(Closed) Fake flowers outdoors: Yay or Nay?

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
  • poll: Fake flowers at an outdoor wedding: How bad is it, REALLY?

    Horribly tacky (the wedding gods will smite you)

    Pretty tacky (you can do it, but I'll talk about you)

    Eh, Go ahead (eh, go ahead)

  • Post # 2
    9436 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    I don’t think it’s tacky at all. These days you can get silk flowers that look pretty damn close to real anyway.

    We are doing real flowers for the ceremony and fake for the centerpieces.

    Post # 3
    205 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I’ve seen both and sometimes I have to look closely to figure out which.  But I’m the weird person that checks out EVERYTHING at wedding.  Don’t worry I do it on the sly. 🙂

    Post # 4
    3791 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I had fake flowers for my outdoor wedding, and acually had fake for everything. My mom and I (OK, mainly my mom) made them all and I thuogh they turned out well.

    I did it for cost and the fact that I could have something to keep. I know my sister and SIL both have their bouquets on display still.

    Post # 6
    559 posts
    Busy bee

    I was just as worried. We did my own flowers for my wedding (ordered in bulk through Costco) and they lasted two days, no wilting – in the middle of August. I looked online and read to feed roses with sugar cubes, keep flowers cool in a garage or fridge where there are no apples or other produce (or has been), and to cut the flowers with sharp sheers on an angle under water. It also advised to let them sit a day or two before assembling. I followed these rules and no problem. With that being said, I think fake flowers are so much easier so if you find ones yoj love I’d go down that route. 

    Post # 7
    5622 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I say do whatever you like! Quite honestly, if someone wants to talk smack about your wedding, they will. Doesn’t matter how fancy an affair it is.

    Post # 8
    228 posts
    Helper bee

    If you were wanting real flowers but concerned about the cost check out Costco. I spent about $400 on flowers and that covered the bouquets, corsages, centerpieces,  and aisle decorations. It was less than fake flowers would’ve cost. I had them arrive 2 days before the wedding and they lasted for a long time. At least a week after the wedding. 

    Post # 9
    1073 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I got married in a garden and had fake flowers. The reception was indoors though. Everythign looked beautiful, and now I have my bouquet to keep. 


    Post # 13
    559 posts
    Busy bee

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    luvliboosh:  Most produce (especially apples) gives off ethylene gas which causes flowers to wilt and/or die. I went a little crazy researching how to take care of fresh cut flowers as I usually kill fresh cut roses and almost every plant I own. This guide was the most in-depth: https://web.extension.illinois.edu/cook/downloads/9203.pdf

    Post # 14
    455 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I can honestly say I have never seen a wilted flower bouquet at a wedding, I work at an outdoor venue that services weddings every weekend. If this is your only concern then I think you don’t have to worry expecially if you pick hardy flowers. Mind you this is in Canada. Maybe this is a factor depending on where you live.

    If cost is a factor (flowers can be very expensive) you may want to look at more cost efficiant like baby breath. They are very hardy and will not wilt. Below is a beautiful baby breath bouquet.


    Post # 15
    1263 posts
    Bumble bee

    We did all fresh flowers at our wedding, but even though we had the budget for it, I do think they are a ridiculous amount of money for what you get! There are definitely some very real looking faux flowers could be quite lovely for a fraction of the cost! 

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