Post # 1
I just can’t seem to make up mind. Truthfully, I do not see a cost benefit, because good looking silks cost every bit as much as real from places such as Blooms by the box. However, I have it drilled in my head, from 38 years of my mom complaining about my dad spending $80 every year on their anniversary for red roses, that I just can not “justify spending so much on something that will die”. So I keep going back and forth and am actually driving my very loving, caring and understanding Fiance insane…literally!!!
So, here is the question(s)…..
Why did/are you using silk?
Why did/are you using real?
Post # 2
I love real flowers. There’s a softness to them and a smell.
Post # 3
I used real because I prefer the look and feel of real flowers (not a fan of great quality silk flowers either). Unless you’re creative with reusing the silk flowers after the wedding (maybe making wreaths or displays in your home) I really don’t see what you’ll do with fake flowers. In my opinion I would end up throwing both out so I might as well pay for what I want.
Also, in order to save on costs I used votives with flowers inside and floating candles on top, it really saved me money as I didn’t need as many flowers as full flower centerpiece would require.
Post # 4
I am using real flowers! I thought about doing the flowers myself and ordering in bulk from Costco but I ended up hiring a florist and I’m so excited! I’m still going to handle the centerpieces myself but she’s doing all of the bridal party flowers. Once I started looking I realized how important beautiful flowers are to me. I feel like they set the mood.
I looked at fake flowers from michaels and a lot of them just don’t look that great to me. And they’re not that cheap either! I was kinda surprised. I’m toying with the idea of using fake flowers for my flower crown though….but we’ll see. I have seen some great looking dried flower bouquets. Have you though about using those?
Post # 5
We didn’t real. I have never seen a silk that can compare to real florals. And the price difference isn’t that much.
Post # 6
Real I did DIY from Costco and a local flower mart, paid less than a 1/3 of what local florists were quoting us.
My dad was a florist at one point in his life and loved to create bouquets so I knew I had to do real.
Any other day of my life I refuse flowers though because they do just die.
Post # 7
And that is my arguement, I would wind up throwing them out anyway. Even if I gave some to family members (hoarders) they would just sit and collect dust. Nothing that I plan on having matches my home, so unless my daughters wanted them for something ( I highly doubt it) it is just pointless. My mom said you can send them to a local nursing home, but that is what I plan to do with the real ones. And I figure I would be cheered up better by real ones in that scenario.
I totally agree with setting the mood. I think that real ones are the epitomy of romance.
Post # 8
I used to have a business making full wedding flowers out of silks. In retrospect, I realize now how much prettier and livelier real flowers look…at least for the bouquets and boutonnières.
Split the difference. Have some flowers, such as for the centerpieces or accents, done in silk. Have the throw away bouquet done in silk. For you and the bridal party, real. Yes the flowers will die, but all living things do. Real flowers will also be kinder to the environment.
It’s only one day of your life, and the real flowers will add to the beauty of your special day.
Post # 9
I wish I could have real flowers. 🙁 We’re doing a cruise wedding, and the cruise line doesn’t have any flower arrangements in purple, so I just put my bouquet together out of silk flowers. They look lovely, but I still wish I could have fresh ones… (sigh)
Post # 10
what a bummer!! But a cruise wedding should be amazing!!!
Post # 11
fresh flowers all the way. there’s an elegance to fresh flowers that you lose when you substitute with silk.
im not sure what your theme/decor is like. but ive seen some brides do very simple wildflowers in glass vases.
Post # 12
I did not care, personally. My husband was surprisingly opinionated about it and really wanted flowers. I said “If your feelings are so strong, make it happen. I’m open.” and he did. He gave his mother some money and she went to the fresh flower mart and picked up some beautiful flowers and containers and they added floral elements to our centerpieces and also decorated our broom with fresh flowers. It was all beautiful and the only thing I managed was my own bouquet, which I DIYed out of fabric.
Post # 13
I’m having real flowers, but I’m literally going to the farmer’s market day of and getting a $40 bouquet. Since I’m getting married in a garden, it’s not necessary that I have a specific color scheme. I went to some florists but were very discouraged – either $400+ for a bouquet, or the arrangements looked … not that attractive.
Post # 14
thats the plan! Other than I have to have yellow roses.
Post # 15
I used real. Also my question would be what are you going to do with leftover centerpieces? They will likely gather dust. I dried my bouquet too. I like to save space and I wouldn’t want a bunch of extra fake flowers around unless you think you can use them to decorate your place? If so, then go for it! We had several leftover arrangements and we enjoyed them while they lasted but I was glad to not have a bunch to have to store around. But yea if you have space or can rent them that’s an option too.
Another option is dried flowers! Several people on etsy create these and they are beautiful! 🙂