Post # 1
I am having a really hard time deciding on what to do with flowers. I don’t want to spend the money for real flowers from a florists or spend the money preserving my bouquet, but at the same time love the look of fresh flowers at a wedding. Silk flowers are so much cheaper and easy DIY projects, but I can’t seem to find any that I think will look realistic and not cheap and cheesy. Has anyone used silk flowers at their wedding and loved how they came out? Or is real just the way to go?
Post # 3
We aren’t having real flowers. I am allergic and I also don’t like the fact that all that money is spent and then they die after a few days. We have decided to do real touch flowers from http://www.afloral.com/Silk-Wedding-Flowers/Real-Touch-Wedding-Flowers
Everything will be DIY.
Post # 4
we did real, and made our own centerpieces with wholesale flowers which brought the cost down a lot. It was very easy to do, we just chose one type of flower so all we had to do was cut them and stuff them in a vase the day before the wedding.
Post # 5
@noritake22: awesome, i will check that website out!! I feel the same way about spending the money and then having them die. Have you received any sample flowers from afloral?
Post # 6
Don’t do it!!! (obviously unless doing so for health reasons such as noritake22) Although more affordable they really end up just screaming cheap. The first thing your guests will do it touch and smell them…. weird I know but true!! I had hydrangeas and curly willow and EVERYONE commented on how nice it is to have real flowers. Artbee has a great reccommendation of a DIY from a wholesale floral company…. believe it or not even Sam’s club sells wholesale flowers and has them delivered one or two days before for arranging. To each their own but I vote make the best out of real flowers, simple is often better anyway! 😀
Post # 7
@megs4876: I haven’t ordered any samples yet, but I have seen the same flowers in person and you really can’t tell that they aren’t real, unless you are very up close and personal with them. I don’t think they look cheap at all. Some of the silks that are of lesser quality do look cheap, even when you look at them far way, but these are different.
Post # 8
silk flowers can look stunning and sometimes u seriously cannot tell that they arent real. why spend more money when u can achieve the exact same look for less. besides silk flowers can be bought way ahead of time.. check out how realistic these look http://www.mysilkweddingflowers.com/
Post # 9
I had fake flowers, and was really worried before the wedding that they would look “too fake” and would not be good enough. Now, a few days out from my wedding, I don’t know why I was so concerned. I didn’t have real flowers, none of my guests commented or seemed disappointed, and they all said that the wedding was beautiful and they had a great time. I actually used PVC calla lilies, and anyone who did comment did so after picking them up, saying things like “Oh! I thought these were real!”
My basic strategy was to get the fakes I thought looked the best. A friend of mine also had fake flowers, and they looked lovely. Could you tell they were fake? Sure! Did that make her wedding seem any less wonderful? No. It was still a beautiful wedding!
@LaHart01, I respect your right to your opinion, but I have to disagree. Many of us used fake flowers due to budget constraints so, yes, they were cheaper. But they can still look great! Mine didn’t really cause any detriment to my wedding, so far as I can tell, and the whole day was simply beautiful!
Post # 10
With having cherry blossoms as a theme, so there was no way I could do the real thing. I am doing a combination of fresh and artificial. Real bamboo with silk cherry blossom branches. I felt a little better about using real bamboo because the guests guests can take them as a keepsake.
Post # 11
I really hate this debate, because for some reason people feel the need to make others feel bad about using fake flowers. I’m currently debating it myself, because I was made to feel like I was being too cheap and that everything would look tacky.
I think like anything else, you do lots and lots of research and find what works for you. If you can do fresh and you have no allergies and no other qualms about real flowers, then go for it. If you don’t have the budget, like many of us, there are so many fake options.
I just saw this on save-on-crafts the other day and was pretty amazed at how they looked:
look at how real that looks! And really, who is going to be stuffing their face in your bouquet, and who needs to touch the centerpiecess? I would never do that at a wedding, you look but you don’t mess with it!
Go with what your heart and head can agree on. Don’t go overbudget or sniffle your way through the day just so you can have real flowers.
Post # 12
Im using fake flowers. It wasnt a huge deal to me to have real flowers. And yeah, the thought of spending all that $$ on something that was going to wilt and die a few days after the wedding is such a waste. And I HATE this debate because everyone makes us fake flower users feel tacky for using fake flowers. Meh. Personally, flowers arent a big deal to me at all. Im not having a flower bouquet. My BMs arent have bouquets.
We just bought a house last month and Im not planning on planting any flowers. I just dont see the point! But thats just my opinion, of course.
Post # 13
I’ve seen so so so many fake flowers and as much as I really REALLY like the idea of saving money and having something that’ll last me forever, I honestly just CAN’T do it simply because I’ve NEVER seen any fake flowers that look real. And trust me, I’ve seen hundreds of fake flowers. (My Future Mother-In-Law has them all over the house. She’s such a fan she goes to a florist who ONLY does fake flowers and puts them in pretty arrangements but still, they look fake.). She’s really big on fancy looking fake flowers but no matter what, they still to me don’t look real. Even the links of fake flowers in this thread look fake to me.
But like I said, this is just me and my opinions. If someone else wants to do it at their wedding then that’s their choice. If it makes them happy and if they like it, then that’s all that matters because it’s their special day. No one else’s.
And I have to add, I have been to a few weddings who yes in my opinion did a lot of things that I would have never done. Lots of things I didn’t like, and I heard a lot of other guests say the same thing I was thinking in my mind. But of course NO ONE would dare say anything to the bride and groom. Of course we all say the wedding was nice and pretty and all that jazz to the bride and groom. No need to be a jerk and say what we really think because again, it’s not what we think that matters. It’s not our wedding so our opinions shouldn’t matter. As long as the bride and groom like it then that’s all that matters. If we don’t like it, we simply just don’t do it when it’s our turn.
Post # 14
Personally, I would never look down on a bride or groom or their wedding day because they chose fake flowers to use in their wedding.
Post # 15
I’m using real flowers for the bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages and then my toss away bouquet is a bouquet of fake callalillies from Hobby Lobby (it was $10, and the flowers actually feel real) My real flowers were under 500 and still pretty nice
For our center pieces I am just getting half price stems from hobby lobby (I’m doing two callas in a hurricane thingy. Callas are $1/pc during half price weeks).
Post # 16
I made clay flowers and added dried lavender. It’s something to look into because they also keep forever and people were amazed that I made them.