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Amber
Beginner June 2021

Fake Flowers vs Real Flowers

Amber, on August 24, 2020 at 1:36 PM Posted in Style and Décor 1 22
I’m having a hard time deciding on whether I should purchase real flowers or rent fake but good quality flowers from the “something borrowed blooms” website. I’ve already increased my flower budget twice because I keep getting told that I’m going to have a hard time getting what I want at my current budget for the real ones. This has been told to me by multiple florists in my area. The fake flowers I’m looking at are beautiful and exactly what I want at the fraction of the cost. Should I continue to shop around for real flowers or go with the fake?

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Latest activity by Sarah, on February 20, 2021 at 6:54 PM
  • Lisa
    Rockstar July 2022
    Lisa ·
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    I'm not familiar with that website, though are they willing to send you a sample of their flowers? That way, you could see the quality firsthand and decide if you want to use them or not. If they aren't willing to send you a flower sample, maybe pay to rent a small flower arrangement from them ahead of time with some of the flowers you'd like to use, and use that as a trial run before deciding what you'd like to do.
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  • Molly
    VIP September 2020
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    I would go with the fake flowers. You can resell them after the wedding or keep them forever.

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  • Amber
    Beginner June 2021
    Amber ·
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    They will let you sample two items from their website from my understanding. I think one centerpiece and one bridesmaid bouquet. I think I’m going to do that just to be a little more sure about my decision. I’ve felt pretty defeated lately being told that the real flowers are going to be ridiculously expensive.
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  • Amber
    Beginner June 2021
    Amber ·
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    This is a rental company that allows you to use them the day of then send them back the day after so you’re not left with a bunch of centerpieces and such. If I were to make my own, this would be a great idea though! Thank you!
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  • Lisa
    Rockstar July 2022
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    I hear you on the ridiculous flower costs - I was shocked at the pricing when we started looking into our flowers, so we ultimately decided to do non-floral centerpieces to save money. That's great that they'll let you sample two items! If you're happy with the samples and the way they look, and if they're good quality, I say go for it!
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  • Molly
    VIP September 2020
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    Oh yeah that's right, I used sola wood flowers and made all my wedding party flowers and such. Then I ordered fresh flowers for the tables from fifty flowers. In total I spent $300 on florals.

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  • J
    Master October 2022
    Jana ·
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    If you want real flowers, be specific upfront about what you need and make sure everything is in season. If they aren't willing to work with you, keep looking. Budget florists do exist. Or DIY through fiftyflowers.com
    Artificial vs real is personal preference. Some silks are more expensive than fresh flowers and some fresh are more expensive (usually out of season exotics). Many times a florist marks up prices for a wedding because they know some women won't question it.

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  • Amber
    Beginner June 2021
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    Only $300!? That’s awesome! How many tables did you decorate? Right now I’m having to get centerpieces for 21-25 tables.
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  • Molly
    VIP September 2020
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    $200 was spent on the wood flowers. I made 8 bouquets, 12 boutonnieres, 4 corsages, Cards and gift sign stand and had flowers left over. I spent $95 (100 stems) of baby's breath for my table centerpieces for 10 tables. I am going to do mason jars with a bunch of baby's breath for our centerpieces.

    Here is one of the bouquets and our cards and gifts sign stand.

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    (Inspiration photo)
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  • Fleur
    October 2020
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    We ordered SBB (Taylor collection) for our upcoming micro wedding! We ordered the bouquets, bouts, corsages, & garlands. Definitely a fraction of the cost as compared to reals I've priced. The thing that sold me was that they look great in photographs. I follow them on IG but there's also a "private" SBB FB group you can join - where brides discuss all things SBB. Good luck!

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  • Amber
    Beginner June 2021
    Amber ·
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    Those are so pretty! Thank you for the info I’m definitely going to be doing more research before I make a final decision.
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  • Molly
    VIP September 2020
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    Thank you! You're welcome and good luck!

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  • Amber
    Beginner June 2021
    Amber ·
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    Are the flowers as pretty in person as they are in the photos on the website?
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  • Fleur
    October 2020
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    Yes. We did a preview pack of the Olivia & Taylor, which includes just the bridesmaids size. But I'm super confident the bridal bouquet will look great. Flowers aren't a super huge priority for me, I just don't care about the real bouquet experience. I just want them to look amazing in pics. Looking at the real wedding pics that SBB posts every week + the savings of at least 50%, sold me.

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  • MD
    Super July 2019
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    We did all fake flowers from Hobby Lobby when they were 50% off, and now we have them as decor in our house. The picture is a little blurry just because my face was in focus, but this is the best close-up I have.

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  • Megan
    Just Said Yes October 2021
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    I’m having real flowers for my bouquet and my bridesmaids bouquets but my centerpieces and other flowers I use will be fake!
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  • Sarafina
    Beginner May 2022
    Sarafina ·
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    I say go fake . We were going to go fake because some of our guest are allergic and we wouldn't have to worry to much about them dying. Plus if they are exa6what your look in for a lesser price I say don't miss out.
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    Savvy November 2020
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    I went with Lings moments. I was really nervous to go with fake flowers. But their flowers are very beautiful in my opinion and don't look plasticy like other fake flowers. Fake Flowers vs Real Flowers 5

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  • R
    Beginner October 2020
    Rachel ·
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    These are gorgeous! You gave me a new idea! Thank you!
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  • Molly
    VIP September 2020
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    Thank you! You're welcome! If you do decide on sola wood flowers let me now if you have any questions or need any tips! I had so much fun using them!

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