Real or Silk Flowers??? Help!!!

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Newbee

@Minniemousie1:  

We are using silks for the centerpieces and the church.  High quality silks look beautiful when done right.  We bought spray paint for flowers in the color of our decor.  Tried spraying silk and fresh white flowers…they all came out beautiful.  My neighbor does church arrangements and says that when the fresh flowers start to fade or die out, they often replace them with silks and no one knows the difference.  If your guests don’t like the silks then most likely they will complain about the food, music and everything else.  What I’m saying is that some people are complainers and will find something they don’t like just to have something to talk about.  Who cares.  Many bees have commented that they don’t like silks but it comes out to about 50/50.  I say go for the silks if that’s what you want.  I’m very happy with ours.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I was originally all for fresh flowers, but I have changed my mind. My FMIL  offered to buy my centerpiece flowers and vases. So we went to a floral warehouse that was going out of business and got all of my centerpiece flowers for hardly anything. I’m using real flowers for my bouquet and my bridesmaids (and I’m arranging them myself). But I do agree that if someone wants to complain they will find anything to complain about. Who cares, it’s your day and whatever makes you happy is the best choice =)

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I am doing a combination.  I almost want silk for my bouquet because I’d love to be able to keep it for years.  I love roses and the smell of real ones though.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’d love to know where you can buy high quality silk flowers- I don’t think I’ve been able to see them in person before.  I’ve only seen the awful dollar tree super obviously fake ones- and those looked awful.  I feel like I sometimes see nice faux arrangements at a nice hotel or restaurant, but never seen them for sale.

 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I’m not affiliated but I found some very pretty stuff at afloral.com that was the same quality (am pretty sure same flower) as the high quality silks I had for my own bouquet – I bought extra for the cake and am very pleased with their services, discounts, and shipping. 

Post # 9
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Worker bee

Michael’s stores usually have end of season sales for really nice silk flowers up to 80% off (the fall color flowers should be on sale in about a month, spring color flowers around March-April, and summer flowers around July-August). i compared the discounted price to the wholesale price (those reserved for resellers/businesses) and they come out the same.

If my budget allowed it though, I’d add some real greenery and real filler flowers (baby’s breath, stock, etc.) just to add to the illusion and get some real flower/leaves smell too 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We are doing both real and fake….flowers are just so dang expensive.  We have two real flower arrangments at the church, which will be relocated to the reception site. and of course all the BMs, GMs, parents will all be real and then the center pieces at the reception are two diffrent kinds the tall center piecies will have some fake flowers at the base and the short ones will have real flowers in the center of them.

 

Didnt have a huge budget for real flowers but did as much as we could with what we had.  And I think they will look amazing 🙂

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I am doing the “real touch” flowers from hobby lobby. They can add up and be expensive, but they are very often half off! I also used some of their flowers from their “wedding” section in the floral section! I am doing flowerless centerpeices so these were just for bouquets, bouts, and corsages. I got all i needed for my bouquet, 5 bridesmaids, 13 bouts, and 4 wrist corsages for about $135

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

i dont know that this will help or hurt but tis is my custom bouquet done by a local (high end) silk shop — the peonies that are in here are the exact same I got from afloral. The crystals are too. I am NOT sad I spent the $ cause my “vision” was all over the place — i originally wanted a flower with a brooch in the middle sorta thing – a softer version of the full on brooch bouquet but I fell for these gold and crystal picks and am glad the florist lady rocked as hard as she did — learn from my not quite an error and at least check afloral! 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

How about wedideas.com? I love love love their silk and natural touch flowers. You pay more for the flowers than you would for silks from the craft store, but still not nearly as much as real flowers.

Post # 15
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Worker bee

We chose to do paper flowers that I found on Etsy.  They are very pretty and a great price as well, we’re saving over $600 on the flowers.  Mazziflowers is the store on etsy and she also has a facebook page, check it out!Smile

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@ilikeballet:  I’m looking at buying my bouquets there as well  – Less than $15 a piece?! Sign me up!! Not only do I really not care enough about flowers to justify the expense of real ones, I’m doing a destination wedding, so if I can just throw 3 small bouquets in my carry on rather than deal with a florist online and over the phone, I’m sold. One less thing I have to deal with.

Do you happen to have any pictures of yours you’d be willing to share??

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