(Closed) Can this be Done??? Silk and Real Flowers Combo Together in Centerpieces

posted 7 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
4137 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

if you mix them together in one arrangement, or on one table, it will make the silk flowers very obvious. i wouldn’t do it.

Post # 6
609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

See if she can show you a sample of how it would look.. Some silk flowers look extremely real and if you can’t really tell a difference I would go for it..

Post # 7
1124 posts
Bumble bee

Depending on the flowers you use they will either be SUPER obvious or not noticeable. Even if the silk flowers end up being a little obvious, it’s unlikely anyone is going to notice or care!

Post # 8
2100 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

What about using something other than flowers to upgrade the centerpiece

Feathers, brooches, branches, ribbons?

Post # 9
2077 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Have you talked about the difference in price between silk and fresh flowers with your florist?  If you want to mix silks with fresh, you’ll want to get very good quality silks…which will most likely be even more expensive than fresh.  I don’t think it would be noticable if you interchanged them, but I honestly don’t think you’re going to be saving any money if you go the half and half route.

I do love the pictures you’ve included.  And the $150-$300 per arrangment price sounds about right for those.

Have you thought about sticking to the same colors and flowers, but doing something on a smaller scale?  If you do compact arrangements with the same flowers you could save at LEAST $100, if not more.

Post # 10
6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

Why don’t you DIY your centerpieces?

I was at Hobby Lobby last night. They have those tall vases on sale for anywhere from $25 – $40. Even if you just go to the grocery store and get a couple DECENT boquets for each, you’ll only end up spending about $60 apiece.

I’m going to do the same thing, but order from a wholesaler. My ceremony flowers, unless I have scores left over from decorating the reception, are going to be paper.

Post # 11
21 posts
  • Wedding: November 2011

If you want realistic silks, you wont be saving money. I am a florist and I will give you an example. There are hydrangeas in a couple of those arrangements. We charge $4 a head for one stem of hydrangea and that is without doing anything to it, just “here you go!” At michaels for a nice looking hydrangea, they are $6.99

If you are looking to save money, I would change the types of flowers. You can create beautiful arrangements with cheaper flowers that aren’t cheaper because they aren’t pretty but because they are grown year round in more colors and are less delicate. Try having them give you a quote with lisianthus, alstromeria, pompons, delphinium etc. Floral shops are not usually forth coming about how things can be done cheaper. They count on a bride falling in love with a picture and saying “this is what I want”. PLay with your flower combinations, but those type of bouquets are usually quite expensive. An option would be to use risers(pic 2) instead of vases. Nice ones can be rented. The florist just arranges the flowers in foam holder then they set on top and it gives you the height at a much better price. 

Post # 12
7300 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Have you thought about DIY. I’m ordering my flowers from fiftyflowers.com

Post # 13
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I guess it might be because it would be 1/5 of my budget for all the tables but I can’t IMAGINE spending $300 on a centerpiece. But as to the silk/real mix… don’t. I agree with the PP they would look VERY obvious together. Perhaps half with the real flowers then half with non-florals? Candles, lanterns, something?>

Post # 14
609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

There was a florist at a wedding show I went to yesterday and they actually had one centerpiece they had done with real and fake flowers.. It wasn’t noticeable at all to the eye, unless you felt it. I’d say it probably depends on the colors & types of flowers as to whether its super noticeable but these definitely weren’t!

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