Post # 1
My fiance and I decided against going through a florist because of how expensive it is! We had considered going through Kroger and ordering two types of flowers, in season, for our centerpiece arrangements. However, I have read several posts from bees doing flowers by shopping at Hobby Lobby and Michaels and having fake flowers. Thoughts? How much have bees spent doing fake flowers?
Post # 3
My bouquets were all fake (DIY with “real touch” flowers from Hobby Lobby). The total for 3 bouquets (mine and my 2 bridesmaids) was around $80.
My centerpeices were live orchids, $15 each from Lowes.
Post # 4
@kelley13mar: I had a very small ceremony, so I wasn’t in need of too many flowers. But like you, I got very turned off by a florist who wanted to charge me $700 for a bouquet and three arrangements. While at Michaels looking at other wedding supplies spotted some white roses that looked so real to me that it gave me the idea to do my own. So I made my bouquet (pictured below) and then made two table arrangements in a clear glass bowl using the same flowers and the fake water stuff they sell. It was really nice to have them done well in advance (on more thing off the check list of things to do), they looked gorgeous, I didn’t worry about having to be gentle with them or them dying, and now I have them as part of my home decor! The total costwork my bouquet and two vase arrangements was $70. And I love seeing them on my fireplace mantle and bathroom counter… Wonderful wedding day reminder 🙂
Post # 5
@kelley13mar: also just like abbyful, I did a centerpiece of live orchids for the altar. It was $100, but was gorgeous also and is now in our home and will last about three months 🙂
Post # 7
I was going to do fake flowers, but when my mom and Oma got wind of this they wanted me to have real ones. So they bought them. They were beautiful, we found an amazing florist and it was one less thing to have to do ourselves. I’m very happy with the outcome. I dried a few of the flowers and have the petals in a dish in my living room.
Post # 8
Flowers (peonies, my grandma’s favorite) are the reason we chose our wedding month — so they were a must have for us!
Post # 9
@abbyful: I cant believe yours are fake! they look so real. Going to Hobby Lobby today to look as i dont want to spend that much on flowers, i think its a waste and overpriced. Looks pretty… but…
Post # 10
I am planning on using birch wood flowers. I love the way they look and how different they are! If you’re interested in them or just want to see what I’m talking about theres a shop on artfire.com called AccentsandPetals!
Post # 11
I was really lucky in that my sister in law is a florist and was able to buy my flowers at wholesale, have them shipped to my house a few days before the wedding and didn’t charge me labor. I had beautiful flowers and she is so talented! We used roses, lillies, daises, orchids and filler flowers.
I haved a good friend getting married next month and she is doing fake flowers as is another friend getting married in October. I am sure their flowers will be just as beautiful as mine were!
Here are a few pictures of mine:
Post # 12
I would never use real flowers because I would be sneezing my head off! Anyway, fake flowers are of the high quality and low quality varieties like anything else, like clothing for instance. With that being said you can purchase good quality fake flowers/arrangements for much less than real flowers any day of the week. Personally, I would never purchase real flowers for that reason alone, even if I weren’t allergic! *Disclaimer* Bargain Hunter is my middle name! haha!
Post # 13
I did my bouquet from Hobby Lobby
Post # 14
I voted fake but I’m doing a combination. I’m going to use real flowers, but in-season and cheaper blooms, for the bouquets and bouts. For the centerpieces, Fiance and I saw a floating orchid centerpiece in the hotel we were staying in the day we got engaged and we both loved it, so we’re sort of re-creating that for the wedding. Thing is, orchids are pricey, so I found good fakes at about $5 a stem at Target, bought out four stores’ worth, and in the water, you can hardly tell they’re fake. If you’re not planning on doing a floating centerpiece, though, you’ll need really good fakes, and they’re almost as expensive as real ones anyway sometimes.
Post # 15
Our bouquets were all real flowers, but the centerpieces were made from the Real Touch flowers. I think they looked great!