Post # 1
Hello fellow bees. I am looking for opinions on whether to use real or artificial flowers in my centerpices. It’s a June wedding at a vineyard so I had planned on small hand tied bunches which would be placed in a wine carrafe. Roses, ranuculas, and lillies are the “main” flowers with a little greenery. Nothing elaborate but just enough with the other pieces that would be placed with it (wine bottle, grapes, etc).
Ijust found out that if I get real flowers, I’m looking at an additional 500.00 to my flower total. If I do artificial mostly from Afloral.com, I’m looking at a DIY project of around 200.00 or less. I dont want to cheap it out though and sacrifice quality.
Post # 3
I don’t care for silk flowers…I personally think that fresh flowers (even if you do less or cheaper varieties) look nicer. Are you going to DIY the flowers if you do fresh? I only spent about 450 and I had looser fresh arrangements kind of like you’re describing.
Post # 4
My florist can hand tie them for me so all Id have to do is basically drop them into the carrafe.
Post # 5
A lot of bees have a lot of success with artificial flowers but its the one thing I’m super picky about. I think fresh is best. I have never seen an artificial flower that has measured up to the real deal.
Post # 6
Personally, I prefer fresh flowers. I did my own flowers for our wedding, and spent about $200 total (although it depends on what kind of flowers you’re looking for). Costco and Sam’s often have wonderful prices on bulk fresh flowers.
Post # 7
If you really want fresh flowers it’s definitely possible to do simple arrangements like you’re talking about for fairly cheap. I wanted to chime back in to say that as a wedding photographer, fresh flowers photograph so much prettier (in my opinion).
Post # 8
You can get very realistic looking “real touch” flowers that are artificial but arent made out of fabric. They look and feel real. I used real touch flowers for my bouquet and even my moh who held my bouquet thought they were real.
Post # 9
We did artifical flowers for everything. I had had my heart set on gardenias, which are very delicate and very expensive. It cost $18 for three real blooms. For the same price, we got enough artificial gardenias to make bouquets for myself and my three bridesmaids. For a few dollars more, we got enough to make our centerpieces, as well. They actually look realistic..the only thing missing was the gardenia smell, (well, and their delicacy!). We did of course, have to spend additional money for the other flowers, but the gardenias were the most dramatic in price difference.
We went to Michael’s, and the flowers were nice, but they looked somewhat fake. The ones we ended up with looked very real, (we went through a florist wholesaler via our florist). And as an added bonus, my bouquet looks as good today (two and a half years later) as it did on the day we were married. We have our altar flowers on display in our home. It was definitely worth the money we spent, and it was a fraction of the cost of real flowers.