(Closed) Considering a paper flower bouquet, but mom wants me to use real flowers

posted 5 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

@bleusteel:  One of my biggest budget regrest for our wedding was spending $400 on flowers.  They were totally unnecessary.  Look great in pics (as yours would), carry them around all day, make arrangements for passing them back and forth during the ceremony and then ditch them at the table.  Blah – wish I’d gone without.

Hope that helps you decide OP 🙂

Post # 4
4464 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I agree with your mom. 

Post # 5
2905 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Wait, those are paper? They’re gorgeous! 

My general opinion is that unless you’re willing to pay for it, you don’t get a vote. If your mom feels strongly enough that she’s willing to fork over the cash for real flowers, then you can consider whether or not you’re willing to get real flowers to make her happy. If not, then I’d file it under “okay, thanks for your opinion” and move on with paper flowers. 

Post # 6
1459 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - Bristol zoo

I don’t think it’s a necessity for a bride to have real flowers? My mother’s bouquet was fake (I don’t think they would have been able to afford real ones) and is currently sitting in a draw in our spare room :3


Your paper ones look amazing and I think they’d also be super cool as part of a bouquet – plus you can keep it afterwards ^^

Post # 7
341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

your paper flowers are gorgeous!

Post # 8
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

If she wants you to have real flowers, ask if she’ll contribute to buying them. Otherwise, everything is fair game if you are paying for the wedding yourself! 

Post # 9
3692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

If she insists that you have real flowers, she needs to pay for them.  I think the paper ones you made are really impressive. 

Post # 10
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

They look really nice, but I think real flowers is a better idea. The smell of flowers, and the tangible feeling of the flowers are really what gives the wedding that extra touch.

I am DIYing my flowers from Bloomsbythebox.com and it is cheap, and when I called, the people were sooo nice, and since you are really creative, I am sure that it won’t be a problem for you to make them. I did trial runs and everything and the service was great. I think you really should at least try it with real flowers, and then decide what you like better- flowers or paper. Bloomsbythebox also has awesome DIY videos and great advice on the website which are really helpful.

Again, it is your wedding, so it is totally up to you. But I really do reccommend you using real flowers, and DIYing real flowers, is cheap!

Post # 11
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Your paper flowers look wonderful.  I love them!!  We used all fake flowers except paper flowers on our ice cream bar.  I was very happy with the way they turned out.  I say if you are paying for your flowera then no one else has a say.  

Post # 13
6256 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2014

If that’s what your heart wants, do paper. You are obviously very good at it!

But if you are only doing it for money reasons, know that you can go to Sams Club/Whole Foods and get a bouquet or flowers for a bouquet for not much money at all.

Post # 14
1177 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think those look awesome; I can’t tell they’re paper from the photo. But I also think that if your mom demands real flowers, she should pay for them. If she’s not paying, she doesn’t get a vote.

Post # 15
57 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Your flowers look really good! I am a paper flower bride myself and FH was not convinced they would look good as a bouquet eaither untill i showed him this (not done just a quick mock up so he could see the idea). so my advice try arranging them then show your mom maybe she will be swayed as well. If not I am with PPs make her pay for the real ones Good luck!!!

Post # 16
260 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1999

Those are lovely! 🙂 I too decided to not have real flowers and have made my bouquet. I don’t like real flowers. I mean, I like green things in a garden and don’t mind colourful thigns in a garden, either but cut off flowers? Naah not my cup of tea. Everyones been screaming bloodymurder that I have no real flowers ‘not even on the tables?!’ someone asked. I just don’t like flowers. It’s a personal choice 🙂 x

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