Common Concerns About Wood Wedding Flowers
Using sola wood flowers for weddings is becoming a really popular option, but they’re definitely still considered a new arrival on the wedding scene.
Since their big introduction to the American people on an episode of Shark Tank in 2016, they’ve really exploded, with multiple companies selling the individual flowers and floral designers, like myself, giving it a go.
Even still, they aren’t a household name/item yet, so many couples have the same sort of questions and concerns about using them for their special day. That’s totally understandable. I mean it’s your wedding, and that’s not really something you want to take risks about!
Below you’ll find lots of helpful info, both general information, and specific questions, about using wood flowers in your wedding.
What are sola wood flowers?
The flowers I use are made from the root of a plant called aeschynomene aspera, but that’s complicated, so it is also known around the world as sola, shola, and a few other names. They have a cork or foam-y feeling, can be dyed any color, and weigh next to nothing!
How are the flowers colored?
Most commonly, I dip-dye my flowers. I can also airbrush or hand paint them. Because each flower is unique, the colors may vary slightly from flower to flower. It can also vary from one type/style of flower to another.
There are all sorts of flower types. Some have thinner or thicker petals, some have wired petals so they are most “posable,” some still have bark on them, etc. The fun part of using sola wood flowers that still have bark on them is that the bark doesn’t usually take on color. So when I dip-dye, airbrush, or hand paint the flowers, the bark shows through. It adds a nice natural, or even rustic, feel to the flowers.
Are wood flowers good for weddings?
Heck yeah, they are! They can be dyed to fit any color scheme or theme, and don’t wilt or die. Get any flower, in any color, any time of year.
Are wood flowers cheaper than real flowers?
Yes and no. Real flowers are becoming more and more expensive, so it’s possible wood flowers would be cheaper. In general, though, I think they’re typically about the same, upfront. Where you really save is not having to do anything to them after the wedding. No need to preserve them or turn them into something else (unless you want to!), so there is no additional spending.
How long do wood flowers last?
Forever! Or, at long as you take care of them. Keeping them out of direct sunlight and in a dry room is best. Damp basements or storage units are not great for wood flowers. They are, after all, an organic material, so mold can grow if they get wet at all.
What is a sola wood bouquet?
Exactly what it sounds like! A bouquet of flowers made from sola wood. The greenery and fillers are typically preserved or faux (entirely fake). The end result can look as realistic or stylized as you want!
How many sola wood flowers do I need for a wedding?
There is no set number, it all depends on what you’re looking for. Truly. My bouquets usually have anywhere from 10 to 50 flowers. Boutonnieres and corsages typically have 1 to 4 flowers.
Do wood flowers look real?
They do! Or, should I said, they can. If you want a realistic-looking flower, it’s completely possible. But we can also go a more stylized route, creating flowers that are not anything like what you’d find in nature. I love either approach, so it’s up to you and what you’re envisioning for your event.
How much do wood flowers cost?
It truly depends on what you’re looking to get, how many items, etc. I have elopement sets that range from $50 (for 2 boutonnieres) to $375 (for 2 bouquets), with a bouquet/boutonniere option in the middle.
Most of my couples who get personal flowers for their full wedding party and some decor pieces spend $2,000 – $3,000.
Where do sola wood flowers come from?
The plant the sola flowers are made from is native to southeastern Asian countries like Cambodia, India, Thailand, and Vietnam.
I don’t personally make my flowers, though it is possible to get rolls of sola wood to make them, but I do customize each individual one to fit your wedding day vision. In their natural state, they are a white or cream color, and they can stay that way if you prefer. I can also dye them any color or combination of colors that you would like. From there, I arrange them to fit your wedding day preferences.
Can sola wood flowers be outside?
They can! I recommend not leaving them in direct sunlight for any longer than necessary, and to bring them inside if it starts raining. Extended direct sunlight can cause the colors to lighten. If they get wet, mold can grow & then you’d need to dispose of the flowers.