Crazy Question: Flowers Submerged in Water for Centerpieces.
Does anyone know if you do that flowers submerged in water for your centerpieces, does it make a difference if the flowers are silk or artificial flowers? Or will it have to be real flowers?
if its silk or fake flowers will the flowers be ruined afterwards. just trying to figure out how to really make this work right.



R&J Salsa-Lovers
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Posted On: Apr 28, 2010 at 5:38 PM • Vendors are allowed • Add to My WatchlistFlag As Inappropriate1 like

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FMS, the barefoot wife!
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Apr 28, 2010 at 5:41 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I think silk would absorb the water, I'm not sure about natural touch, the best bet is to experiment, put up a few silk, fresh and some real/natural touch and give it a try

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Apr 28, 2010 at 5:42 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I don't use silk flowers, but I'm guessing the colors would run & the water would magnify them to the point where they are obviously artificial.

Use real flowers, waxy ones like orchids & callas work really well.
(Your picture shows orchids)

Lisa
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Apr 28, 2010 at 5:42 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Yea, I think that the silk ones would get all soggy and not float like the picture.

Lenora
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Apr 28, 2010 at 6:12 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I did a test with silk flowers and they floated to the bottom by the morning.
Apr 28, 2010 at 6:23 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
The silk ones will sink and the color will bleed, although they will still maintain a lot of color. You could pre-soak the flowers to remove the excess dye. You might consider preserved fresh flowers. You could buy them well ahead of time.
Apr 28, 2010 at 7:35 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Fresh would be the way to go. Silk will bleed into the water. If your doing orchids like in the picture you'll most likely find that decent silk orchids are as expensive as fresh anyway.

R&J Salsa-Lovers
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Apr 28, 2010 at 7:44 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Yeah ladies, thanks for all the advice.
Melissa Daubert- Preserved Fresh flowers? where would I get those? could I find them at a farmers markets or would that be more of a grocery store find? trying to avoid my local florist because their cost are wayyy too high. but if I need to go there I will.
Also gang- Although I love the orchids pictured above, I don't have to have those type of flowers. I know they are quite costly. And my wedding is the 1st week of September. So Im not even sure they would be readily available. I definitly don't want to have to special order in something. Which is why I thought about getting the silk/fake ones from Michaels. I thought since it would be in the water it wouldnt' really matter, but looks like from you guys experience it does.
So anyone have any suggestions on good real flowers for submerging for a September wedding. Otherwise, I may try daisys or roses. Becaue i m sure i can get my hands on those come the time. what about greenery?

R&J Salsa-Lovers
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Apr 28, 2010 at 7:45 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
FMS- what is Natural Touch?

R&J Salsa-Lovers
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Apr 28, 2010 at 7:45 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
lenora- thanks for the tips. See I knew there was a reason florist are so dang costly! they know all the tricks of the trade.

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Apr 28, 2010 at 7:47 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I'm planning on doing submerged orchids and I wondered the same thing. But a lot of florists told me that they PREFER to use SILK orchids because they work a lot better. Which I was totally blow away from because it doesn't really make sense. So I'm gonna practice with any different kind I can find. I haven't found a good enough website yet though. Yeah lucky me with Orchids being one of the most expensive lol. Real or Fake. they're gonna break the bank!

NJFallWed
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Apr 28, 2010 at 7:50 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
I was looking at doing similar centerpieces with a rose submerged and a floating candle on the top. If you do rocks or marbles at the bottom, you can weight the flower with a small fishing weight and fishing wire, and then hide the weight in the marbles to keep the flower from floating.

http://blog.favorsinthecity.com/index.php/240/whats-hot-for-fall-wedding-centerpieces/
Apr 28, 2010 at 9:07 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
R&J - check out http://www.save-on-crafts.com/preserved.html for some preserved flowers. I've used save-on-crafts for other items - they are a good vendor.
Apr 28, 2010 at 10:17 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
We use tru-touch orchids for submersed centerpieces,cost was $14/stem, but of course I'm using them more than 1x so it's a bargain in our situation; they don't look fake. Silks bleed.

R&J Salsa-Lovers
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Apr 28, 2010 at 11:17 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
Garden wedding- ok on the Tru-Touch. Ill keep that in mind, we dont' even need to get silk flowers if they bleed. Tru-Touch are those the fake flowers that feel real?

And what are Preserved flowers exactly? actual dried flowers or is there something on them that makes them last longer. I looked on save on crafts adn saw them. thx

R&J Salsa-Lovers
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Apr 28, 2010 at 11:18 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
never mind! I just figured out what Real Touch Flowers are.
thx guys

RavenK
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Apr 29, 2010 at 12:02 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
At my g/f's wedding...the real flowers got all "wilted" looking after about an hour and the silk ones held up all night and the colors never ran at all.

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Apr 29, 2010 at 12:29 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
I am planning to emerge Real Flowers. I like the idea of Roses (Yellow my color). Also will have Lemons. Clear Glass Mar/bles. "Diamond" Yellow/Blue Confetti. Smaller Orchids (branch).



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Apr 29, 2010 at 12:30 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
If you want to try preserving flowers yourself, I found this site that talks about preserving leaves on branches, but I assume it'll work on flowers too: http://gardening.about.com/od/craftsanddecor/ss/Preserve_Leaves_9.htm

R&J Salsa-Lovers
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Apr 29, 2010 at 10:32 AM • Flag As Inappropriate
Thanks shana R. But I definitly won't preserve any flowers that I want to display at a wedding. I have a Black thumb. I can kill anything. Even the cactus I planted in a pot after watching Martha stewart. I got all creative and made this little cactus collecting in a pot to put on my patio and guess what?
Killed It?
hehehehehehe

Elena P. I love your photos, see this is my dilema also, is my colors. My colors are Tangerine Orange and Hot Pink/Fuschia and I don't want it to look fall. My friend keeps telling me I need to be aware of what flowers will be available in September. I don't want any Red, Yellow or anyting that looks fall. So I know Im going to need to go with fake something. I could do submerged limes or tangerines i thing. If I could find some pretty fake pink flowers. which is how we got on the whole Submerged Fake-Silk flowers in the first place.

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Feb 03, 2011 at 9:50 PM • Flag As Inappropriate
What did you end up using? I just got some preserved flowers and I'm afraid to put them in water!
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