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Whitney
Savvy November 2023

diy flowers; real vs fake

Whitney, on October 16, 2022 at 10:46 AM Posted in Do It Yourself 1 8

We are planning to do our flowers ourselves; from bouquets to aisle markers. I can not decide if real would be better than fake or should I do both. Yes, you can save so of the fake flowers forever, but I would love my guests to be able to smell the aroma from the real flowers. Our wedding is outdoors, in the country, and simple. We are decorating with hay bales, pumpkins, and mums. If everything else is real, shouldn't the flowers be real too?

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Latest activity by Michelle, on October 19, 2022 at 8:12 AM
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    Dedicated November 2023
    Caryn ·
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    If you're doing it yourself, time is a major factor here. If you have fake flowers, you can do everything as far ahead as you need to. If you do real, every bouquet, centerpiece and aisle marker will need to basically be done the day before or morning of your wedding.

    Another option is sola wood flowers. These are a natural wood, so they don't read fake the way that plastic greenery is going to. They aren't fake, they are just different, and you can make the arrangements ahead of time. Sola flowers are often used as diffusers because they absorb scent well. You could probably mist them with some light fragrance if the smell is important to you.

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  • Whitney
    Savvy November 2023
    Whitney ·
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    I have not thought about the woods flowers. That is a great idea. I will definitely look into those.
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar December 2022
    Michelle ·
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    We prefer fresh flowers for many reasons. Scent, texture, cost effective, biodegradable.

    First, keep in mind that DIY is not always cheaper because your time and sanity are money as well.
    You can’t recreate the scent and texture of fresh flowers. You can either go to a local in-store grocery store florist who will make everything for you much less expensive than a regular wedding florist will. Or you can get fresh flowers at fiftyflowers.com.
    Fresh flowers are cheaper than faux (silk/wood/etc) unless you want out of season exotics. Also, faux flowers are not biodegradable so they last forever in a landfill, including the wood that is treated. Faux flowers are dust collectors. There is a misconception that fresh flowers always trigger pollen allergies. Home grown flowers from your garden will have tons of pollen but commercially grown flowers do not have any so they hypoallergenic.
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  • Taylor
    Rockstar October 2022
    Taylor ·
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    So I got married last weekend. My bouquet I got off Etsy but they’re wood flowers, our arch flowers are fake from Etsy, and our centerpieces are wood and fake! Boutonnières and bridesmaids bouquets were fake and wood also from Etsy! Our centerpieces we dyed them ourselves and hot glued stems. No one knew they were fake until I said something! We also had fake flowers in tall vases by our sweetheart table. It’s nice because you get more of a say in what your flowers look like! And even buying from Etsy we spend WAY less having fake flowers. We spent about $1k on all flowers. Real flowers can cost thousands depending on what you get and how much you get. You can get or make stuff really unique which our guests loved (we had pumpkins too. Fake ceramic inside for our reception but real at the ceremony site) here's some reference photos! I wish I had a pic on my phone of the lights on in the centerpieces. Hopefully our photographer got it lol

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  • Whitney
    Savvy November 2023
    Whitney ·
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    I was looking the prices at Sam's club and Costco. I will check out the website you mentioned. Thank you.

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  • Whitney
    Savvy November 2023
    Whitney ·
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    Congratulations. Those are so beautiful. I have been looking on esty too. Thank you.

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  • Taylor
    Rockstar October 2022
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    There are so many wonderful sellers on Etsy that make stuff! Or go to michaels! They always have sales and you can hold a bunch of flowers together and see if there’s anything you like
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  • Michelle
    VIP August 2021
    Michelle ·
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    Hi Whitney. One option may be an all- baby's breath assortment. You can keep white or add colored spray paint and/or essential oils for fragrance. You can also cut costs by having a real bouquet for you and faux for any bridesmaids. Groomsmen can easily wear fabric flowers. An alternative for aisle decor could be fabric draping, and you can place every other row. Good luck.

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