(Closed) Fake flowers vs. real flowers?

posted 11 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Personally, I don’t mind them in things like pomanders, etc. but for bouquets I prefer the real thing. Maybe that’s because I haven’t seen any that are realistic enough. If you get them so that they look really realistic, that’s a different story.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

I much prefer real, despite the added expense. Fake flowers look really cheap to me. I agree that they look fine in things like pomanders, though.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I vote for real.  Is your venue kind of a blank canvas or does it already have a lot of life (aka you wouldn’t need to invest tons in flowers anyway)?

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I recently posted about this as well. I personally decided to go with fake. If you get the quality fake ones, you cant tell, they still look great in pics, people cant tell unless they really are checking it out and examining the darn things, and you get to keep your boquet  and put it in your house or whatever. I am going to have a way more detailed boquet with going fake then what I would have been able to do with real! I know some people are particular on flowers, but for me I would rather cut cost there then on the bigger things like food, DJ or Photographer which are the things that people are REALLY going to remember, not your flowers!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I went with fake for my bouquet and the pomander.  I had real ones made for the bridesmaids and my bouquet looked so much better.  If you get nice looking fakes and spend the time making it look nice, I think you’d be really happy with the outcome.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i like real. i just feel like you can’t beat fresh flowers.

Post # 9
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Newbee

I love real flowers!! It just makes everything even more beautiful, fresh and classy!!

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Personally I would not use fake. I would prefer to use a cheaper type of flower( carnations, babies breath,etc) and keep them simple vs using fake flowers. I think you can always tell when they are fake. Everyone has a different opinion, so its just what works for you.

Post # 11
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Newbee

I think its all a matter of personal preference. I do know from personal experience…I have 3 of my 7 kids getting married within a year! One wedding down, and two to go. First one was my son, so his wife made the decision to go with real. Since my other daughter in law and I do wedding planning, we took care of everything. We were doing all of the bouquets and decorations for the church on the morning of the wedding. We waited to cut the flowers until the last moment possible. Thank God the wedding was at 5:30 pm. It all turned out gorgeous, but this is my suggestion. If you are hiring a florist, by all means go with real. If you are not able to afford a florist, and are DIY’ing them, then use silk. Trust me, you don’t want to even think about putting bouquets together on the morning of the wedding…and the longer they’re cut and out of water, the worse they’re going to look.  The budget compromise to this is to go with silk for the decorations in the church/venue and reception, and get all of the bouquets and bouts for the guys in real. It’s not nearly as expensive and all you have to do is pick up or have your bouquets delivered on the day of the wedding. Everything else can be done a month beforehand!

Post # 12
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Newbee

Here are some pictures of the flowers we did for my son’s wedding September 26, 2009.

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Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@cpmathis – Those flowers are beautiful!

I prefer the real thing. I thought about doing fakes for my centerpieces but I found out that it would be more expensive than ordering the real thing online. I went to buy fake orchids at Michael’s and they were $3.99 and $4.99 a piece! I can get real roses or tulips for half that online.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Personally, I prefer real over fake. I just don’t like the look of fake flowers. I know you can get fake flowers that look real nowadays but I would prefer to get real flowers and use less expensive real flowers instead of using fake flowers.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

Personally I like the real thing. Plus, I’m not sure what I’d do with all those flowers once the wedding’s over.

A friend of mine had them at her wedding & she ended up spending more on them. Be careful & do your research too & make sure you love them. The centerpieces looked great in person but sometimes pictures taken up close you can really tell that they’re fake. Here’s one of the better pics from her wedding. She made the bouts.

 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Silk flowers are beautiful if you purchase the high quality silk.  And you can order real flowers online that are likely slightly cheaper than silk; but, online flowers are not always as fresh as getting them from a florist the same day.  So, to each its own.  I like some sytles of silk flowers and others I prefer the real thing.  It all depends on the type of flower. 

Maybe go and do a dry run and make a silk flower arrangement and one real flower arrangement and see which one you like best. 

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