(Closed) Is using silk flowers tacky?

posted 10 years ago in Flowers
Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Glades Pike Winery, Somerset, PA

My bouquets are silk, and I don’t think they look tacky or cheap at all.

Post # 18
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

It depends on the quality of the silk flowers. Some look much better than others, Some look very realistic!

Post # 20
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

@Mrsgurzakovic:  thanks! my bff (on the far left in the bottom pic) made them all for me. I bought most flowers at Michael’s when they were doing their buy 1 get 1 sale, and then some online

Post # 21
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Yes, would normally be my answer. However, the flowers KLloyd1 just posted (the Maroon ones) look amazing!

 

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Don’t use both. You’ll be able to tell. If you use all silks, yes, people will know they’re silk, but so what? As long as the arrangement is nice. One thing, our florist arranged both silk and real flowers. She told us that if we wanted, we could bring her the silks to arrange, so we could buy the flowers ourselves. Maybe the florist will do that?

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I bought them from Michaels when they were 50% off and I got another 10 or 15% off for being a teacher. My mom’s best friends daughter arranged them.

Post # 24
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Bee Keeper

I’m using silk flowers. They don’t look tacky or old ladyish at all. They look beautiful IMO.

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

There are good and bad quality silk flowers. At my second wedding, we used silk flowers for everything. They were so real looking that several guests tried to sniff them and my Mother-In-Law put her corsage in the fridge because she dodn’t want her flowers to wilt! The wedding was in August and I didn’t want the flowers to wilt. Plus there is no problem with saving the bouquets – I stored mine in a fancy hat box!

Post # 26
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Bumble bee

If you want real flowers just stay away from florists. Farmer’s market vendors and Costco/Sam’s club have really cheap fresh flowers that are beautiful. Also, one of my favorite looks is a lot of small vases each with a tiny poof of baby’s breath. So elegant!

Post # 28
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

its OK to use artificial !! some are so real looking that you cannot tell…

if you are worried guests touching the silk flowers, submerge your centrepiece flower in a clear glass with water and candle..

 

that way they cannot touch!

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We are using silk because we can’t have real due to the cost and restrictions with the cruiseline and USDA. Think of it this way a flower is $, until you add “wedding” to it and then it becomes $$, then add cruiseline and restrictions and the price becomes $$$$–we could get a four rose bouquet for $100–that’s it, no other flowers just four roses strung together with ribbon.

 

We are using real-touch that we bought on a close-out sale from Afloral.com. I’d say if you had time to wait until after summer and there should be oodles of stuff on sale, but since your weddings in June it doesn’t help you. I’m sure your arrangements will look beautiful, regardless of the SIL.

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I don’t think it’s tacky as long as the silk flowers are of good quality. My mom decorates a lot with silk flowers and most of the times I couldn’t tell they were made out of silk because they looked like real flowers. The quality of the silk flowers is very important so if you go that route then keep that in mind. Have you considered the submerged centerpieces? I know a lot of brides use them but they are cost effective and it’s best to use artificial flowers for them. I saw an episode of David Tutera where they used artificial orchids and used clear plastic for the submerged centerpieces. I swear, some of the elaborate centerpieces he presents on the show must be out of high quality silk flowers….but I could be wrong.

If you consider using fresh flowers then I would highly suggest locating flower wholesalers in your area since they can provide you with the best price. My aunt works in a florist company and she recommended me to go on that route if I was considering fresh flowers.

Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It’s only tacky if you use the ugly ones from the 80’s. Silk flowers have come a long way, some people forget that.

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