Generally speaking, flowers go with weddings like cheese goes with…well, everything. Whether you use real flowers, silk flowers (like Mrs. Wizard), paper flowers (like Mrs. Panda and Mrs. Orchard), wooden flowers (à la Mrs. Toadstool), or your venue has flowers everywhere (hi, Miss Parisian!), flowers are just one of those things that make people think “wedding.”
Stallion and I didn’t put much thought into our floral options. We assumed that real flowers were just the way things were done, and we didn’t do much research into the alternatives. This wasn’t necessarily a smart idea. And don’t get me wrong—I’m sure our flowers will be beautiful, but one of the advantages of flower alternatives is that after the wedding, you’re left with a nice keepsake, whereas with traditional flowers, you’re left with very expensive compost material. And after spending all that money, throwing my flowers away is really going to sting.
Unless, that is, I take some measures to preserve my flowers.