine, and juniper to my arrangements.
The florals and berries are dusted with snow, frost and glitter. I’ve used pink/blush for years. This year, I added mint to change it up. 2017 is all about red/crimson, pink/blush, forest green, and of course white!!!
We simply cannot say it better than Holli does on her blog, Bees ‘n Burlap. One item of decor that I love to use, mix up and change out quite frequently are Flowers. I would love to use fresh ones but the reality is that they only look good for a short while. While I savor the fresh ones I get from time to time…I’m addicted to using really good Faux Flowers.
The lush greenery and real touch peonies used in this beautiful centerpiece were reworked into a mantle garland that is just too pretty to take down. (It’s good thing they are faux and she won’t have to!)
Peonies start blooming in April, but with fake flower you can use them in your home all year long! , Holli updated her peony arrangements for the changing seasons by replacing the pheasant feathers with frosted, white crabapples.
With artificial stems you have the options of using flowers that are out of season, saving your holiday flowers to use again the following year, and rearranging your designs throughout the year to create fresh looks. The benefits are many!
Recently Rocky Mountain Bride shared a Geometric Utah Desert Wedding Inspiration designed and photographed by Jessica E Photography, and we fell in love with it’s rich colors and unique design. For this styled shoot, Jessica “decided to run down to Southern Utah and shoot in some random Joshua trees that was literally right off the highway.” The views are breathtaking and pair perfectly with the gorgeous greenery garlands and a lush desert inspired bouquet (featuring our “always in bloom” artificial florals) by floral designer Becky, of Southern Blossoms Floral. Learn more…
When I was asked to be apart of this gorgeous shoot I was all in! I had an idea of what I was going to do and what it was going to look like.
Then I was told that we would be using faux flowers! I was a tad nervous…
I had never used faux flowers for a shoot before and was blown away with the artificial flowers offered at Afloral.com. I found everything I needed to fulfill our vision.
The flowers and greenery were beautiful and easy to work with.
Many people have looked at the photos of these flowers and never guessed they weren’t fresh.
I made some garlands with Afloral.com greenery. I have used them numerous times since, and honestly don’t know why I didn’t think of using them sooner.
I am so pleased with all the products I ordered from Afloral, they made my job easy.
– Beck Dunkley @Southern_blossoms_floral
If you are planning a destination wedding, think about combining artificial flowers and greenery into your floral designs. Wherever you go, nothing holds up better in the sun! Find forever roses, protea, peonies, and artificial leaves on Afloral.com.
And for more wedding inspiration follow these talented vendors:
Faux is the New Fresh Faux flowers are the new fresh because they are equally as gorgeous, offer everlasting quality, and are more affordable!Why buy real flowers that eventually wilt and die when you can buy faux and keep them as a forever memory of life’s special events?
Navy Every wedding needs something blue and we are loving the regal elegance of Navy this year. Give your tablescape a little romance with navy tapers and glassware, or include navy florals into your centerpieces.Having trouble finding this shade in nature? Think about adding artificial navy stems to your arrangements. Mix them into your fresh flowers or go all faux for a long-lasting design that is sure to wow your guests.
Metallics From vases to votives, jewelry to makeup, home to wedding… metallics are EVERYWHERE! Copper accents will bring warmth and beauty to your wedding tables and decor. Mix your metals with metallic flowers and leaves. It makes a powerful statement!Silver is coming back into the mix. We can’t wait to see this metal featured in weddings. From decor to florals, nothing shines like silver.
Green As the 2017 Pantone color of the year, Greenery played a huge role in last years weddings, and we don’t see it ending there. Give your wedding floral arrangements green accents with artificial succulents and ferns. Create jaw-dropping backdrops and centerpieces with large tropical leaves. Walk down the aisle with a lush greenery bouquet, filled with artificial eucalyptus and pops of green hellebore.
Succulents There are so many ways to use faux succulents in your wedding. They are a stunning addition to faux bouquets or even as a flower replacement. We are seeing them being used in boutonnieres and corsages, in centerpieces, and even as necklaces! Jump aboard the succulent train because we see many more innovative ideas coming our way!
Bright & Bold Bridal white will never go out of vogue, but we are all about the bright and bold colors brides are adding to their bouquets. Start with a simple white peony or rose bouquet and give it a pop of pink, yellow, or orange with wildly colored faux flowers. Finish it all off with trailing ribbons in a variety of vibrant hues.
