There are lots of things one might consider renting on their wedding day: A tent, tables for the reception, linens, or maybe even a wedding dress. But what about wedding flowers? While wedding flowers—including bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces, and floral displays—are typically a purchase newlyweds plan for by choosing a florist and floral design well ahead of their big day, renting wedding flowers actually is possible. And with a little research and knowledge about the concept, you may decide it's the best option for your wedding plans and budget.
Ahead, we answer all of your burning questions about renting wedding flowers, from how it works to the types of flowers available and the companies that offer this service.
Can I Rent Fresh Flowers for My Wedding?
As far as we know, no, you cannot rent fresh flowers for your wedding day. This is likely due to the fact that fresh flowers are just too finicky; they need lots of expert care and attention in the time leading up to the event, and because weddings can be very long—and flowers only stay fresh for a short period of time—it doesn't make sense to rent fresh flowers.
What Kinds of Fresh Flower Alternatives Can I Rent?
It's totally possible to decorate your wedding without fresh flowers; in fact, flower alternatives are having a real moment, and they are a chic and stunning alternative to fresh blooms. Because renting fresh flowers is uncommon, given that they just don't last very long, renting faux flowers is what you'll be looking at. In terms of what that means, think silk flowers (this is definitely the most popular option), dried flowers, and paper flowers.
Additionally, there is a wide variety of the style of arrangements you can rent. Some companies offer everything from bridal bouquets to boutonnieres, reception centerpieces, altar decorations, hanging floral arrangements, individual flowers, custom arches, flower walls, and more.
How Do I Choose a Flower Rental Company?
Since most wedding flower rental companies operate online and will box and ship your flowers straight to you, you'll have a lot of options (and won't be limited to finding a company based in your area). These are our favorite options for wedding flower rental companies:
What Is the Cost of Renting Wedding Flowers?
The cost of renting flowers will vary greatly depending on the style (silk, paper, dried flowers, etc.) and the type of arrangements you're renting (bouquets, centerpieces, flower walls, etc.).
For example, a bridal bouquet from Silk Stem Collective costs $66, a boutonniere costs $7, and a centerpiece costs $39. At Something Borrow Blooms, a bridal bouquet costs $65, a cake cluster costs $22, and a boutonniere costs $6. At Paper & Luxe, which offers faux floral arches and backdrop wall rentals, a faux floral arch starts at $625 (but keep in mind that this is a much more involved product).
What Are the Benefits of Renting Wedding Flowers?
At the end of the day, opting to rent fresh flower alternatives has the potential to save you a lot of money, depending on the type of faux flower you opt for and how much product you rent. Plus, you can count on consistency (there won't be variation among each floral piece as you see with real flowers), you'll enjoy the convenience of having them shipped straight to you before the big day, and faux flower rentals are actually more sustainable than opting for fresh flowers at your wedding.