Post # 1
Ladies, I’m letting silk flowers enter my brain for the first time….ever. I’m getting married in such a remote location and since our budget is already really tight, availability and money seem to point to silk flowers as a legit option.
If we used silk, I could DIY everything (with the help of my flora savvy cousin) BEFORE the wedding and make sure everything arrived on time to our location (the Grand Canyon).
But silk flowers?! I have visions of dusty plastic plants in medical waiting rooms. Or my grandma’s living room. I never considered them for a wedding but now I’m doing just that.
Have any of you used silk flowers or are you considering them? Pros? Cons?
Our ideal would be something like this:
Post # 3
I didn’t use real-looking silk flowers, but gauze rolled flowers with feathers (made by an etsy seller) in my bouquets, and I got a ton of compliments. I love them and since the wedding they have lived on in a vase in my bedroom! Price-wise, they were comparable in price to real bouquets, just without the day-of hassle, and wilting.
Post # 4
If you want them to look real, try real-touch flowers. I think Save-on-Crafts sells them. Just a warning though, they’re still pretty expensive, at least to me!
Post # 5
@MissCanyon: I was also thinking of getting silk flowers, but after some research, I fall in love with clay bouquets!
If you want good silk flowers, like the others say, still expensive, unless you go for plastic-like flowers.
Post # 6
@jo.lee: took the words out of my mouth. I am using real look/real touch flowers for all of the wedding party flowers b/c we are having an outside wedding and I want them to hold up all day. They aren’t cheap. It will be about 500 bucks for bridal bouquet, 2 BM bouquets, 1 Jr BM bouquet, 2 corsages, and 6 bouts. For me, it was a matter of being able to get them done early and have them in the closet.
I will be DIY-ing centepieces, aisle and arch decor from live flowers.
Look up wedideas on FB to see pictures of the “fake” flowers in action. You honestly can’t tell they are fake. It may also give you some inspiration for your DIY projects.
EDIT: This is the inspiration photo I submitted to wedideas for them to recreate
Post # 7
We had fake flowers–you can see them in my bio. I have really horrid allergies and waving real flowers under my nose all day would’ve been asking for trouble
Post # 8
Holy goodness!! Faux flowers are way more expensive than I thought. *le sigh* I’ll have to do some deal hunting.
Anyone know where to get them cheaply?
Post # 9
@missCanyon, i spent a total of $200 on ALL my silk florals. In January, Michaels has a 50% off silk event every year–i stocked up then.
Post # 10
I also doing silks/real touch flowers. I am extremely allergic to real flowers and I also couldn’t justify the cost of real flowers for a one time use. Depending on the types of flowers you want, here are several sites that I found. I haven’t ordered our flowers yet, but I did get a sample from Flowers by Design. The rose that they sent me is amazing. I keep wanting to go to it and smell it because it looks so real to me.
Post # 11
I used silks for my bouquet and yes, the higher quality you get, the higher they are in price. I had mine made by a floral designer in MI with the highest quality silks available to florists and it was around $200 but so worth it!
And I still get to look at them every day 🙂
Post # 12
I used silk florals for eveything but my bouquet. I found these bouquets already made up at Hobby Lobby and they were 50% off as were the other stem flowers I used in my wedding. Here are a few pictures that show the flowers and bouquets I got at Hobby Lobby.
A wreath that matched the bouquet and flowers I used in wedding:
individual flowers we used on the altar for decorations:
Post # 13
@Ms Mini:Thos are GORGEOUS!!! I love the feathers.
Post # 14
Ok, I’m feeling much better about silk flowers, visually, anyway. The price…meh, less pleased. 🙂 I’m going to stock up at Michael’s during their sale per all of your suggestions!
Thanks hive! I <3 all of you.
Post # 15
I’m a fan of fake flowers that don’t look real- like paper flowers, or even a brooch bouquet. Its an approximation of a flower- you can tell by looking at it its not real, but no one cares because its obvious that you’re not trying to be real. (Not that I have anything against silk flowers- I have some in my room from my sisters wedding. I love things that last!)
What I’m saying, I guess, is maybe to go even further out than silk flowers. There are other things you can put in a bouquet that are beautiful!
Post # 16
They don’t have to be expensive – definitely look up deals and stock up slowly if you have to. The price of my bouquet cost $51 total and I couldn’t believe how good it looked: