(Closed) Silk bridal bouquet or real bouquet?

posted 4 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - City, State

Personally, I am a fan of real flowers.  Can you ship in peonies?

Post # 3
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Worker bee

You can always get some fake peonies and mix them in with the real.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

I wanted peonies too but, out of season. Still had a gorgeous bouquet, glad I went without vs. 1) silk or 2) shopping them in at a price of something like $60/peony… 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

I like silk flower bouquets, they last forever

Post # 6
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Helper bee

where are you located because in July there will definitely be some peonies – maybe not in your location but they are around at that time of the  year for sure.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

I would definitely go with real flowers and either skip the peonies or put a few fakes ones mixed in.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Peonies are a gorgeous flower, but off season can be a bit dicey. Are you sure you can’t be happy with the other flowers? Maybe mix in garden roses for a fuller look (some have a similar aestetic to peonies)? 

I wouldn’t go silk unless you really want to — silk flowers can look nice, but they won’t look as nice as healthy, well-tended in-season flowers. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

I’m using silk flowers for mine.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2019 - Southampton, UK

My wedding date is July 21 as well, but in 2019! I, too, wanted peonies but I think they will be out of season by then. I’ve been looking into cabbage roses and ranunculus as substitutes, as they have a similar look. I guess I won’t know what my options really are until I find my florist. I will be very interested to see what flowers you end up choosing.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

I would do real flowers. Silk flowers rarely look nice and like real flowers. 

Garden roses look similar to peonies. 

Also – you could get them. I had multiple florists tell me the same about getting dahlias at the end of October and it may not be in season, etc. Turns out it was because we didn’t have a frost that killed them and I got my dahlias. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2018 - Fremont, CA

Silk flowers can be pretty. I love my bouquet:

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

There are certain types of garden roses that look like peonies and they’re available year-round. There’s a lot of variety, and I think they look really pretty.

Here’s my bouquet (there are a couple of garden roses in the front):

 

 

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