When I profess my affection for faux flowers, I often feel as though I’m confessing a character flaw. Faux flowers have, to say the least, a bad reputation. As decoration, they are considered tacky; as gifts, tactless. They are widely regarded as creepy and depressing – the association is with the debauched silk and plastic flowers you’ll find on the lapels of birthday-party clowns.
I understand why people prefer fresh flowers – we imagine they’re individuals like us, delicate, one of a kind and all the more precious for the fact that their time on earth is limited. But real flowers aren’t quite as rare as they seem, nor quite as personal as we’d like them to be. Their authenticity and their appeal is often illusory. I don’t believe that organic authenticity is really what we prize most in a flower. Is realness a virtue? And even so, what kind of realness? Most brides-to-be on numerous wedding blogs claimed that they didn’t really want to throw their bridal bouquets away after the flowers had wilted and were in search of a more enduring floral solution, on aesthetic grounds, the allure of handmade flowers. Sola wood flowers are your ‘everlasting flowers’ solution, you can definitely keep them for many years to decorate your home, and to remind you of one of the happiest days of your life, without needing to take extra steps to preserve them.
Imagine not having to worry about which flowers are in season and which are not. Having no fear of your flowers wilting before they’re enjoyed and cost, because Sola flowers are cheaper than any fresh flower bridal bouquet by 20 per cent, or more. Wedding arrangements and bouquets can use handcrafted sola wood flowers rather than fresh flowers.
Handcrafted from Balsa wood (a renewable resource which are bio-degradable), sola flowers are naturally cream in color, but they can also be dyed to perfectly match your particular wedding colors.While they are made from wood, they are soft and natural looking. Since each flower is handcrafted, no two are exactly the same and that variation is what makes each flower so unique and beautiful. Choose from our color swatch and have your arrangements made to coordinate your wedding color scheme. Your wedding bouquets and arrangements will each be one of a kind. On your special day you want a bouquet as unique as you are, not a cookie cutter arrangement like you might get with plastic or silk flowers.
Purists, of course, will turn their noses up at such considerations. But maybe there’s a good reason why so many people buy sola wood flowers, apart from the reason that a sola wood flower business owner was featured on ABC’s “Shark Tank” asking for a $400,000 investment for a 10% stake in her company. Her company had $2.8 million in sales in the past year and a half and hit $100,000 in on-line sales the day before they were featured on “Shark Tank”.
The people who ship organic flowers across the globe – which are the bulk of a $31 billion floral industry – are the ones selling a falsehood; what authentic connection to nature could possibly arise from such a convoluted arrangement? And how sad that a flower, so alienated from its true home, is supposed to communicate feelings of genuine connection.
Handcrafted flowers, by contrast, make no pretenses. They are the sincerest of flowers, precisely because they are made with intention, craft, ingenuity and quirky imperfections. Born in the heart and shaped by the singular hand of the gift giver, these artful flowers are the ones that most resemble love itself. If you miss the fragrance of real flowers, scents can be added to the wood flowers to add to their splendour. Have your bouquet smell as lovely as a spring garden any time of the year.
Work one-on-one with our artisan florist and have them craft something great for you with Craft flower’s made-to-order service. Individually styled, each bouquet, centerpiece, boutonniere, and corsage is a memory that you, your wedding party and family can hold onto and cherish for years to come.