Fake flowers or real?

posted 2 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
1893 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

hjfleming2066:  This is a personal opinion, but I think real flowers always look better than fake ones. I also love the look of peonies but they also won’t be around for my September wedding. Instead I’m doing hydrangeas, roses, garden roses, rununculus and dahlias and I’m very happy with how the inspiration photos look. I know they are all much less expensive blooms than peonies. 

I like your idea of hydrangeas and babys breath, but I would also add one more bloom in like garden roses, which look similar to peonies and are much cheaper. I think that would be so pretty! If you buy everything in bulk and arrange it yourself it shouldn’t be too expensive.

Post # 3
3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Have you met with any florists yet? I think that’d be the first place to start to give you both flower ideas and cost estimates. I know that for us, we are just going with in-season flowers to save money and get the most bang for our bucks.

Post # 4
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida

I’m contemplating on Real touch verses Real flowers myself. I have a hard time with the thought of throwing away money on flowers that are going to die. I am keeping it simple with Calla Lilies and Roses in Ivory and Shades of purple. My BM’s will have Picasso Calla lilies. My centerpieces will be real simple with just roses and I’ll be donating them to a local retirement home after the wedding.

Post # 5
2076 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I would definitely meet with a florists.  We had a really low floral budget, and our florists was great at helping us find flowers that would be in season and affordable for our wedding.  

If you are really looking to save money try buying wholesale flowers (like Costco).  Fake flowers seem great for the budget, but nice ones are actually pretty expensive.  You’d be better off for your budget getting really flowers wholesale.  

Post # 6
1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I thought about doing my centerpieces on my own. However, after meeting with a florist to do my bouquet (I love real flowers, I wanted a real flower bouquet) I was told that, for what I wanted to DIY, they could do and the price difference between it would be $100. Their centerpieces would be real, they’d be larger than I could do DIY, they would deliver and set up, they’d pick up the rented bowls the next day, and it would save me the hassle of coordinating with my venue on set up and break down and next-day pick up. So my advice is to get yourself an estimate on how much your DIY will be and then talk it over with a florist and see if their deal is worth it.

Post # 7
810 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I am doing/ did this debate for my own wedding. There isn’t actually a big price difference between real and fake once everything is all said and done. The biggest difference is the fact that real ones need water, fake ones dont. Real ones cannot be packed in a suitcase, fake ones can, etc. So if you really want real flowers, go with the real flowers I’d say.

Like others have been saying, meet with a florist to get a gauge for exact pricing.

One good tip for saving however is to consider winging it and hitting a local farmstand or florist the day of or day before the wedding and tie your own bouquet and bridesmaids bouquets. That will be your biggest way to save a lot of money on bouquets if you are willing to be a bit spontaneous. There are many flowers that you can count on a florist or even a grocery store having every day like white roses. (Obviously centerpiece and decorative flowers would not easily be done this way)

Post # 8
8390 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

hjfleming2066:  I wanted the same thing and used peony roses as an alternative to peonies.  I purchased through fiftyflowers and Costco and it was one of the easiest DIYs of my wedding.  My total cost was $320 for 1 bridal bouquet, 2 BMs, 2 nosegays (moms), 1 toss, 2 altar arrangements, 8 mini aisle arrangements, and petals for my tables.  It would’ve actually been more expensive for me to purchase the fake/silk versions.  I had a total of 50 guests.  Here are a few pics.

Post # 10
2791 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

i’d also suggest considering to DIY them with bulk flowers ordered from somewhere like sam’s club / costco / fiftyflowers. If you don’t have any experience with flowers then maybe buy some from the grocery store or a farmer’s market and give it a test run. Some of these places also sell boquet sets already put together if there’s one you like. 

What about carnations? They are inexpensive and can look very ‘lush’ and beautiful when clustered together. (Sort of like hydrandreas?) They should also be in season in the fall.    http://www.bridalbuds.com/wp-content/uploads/wedding-carnations-1.jpg 

Mums are another inexpensive fall flower that comes in lots of colors. 

Or ‘stock’ flowers come in a few colors (white/pink/yellow/etc) http://www.samsclub.com/sams/stock-yellow-100st/prod9610324.ip?navAction= 

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