Texture Mixing a variety of greenery, berries, soft grasses and unique florals makes for a stunning, organic arrangement. This year don’t be afraid to fill your bouquets and centerpieces with interesting details to create a one of a kind look.
Pampas Nothing captures the organic beauty of the coast than this years Pampas trend. Couples everywhere are creating entrancing backdrops and aisles with billowing bunches of the natural grass, or incorporating it into the wedding bouquets for a unique and gorgeous texture.
Repurpose your Bouquet
In a time when everyone is aware of their impact on the environment, why not design your wedding decor so that it can be used again and again? With artificial and preserved flowers you will be able to create long-lasting bouquets and centerpieces that can be enjoyed for many years. After your ceremony, take apart your bouquet and create a wreath or garland that you can use to decorate your home. The options are endless.
PinkPink is a wedding classic, but this year soften your palette with blush and mauve hues. Use pink vases, trays, and votives throughout your home and wedding decor. It is not only trending through one season, it can been incorporated in arrangements throughout the entire year.
GarlandsGarlands are the perfect option to give a lush and full floral look to your wedding tables and ceremony arches.You can go as big and grand as this stairway garland. Or simply create a beautiful faux flower table garland to bring some beauty and life to your home!
Hanging plants and floral designs are on the rise and we are ready to get our DIY lovers right on track with these five ideas for your home. These hanging arrangements are fresh and easy projects that will certainly attract attention.
DIY Macrame Backdrop
This macrame floral backdrop is the PERFECT addition to your wall decor. To add depth and texture to any room, decorate your macrame wall hanging in an assortment of different sized florals in complimentary colors.
This hanging flower chandelier acts as the perfect mobile for a baby’s crib, as baby girls are EVERYTHING pink! Having a boy? No problem! Just add in touches of blue or green florals instead of pink, and there you have it.
Or simply bring a soft touch of beauty to any room with this beautiful hanging chandelier.
One trend that will play a big role in floral design next year is white with bright. Whether it be white florals with pops of bold and bright colored florals, or a bright hanging floral arrangement against a white wall… Color is going to POP!
Create a stunning floral swag to fit in that big empty space above your dessert table.
Looking for that extra special something for your table? Think hanging centerpiece! With a stunning floral chandelier the flowers are up and off of the table so you are free to talk to your guests without looking around a large arrangement.
Looking for new ways to decorate your wedding or home with flowers? Here are some gorgeous hanging arrangements that will truly enhance the beauty of any room!
Pretty Pink Hanging Floral Chandelier
If you’re looking for ways to incorporate more flowers into your venue without making tall clusters on the tables, hanging floral chandeliers are the perfect way to achieve this!
It’s such an innovative way to make space for guests to visit without losing all of the flourishing blooms that you desire. And using PINK flowers never fails!
After the wedding use the extra flowers and greenery from creating your DIY bridal bouquet to make a hanging chandelier for your home. It’s a great way to reuse your wedding flowers AND makes an adorable mobile for a nursery.
Hanging Greenery Chandelier
If you haven’t heard yet, greenery is trending now and we anticipate it will be widely used throughout 2018. It was even named the 2017 color of the year by Pantone.
This hanging greenery chandelier made with faux lambs ear and eucalyptus is the perfect addition to any room in your home.. and adding a few silk flowers and filler flowers to compliment your walls or furniture will really make this beauty belong!
Hanging floral bottle arrangements are becoming more and more widely used as chandeliers and even as wall decor. Replace your picture frames or mirrors with this fresh addition to wall decor and give your room a bit more texture and style!
It is so easy to make your own. Fill the bottles with greenery, faux flowers, or beautiful vase filler, attach a wire or string to them, tie them to a branch or wreath form… and you have a trendy new decoration for your wedding and home!
Hanging Floral Wall
For a wedding we love chandeliers and we love flower walls. Why not combine them into an amazing floral installation.
This can be used as a gorgeous wedding backdrop or add some jaw dropping adornment above your sweetheart table.
It’s a beautiful way to match your decor and highlight the floral arrangements on your table.
If you decide to try out any of these trending ideas, or to share your favorite hanging arrangments, be sure to tag us on Instagram with #Afloral!
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