Post # 1
Recently I’ve been trying to decide between using real flowers vs. “artificial” flowers for my bouquet, my maids bouquets, and the guy’s boutonnieres.
I’m already dead set on using artificial flowers for the centerpieces. They’ll be cheaper (I’m almost 100% certain they will be).
I’m pro artifical because I can make them way ahead of time and store them until the wedding, there’s NO chance of them dying/wilting in the Pittsburgh July humidity, and there’s little worry for me.
I’m con artificial because I’ve been told that they can look “tacky” and that cheap, low-budget weddings use artifical flowers instead of real. They also don’t smell as nice and don’t look as nice in very close-up photos.
Here’s a picture of a very quick DIY bouquet that I made at Joann Fabrics while I was just standing in the aisle. I actually kind of fell in love with it!
What do you think? Does it look tacky? Opinions, please!
Post # 3
bump bcz i hav the same question
Post # 4
I’m a flower snob, so naturally I’m going to say real. I just hate the idea of fake stuff, I’m also very opposed to fake fruit. I have no real reason for this, because I hate the, for lack of spelling skills, sameness. I think the differences in organic flowers (shades of color in the flower, sizes, and unique scents) are really what makes it beautiful.
I’m on a tight budget for flowers, I’m definately using real but I’m going to find things to use as fillers. For my fall wedding I want to use baby pumpkins, candles, and baby’s breath. Although I’m not too sure how this is going to work yet. haha
Post # 5
I think go for what you like best as well as what works best for your budget! I used silk at my wedding, was no big deal 🙂
Post # 6
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with artificials, but if you’re going that route, and care whether people can tell, I’d not get those. You can tell they aren’t real.
They are pretty, though.
Post # 7
I don’t have a problem with fake flowers and I think the realtouch ones look real!
Post # 8
I personally love the idea of real flowers more. The thing is, it’s not always practical. I mean, fake flowers are fine if they look real enough. The flowers in the picture look fine to me!
Post # 9
I think silk flowers can be really beautful but you do need to spring for the more expensive ones. the ones in the photo look a bit dull.. it may be the lighting though.
Post # 10
If your going to go with fake flowers, I’d go with the Realtouch ones. I’ve heard that depending on how good your photographers camera is, in the pictures you’ll be able to see that it is fabric (like you can see the lines), and the fraying of the fabric around the edges of the petals. I’m doing fake flowers too, but using realtouch because they look and feel real!
Post # 11
I ordered some “real touch” flowers from Wedideas and hope that they turn out well because we can’t spend on real ones. It’s not one of my priorities anyway.
Post # 12
My flowers were fake. I used the best that I could afford and they turned out beautifully. In fact, even people that held them in their hands were astounded when I told them they weren’t real.
ETA: I bought my flowers at Hobby Lobby. Each bridesmaid bouquet cost me about $11 total, and mine cost $30. Luckily, when I went all of the florals were 50% off, but even without the discount they still would have been much much cheaper than real flowers.
Post # 13
I’ll probably be doing artificial as well. I’m DIYing all my decor and I will have to do it all ahead of time. My wedding will be nice, but by all means, not a fancy $100,000 affair. Most weddings in my area have nice artificial flowers.
I love that bouquet, btw! I even saved the picture. 🙂
Post # 14
I love your picture in the OP and wouldn’t be able to tell they were fake once they’re put together as a real bouquet. I’m obviously not a flower snob though… because they really look great to me.
I’m going silk. It was an area of the budget I decided to scrimp so I could splurge on other things. I’m happy with how they look. There are things I do care what others think about, and flowers just isn’t one of them. As long as I like them, I’m happy.
It’s not for everyone, it just depends how important real flowers are to you.
FWIW, I have never seen wedding photos where you could tell they were fake (unless it was meant to be obvious, like felt flowers), even when I knew they were, as long as you use natural colors.
Also, I ordered some real touch (for mom’s corsages) and some regular silks, and honestly – I like the regular silks better.
Really low-quality photos on my camera phone in flourescent lighting:
Post # 15
Im having silk/foam flowers for my bouquets and the girls bouquets so we can keep them, and having fresh for the centrepieces. I don’t think they look cheap or tacky at all, you can get some really nice silk ones!
Love the bouquet you made, its really similar colours to mine 🙂
Post # 16
I made my BMs bouquets. Came our to be very reasonable and worked out great for our DW
also used the Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets for the center pieces as well