(Closed) Artificial or Real flowers?

posted 5 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I’m using real flowers for the bouquets, pin-on corsages, and boutineers, and fake flowers for everything else.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Real.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

I’m doing mostly fake so I can do them way in advance, but I’ll have some real single stem ones here and there for scent.

This is a Public Service Announcement, right now Hobby Lobby’s weekly deal is 50% floral and they have a bunch of true touch flowers. They’re incredibly cheap for real touch, like $3 each. I’ve ordered samples of fake and real touch flowers from basically everywhere and real touch look just like real flowers, silk is hit or miss. I really wanted a fake bouquet (at least) so I can keep it. They also have some silk ones called Fresh Picked i think and they’re really good quality silk. The weekly deal ends sometime tomorrow though.

http://shop.hobbylobby.com/search/?keyword=true%20touch&perpage=12&match=AND&F_Sort=2

http://shop.hobbylobby.com/search/?keyword=fresh%20picked&perpage=12&match=AND&F_Sort=2 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

It depends on your wedding, the colors you want, the look you want and your budget.  For example, If you want delicate flowers and your venue is outdoors in the heat I would use fake becasue real ones are likely to wilt quickly.  As long as they are done well the will both be gorgeous.  

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

lishar:  Real – there is nothing like real flowers. Plastic or silk flowers will never smell the same, or look the same.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

It depends on your taste – me personally i want something that i can keep as a keepsake for myself so looking at

Seashell Boquet:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/120987944/bridesmaid-seashell-bouquet-beach?ref=shop_home_feat_2

 

or 

 

Broch Boquet:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/161662097/brooch-bouquet-bridal-bouquet-wedding?ref=market

 

Theyare both different & not the typical boquet (i love things unique and different)

By The Way Michaels has lovely fake flowers for like $10 a bunch – check em out 🙂

Post # 8
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Helper bee

Real is all I would use.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

lishar:  it really depends. Are  flowers a top priority for you?  Or not?  Are you planning to DIY?  If so, it may cost less for real than expensive artificial flowers. What is your budget?  What type of flowers do you like?  If you are concerned about them dying after you could have someone drop them off at a nursing home – just give the activity director a heads up ahead of time for planning!  

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’m doing a mix of both…I’m getting a butt load of real fillers like baby’s breath from sams club and raiding the lilies my mom and I planted the day of. We have a ton of faux sunflowers though and a few other things. So far, I’ve spent like $30 at Michaels and will maybe spend $20 more on the real stuff. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

I wish people weren’t so snobby about fake flowers, but since flowers have never really been THAT important to me I guess I never really got it. For us we’ll be using fake and I love the Real Touch ones which we’ll be using mixed with some cheaper ones for filler, along with some ribbon roses as well.

For us it was primarily out of practicality-my bouqet will be half brooches, half flowers, and I wanted to keep it afterward so fake was the way to go. Additionally, we’re getting married about 6 hours away from where we live, real flowers would never survive that trek and I didn’t really want to be stressed out and up late the night before trying to find the right, real flowers I needed and arranging them and desperately hoping they’d last until the next morning. Logistically speaking, real flowers just seemed like a nightmare, so I’m happy to use the fake ones to get that worry out of the way and still have beautiful flowers.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016 - Cherry Orchard

I’ll be using fake flowers on things that will be far from guests. For instance, we’re getting married between two trees in front of an orchard and the flower garland that will be coming down the tree or the monograms (if we do them) will be fake. Boquets, table scapes will be real.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

 

lishar:  I did real flowers for our wedding and honestly i wish i would have done silk or fake flowers and spent that money on other things. I wanted to save my bouquet but i prayed them like they say do and when i got back home they had fallen apart.

I am a photographer and almost every wedding i have done the bride used silk flowers.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

I used real flowers for every thing that would be held by anyone. I really don’t care for the look of fake flowers.I did use some artificial flowers for centerpieces. I did one of those water centerpieces with a flower on the bottom and a floating candle on top.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2015

If you have the extra money to spend, I suggest real!!!

I had a bad exprieince with fake flowers, that caused my first wedding meltdown lol

I ordered them off ebay, they arrived either squished, weird smell or wrong color. I cut my losses and ordered some off AFloral. They were a bit more than I was expecting to pay but good quality. They arrived alot smaller than I anticiapted and had to order a few more bouquets (spending lots in shipping as I am in Canada)

Michaels, Wal Mart, Dollarstores had nothing the same color as I went with pastel pinks and creams.

I probablly spent just under what I would have if I just went with real flowers… do your research in regard to what size you want etc. Dont do what i did lol

 

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