(Closed) Silk Flowers

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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817 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

My cousin used silk flowers. You have to be careful. They can look cheap. I think that it depends on the company making the flower and the flower itself. Some flowers are easier to replicate and look better than others. I think you have to be careful on color, too. The nice thing, though, is that you will have them forever preserved 🙂

Post # 5
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1719 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

[Sorry the picture is so big!  Hopefully, you can see the details!]

I bought “velvet” rose bushes from http://www.silkflowersfactory.com.  It was a huge disappointment.  The flowers were not velvet; there were frayed ends; and, some batches had rusted staples in them (no clue what happened there).  In the end, I still used the flowers and only when you look closely, you can see the flaws.  I wouldn’t have high expectations for them, though.  

Post # 6
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2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I love my silk flowers! I was set on keeping my floral budget lower than average and DIY’ing. I initially planned on making my own (6 bouts, 5 corsages, 3 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, my bouquet, +20 centerpieces) in the few days before the wedding by ordering wholesale. That still wasn’t as cheap as I wanted though and I realized it might make me crazy in a very crucial time. So silk it was! Plus, I have to transport them 2.5 hours.

I’ve seen tons of pro pics of silk flowers and love them. I am a person with an eye for detail, so if they looked really crappy, I wouldn’t like them. BUT, I’m also not a flower-phile (or whatever it is called, haha), I’m not really set on live flowers. It was an area I was willing to skimp. I’d rather have more dramatic silk flowers than more simple real flowers from a florist.

I bought mine for the bouquets from afloral and was super happy with them. I did get some “real touch,” which is what you’ll always see suggested on these threads, but I didn’t like them any more than regular silks.

For centerpieces, I went with submerged (you can NOT tell they aren’t real once in the water), and go those from eFavorMart. My glass vases came from GlassSupplyDepot and mirrors and candles were from Save On Crafts.

Here are some pics. Please know these don’t do them justice – they are taken with an iPhone in bad basement flourescent lighting. I can’t wait to have pro pics!

Post # 7
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631 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Look at Etsy FlowersbytheVase. Their work is gorgeous.

Post # 9
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1318 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

No one could tell mine were fake! Even some of the people that picked them up still couldn’t tell! It was under $100 for the 4 bouquets and supplies. 

 

Post # 12
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7992 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

@NAvery: @WhiteWedding: Where did you buy your flowers? They look great!

Post # 14
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2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@WhiteWedding:  I think your flowers are SO beautiful!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@jadealexaellis:  Okay, I am OCD about budgeting, so I have a very exact breakdown of the flower costs. That’s how I knew when I priced out all my other options (high and low carnation DIYs, high and low baby’s breath DIYs), that this was going to save me a bunch.

Here’s the breakdown, including shipping costs – let me know if you need more detail:

Supplies (Wire, Tape, Ribbon, Pins, some wire/floral cutters): $23.83

Cake Topper Flowers: $6.20

GM/Dad/FI Bouts: 6 @ $1.67 each

Mom/Grandma Corsages: 5 @ $6.80 each (included the “pearl” wristlet)

Bridesmaid’s Bouquets: 3 @ $12.41 each

My Bouquet: 1 @ $22.74

Centerpieces: 20 @ $29.50 each (had to buy some extra supplies because they came in bulk – this includes flowers, vases, mirrors, LED lights, gems, candles, sinker weights, everything)

Head Table Decor (Silk flower petals plus LOTS of votive candles – ordered 72 and will use any extras on other tables like the buffet/bar/lounge area): $20.98 for the flower petals, $47.98 for the 72 votives

Total for all flowers and centerpieces/decor came to right around $800. Most of that expense was centerpieces/decor. Without the centerpieces and head table though, just for wedding party flowers, it was around $110 including supplies.

Post # 16
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1318 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@jadealexaellis:  

@Rachel631:  

@NAvery:  

Thanks, ladies. I bought the individual flowers at Hobby Lobby and put them together myself. It wasn’t hard, but you have to be patient… I would put two flowers together to start, then tape them up with the floral tape, then add two more and tape it all up again… it helped to see the shape progress without having to undo a lot if you didn’t like a couple things. 

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