Post # 1
Fiance and I are having a very small (read: 20 guests w/ a 2-person wedding party) ceremony at a chapel in the Smoky Mountains with a small ‘punch & mints’-type reception afterwards. The chapel is already going to be decorated by my wedding coordinator with white ribbons and the like. Our wedding budget is as cheap as possible, but we allow for flexibility for the things we really want.
My question is, are real flowers worth the – in my opinion – outrageous price for a beautiful bouquet? I have chosen white roses and yellow Asiatic lilies. Do silk flower bouquets turn out nice? I haven’t seen one in person yet.
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
I’ve only seen them in pictures, but my opinion is that you shouldn’t try to make fake flower bouquets look completely real. If you are, you need to use real touch flowers, and then (from what I’ve researched) they cost nearly or as much as real flowers anyway. The benefit is that you can see them beforehand and not have to worry. Some of the silk flower bouquets I’ve seen that looked like they were trying to mock real flowers were obviously silk. They didn’t look bad, just…fake.
I’m planning to do beads and silk flowers (more beads than silk), so I don’t necessarily care if they look “fake” as long as they look nice and unique. I’m not super crafty though, so we’ll see how it turns out. I may have an emergency trip to the flower boutique late in the planning. 😛
Post # 4
This is one of those things that comes down to personal preference. A silk flower bouquet can be just as expensive as real, and they can both look nice, so I wouldn’t rule out either option until you’ve looked into both.
Personally I love real flowers and think they’re 100% worth the cost for the beauty, texture, and scents; sure, they’re gone after a week, but they’re meant to be enjoyed! And I don’t want to keep silk flowers around, though many people like that about fake flowers.
Post # 5
I would check etsy for some bouquets. There are some really pretty ones that don’t cost an arm and a leg. I don’t really have a preference for real or fake, depends what you’re looking to get out of it. The silk flowers make an easier keepsake.
Post # 6
I think it’s personal preferance to be honest. Like a few others have said, silk can easily run you the same as real. For me, I absolutely love real flowers and don’t care for silk ones. But again, it’s personal preferance.
Post # 7
I used silk flowers at my wedding and I absolutely don’t regret it. I got to be in control of the look and knew in advance that they would look great. For me it was also nice to not have to track down and deal with yet another vendor. I got mine at Michael’s and my bridesmaid and I arranged them all, we had a lot of fun doing it too.
Post # 8
I think it’s a personal preference. I personally prefer real flowers but if you’re trying to save costs, I think using fake ones is great.
Post # 9
what about just picking up some flowers at a grocery or farmers market? it sounds like all you need are bouquets and bouts. it’s easy to make non-floral bouts.
Post # 10
I’m using silk flowers. For us, the cost of real flowers wasn’t worth me using them. I’m also not a huge flower person so I’m biased.
Post # 11
- Wedding: December 2010 - Savannah, GA
I think silk flowers can look very nice, and they have really made huge improvements on how they look. One of the things I like about silk flowers is they don’t wilt. The other nice thing about silk flowers is that they are really easy to work with for a DIY, so you can save on the cost of a florest if want.
Of course, real flowers are beautiful and smell incredible.
I made my hairpiece from silk flowers, and I had some people ask me if the flowers were real…
Post # 12
I used silk too, along with dried baby’s breath and lavendar. I ordered mine online, then took them apart and put them all back together how I wanted them. I really like how they turned out!
Here are mine. I know they’re pictures and different than in real life, but maybe it’ll be some inspriation! 🙂
I got all my flowers from AFloral, and spent $50 total on 5 bridesmaid bouquets and mine. The ribbon and baby’s breath probably pushed it to $70. If it’s your style and you feel you can do it, I love the things people can do with silk! It’s ok if it’s not, but it’s really fun and rewarding to create whatever you want!
ETA: Sorry that the pictures are a little blurry! But you still get the idea! 🙂
Post # 13
I’m using fake flowers for our centerpieces because its much, much cheaper but I’m planning to do a DIY bouquet with real flowers. I think you should try to see them in person to help you decide. I was worried about using fakes but the ones I found were nicer looking than I thought they would be. They don’t look 100% real very close, but theyre pretty and that was enough for me!
Post # 14
I’m a flower person, so silk just wouldn’t be ok for me. But if flowers aren’t your top priority, I think silk would be fine.
Post # 15
I’m using fake flowers, it’s a destination wedding and it was one less thing for me to have to worry about the week of! Theyre made and stored safely and in my opinion look great so 🙂
Post # 16
Thanx Bees…Now I don’t feel so bad. Mother talked so badly about my choice to go with Silk Flowers. But just as some of the Bees mentioned..I’ve just never been a flower person anyhow. I’m ordering from one of the Ebay companies..they have great package deals for just $100. “All I have to do is give them my colors.” I love that I will be able to store them and check ’em off my list.. well in advance.