Real Flowers vs. Silk Flowers????

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
  • poll: Flowers
    Real flowers : (36 votes)
    33 %
    Silk flowers : (21 votes)
    19 %
    diy real flowers : (33 votes)
    31 %
    centerpieces fake/bouquet real (spilting cost) : (18 votes)
    17 %
  • Post # 3
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    I’m planning to DIY real flowers.  Good luck!

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I am having silk bridesmaid bouquets, florist bridal bouquet and bouts, and then DIY real flowers for centerpieces. I guess I am all over the map. But I have silk bridesmaid bouquets because I wanted anemones, and they are out of season during my wedding.  I have the florist doing my bouquet and the bouts because those are trickier things that I don’t want to end up screwing up.  And I’m doing my own centerpieces because they are fairly simple and it saves me a bundle.

    Here’s the bridesmaid bouquets:

     

    And my centerpieces:

    Post # 5
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’m doing paper flowers and there won’t be flowers at all involved with my centerpieces, so I will seem biased, but silk flowers are very pretty and won’t detract at all from your day.

    If you’re going to do one real and one fake, though, I’d do real on the centerpieces; those are the ones your guests are going to have the most contact with.  Most people won’t see your bouquet up close and a good silk will look real for the photographs if that’s what you’re worried about.

    Post # 5
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I used silk flowers, except for what the florist did. She did bouts, corsages, and my bouquet, and those were real.

    Post # 6
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I would be very careful about DIYing real flowers in advance, because, depending on the types of flowers you want to have, you could risk them “DYIng” and looking terrible a day or two later.  As it was, my all-white-peony bouquet and the all-pink one my floral designer made for me as an alternate for pics both started to look a little peaked the day after the wedding.

    On the day of the wedding, I really wanted the look and smell of fresh flowers, but they are very expensive.  Now that I’m married, I kind of wish I could still have one of my amazing arrangements in silk and a silk bouquet as a keepsake. But, I definitely would have missed having real flowers at my wedding, so that’s why I had them. (I did have one bridesmaid who is allergic to flowers, and I had her bouquet — and the flowers for the rest of her family members who were in the bridal party — done in silk just so she wouldn’t have to come in contact with the real ones.) 

    Post # 7
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @adnama:  Love your anemone bouquets and your creative centerpieces! Very nice!

    Post # 9
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @Brielle:  @lilkimmi703:  Thanks! The centerpieces are sooooo simple to do, too. Just take curly willow branches, 4 dendrobium orchids, and some hanging candles and its done 🙂 It’s the only way I would ever consider DIY centerpieces.

    Post # 10
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    @lilkimmi703:  We’re from the same area, so I’m assuming I know what place you’re talking about. I met with them and got quotes from there, as well as another florist in town. In the end, it was only a few hundred dollars more for the other florist to do it all for me. It saved me the stress of hoping that I would do it right and assured the quality of work. To save money, choose large blooms that take up a lot of space. Choose in-season blooms to save even more. Good luck! PM me if you want to talk about florists in the area!

    bouquets:

    ceremony arch:

    reception:

    Post # 11
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @adnama and @eliwhit: love your flower photos.. the centerpieces look great and that ceremony arch is beautiful!

    i love this thread b/c i was having the same dilemma with flowers.. i’m still not sure what i’ll end up doing (no idea what flowers or anything haha) but i appreciate all the comments

     

    Post # 12
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    I DIY-ed my flowers at home & made everything the night before my wedding with my bridesmaids. The next morning (my wedding day) I woke up at 7am to make the boutonnieres. Honestly, it’s what I’m most proud of from my whole wedding & I saved a ton of money considering the obscene amount of flowers at my wedding!

    We made 30 centerpieces in total & 10 boutonnieres

    My bouquet & 4 for my bridesmaids

     

    Post # 13
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I would say do some simple DIY bouquets, I just don’t like the look of silk. That being said I am not have ANY flowers…i will carry a brooch bouquet, the girls are carrying a feather fan, and I am fore going the need to boutineers and corsages, which you could also do to cut back on costs. No one will notice them missing!

    Post # 14
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I was debating between real and silk flowers myself!  I just went to my first florist appt today actually (trying to get the major things done before my masters thesis this summer).

    I came to this decision. I’m doing real flowers for my bouquet, bridal party, bouts, coursages and head table piece. It actually came to a reasonable amount!  But because my centerpieces are birdcages- I plan to use silk flowers. 

    To maintain a balance, just ask the florist about what flowers are in season and be open to suggestions 🙂 

     

     

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    @eliwhit:  LOVE the flowers for your day.

    I am poor cheap thrifty? Flowers are a giant headache for me. I ordered flowers for the centerpieces from afloral.com and am diy’ing pearl bouquets with fabric flowers for the personals and other decorations. 

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