Post # 1
I have been shopping around with various florists in the New Orleans area and have been blown away by how high the prices get even for the simplest arrangements. My guest list is likely to exceed 400, and therefore I need about 40 arrangements on a relatively small budget. So, I started looking into DIY-ing the majority of my non-WOW pieces. Lucky for me, I have a big group of reliable friends and family to help out on the weekend of the wedding. My best friend is getting married a month before me and is willing to share in the cost of the vases, so I should be able to produce these in a cost effective manner.
I found cylinder vases of 24″, 16″, and 10.5″ heights at Michael’s. Michael’s has a 50% off coupon this weekend that the lovely employees allowed me to use repeatedly. I am up to 5 of the 20 sets that I need so far!
The first trial I did was with fake dendrobium orchids (white and purple), and white ginger flowers from http://www.afloral.com. I LOVED these but am a bit afraid that folks will be able to tell the difference between real and fake flowers.
I purchased a few strands of real purple dendrobium orchids from a local florist and made the trial piece below. There is a huge difference in the color vibrancy between the real and fake flowers. However, I do miss the variety in color and shape of flowers that the fake version offered.
Post # 3
Wow you are so right. The difference is incredible.
Post # 4
Wow, that is a difference! Without a comparison, I don’t know that your guests will be able to tell if the fake ones are real or fake, though. They’re so pretty!
Post # 5
I like the how delicate the real flowers look better than the fake flowers, but both are beautiful. I think people are accustomed to seeing artificial flowers at weddings now, so I don’t think any of your guests would think twice about it–especially if they don’t have the real flowers to compare to.
Post # 6
A good friend of mine did something similar for her wedding and it turned out lovely. I honestly can’t tell the difference between the real and the fake. I say go fake if its a ton cheaper!
Post # 7
The real flowers are beautiful, but when you’re purchasing 20 sets of vases…and the flowers are going to be submerged in water anyway…
I’d go with fake. No one is going to care. They’re going to be drunk and eating food and dancing like idiots. They can’t touch the flowers, anyway, to test if they’re fake or not.
I’m all about saving money!
Post # 9
Also remember, with the low lighting at a wedding it is much less apparent real vs fake.
One note–I DIY’d my own centerpieces–use distilled water so you don’t get the oxygen bubbles that form after a couple hours of the water sitting in the vases. I used silk blue hyacinths in three cylinder vases with gems and floralytes in the bottom on an etched mirror, floating pearlescent white candles on top–they were gorgeous and no one knew they were silk. The plus side of that was we put them all together days before, and when they set them up all they had to do was twist on the floralyte, add the water and light the candles.
here are a couple of non-pro pics. We had a dual theme–nautical and construction…long story but DH’s business (and his family business) deals with a lot of construction equip so we had high end diecast models of cranes as part of our centerpieces, that’s what you see in the far away pic.
I saved about $250/table (so about $5000) by DIYing them and I liked them better than what the florist had in mind.
Post # 10
@sehrler: Your centerpieces and lighting were stunning. I’m using similar colors (more purple than blue, but still) and your posts is a huge inspiration. Thank you!
Post # 11
@sehrler: Wow these are awesome! I agree with the up-lighting no one will be able to tell.
Post # 12
Wow, thanks for doing this 🙂 I think that they both look lovely 🙂
Post # 13
@NAvery: Thank you! It’s frustrating, I hope my pro pics do them more justice because I was shocked how well they worked, you know how it is, you have an idea but you just never know how it will look in the midst of the real day!
@Blush.Champagne: and thank you too! Not a single person said anything bad about them, if I mentioned they were silk no one believed it. Way less expensive than the real flowers, easier and I just couldn’t pay a florist that much per centerpiece, I felt it was ridiculous.
The only thing was that I had to make sure that I had someone to set/break down but I was so lucky to have a cousin staying with us that week and she is actually an event planner, she volunteered and was like my wedding angel–took care of everything!
Post # 14
@sehrler: Thanks for sharing! You’re right, I can’t tell that they are fake at all, and your tables were gorgeous!
By The Way, I adore the cranes 🙂
Post # 15
LOVE!! I was planning on doing the same thing but didn’t know whether to go fake or not, thanks for this post, both look great!!
Post # 16
@dipal6286: Thanks, it was absolutely unique! Here are a couple candid pics of the cake holder crane, Darling Husband designed, built and welded it to hold the groom’s cake…it is fully functional, moves the platform up and down and back and forth and rotates, and the light on top rotates and flashes. It now resides in our front yard (12 feet tall) and has a Just Married sign and spotlight on it. Darling Husband is quite a trip! LOL