Post # 1
I am having a bit of a problem deciding whether I want to use real or silk flowers. Real flowers will look really beautiful, but I am afraid of them wilting or not looking at great in the August heat. Silk flowers seem more practical and you can keep them forever, but they don’t look quite as beautiful as real flowers. I am aware of the cost of both because I do have quotes from florists, so I am just looking for experiences with both.
I am only using flowers for bouquets because the centerpieces not have flowers. What do you think? Did you use real or silk? Do you wish you would have used the other?
Post # 2
I think the key is getting a great florist and picking flowers that do not wilt easy. My flowers were perfect for my wedding day. So glad that I did real! However, I’ve been in a wedding where someone did the flowers as a side business and they were wilting before we even walked down the aisle. I actually had my mom dry my bouquet when we were on our honeymoon. Super cool because now I can still display it. Good luck!
Post # 3
I bought six Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, my bouquet, and a toss bouquet on Etsy for $300 including shipping (silk flowers). When I priced real flowers, my cheapest estimate was several times that! So I was very happy with the silk flowers because of the cost savings, but also because I didn’t have to worry about them wilting or needing to be refrigerated/kept in water prior to the ceremony, being delivered late or having to go pick them up, or receiving something that didn’t meet my expectations and having no time to resolve that. I also didn’t have to worry about ending up with any stains/spots on my dress from the flowers. Added bonus: I got to keep my bouquet and it’s now in a vase on my dresser. My BM’s seemed to appreciate that they got another little keepsake from the wedding also. I know several of them have theirs in vases throughout their homes.
Post # 4
mrsyeti: I never thought about stains or spots on my dress, now that makes me nervous.
mrsblueeyes: Thanks for the advice!
Post # 5
There are some very realistic silks out there nowadays. We did a silk package from Angel’s Accents for our wedding. The package included: 22′ ceremony garland, 1 bridal bouquet, 1 Maid/Matron of Honor bouquet, 2 man buttonholes, 2 kid buttonholes, 2 large alter arrangements, 3 vase centerpieces, 3 lantern centerpieces, 2 cake arrangements, 1 card box arrangement, 2 hair combs, and 34 rose heads for $1500. We ultimately want to resell them at a discount (there’s NO WAY I can bring myself to toss them) when we get our professional pictures back. I can’t wait!!!!!
But below is a preview:
my bridal bouquet
rose heads in votives
brownie pyramid flowers
We ultimately chose silk so that we didn’t have to deal with the logistics, transport, wilting and that just-one-more-thing-that-could-go-wrong. I knew that I wanted tons of flowers everywhere, but I just couldn’t justify the expense if it meant just tossing them all at the end of the wedding. They were so realistic that even the photographer and our coordinator thought they were real!
Post # 6
We are doing real flowers for the ceremony but will be doing silk for the centerpieces at the reception.
Post # 7
candycue: Very pretty!! 🙂
Post # 8
- Wedding: November 2016 - Garden
hikingbride: great idea. I’ll be doing that too. The centerpieces will be silk while the ceremonial bouquets will be real. My mom suggests all the flowers to be real but silk lasts longer and they don’t wilter away and cost a lot less. my mom says don’t let your wedding to be cheap…(shes my wedsing planner) I wouldn’t say im going cheap just spending of what I need not what I “over-want”
“Over-Wanting” will make me go over budget and I can’t allow that to happen 🙂 so going half and half is a fantastic idea!!
Post # 9
I’m not a fan of silk flowers and can tell the difference. If it’s a cost consideration, I’d go with something modest, but real every time. If wilting is your main concern, be sure to choose a reputable florist and ask for advice.
Post # 10
princessbee1991: I was stressing out so much about the flowers before making the decision to do half & half. I’ve looked at a lot of pictures of silk flowers at weddings and, I mean I’m not flower expert, but they looked pretty close to real to me.
As for it being cheap – I’m pretty sure guests don’t care at all about the centerpieces and no one will even be thinking about it at the wedding. I’m always way more focused on the food and drinks than the centerpieces!
Post # 11
- Wedding: November 2016 - Garden
hikingbride: haha yup! Its all about the food. Agreed! 😀 can’t go wrong there.
Post # 12
Silk all the way….! We choose silk because I have hayfever and wanted flowers that would be hard to find at the time of year. They were amazing! I’ve had some many comments about them, and no one could believe they were silk. I had planned to sell, but I can’t bear to becausr they’re so beautiful, instead they’ll be in vases in our house soon!
Post # 14
We did silks, because it was far cheaper than real for us, and because I hae allergies, so fake flowers just worked better for us. I got so many compliments on our flowers, and am very glad we went with them. Pictures are courtesy of Asher Marie Photography, and flowers were from LilyofAngels on Etsy (very happy with thier service, very accomodating).
Post # 15
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
We did fake flowers. It was nice because my boquet, my three Bridesmaid or Best Man boquets, my throwing boquet and the five boutineers for the guys all came to $160 (and that includes maerials like robbons and glue). It was fun because me and my girls had a boquet making party a few days before the wedding. Plus, myself, my Maid/Matron of Honor and one Bridesmaid or Best Man kept our boquets and have them on display in our respective homes. That is the added bonus!