(Closed) Flowers on a budget. Silk?

posted 5 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@lastlastfirst:  Same here! Gonna follow this thread for advice. I was thinking of doing half real half fake flowers (plus Fiance has bad allergies), or possibly a brooch bouquet if I can get it to look right.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I say definitely get bulk flowers from costco and do your own arrangements. Much much prettier and classier than silk, and still cheap.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@bebero:  

@lastlastfirst:  I was thinking of doing this myself. I’ve heard florists can get really expensive so I’d LIKE to make my bouquets myself!! I’ve been pinning how to’s from pinterest!! 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I bought “Real Touch” flowers from Hobby Lobby—they’re not silk, they’re more like latex—and will be doing my own arrangements. My wedding is about the same size as yours (I won’t have ceremony arrangements, but I have a few more tables and bridal party people), and I’ll be spending less than $600.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014 - Catal Restaurant

You can also look into latex/real touch/natural touch flowers. They look real and last forever 🙂

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m having a florist do the bouquets, boutineres and corsages. I was quoted $386 which was well within the budget. I am obsessed with dahlias, but they can be quite expensive so were mixing them with Lisianthus and Trachelium. Bridesmaids will have baby’s breath. Because baby’s breath is so inexpensive, were buying it in bulk from a local nursery for the centrepieces. Baby’s breath looks amazing by itself, very lush and full. Maybe going to a nursery or wholesaler could be a cheaper route for you if you would prefer real flowers and are willing to go the DIY route for flowers.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We originally planned on all silk but the centerpieces were so much work and just looked crappy.

 

So in the end my bouquet and my bridesmaids bouquets are silk.  And we’re just paying for centerpieces…about 1100$

 

We’re not doing bouts because I’m not a huge fan but we got matching pocket squares for the groomsmen.

 

ETA: We plan to have a petal toss and are having a rose ceremony.  We’re going to buy roses through Costco for something like 100$ for 70 stems or something.  We’ll tear off the petals ourselves. 

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I went to a wedding in which they used live plants (like ferns and palms) and added real flowers to them.  Beautiful.  The plants are large and really fill the centerpiece and only about $5-15 a piece.  It’s a thought.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

There are some flower arranging videos on youtube.  I watched one on making your own bouquet and will try that. 

I have an overall small budget for my wedding and will diy the bouquets and bouts with silk flowers.  The tables at my venue are oval, so I will have candle centerpieces on either end with a small flower arrangement of real flowers in the middle.  

 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

i used a mix of mainly sola (made out of soft balsa wood), silk, and dried preserved flowers for my bouquets and centerpieces.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee

My dear, I hate to say this, but I’m not surprised on the quote. You have expensive (and amazing!) taste on the flowers! 

Could you do 1/2 and 1/2? I really don’t like fake bouquets, but pretty much every wedding I’ve ever been in, I’ve carried a fake bouquet. They just look…. fake?

 

Maybe you could use real touch silk flowers for the ceremony, since people won’t be close to them? 

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