Sometimes I truly feel like this is the “Great Debate” of the wedding and elopement community.
Both live and faux flowers have their own sets of pros and cons. But many of the considerations that go into the decision of faux vs live flowers is dependent on the environment you’ll be in for your elopement. If you’re including activities, the climate, and seasonal availability all play huge roles in deciding.
I’ve broken down the pros and cons of each …
A Photographers Perspective
Most bouquets that my couples have chosen, have almost always been faux. And I can’t tell the difference. And neither can the photos. (All the photos in this post feature faux bouquets)
This is slightly dependent on the materials & colors chosen for the bouquet. As long as higher-quality fabrics or thin-crafted wood are used, there is very little difference in the physical appearance compared to a live bouquet.
Plus, I feel very strongly about Leave No Trace principles and the effects non-native flora & fauna can have on an area.
However, if you do choose a live bouquet, there are many steps and precautions we can take (as long as the areas allows it) to ensure your bouquet stays beautiful and intact for as long as possible!
Which Will You Choose?
Establishing your priorities while planning can help you make some decisions, like this one.
Check with the land management agency for the area you will be getting married in. Many of them list their regulations on the area website. If they don’t, I suggest emailing them to ensure you have the most up to date information. The last thing you want is a hefty fine on your elopement day for bringing a bouquet of flowers into the area.
If you need help planning and researching regulations for your elopement, I’m happy to help and document your day for you! Let’s chat, and we’ll plan your adventure!
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