Post # 1
When I first realised I could make the bouquets myself I was completely set on the idea, I made the bridemaids bouquets and the bridesmaids loved them. Mum wasnt so sure but she couldnt have been completely against the idea as she paid for the materials to make them. I just never finished making mine though, Ive been putting it off for ages.
The problem is I not entirely happy with the bridemaid ones and this feeling grows each time I get the out to look at them. im worried that if I finish mine too early I will go off the idea by the time the weddig comes around. I only have 102 days to go though and I should get the flowers sorted so I can tick them off the list.
Here is a picture of my finished bridesmaids bouquets:
They are actually the same size but the way I have placed them makes one appear bigger.
Im leaning more and more towards real flowers but the logical part of me is shouting dont be stupid you will only be holding them for a few minutes, its a waste of money! Im just not sure.
Have any of you changed you minds about flowers at the last minute?
Will people really notice and if they do will they actually care?! Probably not, but maybe I will
Post # 3
i think they look gorgeous! what is it about them that you don’t like?
Post # 4
Ooh I like those! I’m a little biased because I did mine myself as well 🙂
My thinking is that people really aren’t going to care about my flowers, so as long as they aren’t completely hideous no one will notice!! Plus my bouquets cost around $8 each, can’t beat that!
Post # 5
@CrispyRN: Honestly im not sure. I cant put my finger on it, they just dont look right to me. I think part of it is that they just scream fake to me now. Its frustrating because I spent quite alot of time on them, i want to like them!! haha.
@SunnyBunny: Wow $8 is pretty good going, mine were a little more than that but still sooo much cheaper than the eal deal.
Post # 6
Personally, I think they look great! I am still deciding what to do about flowers, but seeing nice DIY’s like yours makes me lean towards heading off to Michael’s for some flowers.
Post # 7
i totally understand what you are going through..
i wanted real flowers but i couldn’t afford them so I DIY’ed my bouquet and bridesmaids bouquets and at first I loved them but then I kept worried that they looked cheap and i was going off them.. when i showed people all they said was how lovely they looked and that i did a great job… it turned out i was worrying about something that wasn’t worth worrying about at all
i don’t think people will care if they are artificial and once you tell people that you made them yourself they will be proper impressed becasue they are lovely!
Post # 8
@roberts2b: I went back and forth on what to do about flowers, but decided to DIY fresh. I considered doing silk flowers but in the end like you I kept feeling like the look was “off”. We ended up spending about 450 on all of our flower arrangements, centerpieces, bouquets, etc and I don’t regret it at all because fresh flowers photograph so nicely and lent such a romantic feel to the day. If you are leaning towards fresh I’d say go for it…I’ve seen silk flower weddings that spent more on silk than we did on fresh. And it’s not like you’re going to do much with a ton of silk flowers after your wedding either.
Post # 9
they do look fake to me, and that shade of blue in contrast might be contributing to making them look less “real”.
professional photographers are pretty good at making silk bouquets look great so i wouldn’t stress, but i’m with the other bees. maybe you could go to costco and DIY the bouquets? fresh is so nice, and it is symbolic! 🙂 i say go fresh. good luck!
Post # 10
Oh! Pretty bouquets, I heart them.
I still DIY’d flowers, but I used fresh instead of paper at the last minute because I realized I didn’t have time to make them all (I planned my whole wedding in three months, so you still have plenty of time if you want to make yours).
Making my own fresh flower bouquets was super easy and fun… I spent maybe 3-5 hours for 5 bouquets, and my aunts helped me with the boutineres. So, if you want to do that and scrap the silk bouquets I support you 🙂
Post # 11
I think they look fabulous! 90% of your guests won’t notice, and those who know will be impressed that you did such great work yourself. I constantly worry about the same thing (I am making my own paper flower centrepieces), and the women at my mom’s office are constantly asking for updated pictures because they can’t get over how real they look!
Post # 12
I love your bouquets, and such a bouquet as that isn’t supposed to look exactly real (in my opinion) – it’s supposed to look a little handmade and crafty. I think they are beautiful and people will be impressed with the work you did.
I’m handmaking my bouquet from novel pages, so my bouquet doesn’t look like real flowers at all, but it is very meaningful to me and I have put real love into it. I’m also pleased that I will be able to keep it and won’t have to throw it away!
Post # 13
I don’t know if it helps, but when I saw the pic I was like, “Wait, why did she put them together so far in advance? They’re going to die.” Then I was like, “Oh duh they must be artificial flowers!”
So they looked so real to me that I had to reason that one through.
I agree with a PP that the blue might be part of the problem; I think that the blue in the bunch of flowers may be part of the problem, but the ribbon is beautifully tied around the stems and they look so gorgeous, I wish I had your skills!
I have noticed that the longer you can look at something, the more problems you’re going to find with it. When I find myself doing that I put it away and refuse to look at it for two weeks. When I pull it out again, I’m in love all over again (I do this with my dress every two months. Like, I have literally tried it on in front of my full-length mirror 3 times because I spent a good month being so unhappy that I bought a dress at a $99 dress sale).