Post # 1
We’re already spending a lot of money on renting a mansion, so I was hoping I could go with some artful flowers (maybe turning sheet music or book pages into roses or something). And I wasn’t sure if roses from, say, Hobby Lobby would be the same price as buying real flowers.
Post # 2
My opinion is that, for the most part, fake flowers will always look fake. There are some exceptions such as real touch, but those are just as costly or even more costly as flowers themselves. If you don’t care much for flowers, it doesn’t matter much if you go with real or fake. I was originally going to go with silk flowers, but they just didn’t look right to me, so I bought flowers from costco and made bouquets. I didn’t want to spend tons on flowers, but still wanted pretty ones.
ETA – I spent $200 total on flowers for all bouquets, corsges and table flower arrangements.
Post # 3
I’m using fake silk flowers for my centerpieces. It’s not a large amount of flowers in them, so I think it looks good. I’ve had compliments on them looking real so I’m going with it. As for bouquets and such- all of those are real that we’re using. I’ve seen some fake bouquets and you could tell they were… well, fake.
Post # 4
I believe that if there is a reason that you have to use fake flowers then use them. Like for my family, I cannot use real flowers because a lot of us (including me) have allergies and would be sneezing the entire night. I do not want to sneeze the entire day of my wedding. With that being said, I am not a big fan of fake flowers. So I chose to use fabric (lace and ribbon trim) to make flowers for my wedding day. I have seen the sheet music used as flowers and it was cute. If music is something that is important to you or your fiance’ then I say go for it.
Post # 5
I’m not paying 5x more for real. Not happening. That’s my opinion lol.
Post # 6
I was originally considering them or dried flowers for the cost..but I think real flowers are worth it. Not planning to go crazy at all. But a real floral bouquet would be really nice. Fake flowers often look fake. I’ve heard Real Touch ones are better though.
Post # 7
i did the real touch silk flowers because i was having a destination wedding and i did not like the resorts flower selection (or price!). When i asked to have a custom arrangement they were going to charge a ridiculous amount to “import” them in. My bouquet was 150ish for real touch flowers and i thought it was kind of expensive for something fake…LOL. But anyways, i think they looked great, they even have the “feel” of flowers…they fooled everyone at the resort, but i had no problems telling everyone how fake they were lol.
Post # 8
If you like them, go for it. I personally dont like them, they’re just not my thing.
Post # 9
I honestly don’t care if someone uses fake flowers. It doesn’t bother me and I barely notice them. If having real flowers is not important to you, then go with fake ones. It’s fine to cut costs for something that isn’t particularly important to you and which doesn’t directly affect your guests.
Post # 10
I say use fewer real flowers. Candles are cheaper and look better in my opinion (in most cases), so keep flowers to a minimum (even just your bouquet and nothing else, no one will notice) to cut costs, or use a brooch bouquet and get rid of them completely. Fake flowers look like fake flowers in almost every case and they cheapen the whole look in my opinion. Paper flowers have their own look so I’m not talking about those, just regular fake flowers.
Post # 11
My now-ex-SIL had silk flowers when she married my brother. Do I *love* fake flowers? No. Do I remember them somehow negatively impacting the day? No, it was a million years ago and it was one wedding in a sea of weddings I’ve been to in my adult lifetime, and I barely recall anything about the wedding. Because in the grand scheme of things it’s not that important. (Just my opinion. If real flowers are super important to you, go for it, but either way don’t worry about what other people might think.)
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Post # 13
I will tell you what I tell every bride who has asked this question, do what you want and what you can afford. In the end, what you chose will affect you more than your guests.
Post # 14
I totally agree with you!
We have opted for silk for our wedding as I am assembling them myself. We had a florist booked, and she was going to be incorporating real and silk, but she backed out due to a family crisis. The reason we’ve chosen silk was because I am unable to get the flowers I want at the time of year. We are having Native Australian flowers, which are available fresh from September to November, and we are getting married in March.
I am pleasantly surprised by the quality of the artificial flowers we have purchased- most through an Australian supplier, Koch, and also Afloral and a local company. My bouquet is now assembled and ready for the day in March, which makes my inner OCD bride very, very content!
Post # 15
- Wedding: May 2015 - Antique Rose Emporium
I looked and looked at buying real touch and silk peonies online…they were all hideous and the few sample orders I received were just not gonna work for the DIY route. Then I looked at the price of real, fresh peonies and I wanted to cry. Then I found KateSaidYes on etsy. I adored her bouquets for over a year, researched real brides who used her, talked to her over convos, and finally today I purchased my bouquet and a matching bout for FI!!!
While I haven’t seen them in person yet, every photo I’ve seen from real brides who used KateSaidYes is phenomenal and all reviewers have commented how real they look. I say it depends on the quality. There are “craft store” silks and then high quality ones, like what Kate uses. This is my bouquet, with a few minor changes (I wanted more pink peonies than white). This bouquet would’ve cost me an arm and a leg if they were real!! Peonies are so expensive! But I got this at a TERRIFIC price. So so SO excited to get it and I don’t regret not having real ones at all!!!