It’s hard to imagine a wedding without flowers. Flowers tie the theme together, decorate the space, and accessorize your dress, but they can also cost you a pretty penny. The national average for the cost of a wedding florist is anywhere from $800 to $1,200—and can stretch upwards of $3,000, depending on what kinds of flowers and arrangements you order. Worst of all, flowers inevitably die, making some couples feel like they could have better spent that money on something else that they could reuse in their home or pass onto someone else who’s getting married.
Enter Something Borrowed Blooms. This company, started by a team of cousins who have a “love for all things pretty,” is like a Rent the Runway for your flowers—as in, you choose the flowers you’d like for your wedding, they’re delivered to you, and then you return them after the wedding is over to let the next couple use. All of the flowers at Something Borrowed Blooms are high-quality silk, which means they can be used over and over again.
Let’s learn more about how Something Borrowed Blooms works, what it costs, and how it can benefit you on your wedding day.
How Something Borrowed Blooms Works
Something Borrowed Blooms is the first bridal flower rental company out there, so you may be wondering “How does this all work?”
Here’s how it’ll go down:
- You pick the flowers. You can choose every single flower in one of their 11 collections, or you can mix and match your favorites to create your perfect combination.
- They pack the flowers. Your flowers will be packed up and delivered to you—guaranteed to arrive at least two days before your wedding.
- Your wedding day happens. You’ll set up all of the tables with your flowers, walk your flowers down the aisle, and say “I do.”
- You return the flowers. After the wedding is over, you’ll pack up all the flowers and ship them in the pre-paid boxes that they arrived with. All the shipping costs are included in your order so there are no surprise fees at the end.
Something Borrowed Blooms recommends that couples pick out their flowers no later than three months before their wedding, which will guarantee that more of the flowers you want are in stock. The company will ship flowers all over the country and to Canada, with the exception of Hawaii and Alaska.
What Does it Cost?
The cost of renting silk flowers from Something Borrowed Blooms depends entirely on how many attendants you have in the wedding and how many tables you’d like to decorate. There are 11 collections to choose from: Audrey, Cameron, Charlotte, Jane, Kimpton, Olivia, Shelbie, Stella, Sophia, and Taylor. You can either order flowers exclusively from each collection or mix and match to your heart’s desire to create an original look for your wedding.
Here’s what you can expect each item in the collections to cost:
- Bridal bouquet: $65 (with the option to purchase for $200)
- Bridesmaid bouquet: $30
- Boutonniere: $5
- Corsage: $10
- Posy: $10
- Pomander ball: $15
- Floral crown: $15
- Floral comb: $10
- Centerpiece: $28
- Aisle marker: $15
- Dog collar: $15
Not every collection has every single item that we have listed, but prices are the same throughout. Just as it would if you order fresh flowers, the total will get larger if you have more bridesmaids and a large amount of tables at the reception. On average, however, Something Borrowed Blooms packages are a significant savings from fresh.
Aren’t Silk Flowers Considered a Wedding Faux Pas?
Silk flowers were very popular in the ’90s and early aughts, but have been a bit of a wedding faux pas in the last 10 years with brides and grooms opting for fresh flowers arranged by a local florist. But silk flowers have come a long way, baby.
Not only are silk flowers completely weatherproof (never again will you have to worry about your white flowers looking droopy in the sun or wilting from the bone chilling cold), but they are also more environmentally friendly. Although fresh flowers are beautiful, they don’t last more than a few days—and so much energy is used to grow them, cultivate them, and then ship them from different countries. Silk flowers, however, can be used again and again.
Still, there’s often that nagging feeling of “Will this look too fake?” But many brides who have reviewed Something Borrowed Blooms have reported that the flowers look great, and often their bridesmaids didn’t even know that they were holding silk flowers. Plus, they don’t have that plastic-y smell often associated with craft store flowers and all of their collections are very on-trend, so you don’t have to worry about them looking outdated or too grandma-ish.