(Closed) Is using silk flowers tacky?

posted 10 years ago in Flowers
Post # 32
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Hey lovely ladies!!!! I was adiment that I would have fresh flowers for my bouquets however my mum came across some beautiful silk bouquets at a florist while she was out one day.. This got me thinking…

 

I originally wanted peonies in my bouquet but they aren’t in season in April so I elect found a gorgeousbouquet on etsy (bridesmaids as well) & I cannot tell from the pictures that they are silk. Check out the link & also her shop on etsy.

 

http://www.etsy.com/listing/90917996/real-touch-silk-bridal-bouquet

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I dont think its tacky.  To each his own. 🙂 You do with what you got and I am sure it will look beautiful. I almost used them but I discovred the flower district in my area and paid only 160 dollars for all my flowers. 

We made 12 centerpieces, my bouquet, my girls bouquets, all the boutineers, and the church decor.  

Post # 34
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I will admit that I don’t care for silk flowers, but I certainly understand having to compromise on certain things when planning a wedding. I would check around for farmer’s markets or floral wholesalers. Sam’s Club usually has good deals. You can even order real flowers online. My friends did that and they got a fantastic price. If you are going to have to arrange your own with silk anyway, you might look into it.

Regardless of what you do, I am sure it will be beautiful! Best of luck with your planning!

Post # 36
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I am not a fan of fake flowers but I am a flower lover so I notice them immediately in events.  I think the super good quality silk flowers are better but sadly they are really expensive so you probably could get fresh flowers for that price but hey to pick on the other side, I also notice when people use cheaper types of flowers or if they are just not good quality so they wilt in a few hours that isn’t nice either.  Maybe search around for a cheaper florist and see what the best deal you can get let them tell you the better price flowers so you get the biggest bang for your buck and then also look into the silk ones (the nicer ones) and see which is really cheaper.  As far as “tacky”, I think you have to look at your circle of family and friends, if it is the norm for people to use silk then fine but in some groups that would be a little “tacky” which might be why your SIL mentioned it 🙁 .

Post # 37
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Mrs.SplatterPaint:  Those are gorgeous!  That reassures me that I can go the silk flower route and still pull off good pictures. For people who can afford it, real flowers are great, but seeing as I’m paying for most of the wedding myself, I can’t justify spending so much money on something that’s just going to die.

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

It’s not tacky at all, nor is it cheap. As long as you’re getting nice looking flowers, you’re fine. I’ve ordered from afloral.com before. They’re reasonably priced and nice looking.

The only reason I’m not going with silk is that I don’t want to find homes for them after the wedding 🙂

Post # 39
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would decorate with silk flowers but I really wanted my personal flowers to be real… but I’m getting a silk bouquet. Oh well! Flowers weren’t on my priority list anyway…

Post # 40
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Do what you like. It’s your wedding and we value others’ opinions, but it comes down to if you think it looks good.

We’re doing real flowers for tables and some of church (only bc we received a great deal). Silk petals for flower girls, and tissue paper pomodores for the pew ends.

Post # 41
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Bumble bee

I’m not really a fan of silk but ended up using some in my wedding. I used a silk hydrangea for filler in my bouquet combined with rel roses and calla lillies… this was because I couldn’t get hte purple hydrangea in the winter.

Silk Hydreage, real roses and callas:

The second place I used them was silk petals on the tables… they were combines with pine cones and a lantern and candles. I was thinking of using freeze dried but hte cost savings was just too good to pass up:

Even though I used them in places, I’m still not a huge fan. I’d try to opt for other elements… use candles for centerpieces – just as nice, do submerged silk flowers centerpieces, buy wholesale fresh flowers for your bouquets… but essentially it’s up to you! I agree they can be beautiful and look great in pictures and you may not be able to tell the difference.

Post # 42
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Bumble bee

I think silk flowers can be beautiful, and there are some wonderful examples right here of how lovely they can be.

And they last! So if you’re giving away centerpieces to guests, they might appreciate having a nice arrangment that doesn’t wilt by the time they get it home. 

Post # 43
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Tackiness is subjective.  I don’t think it’s tacky.  It’s your wedding, and you should do whatever you’re comfortable with.  I think most silk flowers are beautiful, and you’ll have something that will last. 

Post # 44
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Yes, honestly I think it is tacky.  Even if people don’t say anything to your face they will be making comments

Post # 45
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m using tissue paper flowers for centerpieces!  My cousin-in-law was very upset about using silk flowers but they were free (already at the venue) and no one even noticed they weren’t real!

Post # 46
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Not tacky at all.  If your SIL finds them tacky ask her to pay for real ones.

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