I have bumped into some ads on here for brides who are selling their Natural Touch (artificial) flower bouquets. They look so believable! I am trying to save as much $ as I can because as we all know, weddings are expensive.
I’ve been experimenting with real touch flowers, and they look so nice! The one thing I have researched is that RT can cost just as much as fresh if you’re not careful. I’ve been hitting Hobby Lobby this month with their half-off stems sale (including their brand of RT). Here is a picture of some of the stems I was fiddling with. Once I figure out what I want my bouquets to look like, I will buy a bunch (just have to wait for the next sale). I hear Michael’s also sells them.
WOW! The bouquet is beautiful! I’m creative (making my own centerpieces w/o flowers) but I don’t think that I can pull of something that looks like this! 🙂 lol I’ve found a couple of companies that sell the bouquets pre-made and from the pic, they look so realistic. I just want to get opinions from people who have actually seen them in person. Thanks so much for your feedback.
Honestly, I just put 5 flowers together in a spiral using this method:
I didn’t even tie the bottom since I was just bunching them together to see how it would look (then I just stuck some beads in them since I want to do a bead-flower combo). I’m not sure how to do the handle yet. I’ve read a few tutorials, but I’m worried the bottom will look bad. We’ll see once I get that far. 😉 It doesn’t seem that hard, unless you are doing something really different. I’m considering taking a floral class from a craft store to help.
Also, I did a basic cost breakdown. If I get the stems on sale for $2.50/ea. (reg $5), and I need 10 for my bouquet, and 5 for the BMs (3 of them), that will be $62.50 just for flowers. Then include maybe $100 worth of beads (for what I’m doing) and ribbon, it’ll be less than $200 for all of our bouquets (not sure what to do for bouts yet). Considering most bridal bouquets are worth $200, I think it’s a steal, and like PP I don’t care about having fresh flowers as long as they look good. My problem is not over-purchasing. I already spend $80 buying tons of different flowers and supplies just to try things out, and half of that is waste.