(Closed) Substitute Flowers

posted 10 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
1156 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York

check out mrs. penguin’s centerpieces — she used a single orchid, and i think it still looks stunning!

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Post # 4
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Either a single orchid, or try Gladiolus (which grows on a stem in the same sort of zigzag pattern as an orchid), Carnations, or maybe even fruit (limes, lemons, grapes), dending on your color scheme.  All would look fabulous in a water-filled vase.

Post # 5
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I also love the look of submerged/floating orchids– there are actually some "natural touch" floral stems at craft stores that look and feel surprisingly lifelike, and if they’re only being used underwater, it could be a great way to get the look of phaleonopsis for less.  Plus, you can reuse them after the wedding!

My dinner is going to be in the evening with lots of candles, so I don’t think people are going to be looking too closely at the flowers in the vases…  hope this helps!

Post # 6
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I don’t know your taste, so it’s hard to recommend specifics, but have you tried the site fiftyflowers.com? They have SO MANY different florals on there, and you can get an idea of where the different blooms fall in comparison to the orchids you want, as well as view colors.

Good luck!

Post # 7
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I would definitely check out some online wholesalers if you don’t change your mind about likign the flower. 

fiftyflowers.com and costco are good places to start.  even your local grocery store!

what about lilies?

Post # 8
3 posts

You can use a single stem of Mokara orchid.  Multiple blooms on each stem give the same graceful affect.  Mokara are more cost affective, currently running about $4.79 – $5.45 per stem depending on your supplier.


Post # 9
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

The phaleonopsis orchids are the most expensive. Talk to your florist (or google)  about other orchids. There are plenty that are still very pretty in color, but cost much less than the phaleonopsis. So you don’t have to stray from the concept of using orchids. You could just find more affordable ones. Also, if you don’t have a florist, do some research because my florist told me that certain petals can dissolve in the water or end up looking really bad.

Post # 11
40 posts
  • Wedding: November 2009

Since the Phalaenopsis Orchid is a round flower and also to keep you on the orchid line I recommend you to take a look at this link http://www.fiftyflowers.com/flowers/AllFlowersOrchidsDendrobium_134.htm these are beautiful Dendrobium orchids, not as round as the Phalaenopsis, but still keeps the typic orchid exotic look…

Post # 12
103 posts
Blushing bee

i’m selling some real touch orchids leftover from my wedding…. i also made the floating orchids centerpiece… if you want to take a look, pictures are posted here…


PM me if you have any questions!  Good luck!

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