(Closed) Silk vs Real Flowers

posted 9 years ago in Flowers
  • poll: Silk or Real

    Silk Flowers

    Real Flowers

    A Mix of Silk and Real

    Other (please comment to explain!)

  • Post # 3
    1835 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I prefer real, but I have seen silk that look lovely

    Post # 4
    2419 posts
    Buzzing bee

    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
    264 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’m doing silk… here’s my bouquet so far 🙂  Got my flowers from hobby lobby! 

    Post # 6
    4554 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    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
    5592 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    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
    5486 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I say real.  I’m not crazy about the way silk look… too fake and cheap looking to me.

    Post # 9
    801 posts
    Busy bee
    • 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
    727 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
    3993 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    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
    342 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I’ve seen some gorgeous silk wedding bouquets and ultimately decided to use silk for mine, Here’s my bridal bouquet, all silk:


    Post # 14
    19 posts
    • Wedding: September 2012

    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
    1222 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @Mrs.Beeloney:  beautiful!!!

    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
    869 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    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.)

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