(Closed) Silk or dried flowers in centerpieces? Anyone doing this or did it?

posted 5 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
1294 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I think it could easily be done with silk flowers. Dried flowers are so delicate, I would not risk that with the transport to the venue. You could also do fake fruit, thee is some great stuff out there. OR use real fruit and encourage people to eat it after your phots are taken of the tables.

Post # 3
1669 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

We used dried flowers! 🙂 They were all roses to be exact, but we didn’t do a big arrangement like the one in your photos, instead it was just two or three of them placed in teacups. And they actually transported very well. I had a very sturdy shoebox we put them all in and definitely a lot of extras, then when it was time to arrange them the best ones were picked out. So depending on the style (again, I don’t know how well it’d work for something like your specific photo) it can definitely be done. 

Oh! And they survived traveling for over 6 hours in an overpacked car too!

Post # 6
76 posts
Worker bee

I’m a florist for weddings and I use dry flowers all the time, it’s actually starting to get pretty popular. I would suggest mixing the dry flowers in with fresh greenery, eucalyptus works really well for this concept as its not overly lush and green looking, and some fresh flowers, so it just doesn’t look like it’s just a vase of dead flowers. Have the dry flowers be the focus flowers and the rest just fillers. I really like the idea of dry flowers I think it would look beautiful!

As for transporting dry flowers I’ve never had a problem we pack everything in box trucks and it could be a bit bumpy, but never have any horror stories. Your florist should also bring along extras of most of the flowers in your pieces so if anything should happen they can just be replaced on site!

Silk flowers are great but I prefer real (dead or not) with the flowers from your wedding you can always press them in a glass frame it looks so pretty if the frame is an ornate vintage one. I’ve used frames that are glass on both sides but if I can’t find one a put some satin or velvet on the back side and it makes a really nice back ground for the flowers!

Post # 7
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I think it can be done. We did exactly that. I have allergies, and did not want the room being all flowery (it was when I toured the venue and it was just to much). I was more of the opinion though that it was our wedding and if people didn’t like it or thought it was tacky that was their problem. I didn’t hear any complaints though.

Post # 8
179 posts
Blushing bee

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tiffany7:  I don’t think it is tacky at all, if they are high quality.

I would rather see high quality silk flowers than cheap real flowers that are dyed neon colors.

Post # 9
76 posts
Worker bee

I also wanted to add that usually florists don’t have silk flowers or at least not a wide variety,unless it’s something the specialize in, and good quality ones are pretty expensive. Most are actually more than the real flower. If a florist agrees to use silk flowers they are going to go out and buy them specifically for you and mostly likely charge you more than full price. I would suggest actually buying them yourself to keep things a bit cheaper, and if the florist seems a bit wary when you ask for them to be added into your arrangments maybe say they are sentimental. I’ve had someone come in who wanted silk flowers added to her arrangments because they were her grandmothers.

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