Post # 1
I would like to know your opinion on something… just a little background my reception venue came with an all inclusive package that includes 10 floral rose and babys breathe centerpieces… now they arent the most attractive looking centerpeices very cheesy and cheap looking (in my opinion)… it is a dozen roses (in whatever color I’d like) with baby’s breathe in what I believe is the same bouqet that you can pick up at the gas station wrapped in plastic and they are placed in a clear vase oh I also get to chose what color water or gel i want goodie!! (umm no LOL) anyhow Ive already confimed with the event coordinator that I would like to upgrade the centerpieces so she put me in touch with their florist and we discussed my options -how it will work is that the cost of each centerpeice (already included in the package) will be deducted from the cost of the actual centerpiece I choose so I will only have to pay the difference between the two (which is fair in my opinion) but heres the problem… the centerpieces that I am going for are very tall large floral arrangements and even after speaking with several other florists it seems that these will run me anywhere from $150 – $300 dollars more per centerpiece (the included centerpiece is “worth” about $50 a piece and I spoke with other florists just to make sure I was getting a good deal) Anyhow we dont have it in our budget to spend another $1-2,000 on centerpieces so my question is… would it be obvious to have the florist incorporate real and silk flowers in the arrangements? together?
I know alot of Bees on the site are using both silk and real but they are interchanging them… like real bouquets and fake centerpieces or vice versa but can I have both real and silk together in one arrangement? Lets say in each centerpiece I use maybe 1 dozen real roses and 1 dozen silk roses would anyone be able to tell? It doesnt necessarily have to be roses (Im just using that as an example) but the bottom line is because of the size of the arrangment the price is way out of our budget and this is something I truly want… we even thought about downsizing our guest list and remove 1 table just to make this happen because with the package we would be credited for the entire cost of that 1 table which is 10 guests but even doing that wouldnt be surfice… so whats a girl to do? I even toyed with the idea of using feathers as fillers but the fiance didnt like that idea so now what?
Side note: Im using all white flowers in my decorating (with the exception of my bouquet which will be purple) so Im thinking this may actually work
What do you ladies think?
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Post # 3
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 # 4
I know my wedding isnt until 2012 but we are paying as we go in cash and we really cant afford to go 1 penny over budget LOL – Thanks again Ladies!!!
Post # 5
what if I alternated between real and silk? we have 10 tables so what if I did 5 tables of real flowers and 5 tables of silk?
Post # 6
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
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
What about using something other than flowers to upgrade the centerpiece
Feathers, brooches, branches, ribbons?
Post # 9
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
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
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
Have you thought about DIY. I’m ordering my flowers from fiftyflowers.com
Post # 13
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
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!