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Beginner July 2021

Bouquets - silk or real?

Miranda, on January 15, 2021 at 8:58 AM Posted in Style and Décor 0 17
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I have everything planned for our wedding except for the florist. It’s a July 3rd wedding (doing red, white and blue) on a farm with wonderful scenery. I hate thinking of spending too much of bouquets that will only be used for about an hour. Any suggestions on how to cut the price? Did you prefer silk or real flowers? Thanks in advance!

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Latest activity by Sarah, on February 20, 2021 at 6:51 PM
  • Connie
    Dedicated December 2021
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    I have considered using a mixture of both. For example, I want wreaths to hang on the barn doors of our reception and I want to make those out of fake flowers and stems so that we can re-use the wreaths at our house for years to come. But for my and the bridesmaid bouquets, centerpieces, and aisle runners, I am leaning towards buying bulk flowers from Costco. I have a little experience in floral design, and this is the only part of my wedding I am planning on DIYing two days before the wedding. I want either mostly greens or lots of baby's breath and then 1-2 colors of roses to fill in as well. I think by simplifying what goes into them you can cut the price down significantly. We should be able to do all our flowers and greens for the wedding and reception for about $300-400.
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  • Sexypoodle
    Master October 2021
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    Are you using flowers in your centerpieces? Only asking to get a feel for the style/decor. Also are you open to your bridesmaids carrying something else? Or only floral bouquets?
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  • Miranda
    Beginner July 2021
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    Wow that’s not a bad price at all! How do you plan to keep the flowers fresh until your ceremony, do you refrigerate them? My first wedding it was super hot and mine started to wilt quickly now I’m worried about it. I wish I had artistic touch but I’m so horrible with trying to put things together on my own.
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  • Miranda
    Beginner July 2021
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    I was thinking more of a simple centerpiece since it’s outside on a farm. I’m open for suggestions!
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  • Connie
    Dedicated December 2021
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    Hmm, that will be the tricky part for you for sure. Our wedding will be in December, so we won't have to worry about wilting. If you want to do real flower bouquets, they should be alright, just keep them indoors in AC and in water and plant food until it is time for pictures. I would advise against refrigerating them, as the humidity in the fridge can mess them up. Since it will be so hot, it might be better to do fake flowers for any centerpieces and decorations. And you could have everything done weeks or months ahead of time! Hydrangeas make for really beautiful blue blooms! If you go the live flower route and still want to DIY still, I would prep everything and keep it in water and AC as long as possible. At that point, you may want to try to find a friend or ask the DoC if they would set things out for you an hour before guests start arriving. But it would be nice to be able to give them pictures of how it should look and where things need to go in that case.


    There are lots of options if you keep your mind open! Pinterest is a great starting point for gathering ideas too!
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  • Miranda
    Beginner July 2021
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    Thank you so much!
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  • Michelle
    VIP October 2022
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    Real 100%. I personally don't care for the look of silks. Plus if flowers are kept in season or done via wholesale (fiftyflowers.com) they end being cheaper than silks, contrary to popular belief. Also unless you are cutting them all out of your garden, flowers grown for commercial use (florists, etc) do not have the pollen that causes allergies.
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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
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    I got fake ones because it was so much cheaper
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  • Allie
    Rockstar November 2021
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    I personally love real flowers over fake, and I’ve had friends tell me I’m wasting money. I got my bouquet, bridesmaid bouquets, centerpieces, ceremony decor and a fireplace piece for the reception for about $800 because the florist does a lot of work with our venue, so she gave us a discount. Grocery stores and places like Costco and Sam’s club can do fresh flowers as well if you really want fresh! If you do fake, do you have any crafty friends or family who can help you put things together? My best friend is extremely crafty and very conscious of costs so she did all of her bouquets and decorations for about $150 by getting the fake flowers at end of season sales.
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  • J
    Dedicated November 2021
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    I definitely suggest at least getting a quote from a florist. I was all set on doing fake florals for the price (even had them picked out online so I knew how much it would cost). Then I reached out through email to a local florist just out of curiosity and it ended up being just a little more for real flowers so I decided to splurge a little there since they do generally look nicer.
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  • Miranda
    Beginner July 2021
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    Thank you! My best friend and I are going to try to do this today as well as hit up hobby lobby to compare prices!
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  • Miranda
    Beginner July 2021
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    That’s what I was worried about was the appearance since it’s on a farm so it’s easy to tell theyre fake. I’m horrible at putting things together in an artistic fashion, too. Thanks the info!
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  • Miranda
    Beginner July 2021
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    Thanks, Allie! My best friend is crafty, but I lack that piece of talent myself lol
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  • Hanna
    VIP June 2019
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    I would definitely recommend not skimping out on a quality bouquet of real flowers for yourself, because let's face it, your bridal bouquet will end up being in the majority of your formal photos. If you want to scale back on the quality of flowers for the bridesmaids' bouquets or elsewhere or even do fake, that's another option. But I would recommend doing real for your own bouquet

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  • Michelle
    VIP October 2022
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    I agree completely. Most couples would rather have quality photos on display and are not interested in keeping the bouquet.
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  • Sexypoodle
    Master October 2021
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    I was thinking of an alternative “bouquet” that would tie into the farm venue, like a fan or lantern. Neither one requires many flowers and therefore artificial flowers could work since they’d be used minimally. Additionally, the bridesmaid lanterns could be used as decor for the reception (ie. on the head table.... or some on the bar.... on the gift table, etc). Fans are inexpensive and you could easily hot glue artificial flowers at a low cost. Bouquets - silk or real? 1
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  • S
    Just Said Yes January 2021
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    I went with rented artificial for mine from Boomerangblooms.com. The bouquets and centerpieces looked beautiful!

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