Post # 1
Hello Bees! I am at the flower picking stage of wedding planning- I am waiting for a few quotes from local florist, but also have been researching real-touch flowers as well. If I go with real-touch, I will probably only use them for the bouquets, but will purchase real flowers for my centerpieces… below is a my flower photo inspirations (these are pictures of real flowers).
If you have used real-touch flowers, PLEASE elaborate your thoughts. Do you regret using them, were they great or not so great? Did anyone notice?
I have found that doing real-touch bouquets is not really going to save me all that much money (maybe like $50.00 or so), but the key is I can SELL them after the wedding and make some of my money back.
PLEASE HELP! Thanks much 🙂
Post # 3
I tend to go for whatever is most cost effective, personally, but I was a budget bride. 🙂
I’m curious, why didn’t you consider real-touch for the centerpieces?
Post # 4
I would go with the real touch flowers. Those things really do look real, so you might as well save some money.
Post # 5
I am a budget bride too. I am trying to do this wedding as classy for as little money as possible. My budget is around $10,000 for about 120 people.
I havn’t given too much thought to real touch centerpeices yet, I guess I just thought they would look better if they were real flowers.
Post # 6
That was roughly our budget too, and we had about 135 people (after getting guilted into letting 20 kids come) in attendance. We skipped the floral centerpieces for candles for budget reasons.
Post # 7
So.. are they cheaper? Or only cheaper because you can resell them?
Don’t bank on reselling them. Do what will make you feel better. Honestly if i were going this path to save money, I’d want the bouquets to be real (I love the smell!) and then save the money on the centerpieces.
Post # 8
We’re at about 12,000 for 100 people, and we skipped flowers for centerpieces, too. There are some great nonfloral centerpiece options you might want to look into. We’re doing ours with feathers and those twisty branch things if you have any idea what I’m talking about, lol.
Post # 9
I’d use real touch for everything. It may not save you THAT much money, but there is a chance that you can resell or reuse it after the wedding. I’m researching this route for my centerpieces.
Post # 10
Things to consider:
1. Do you want to keep the bouquet after the wedding? (if yes-> real touch)
2. Anyone in the family is allergic to flowers? (if yes-> real touch)
3. The flowers you need, are they available around your wedding date? (if no-> real touch)
4. Do you love the smell of flowers? (if yes-> real)
5. What’s the price difference between the two? Big difference or small?
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
I just bought 29 RT roses at Hobby Lobby for $2.50 per rose half off (I bought out the color/size I needed). I calculated I need 35 roses for my bouquets (3 Bridesmaid or Best Man at 7 roses each; 1 bridal at 14 roses). I will be adding beads to the bouquets and still need to figure out the bouts, so there will be some additional cost in all this, but considering I will have spent less than $200 for 4 bouquets and probably bouts, when the cheapest packages I see are over $300, I say it’s pretty cost effective when every $50 counts (for my budget at least). I also like @big_monchhichi‘s breakdown. I’m doing RT for practically all the reasons she listed except for allergies (and I don’t care how they smell).
Post # 12
You may not be aware of this but the bridesmaids bouquets are gifts to your “maids”… You can’t ask for them back to sell… They carry them during the ceremony because it’s your way of honoring them as your dearest and closest friends just like you honor your parents with corsages and bouts… I’d vote real! The real touch might look cool… but if you don’t think you’re going to want to keep them then why get fake ones. By the way, real flowers can be preserved as well to keep so that shouldn’t be a reason to get the real touch…