Post # 1
I am trying to decide whether to do real or silk. Silk would be a huge savings to us as we are paying for the majority of our wedding. We are doing a rustic wedding. My Mother-In-Law and I can put them together. She’s really picky since she has done previous weddings. We plan to go to the higher quality place that sells silk flowers to price them out.
I do NOT want sunflowers as my Mother-In-Law has hinted. LOL
Post # 3
For me, silk flowers were a non-option, but i worked at a florist for many years, so it is a very personal decision. do what is right for you! These days, there are some great silks! That being said, if you prefer real flowers, there are lower cost options for real flowers, esp. if you’re going rustic! Check out Costco, grocery stores, and wholesalers. I’m doing bud vases and getting bulk flowers online. Good luck!
Post # 4
I’m probably doing silk, unless I decide to do exclusively roses (and maybe some filler), since roses are pretty easy to find for cheap. Either way, I’m not having a florist.
Post # 5
I did real bc I love fresh flowers at the wedding but if you prefer silk, and it saves you money, go for it!
Post # 6
@blessings: I like paper and coffee filter flowers soooo cool!
Post # 7
I DIY’d silks and am very happy with them. It really is just personal preference. It was an area I was willing to cut in so we could splurge elsewhere.
At first I planned to DIY real flowers ordered wholesale, and it probably would have been fine for just wedding party flowers, but I was looking at centerpieces too. Ultimately I decided it was too much stress and logistical headache to deal with the few days before the wedding, and it still was pretty spendy with what I had planned.
Post # 8
I had silk at my wedding and everyone thought they were beautiful.
Post # 9
I’ve started doing a pretty big project about floral industry workers in Latin America. They’re mostly women and work under horrible conditions and are exposed to tons of pesticides. I don’t know where really expensive, rare flowers come from, but the majority of the more basic flowers, like roses, come from Columbia, Ecuador, etc.
This has pretty much convinced me to not have real flowers or at least try and get them from an American grower.
Post # 10
I thought my mom was going to throw up when I mentioned the idea of silk flowers lol. I ended up choosing real flowers anyway because we’re not using many. I’m allergic to pretty much every flower. I don’t want to spend the whole day congested. We’re just using flowers for bouquets, bouts and corsages.
But they’re hella pretty!
Post # 11
i was looking into buying bulk flowers from costco or sams, those can be fairly cheap but i chickened out because im a perfectionist and ill be worrying about a lot of other things on my day
im using silk and im adding brooches and silvery branches because im having a silver sparkly winter wedding.
Post # 12
my bouquet will be real touch roses. I DIY my own bouquet it was cheap and its ready to go.
Post # 13
I’m doing silk for my bridesmaids(The ones I have are actually called latex). They look nice.
I have a brooch bouquet for my own, and a silk toss bouquet.
Post # 14
I voted for fresh flowers, which is what I am planning on having at my wedding.
I might end up using some silk flowers (not sure about mixing though…) as I adore tulips, but may not even be able to get them imported and I hate the idea of having to change the flowers in my centerpieces.
I’ve also considered having a silk/material flower boquet (something I never would have thought I would like) as I saw one on Etsy and fell. in. love.
Post # 15
@Alby2013: what real flowers would u recommend??
Post # 16
@blessings: For our 10yr wedding anniversary I’m going with bouquet brooches for the ceremony renewal & Silk flowers for the reception tables. I’m doing the Shabby chic decor….Etsy will definitely chnge your mind about silk flowers for sure; I’m buying all my wedding & reception decor from Etsy & Ebay.