Post # 1
When I started wedding planning, I must have been extremely naive about the cost of fresh flowers. I budgeted $100 for bouquets, thinking that it couldn’t cost much more than Kroger flowers normally do.
I just got a quote back from the florist I’ve been talking to. The prices are:
$125 for my bouquet of roses and daisies
$85 each for bridesmaids bouquets, each of which consist of 9 daisies. I have 4 BMs
I HAD A HEART ATTACK. Especially considering I chose a relatively cheap flower–daisies!! I need 5 times what I budgeted!!!!
I CANNOT afford this. I really think I need to just put together some nice bouquets of fake flowers–I’ve already made bouts and corsages with fake flowers, so why not?
But I keep thinking…will people think less of me if I use fake flowers for the bouquets? Will they think I’m cheap? They won’t smell as nice. But they will last forever and I can make them now, which would be less of a worry. And they really are just as beautiful.
Did you use fake flowers? Did they look ok? Did anyone say anything negative about them?
I’m at a loss 🙁
Post # 3
I know many people who have done that. Including my aunt, back in the 1980s…you would never tell they were fake from the pix. Don’t worry about it, I am sure your flowers will look great, whether real or not!
Post # 4
I’m doing silk 🙂 check out afloral.com
Post # 5
If you use the “real touch” I think it will look fine. Only downside is they are pretty expensive. Since you are only using daisies, have you looked at fiftyflowers.com or sams club online? They both sell flowers in bulk for a really reasonable price. It shouldn’t be too hard to DIY. I am doing the flowers for my wedding myself.
Post # 6
We did our own and they look fabulous! You have to do what fits your budget and not worry that others think you should have used real.
Years ago, fake flowers looked cheap and plastic. That isn’t the case anymore and you can put together a lovely arrangement without breaking the bank.
Post # 7
I’m not doing silk because I don’t trust myself to arrange them but I’ve seen beautiful silk arrangements, just make sure they are nice ones 🙂
Post # 8
You just have to find the right silk flowers. I want peonies and those are super expensive after a certain date in June. I’m currently looking for silk.
Post # 9
Nice fake flowers are really quite expensive and so you don’t really save money and IMHO cheap fake flowers look fake.
I went with a grocery store to do my fresh flowers and it was quite a bit cheaper than any independent florists that I spoke to!
Post # 10
@FMM: Your flowers were from a grocery store?!?!
Post # 11
$125 for a bridal bouquet sounds about right, but $85 for bms is really high. i would contact a few other florists.
Post # 12
i dont think they are bad, i made this centerpice for my bridal shower
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
Real touch flowers can look quite real in photos and in person. It definitely depends on how you arrange them and what type of flower/brand you use. They can get as expensive as real flowers if you don’t purchase them on sale. Overall, I have a huge problem paying for a decoration that is dead the next day so we’ll be using beads and real touch. It really is just a personal preference; you will get half the bees saying “never!” and the other half that think it’s a great idea.
Post # 14
fake flowers can get pricey too – have you thought of buyin fresh flowers in bulk and making your own bouqets? we ordered 125 roses for 150 bucks from sams club -that is enough for my bouquet all my BMs and the groomsmen bouts. My FSIL had done this for her wedding and i helped make the bouquets, it was much easier than i had anticipated so i went this route for my wedding as well.
here are her flowers
Post # 15
@ MissTattoo: I’m using peonies too and I found the ones I’m using in my centerpieces at JoAnns. They have a website if you don’t have one in your area
Post # 16
@jennylynn13: Awesome! Do you have photos!?
I kind of feel like even if silk flowers cost the same as fresh ones, the silk ones will last forever. Fresh flowers will die in a few days.