(Closed) Are you doing real or silk flowers?

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
  • poll: Real or silk flowers?
    Real-they are worth the money : (63 votes)
    74 %
    Silk-is the way to go : (22 votes)
    26 %
  • Post # 3
    64 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    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
    4984 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2018

    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
    2253 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    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
    1583 posts
    Bumble bee

    @blessings:  I like paper and coffee filter flowers soooo cool!

    Post # 7
    2295 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    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
    1830 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    I had silk at my wedding and everyone thought they were beautiful.

    Post # 9
    37 posts

    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
    117 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    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
    899 posts
    Busy bee


    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
    1406 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    my bouquet will be real touch roses. I DIY my own bouquet it was cheap and its ready to go. 

    Post # 13
    84 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    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
    2268 posts
    Buzzing bee

    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 # 16
    6 posts
    • Wedding: May 2016

    @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. 

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