Once upon a time silk flowers were just far too passé to use for your wedding bouquet, reception flowers or cake decoration, but there are many viable reasons for using them now, the most important being, they have come a long way from the blindingly obvious artificial flowers of the 1980’s and now look and even feel more realistic. The budget concious bride will know that not only are artificial flowers cheaper because they are always in season and are not affected by growing costs and transportation costs, but they are true value for money because they can be kept forever as a reminder and be given to members of the bridal party as keepsakes too. Obviously there is an environmental impact as well to choosing silk flowers since they don’t have to be shipped from abroad if they are not native to this country or are not in season here, they also won’t be affected by volcanos erupting causing airspace closure!!! The growing trend for supermarket bought wedding cakes is another reason why silk flowers are becoming more popular, with such a great variety of simply iced wedding cakes available from all the main supermarkets, all you need to do now is top them with a floral display and it will look like you have spent hundreds on your wedding cake. This Scottish thistle and calla lily cake top is just £14 from Rainbow Wedding Flowers and is one of many different designs of cake toppers available as well as bridal and bridesmaid bouquets, buttonholes, corsages and reception and venue flowers. My favourite reception decoration has to be this stunning birdcage centrepiece which costs £32.99, forget wedding reception decoration, I want one for my house!