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

posted 10 years ago in Flowers
Post # 17
1810 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We’re also using fresh flowers. I was originally thinking about DIYing my flowers, but then I got a really good quote from a florist, so now that’s one thing I don’t have to worry about.

Post # 18
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m going with fresh flowers.  We ended up getting a lot for a decent price in my area.  I budgeted $3000 for flowers and I came out with everything I wanted at $2520.  Furst FLorist in Dayton, OH is AMAZING!  It also helped that my mom had an account with them

Flowers will be white roses, white and brown cymbidium orchids, and white hydrangeas.

My bouquet

4 bridemaids bouquets

MOB and MOG nosegays

2 corsages for each grandmother

Groom and 3 groomsmen boutineers

Both fathers boutineers

Ringbearer Boutineer

Flower girl basket

Centerpieces for tables (half low sitting on table and half high on top of 2 foot glass vases)  There will be brown gerber daisies included in centerpieces.  All votives and candles included.

2 candlabras and 2 flower arrangements on pedestals to be moved to the reception immediately following.

Bows to line the aisle at every row with one flower in each and an aisle runner.

Rose pedals for the cake table.

Post # 19
1019 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

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@DeathByDesign: the venue is an all-organic facility, so we aren’t able to use any synthetic items ๐Ÿ™‚ we can’t use regular candles either–they have to be soy candles.

Post # 20
655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

we’re using fresh for the bouquets and bouts and for the 2 big arrangements at the chapel and then silk for the centerpieces. Our centerpieces are submerged so no one can tell the difference… here’s a pic:

Post # 21
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We used the real touch silks for everything (except for a few smaller arrangements that were just regular silk flowers). Even my bridesmaid who hates fake flowers thought they looked good ๐Ÿ™‚

(sorry for the bad cell phone pics)

my bouquet:


Post # 22
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We’re using silk flowers as well. I bought most of mine from Joann’s. They’re always having sales and huge discounts on their florals and fabrics. If you sign up for their mailing list online you’ll recieve additional coupons to use for your purchases. For my centerpieces I only ended up paying five dollars a piece. If you’re looking for vases and really want to save money. We took a trip to the dollar store and bought vase-shaped tea canisters, took the lids off and glued some fabric around it. They ended up looking fantastic.

Post # 23
965 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m using fresh flowers EXCEPT for the flower girls. I’m giving them bouquets instead of having them throw petals and I wanted them to have something durable that they could also take home!

Post # 24
256 posts
Helper bee

Fresh for us – Flowers are among my more important “must haves” for the wedding, so I am willing to cut the budget elsewhere to allow for as many flowers as possible.

Post # 25
398 posts
Helper bee

Silk.  We aren’t getting married where we live.  So I just don’t want to risk driving over 12 hours with fresh flowers.  I could get them when we get to Wisconsin but I don’t want to use his parents fridge as a flower storage. 

So to save the headach and added stress, I’ll be using silk. 

Post # 26
92 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I had fresh gerbers, fresh roses, and silk hydrangeas.

Post # 28
2280 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We’re keeping it fresh. It would be hard to beat the price my florist gave me; for nine bouquets, ten corsages, and sixteen bouts, which include expensive flowers such as lilacs and lily of the valley, it’s going to cost us approximately $750. We’re going to DIY the floral centerpieces for a few more hundred, coming in to roughly $1300 for all flowers. Not too shabby!

I may keep part of my bouquet as a keepsake anyway. I’ve held on to some dried flowers for years and would like to put them in a shadow box. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 29
419 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m using silks. To the poster that says you can get silk @ Walmart… The Walmart I go to, their silk flowers are $$$$. I have bought some BEAUTIFUL silk flowers at dollar stores. But, that’s because it’s Houston. Houston being the site of the 2nd largest port – we get stuff in our stores without the added cost of trucking it in. So, the dollar store silks here are more elsewhere.

But, that’s not why I did silk. Flowers can wilt and start to look ugly sometimes durig a long, hot day.

And, also, by DIY silk flowers it is ONE LESS VENDOR to worry about on my wedding day. During my quinceanera 2 paid-in-full vendors (the mariachis and the photo/vid guy) didn’t show so I won’t trust vendors to do anything on my wedding day that I can do myself.

Post # 30
1440 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I did silk, I don’t care for flowers to begin with though.

My flower order included:

My bouquet (3 dozen flowers)

Maid/Matron of Honor bouquet (2 dozen flowers)

3 bouquets of 14 flowers

2 corsages

6 bouts

2 bags of rose petals

rose oil


With tax, shipping and customs it came to $220, no way I would have been able to do that price with real flowers.

People might be able to tell they aren’t real, but as I mentioned … I don’t like flowers to begin with.


I used thebridesbouquet.com


Post # 31
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@awakemysoul your boquet looks amazing!! I love it!! (on a side i did do all my flowers,,, fresh, for 250 ๐Ÿ™‚



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