(Closed) Flowers: Real Touch vs Real… Help Me Decide PLEASE!

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
  • poll: What should I do?
    Purchase real-touch bouquets and real flowers for centerpieces, then sell bouquets after wedding. : (8 votes)
    35 %
    Go all real, you can't beat it! : (12 votes)
    52 %
    Other, state below. : (3 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    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
    Member
    6394 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I would go with the real touch flowers. Those things really do look real, so you might as well save some money.

    Post # 6
    Member
    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Ah.

    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
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    2907 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    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
    Member
    6394 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    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
    Member
    7300 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    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
    Member
    494 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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
    Member
    1326 posts
    Bumble bee
    • 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
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    875 posts
    Busy bee

    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…

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