Post # 1
So, a few days ago, I went to get a few quotes from different florists for how much it would cost to do bouquets and boutennieres and haven’t been able to find any florist lower than 500 dollars. Well, our budget is INCREDIBLY tight and we’re trying to save wherever possible, so I quickly came up with the idea of creating fabric flowers using a GREAT tutorial I found online. They are quite possibly the nicest and easiest ones I’ve found thus far, not to mention I love DIY-ing wherever possible!
My question is…is it absolutely necessary to have real flowers at a wedding? I personally love real flowers but I love my money even more and anywhere I can save, you better be sure I’m going to do so! Here is a picture of the type of flower and I plan on using it for bouquets, hairpieces, possibly centerpieces as well. I haven’t decided if this type of flower will work for bouttenieres or if I’ll have to use a different style, but I’m honestly really loving the idea of making these. Yes, it’s more work, but I think they could turn out really nice. If you need info on the wedding, it’s black and white with rainbow accents, so each of the 8 bouquets will be a different color of the rainbow…I have yet to decide if mine will be all of the colors to tie in the rainbow or strictly a black and white bouquet. Any advice is appreciated!
Here’s the flower:
And here’s the bouquet the lady made, mine will probably be more colorful with feathers as opposed to lace…
Post # 3
There is no issue with not having real flowers Hun! I’m having a brooch bouquet! Which I have edited to have some fake flowers in it too.
Post # 4
Good! I’m glad somebody else agrees with me! I guess the biggest thing I was worried about was my mom because when I told her on the phone I want to do fabric flowers, she said “you have to have SOME real flowers at your wedding!”
Post # 5
You can totally have fabric flowers if you are happy with that! I think the ones you suggest above are very pretty. It is amazing how expensive real flowers are, and part of what is so terrible is that they die. I absolutely wanted real flowers, so I sucked it up and paid for them, trying not to think about how they don’t last 🙂
Post # 6
Definately not!! I was quoted $1700 for all my flowers and centerpieces. I nearly died. I do have 6 BMs, 5GMs, Ring Bearer, MOB, MOG, FOB, FOG, the 2 grandfathers, my Fiance grandfather Girlfriend, yes Girlfriend lol and only 10 tables of centerpieces and my bouquet an my Fiance boutineer.
NOW we are having no real flowers, I’m gunna make my centerpieces out of jars, candles and wood. I believe each one would cost about $15, and my florist will still have my tall centerpieces of curly willow branches.
As for all the bouquets and boutineers she will still make them but they will be made of wood like so (these are not done yet) The bouquet as is, is $10
Post # 7
My best friend will be doing my flowers. I priced flowers at the farmers markets they were so inexpensive.
Post # 8
No problem with having no real flowers! We went from our original idea of having floral centerpieces to only having florals for bouquets and boutonnieres. Too expensive otherwise! And it makes me sad that the money spent on them will be a waste when they die a week later. So we rented crystal centrepieces and called it a day.
I considered artificial flowers for the bouquets but they would have been the same price or a little more with shipping and everything so I just went with real for those.
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
I think fabric flowers can be beautiful- looks like you have the time, so why not!
If you decide you want real flowers, look at Sam’s Club- best pricing I was able to find (will be using them), and other bees had good experiences. Each girl could have different gerber daisies, lillies, or budget permitting, roses. If you keep your arrangements simple, DIY arrangements can be really easy!
Post # 10
I tried to make fabric flowers and they looked SO janky! Then I thought to go to the SF wholesale flower Mart which is where the florists in the bay area get their flowers, but I thought, how long is it gonna take me to make bouquets?! So I found a really cheap florist! I think fabric flowers are prettier than just fake flowers you see at Michaels. My son told me he didn’t want me to have fake flowers cause David Tuttera said its a no-no lol! I have seen paper flower arrangements done REALLY nice too! I wish I had the crafty skill to make them!
Post # 11
I had my bouquets, boutineers 6 pieces made for 100 dollars, silk flowers and they are very beautiful. I found a florist on craigs list locally. She was awesome!
Post # 12
Why not order them from fiftyflowers.com and do them yourself? That’s what I’m doing and all my flowers (including 12000 rose petals to cover the aisle) will be less than $500. I’ve already practiced making bouquets and it’s not bad!
Post # 13
I love those fabric flowers! They are so cute!!
I have one friend that didn’t do boutonnieres, they had a fabric pocket square. No one noticed the missing flower. I have another friend who used polyester flowers. You couldn’t tell until you were 2 feet away from it. They still looked really nice with the overall look and everything. I have another friend getting married this summer and she is using lots of candles and other items for her centerpieces.
I don’t think flowers are a ‘must.’ When people get a little creative, guests don’t even notice them missing.
Post # 14
I’m a huge fan of real flowers, but I’m also a huge fan of not wasting money. If you truly want real flowers, have you considered something such as having your bridesmaids carry out a single large calla lily? You know – like the really thick ones? I feel like they could get away with something like that, and then it’s still real and after the ceremony, you could throw them all into a vase and use them somewhere else as part of your decor.
Post # 15
Thank you all for all your comments and suggestions! As far as the real flowers go, I have thought about ordering them in bulk and doing the bouquets myself, but my theme makes it a little harder to order flowers in bulk since each bridesmaid is going to have a different color bouquet…I think the fabric flower might be the way to go because I have the freedom to make everything EXACTLY the way I want and find the perfect fabric color, not to mention it’ll probably save me a couple hundred $$!
I think real flowers look absolutely BEAUTIFUL in any wedding, but I also am such a creative person that I feel like the fabric flowers would just be soooo me! The only hurdle I have to worry about my mother, who INSISTS that I MUST have at least SOME real flowers at my wedding! I tend to disagree, but if she offers to pay for them, then I’m not one to say no to my mother! LOL
Post # 16
IN MY OPINION!!! There is no substitute for fresh flowers at a wedding,, we pay large sums for beautiful gowns shoes hair and makeup.. vendors, rings ,, photos etc..fresh flowers add so much to a wedding,,after its all over you have pictures..fresh flowers say it all and when its over ,,when you think back you can remember the scent of your flowers..why not check out less expensive kinds of fresh,,I would give up something else definately before giving up on fresh flowers…just my opinion..