So I’ve been trying to figure out what to do for floral for the ceremony and reception. I’m wanting to do all silk/ faux floral. I have a quote from a florist for silk floral for $989. It includes my bouquet, 7 bridesmaid bouquets, and 12 small centerpieces (without the vases so I’ll have to get those separately). Is this a good deal? I feel like I could do it a lot cheaper with the premade bouquets from Ling’s or from Michael’s…at least for the bridesmaid bouquets and centerpieces. I was also thinking of getting floral for an arbor for the ceremony from Ling’s. What’s your experience with this? Would the silk floral from the florist look way better than buying them from Ling’s or Michael’s? We’ve already had to raise our budget with everything being so much more expensive than we thought, so I’d like to not spend a fortune on floral but still want it to look nice.
There was a post on Instagram the other day where a florist actually broke down the prices to compare. They said that silks and greenery (faux or real) are more expensive than fresh flowers. That’s not simply to gain business but there are so many options for less expensive fresh florals, and silks/wood end up being more expensive if you want something realistic looking unless you hit Walmart or Joann with a dozen coupons. Costco.com, fiftyflowers.com and the local grocery store florist are your best bets on a budget and still less expensive than silks.
Unlike fresh flowers that break down and go back to nature, silks/wood last forever in the landfill and not everyone wants to keep them when they collect dust.
Yes, my florist said the same thing. I was under the impression that silk would be cheaper but she said she only does real flowers and that they are actually much cheaper.
I think this quote is reasonable, but it probably depends on the location. You may save some if you use a florist with real flowers that are in season and they will look MUCH better than anything you can find pre made at Michael's. But it just depends on if florals are worth it to you.
I agree with what everyone else said and another thing you want to think about is will that florist set everything up for you? Because in my opinion that’s way worth the cost so you don’t have to worry about it on the wedding day and they can set it up professionally!
I don't have much insight on whether it is a good deal or not and I feel like PP have made some good points. But since you asked for experience with Ling's I thought I'd jump in. I am making my own bouquet with a box from Ling's, I'm assuming they use the same flowers in the boxes as they do for their pre-made bouquets and arch decor. I'm really impressed with the quality, they look pretty real and feel nice to the touch. Some came a little smushed in the box but taking them out and letting them get some air brought them back to shape. The back of the roses are very obviously fake but my thought is that the backs won't be all that visible in a bouquet. I'll attach some pictures. They also have an option to get free sample flowers, if you scroll down to the bottom of their site there's a link. Also, if you sign up with your email they give you 10% off your first order (I'm all about any savings I can get right now haha). Maybe you could get a free sample to compare with the florist's flowers to see the quality difference and go from there? As Bride2Be mentioned, if you decide to not go the florist route you may need to see if your venue/DOC can help with set up.