(Closed) Silk bridal bouquet or real bouquet?

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2018 - Fremont, CA

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observer :  I did! Took me months… In the beginning, I only had the roses. I used to take them to decoration shops and play around with other flowers to see which ones matched best. The final result took me by surprise… I couldn’t believe how pretty it turned out to be… I really love it. 🙂

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2018 - Fremont, CA

Sorry, double post. 

Post # 18
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Helper bee

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mrsr18 :  Sorry for the crap quality photo, we have a couple more weeks until the pics from our photographer come in, but mine was totally DIY fake flowers from craft stores!  I used roses, dahlias, and a few other things, and with the help of sales and coupons, I spent around or under $200 to make my (huge) bouquet, plus smaller ones for all of my bridesmaids, plus bouteniers for all of the guys and the parents.  Going with silk flowers was also nice because I didn’t have to deal with a florist or worry about them breaking or wilting.  

 

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Blushing bee

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ilyik :  incredible job! Any instructions or tips you don’t mind sharing?

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Helper bee

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lucreziab :  Thank you!  Haha actually, we’re working on converting our wedding website into a blog, and once that’s up and running, I’m planning to write a tutorial on it (probably around January-ish).  They weren’t actually assembled until just a few weeks before the wedding, but I gave myself a few months to shop for the flowers since A) It let me take advantage of more sales and coupons, B) craft stores rotate their stock regularly so there were always new flowers available if I didn’t like what they had, C) different locations of the same store had different products, D) I didn’t feel like I was “stuck” with something just because it’s what was available at the time or in case I changed my mind later.  Before I started buying stuff, I looked at a ton of pictures so I would know what I wanted it to look like and based what I was picking off that.  I also had a friend help me when it waws time to actually assemble, which made it way easier because then she could hold and arrange things while I could look at them from further away and decide if it looked right.  I initially tried arranging them myself, but since it was so big and fluffy it was too hard to make sure it had the right shape and the colors looked balanced.  

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Busy bee

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mrsr18 :  It would be a red flag to me that everyone except one florist is telling you that peonies are out of season.

I have seen a lot of beautiful bouquets of silk flowers on here, but when it comes to whether or not you’ll be happy with them, that is a call only you can make. It was very important to me to have real flowers.

There are a variety of flower options that you could consider in lieu of peonies and still achieve a similar look. English garden roses have been mentioned, as they are in season at that time of year. Carnations, when bunched together give a very soft ruffle look, which can mimic the look of peonies in aa bouquet. There are many options beyond silk flowers to achieve the look you want.

Post # 22
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Newbee

I personally hate the idea of fake flowers. I would rather pay the out of season cost or substitute garden roses than do silks. 

Post # 23
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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mrsr18 :  I went real touch silk for my wedding and I couldn’t be happier. I used the store WedIdeas – they have an Etsy shop. Best decision ever! This was a custom made piece. I was able to choose the flowers, colors, and overall design and they made it perfectly. Highly recommend, and super affordable. I also purchased bouts, corsages, and my bridesmaid bouquet from there. One of the best decisions I made.

Sorry for the super large pic, not sure how to reduce.

Post # 24
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

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bluecutie00 :  Your bouquet is beautiful!  I also plan on purchasing my bouqet from Wedideas, their bouquets are just stunning. They look very real too. They have great reviews and I like that you can get something custom.

Post # 25
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

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livelaughlove4ever :  YAAAAS! Definitely use them – you won’t be sorry!! The company is so easy to work with, and they will send you a picture before they ship out so you can tweak you bouquet. And the quality of their arrangements are just stunning really. I’ve heard of so many bride’s bouquets that were substandard or even wilting. Not mine!!

I wish I had another event so I can buy from them again. lol

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