(Closed) Who’s using fresh flowers, who’s using silk?

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
3316 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

What I have heard is that quality silk flowers are about as much as fresh ones.  Thus, the major advantagte to them is that you can keep them after the wedding, not that you save at the wedding.

We had fresh ones.

Post # 4
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

We are using silk/natural touch flowers. I am deathly allergic to real ones, so it makes more sense for us. We also get to keep them after the wedding, so I can set them up around the house for decoration.

Post # 5
913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

My friend used silk ones for her wedding – no one could tell as we wer walking down the isle and in all the pics they look real!  I don’t know how much she spent though….

I am oing w/ real flowers…..for around $550 we are getting the following:

My Bouquet = about $75

7 BMs/Moms/Grandmas Bouquets = $50 each

Smaller bouquet for my 9 year old Bridesmaid or Best Man = $40-45

The rest of the $$ is going towards bunches of fresh flowers and berries to fill 3in round vases as part of the centerpieces.

I’m not going to lie…..we are actually getting our flowers through our local grocery store.  WAY cheaper and she does a fabulous job and came highly recmmended in our area!

Post # 6
3782 posts
Honey bee

My sister’s wedding was this past weekend…The girl’s bouquets and the guy’s bouts were all fresh flowers, the rest were silk

sorry, no pics of the silk


Post # 7
4485 posts
Honey bee

We’re going with fresh. They turned out to be cheaper and you can’t replicate the scent or texture with silks. While you can find silks at the dollar store or Walmart, fresh are cheaper in general unless you want exotic or out of season flowers. They say that you can get “high quality” silks at Michael’s etc that supposedly look real but they are more expensive than fresh and even from a distance they still look artificial to many people.

It’s a personal choice that only you can decide on. No one is right or wrong either way.

As far as allergies are concerned, a professional florist works with flowers that have had the pollen, etc removed whereas fresh cut from the garden flowers do not. There is no risk of allergies with a professional florist, and folks who have allergies to pollen do not notice anything with those flowers. But it should be mentioned anyway when interviewing them. Silks are not the only option if you have allergies, contrary to popular belief.

Post # 8
2779 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We used natural touch silks. Everyone loved the flowers and a few people didn’t believe that they weren’t real. It really depends on the quality you go for in silks. We personally liked it because we like the idea of keeping the bouquet looking the way it did on our wedding day forever. And Darling Husband and I get pretty bad hayfever and we didn’t want to risk it with real flowers.

Post # 9
251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Fresh!! I think the florist appointment was one I was most excited for! I can’t wait to see all the beatuiful floral creations on my wedding day 🙂

Post # 10
4419 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

We’re using a combination of both.

Post # 11
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

fresh flowers were very important to me, b/c i originally wanted our wedding in a garden and couldn’t have that. real flowers were the next best thing. i did diy for the centerpieces so it wasn’t that expensive. i didn’t feel like they were a waste for only one day, b/c all of my guests loved them and started asking to take them home, so they all got to enjoy them for a while.

Post # 12
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m allergic so we went with silk for everything. We got ours from Michaels and the only way people could tell they weren’t real was because of the colors

Post # 13
1020 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

we are using fresh flowers, because our venue doesn’t allow silk flowers.

Post # 14
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Fresh. I love them and can’t imagine using silks…they just creep me out. I know that’s weird. lol. 

Post # 15
5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

I think I’ll be doing silk flowers. I like the idea of making the bouquets myself and being able to do so months before the actual day of the wedding.

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