Artificial flowers are gaining in popularity for a myriad of uses. In addition to being used as grave site decorations and memorials, such as the flowers we offer, artificial flowers are seen much more often in the home, and even at weddings.
Their popularity on graves are obviously due to their ability to withstand harsh weather conditions and lack of need for maintenance. However, their rise in popularity in the home and at weddings can be tied to the quality of the artificial flowers being produced today. Some flowers produced today are so life-like and realistic that you need to get right up to them and even touch them before you can tell they're not real. The question is, how do they make them look so real at such a reasonable price?
Designing the Flowers
The first step in the manufacturing process is to design the flowers. In this day and age of computer aided design, this process is much faster, and more exact. Designers are able to use live examples to create two dimensional designs and three dimensional components for each individual flower to be used as molds and templates.
Due to cost of materials, most "silk" flowers aren't actually mad with silk. The term "silk flowers" has become interchangeable with "artificial flowers", which can lead to some confusion for consumers. The artificial flowers that are made with silk are very expensive, and not something you would typically use outdoors. In addition to silk, many of the softer (higher cost) flowers are made with cotton or rayon.
When it comes to lower priced versions, polyester and plastic are the materials most widely used. In addition to being lower in cost, these materials are much more durable and weather resistant, so the last longer and remain better looking during prolonged outdoor exposure. These flowers are the ones most suitable for use in cemetery, grave, or memorial setting. They're also the ones you can purchase here at Graveside Flowers.
Manufacturing the Flowers
Using the digital designs, flower manufacturers create molds of the individual flower components. In order to create the realistic look, the flower component are made individually and then assembled into the individual flowers or arrangements. To save on materials and make the products easier to display, bouquets and arrangements are often made using only one stem, rather than individual stems for each flower. On higher priced, handmade silk versions, you will get individual stems for each flower, just as you would with real flowers. however, once again, this contributes to the higher price of the flowers.
Choosing the Right Flowers
Before deciding on which flowers of various manufacturing process (and various prices) you should buy, you need to ask yourself what the flowers are for. If you want flowers that will be used as home decorations, choosing more expensive, handmade flowers would likely be your best option due to the realistic look and fee. If your flowers are going to be used in a wedding or other onetime event, your budget for the event should guide your decision. If you're buying flowers to use in an outdoor setting for long periods of time, the economical flowers you can buy here are your best option.