(Closed) Fake vs Real Flowers

posted 7 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

@mah434s: I think real and fake are both beautiful and you can do so much creating things yourself! You can order real flowers in bulk at pretty low prices from places like fiftyflowers.com or you could get pretty nice fake flowers at Walmart or any craft store!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

The way that fake flower prices are I feel like you are better off going ahead and getting real flowers.  There is something about fresh flowers that fake ones will never match. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Double post

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I have to agree with @baletrina: after pricing both I am leaning more toward live flowers except for:

live flowers would be impractical there as I intend to display them in my home after. I guess it depends on your intentions. All the rest of my flowers will be the real deal and toying with the idea of growing some of them myself.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

@baletrina: I have to agree here too… I went to buy a branch of green berries from the craft store and it was kind of small so I thought I’d need 4 of them. I asked what the price was on them and they said $12 a stem! I can’t imagine something used as a filler would cost so much. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@HappilyEverAfter54:  Just out of curiosity I looked at what a fake peony would cost versus the bulk ones I plan to buy.  $5.99 for the fake, $4.00 for the real!  Crazy.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

@baletrina: I know… it’s getting pretty bad that’s why I suggested Walmart for fake ones or fiftyflowers for real ones… can’t beat the discounts!

 

OP- I would say check out the dollar stores too… I got some beautiful flowers at our dollar tree recently! =D

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

fabric flowers? Walmart fabric is affordable and can make a good amount of fabric flowers from a yard. Well, it depends on the style of flower as well. It’s just the time required. I made my mother her bouquet instead of fresh flowers because she didn’t want to spend the money and something to hold on to. Never wilts. 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

@mah434s: You can do a lot with fake flowers as long as you get good quality fake flowers. I used fake flowers ONLY and everyone thought they were real! 🙂 I got mine at afloral.com. 🙂 Good luck

Post # 11
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1962 posts
Buzzing bee

I just think for the price of nicer fake, you can get real.  If you are DIY’ing and you have a plan for real, it is only slightly more labor intensive and nerve racking than fake, and in IMSHO, a much better look.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I say go for it. There is nothing wrong with fake flowers.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I own a silk flower design Etsy shop, so I say go fake! You’d be amazed at how real they can look and feel, AND you get to keep them afterwards!

Post # 14
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Worker bee

i second afloral.com I am doing my own flowers and they are turning out great….you cant be too skimpy though thats where people seem to run into trouble. Unless you are doing like a single flower in a bud vase and thats your “look”

 

I like the total control I have doing it myself. I even had a “Floral designer” friend who WAS going to help me until she started tell me you have to use marbles, you have to get some filler, etc etc. Its my wedding and i want peonies in milk glass in december!!!!

 

lol with that said my vote is DIY if you have a vision in mind, its possible that only you can fulfill it completely. 🙂

Post # 15
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Newbee

I went fresh at my first wedding – they were beautiful but of course died.  This time around we’re having a tiny wedding so I decided to go with silk.  First I thought it’d be cheaper (it’s not) and then I figured at least I’ll have a keepsake.  I don’t think it’ll look fake in the pictures but I’m not worried about it.  The best part about silk though?  Getting to totally control how things turn out!  I don’t have to worry about my peonies not being available or the design not being exact because it’s all done already (thanks to the awesome ladies of Etsy who sent me pics step by step), months in advance and now I can sit back and relax!

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