Post # 1
I am looking to keep my flower cost down and I am wondering if anyone has heard of people using both silk and real flowers in the same bouquet. Or what pieces of flower stuff (corsages, boutoniers ect) would be best as silk and which would be best as real flowers.
Post # 3
A few months ago, I read on a blog about a bride mixing real and silk flowers in her bouquet, and no one could tell! Sorry, I don’t remember any more details, but based on her experience, I’d say go for it. 🙂
Post # 4
I think it depends on which flowers you use the silks for. If you use silk stephanotus- it probably won’t be obvious at all.
If you use silk roses- it will be more obvious.
Basically- if the accent flowers are not real it will probably be less apparent than if the main stems were.
As for pieces- I’m not sure.
For my mom and MIL I got them brooches from an Etsy vendor that were actual silk fabric (made using the technique of making hair ornaments for geishas). They didn’t look like real blooms, but they weren’t supposed to. They were beautiful in and of themselves- not just imitation.
So you could have the corsages and bouts be something that’s beautiful without being an imitation of real flowers.
Here’s a picture (from http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=25431):
Post # 5
I did both real and silk in my bouquet, but it didn’t cut down on costs. The sole reason I used some silk is because peonies were out of season. I had my heart set on them, so the florist found some really realistic-looking ones.
In the end, they both come out to about the same costs. There are some real flowers that are even cheaper than silk….definitely consult with your florist. They should be able to work with your budget.
Post # 6
If you want your silk flowers to look real, it definitely won’t save you much money. I really love hydrangeas, but they die really quickly, so we’re using silk ones in my bouquet (mixed with real flowers). Each stem cost me $14– on sale.
A lower cost option for boutonnieres is to use berries or greens (depening on your colors). It looks really smart!
Post # 7
We are having the groomsmen get pocket squares with the tux, no buttoniers. That is the super budget route!
Post # 8
I would suggest using silk stephanotis flowers mixing with real roses. Or just use all silk since the cost for them are cheaper. I used all silk flowers for my wedding and got them at USI Floral. You can check out their website at http://www.usifloral.com they have a wide selection of flowers at an affordable price. My favorites are the natural touch orchids. They are made out of this thin latex rubber which feels like the real flowers. I used them to make my wedding bouquet. After the wedding I still have them to look at everyday. It’s a nice keepsake to remind me of my wonderful wedding. You can also use like fake flowers for your bridal arbor and arches, since they are far away and people can’t really tell the difference that they are fake. Then use like real flowers for your wedding centerpieces.
Wish you best of luck and congratulations on your wedding