(Closed) Fake flowers vs. real flowers?

posted 11 years ago in Flowers
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

whoops – let’s try that pic again:

 

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Post # 18
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

if you do silk make sure they will save you money bc if not, go for the real thing. i went with silk and only spent $60 on all my wedding flowers! That would have cost me almost $100 for real….taht is savings that is worth it to me. If you are using a florist…go with real.

good luck 🙂

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I think there are a lot of factors you have to consider.

1.  Are you able to afford a florist that could assemble the day of?  If not, then go with a fake because dealing with fresh cut flowers the day of will not be fun.

2. Can you get QUALITY fake flowers (not Michaels, but better)

3.  Do you have experience arranging either fake or real flowers?  To do it right, it takes a lot of practice.

4.  What types of flowers are you looking for.  Some real flowers look fake, so the fake ones look like better quality.  Some real flowers are harder to get quality real looking fake ones. 

Post # 20
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I love real touch flowers. I got mine from Jennifer Gibbs, Details by J.Lynn on Etsy. They are a bit more expensive than traditional faux flowers but definitely not as expensive as real, and practically no one can tell that they aren’t real unless you get really close to them and feel them. Jennifer did all of my flowers including the alter pieces. The only place I used real flowers was at the reception because we only used rose petals with a bunch of candles. The best part about getting real touch is now I have my bouquet displayed in a vase that I can look at everyday! Plus I was able to have orchids and peonies in my bouquet in October without breaking the bank.

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I actually went the fake route and do not regret it at all. It was what was in my budget and I didn’t even have to put them together. I actually hired a Silk Florist who did all the work for me and it was relatively inexpensive and I had the flowers 2 weeks in advance.

I think if you have quality faux flowers they can look real but they should also be prepared correctly too.

Post # 22
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I went with fake Michael’s flowers and they were not “cheap” or tacky looking at all! In fact people were coming up to me and going “oh your flowers are pretty” and then going, “omg those aren’t real!” So there =]. I have TERRIBLE allergies and I did NOT wanna deal with real flowers. While pretty, they would have just wilted and been a sorry mess with all the humidity. My friend did real touch and they looked great. Personally, I feel like my $200 floral budget was a million times smarter than spending $1200 on real flowers that would die and make me all watery and puffy anyways. I just kinda felt like it would have been a waste of money. I dunno, I’d rather scale back on florals and put some money towards my bridesmaids…i was at a wedding once where they spent tons and tons of money on floral centerpieces and everything and then chintzed out on their bridesmaids.

Fakey Fakey!

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Post # 23
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Oooo pretty flowers EJS!

I agree, I couldn’t justify in my budget to spend 1K for real flowers when I got what I wanted and needed for approx. $250, even if they were faux flowers. If it works for you then great but it wouldn’t have worked for me.

Post # 24
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

such a hard decision!

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

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@ejs4y8: those seriously look real! All from Michaels?? What brands??!

Post # 26
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

these are my fake flowers!Love them!

Post # 27
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Not sure how to make the pic bigger 🙁

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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@ejs4y8: Love them. We are going the Michael’s route because even though I’m sure there are better fake ones online somewhere, I’d rather see them before I buy them.

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

For me it has to be real flowers, you just can’t beat them! But it’s all about personal preference and if you’re not a big flower person, going the faux route wouldn’t be a big deal for you. Each to their own.

I carried a faux bouquet as maid of honour at my friend’s wedding recently and it just wasn’t the same- for me that is. I also think they tend to look more fake when photographed.

However, at my cousin’s wedding last summer I was convinced the bridal party had faux flowers but they were actually real, so go figure!

 

Post # 30
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

fake all the way, purely for ease, cost and fun of doing it all myself! here are my mock up centerpieces, had such good fun making these and best of all i have time to fiddle and change things if i want!

here it is , ignore the red candles there not meant to go with it!

good luck with what ever you decide xx

 

 

Post # 31
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think it depends on the type of flower.  Some fake flowers look really real, while others look like they came from grandma’s house. 

And it is surprising that fake flowers, the quality one, can actually be more costly than real.

I am going all my centerpieces, 9 bouquets, 8 bouteneers(how do you spell that?), 4 corsages and 2 flower girl baskets.  All real.  For a spring day you can’t beat a fresh flower!

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