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Silk flowers on Centerpieces, is it tacky?
My FH & I are paying for our own wedding and I have noticed a dramatic difference in fresh flower center pieces and silk flower pieces. I can't recall what I've seen at weddings in the past, but would it be tacky if I went the lesser route?

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Nicole K.

Creative Elegance Weddings
Aug 26, 2009 at 10:23 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
It depends on the silk flowers you use. Some look better than others. I have used silk flowers and I think that they can be just as beautiful. Not only are they cheaper in some cases but you don't have to worry about them going brown and you can make them ahead of time and they will stay nice. With accessories you can make them look very nice.

Married: 06/05/2015
Aug 26, 2009 at 11:13 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
No it saves money some people can't afford expensive flowers.
Aug 26, 2009 at 3:20 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
The quality of silk flowers has improved immensely, and if you mix the two- real and silk, nobody will be the wiser. You might check with your local Costco- you can order flowers in bulk for very cheap. Do some research to see if you have a flower market in your area- these supply the flower shops and the prices are great. Good luck!

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Aug 26, 2009 at 8:58 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I am using silk flowers. I think as long as you like the arrangement then that is what matters. there are several people i know who use it. if money is tight and you want to use them then i say go ahead. Also real flowers are good too. good luck.
Aug 26, 2009 at 10:54 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Silk flowers can be a great alternative to real flowers. Do some 'window shopping' at two or three places and pick the ones that look most real and go with your colors well. Craft stores like Michael's might be a good place to start. Add a few votives and some crystals or silk scatter petals and you will have a very pretty and cost efficient centerpiece. I have pictures of silk bouquets that I created on my storefront if you would like to check them out. Let me know if you need some help. Congratulations! I hope that I was of help to you!
Aug 27, 2009 at 6:16 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
I think you answered your own question by saying you can't remember from the weddings you've attended if the flowers were silk or fresh:) It's all about illusion! Silk flowers look great submerged in water. We use tall cylinder shaped vases, clear stones at the bottom, with the flowers suspended in the water. If you want a lower sitting centerpiece, use a glass bowl and float the silk flower that way. It's a fabulous look for very little $. Good luck with your wedding!

Vintage Ivy Events

Vintage Ivy Events
Aug 27, 2009 at 3:53 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Here is another place to buy silk flowers, I have purchased purple gerbera daisies, hydrangeas, and burgundy roses from this company and the flowers are very beautiful.
Aug 30, 2009 at 8:38 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I design wedding flowers using silk. There are so many options nowadays. The other advantage of using silk, besides some of the ones already named, is that you can always resell your centerpieces after the wedding to recoup some of the expense. You can list them on ebay or craigs list for an example. Also check out the great use of lights in your centerpieces. You can visit me at for lighted examples.
Sep 01, 2009 at 1:20 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
All interesting takes on the silk vs. fresh question. No one has dealt with the "tacky" part. Here goes the truth-they may be silk to you but they're "fake" flowers to some of your guests(behind your back.) Flowers are more than just for looks. Even on film, silk flowers look manufactured. Each part of the ceremony has a symbolism and fresh flowers represent life, prosperity and romance. Have you ever smelled a pleasant, familiar aroma that took you back to a happy time. Only nature's organic gifts can do that. If you'd get warm and fuzzy if your FH presented you with a silk bouquet than they'll probably work for you wedding. It would be better to have simple, inexpensive fresh blooms than "prop" or "stand-in" flowers. The aroma of flowers and food, the sound of music and chatter and intimate lighting create the mood and leave a lasting impression. A silk gown is poetic, flowers not so much. If you don't bring out "the good china" on this most important day then when do you?
Sep 03, 2009 at 1:34 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
If you like silk flowers then use them. As for my professional opinion, I have suggested use of silk flowers for pew arrangements or alter centerpieces and fresh flowers for bridal bouquets and reception centerpieces. You and your guests don't spend a lot of time at the ceremony and guests usually don't get that close to flowers during the ceremony. If you use fresh, use them at the reception, where your guests will spend the most of there time. I have seen some fabulous silk bridal bouquets and centerpieces so it can be done. Go with what fits your budget and makes you happy. If you are not a flower kinda girl, use candles instead. They make a wonderful presentation.

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Sep 03, 2009 at 9:18 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I did real flowers in water but I say do silk and save yourself the money to me it wasnt worth it Good luck


BK Illuminations
Sep 04, 2009 at 7:46 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Hi, Yes, there is a huge difference in silk flowers. There are many out there that are sold as silks but are really polyester and you will notice by the edges of some they are not real silk. A look at high- end real silks will convince you of the difference. I use a wonderful wholesaler who provides me with gorgeous silks. Remember too, your bridal attendants will have a beautiful "high-end" souvineer, if you will, from your lovely wedding if you choose silks!
Barbara at Florals

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Sep 04, 2009 at 10:37 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I was going to use real flowers but the silk are way cheaper and nicer
Sep 05, 2009 at 3:15 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
There are some amazing new silks available, and if it means you have floral decor or not, I'd say do the silk. But pick the best available. Order a sample to make sure its what you expect before ordering 20 tables worth.
If you want live flowers why not ask the florist for an orchid plant? I do these for my clients and add in a few decor touches such as vase style or color and they can be half of a large arranged designs price.
Favorites are Phaleonopsis, Oncidiums, Dendrobiums and Spider orchids.
The long elegant stalk filled with flowers looks clean and very upscale. And they last! Guests will have them to enjoy.
My prices are the same as Places like Trader Joes with better quality and the personal options of delivery and set up.
Check with your local designers they may be able to offer a similar idea and keep you on budget.
Have a beautiful wedding

Meant To Be Wed

Meant To Be Wed
Sep 09, 2009 at 11:16 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
To me, it really depends. Are they really silk - or are they the super cheap stuff. I have seen some extraordinary silk arrangements, but I have also seen the cheap FAKE stuff make a wedding look cheap. Interestingly, the good silk flowers are just as much as real flowers. Personally - I'd stick with real flowers because a fake is still that...just a fake.

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Sep 10, 2009 at 5:49 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Fake flowers look okay submerged in water, but by itself, I have yet to see a well executed fake flower set-up. But apparently, there are some good ones now. Its your wedding, if you want the extra money for yourself.... AMEN.


Events To Remember, Event Production and Design, LLC
Sep 21, 2009 at 7:17 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
We do lots of work with silks, we also mix real and silks. Make sure to look at a real flower before you purchase your silks and pick silkes that look most like real. You can give the centerpices away as long lasting gifts to sepcial guests at your reception they make wonderful keep sakes.
Best wishes
Sep 22, 2009 at 1:01 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I, unfortunately, am dealing with the same situation, but like the others have said, if you go with silks that look real, you'll pay the same price. There are also options in "jazzing" silk arrangements up. I am making the silk arrangements for my best friend's wedding that is in October. Granted she chose red and white roses, and she found the silks on sale at our local craft store (non-chain). We mixed in white spray roses. It's helpful if you can, like you would with real flowers, vary the sizes of the blooms. We also added thin wire in red and miniature pearls and rhinestones in the centers of some of the blooms, and for the bouquets, we did stem wrap with a contrasting color lacing over it. If you get creative that can help a lot. However, contrary to Stacey's comment, I would not recommend going to Sam's or Costco for the flowers. Florists and grocery stores are very different. Remember flowers are perishable, and certain processes are necessary. Water and cooling are essential.

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