(Closed) So irritated with flowers! Real/fake???

posted 11 years ago in Flowers
Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You could look at saveoncrafts.com and they have preserved flowers that look quite nice and are a bit different if you are not ready to do fake flowers.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I was happy with my DIY bouquets after hearing how much flowers cost.  But a lot of girls on here have done the real touch or other kind and really liked the results. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Yeah, I recommend the real touch! also, my mom got carnations and tulips from michaels and they looked fairly real!

Good luck! I agree about prices being way too high, but after trying to grow my own flowers, I understand why!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I am going to be using artificial flowers due to my severe allergies – I found http://www.somethingspectacular.com  They are out of Michigan but ship everywhere. I look at their site alll the time lol. And the prices are good. Plus, you can choose what level of flower you want and that helps your price. I didn’t see an email address on their site, I think you just have to call. I showed my mom and she was really surprised at how good their flowers look

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I understand some people are trying to cut cost and actually like the look of artificial flowers but I would never recommend them for the wedding. You would have to bribe me for me to use them. There is nothing more romantic that fresh floral. 

In my opinion, go smaller, go simpler and go fresh. 🙂 

you can always look up  more florist online, weddingwire has listings for all regions, try to find somebody that will be able to give you what you need. 

good luck!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I ditto the comment of fresh flowers, but absolutely agree that they can be SUPER expensive from a floral shop. Try a farmer’s market or even Sam’s Club/Costco

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

I am horrified at the price of wedding flowers as well. I understand that there will be extra expense going to a florist because of their work and time. But for the most part I think many mark prices up too high because they feel that they can. It’s all part of the evil WIC.

That is obviously evidenced by the high number of people opting to buy flowers from the market and make their own bouquets and those using silk or real touch flowers.

Two years ago, I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man in my dad’s wedding. The Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets were fake, but the bride’s was real. Our bouquets looked gorgeous, and no one really knew the difference, much less cared. I think I’d be more concerned about centerpieces that people will be right in front of for a good length of time, than a bouquet that most will not look at closely.

I’m having real flower bouquets, at FMIL’s insistence and which I haven’t been able to get out of, but am using silk flowers in our centerpieces. I’ll put effort into them, and they’ll be beautiful. I don’t think anyone can find fault with trying not to spend a fortune on something that will die in 3-4 days, just because WIC says you should have real flowers. Especially not in this economy. In My Humble Opinion there are much better things worth prioritizing.

These are the bouquets used in my dad’s fall wedding.

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Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m totally doing my own with silk flowers.  It’s not even really to cut costs (though that’s a sweet incentive!)- it’s more so that my bridesmaids, flower girl, and myself all have a keepsake bouquet.  It’ll maintain its color forever without worrying about treating it with tender care to prevent petals and leaves from crisping off (i.e. a dried real flower bouqet).  I also plan on giving each Bridesmaid or Best Man a vase so that they can place the bouquet in there and use it as decor. 

There are challenges to this, though!  I’m being a diva about my flowers.  I want ranunculus, ranunculus, ranunculus.  I also figured I could toss some gerbera or zinnia in there, too.  However, I am having THE WORST time finding these flowers in my colors.  I’m using brighter pinks, watermelon, corals, and yellows… a very citrusy palette.  I’ve been able to find yellow ranunculus online and ordered them.  I also found some pink ones.  But the coral colors are impossible to locate.  Don’t even get me started on the zinnia’s- you can’t find them in ANY color online.  Ugh.  Once I do collect all my silk flowers, I’ll have the challenge of creating a bouquet for the first time.  I’ve gone through some tutorials and it doesn’t look difficult at all.  But being the perfectionist I am, it could prove to be quite frustrating.  🙂

Frustration aside, the idea that a silk bouquet will always provide a great memory (since it can’t die) should make the effort worth it! 

Good luck!!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We had silk bouquets and corsages for my wedding. I went with viennasflowers.com and was SO pleased with how they turned out, and no one could believe they were silk! I’m so glad we made the choice to go with silk, my bouquet is displayed in our living room and I get to see it every day.  You can see a photo of my bouquet below.

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Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I did all real flowers for my wedding except my bouquet. I wanted peonies, my florist couldnt get great ones (we ordered them, they were really sub par…) so I had my backup silks; They looked amazing, and nobody knew they were fake; Plus we did pics for 3 hours before the ceremony and I didnt have to be careful =o; Here is a pic of my silks in my ring bearers mouth ;o)  These were still a bit pricey though, my bouq cost about $100 after ordering, shipping, and florist’s assembly. 

As a hint, use larger flwoers if you can – hydrangeas, for instance, take up a lot of room and so require less blooms to make an arrangement.

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Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

… I loved having real flowers… but I’m a flower type of girl. I *loved* my bouquet and didn’t put it down all day.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

KellyV, that pic is adorable! ^_^

We’re going for paper flowers for the bouquets because one of my bridesmaids is very allergic and hydrangeas bought in bulk for the reception from Sam’s Club (hydrangeas are low pollen, I hear, and in the bigger space it won’t be as big of a deal for my friend).

If you are totally against silk (though they can be lovely!) check out prices for fresh flowers online or at local flower markets. Some florists, even, will buy flowers in bulk for you to DIY.

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

@SpinningJenny – thanks.  He’s our baby, Innocent

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