Post # 1
So a little backstory, I have been working on DIY paper flower centerpieces and recently finished my first one. I really like the result and I want to try using them in my bouquets. However, my mom didn’t like the idea at all and said that the bride must have real flowers. I’m open to using real flowers, but I just don’t want them enough to spend the extra money (especially if I have the ability to make great looking paper roses). I also worry that real flower bouquets would clash with the centerpieces and rest of the decor. Any ideas on what I should do?
Here’s a pic of my first centerpiece if you’re interested. The bouquets would probably be the same color scheme, although I may one with all white flowers for me.
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@bleusteel: One of my biggest budget regrest for our wedding was spending $400 on flowers. They were totally unnecessary. Look great in pics (as yours would), carry them around all day, make arrangements for passing them back and forth during the ceremony and then ditch them at the table. Blah – wish I’d gone without.
Hope that helps you decide OP 🙂
Post # 5
Wait, those are paper? They’re gorgeous!
My general opinion is that unless you’re willing to pay for it, you don’t get a vote. If your mom feels strongly enough that she’s willing to fork over the cash for real flowers, then you can consider whether or not you’re willing to get real flowers to make her happy. If not, then I’d file it under “okay, thanks for your opinion” and move on with paper flowers.
Post # 6
- Wedding: July 2017 - Bristol zoo
I don’t think it’s a necessity for a bride to have real flowers? My mother’s bouquet was fake (I don’t think they would have been able to afford real ones) and is currently sitting in a draw in our spare room :3
Your paper ones look amazing and I think they’d also be super cool as part of a bouquet – plus you can keep it afterwards ^^
Post # 7
your paper flowers are gorgeous!
Post # 8
If she wants you to have real flowers, ask if she’ll contribute to buying them. Otherwise, everything is fair game if you are paying for the wedding yourself!
Post # 9
If she insists that you have real flowers, she needs to pay for them. I think the paper ones you made are really impressive.
Post # 10
They look really nice, but I think real flowers is a better idea. The smell of flowers, and the tangible feeling of the flowers are really what gives the wedding that extra touch.
I am DIYing my flowers from Bloomsbythebox.com and it is cheap, and when I called, the people were sooo nice, and since you are really creative, I am sure that it won’t be a problem for you to make them. I did trial runs and everything and the service was great. I think you really should at least try it with real flowers, and then decide what you like better- flowers or paper. Bloomsbythebox also has awesome DIY videos and great advice on the website which are really helpful.
Again, it is your wedding, so it is totally up to you. But I really do reccommend you using real flowers, and DIYing real flowers, is cheap!
Post # 11
Your paper flowers look wonderful. I love them!! We used all fake flowers except paper flowers on our ice cream bar. I was very happy with the way they turned out. I say if you are paying for your flowera then no one else has a say.
Post # 12
@jessicaandjames5914: I like your advice of at least trying out a bouquet with real flowers. Now that I have a centerpiece, I can see how they’ll look together or if I prefer one bouquet over the other. I’ve heard good things about Blooms by the Box, so I’ll definitely look into them.
Post # 13
If that’s what your heart wants, do paper. You are obviously very good at it!
But if you are only doing it for money reasons, know that you can go to Sams Club/Whole Foods and get a bouquet or flowers for a bouquet for not much money at all.
Post # 14
I think those look awesome; I can’t tell they’re paper from the photo. But I also think that if your mom demands real flowers, she should pay for them. If she’s not paying, she doesn’t get a vote.
Post # 15
Your flowers look really good! I am a paper flower bride myself and FH was not convinced they would look good as a bouquet eaither untill i showed him this (not done just a quick mock up so he could see the idea). so my advice try arranging them then show your mom maybe she will be swayed as well. If not I am with PPs make her pay for the real ones Good luck!!!
Post # 16
Those are lovely! 🙂 I too decided to not have real flowers and have made my bouquet. I don’t like real flowers. I mean, I like green things in a garden and don’t mind colourful thigns in a garden, either but cut off flowers? Naah not my cup of tea. Everyones been screaming bloodymurder that I have no real flowers ‘not even on the tables?!’ someone asked. I just don’t like flowers. It’s a personal choice 🙂 x