Post # 1
Ok girls I’m having a serious debate with myself over flowers. Silk flowers have so many benefits (like getting to keep it and saving a ton of money – which is a goal of ours). But part of me wonders if it’s “ok” to do silk. I have never seen silk in a wedding, and the internet wasn’t too helpful in regards to populatity etc.
What do you think? Have you seen it successfully done? Have you done it? What online stores did you like?
Please keep in mind that I will be DIY.
Post # 3
I prefer real, but I have seen silk that look lovely
Post # 4
We’ll be using a mix. Bouquets, groomsmen’s bouts, and mothers’ corsages will be real, but I will be DIYing silk corsages and bouts for the kids involved (more durable, less prone to destruction) and DIYing a silk floral hairpiece for myself.
Post # 5
I’m doing silk… here’s my bouquet so far 🙂 Got my flowers from hobby lobby!
Post # 6
I think silk is fine if they’re only going to be seen from far away (altar decorations, etc.)
When I priced silk flowers nice enough to look real at a close distance (like for centerpieces) I found it was cheaper to DIY with real flowers.
Post # 7
I think it’s whatever you prefer. Really good silks are often not that cheap, but if you want a keepsake they’re the way to go. I had a fair amount of flowers and was able to DIY them for under $450 for everything (my bouquet, 10 centrepieces, 2 altar arrangements, toss bouquet, 4 bridesmaids bouquets, 4 corsages, 2 boutonierres, cake table decor, guest book table decor, and still had enough to make a massive bouquet for my grandma’s birthday).
Post # 8
I say real. I’m not crazy about the way silk look… too fake and cheap looking to me.
Post # 9
- Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)
I think it’s a personal preference. I love real and don’t really like the look of silk flowers.
Post # 10
It depends on how “real” the silk flowers look. I’ve seen some that look so real you can’t tell but the cheap ones look well… cheap and I’d vote no on those ones.
Have you looked at any? Priced them?
Post # 11
Well my bouquet is obviously not real flowers (notice the bling, lol). My BMs bouquets were also not real. Flowers just weren’t a priority to me AT ALL, so I was cool with them. You can’t really tell from far away, and even up close they look fine to me. Do they look “real?” Nah. But like I said, I just wanted them to look decent and have something to carry.
Post # 12
I’ve seen some gorgeous silk wedding bouquets and ultimately decided to use silk for mine, Here’s my bridal bouquet, all silk:
Post # 13
Thanks ladies! I appreciate the feed back. Flowers honestly are not a priority to me, it’s the day that matters most to me. I think I will probably go with not-cheap-looking silks. I have priced and it’s cheaper than real (we’re on a tight budget) and I can DIY ahead of time instead of trying to squeeze it in close to the date. Also, silk will allow everyone to keep their flowers if they want (I know I want mine!).
Post # 14
I saw some really nice silk flowers, i contacted the women who made them and had my bouquet made up and when i got it, it was utterly disappointed and now i don’t really have time to order real. i have altered it but every time i look at it i can’t help thinking that it’s not good enough.
Post # 15
OP, I think I will be mixing real with silk! I will have real flowers in my bouquet, Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, boutineers, and on the low centerpieces that people often touch to “feel the flowers” AKA see if theyre real… (I have found myself doing this time to time at weddings, too)
I will be using silk on the altar arrangements at the church (no one will see them close up) and on my candelabras which are nearly 34 inches tall. Just think, sitting in a dim candle lit room – you arent going to be able to tell from three feet away. I am using Hobby Lobby’s real touch flowers.
I think its important when using silk to use realistic colors – if you want them to look real. For example… bright, teal blue isnt a typical color for a rose. Though I am sure they exist, I just wouldnt think they would be real haha…
Some of the previous posters are right though – the good silk flowers costs as much as real flowers (sometimes more!) The benefits of silk are that you can keep them… or sell them when you are finished!
Post # 16
The lifelike silk flowers look great but are just as pricey as real flowers!! I considered going that route because I sometimes get allergic to flowers, as well as the keepsake option. However, I decided to go with real simply because it’s what I prefer and the cost isn’t better (I would’ve done the highest quality fake flower if I had gone that route..) Flowers by the vase on etsy does nice fake flowers (which look very real.)