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Flowers: Fake or Real?

Emily, on December 21, 2019 at 9:45 PM Posted in Style and Décor 1 21
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Question for y'all:


Did you or are you going to have fake or real flowers at your wedding?


I am stuck. I know fake flowers are cheaper, but do they look okay for centerpieces and bouquets? If real, where did you get yours?


Any opinions appreciated!

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Latest activity by Hermione, on January 23, 2020 at 6:29 PM
  • VIP November 2021
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    We went with Real !!! And we went with Flower Girls RI ! Tiffany is just AMAZING
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  • Chrysta
    Master November 2022
    Chrysta ·
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    We are going with real flowers! I had planned on going with DIY fake flowers, but after seeing how costly the fakes were and how much prettier and more vibrant the real flowers were (and how untalented I was at pointing bouquets together haha) I decided to contact a florist. She is going to make my vision a reality and deliver/set them up at the venue. It’s such a relief not having to worry about how the florals will look!
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  • Kristen
    Master November 2020
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    Something to take into account is do you really feel that your guests are going to notice that? I have been researching some Pinterest posts where they talk about things that no one would miss if you didn't have them in your wedding and they say things like centerpieces. I feel like you could find some nice fake flowers and people would be fine with that. Anytime I have been to a wedding I never really paid attention to the flowers. I would say check Etsy because even if some of them are artificial they look very nice. I would say if that is a huge concern for you then to maybe skim your budget elsewhere to be able to splurge for flowers.
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  • Mrs. S
    Master November 2019
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    I had fake centerpieces and real bouquets/arch Flowers: Fake or Real? 1

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  • Candace
    Savvy February 2020
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    For my first wedding, I did all fake and it was AWESOME. I only spent $90 for my bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets, alter decor, and mother flowers. (We did pearls and candles for centerpieces.) But I mostly love that I still have my bouquet in pristine condition that I can keep as a memory, especially since my first husband passed away.


    We're also doing fake this time, with the exception of center pieces, which will be evergreen cuttings from the trees in our backyard. (i.e. FREE!)
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  • Tiffany
    Expert March 2020
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    Fake here! Real was too expensive for us. Also it stressed me out knowing that you cabt get real flowers more than a few days in advance before the wedding. What if something goes wrong/doesn't show up/I hated it? It would be so stressful and last minute to find a plan B. So I decided to make my own. I think 100% people will be able to tell they are fake but I really don't care.


    I work at Hobby Lobby so with combined sales and employee discount it was easy to get all the supplies. I get to experiment and make sure they're exactly what I want
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  • Laura
    Master October 2019
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    I went with silk flowers because they were more affordable. I got them off Amazon for just under 70 dollars. I got my bouquet, MOH and bridesmaid bouquets, flowers for the guys, the toss bouquet, and flower petals for the tables

    my bouquetFlowers: Fake or Real? 7top of my bouquetFlowers: Fake or Real? 8toss bouquetFlowers: Fake or Real? 9for the male attendantsFlowers: Fake or Real? 10MOH & bridesmaid bouquetFlowers: Fake or Real? 11


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  • Coral
    Dedicated October 2020
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    I have a horrible flower allergy so I knew I needed fake. I'm also not a fan of flowers (kinda hard to be when they make you sneeze your whole life). So I made a bouquet for myself (fake), ordered a boutonniere for my FH (fake), and ordered freeze dried rose petals (real) to fill the lanters in our centerpieces. I have a mix gendered party so the girls will not have bouquets. No other guys will have bouts, and we aren't doing anything for the families. But again, I'm kinda anti-flower. But we spent $200 on everything (lots of rose petals for lanters....)
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  • M
    VIP September 2019
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    Artificial flowers are cost effective.

    Because you don’t have to worry about them wilting or dying.

    I got the colors that I wanted.
    They last forever.
    You can re-arrange them as needed.
    Afloral: 5️⃣💐s: Jewel-centered Cabbage 🌹, Peonies, Ranunculuses ($2 each) Michael’s: 💜🌹sAmazon: Cream 🌷s and Purple Calla Lillies
    The 💐s were re-rearranged into 6.
    I removed the (10) Jewel-centered Cabbage 🌹s and used them to make my 💐 and the Corsage for my 9️⃣2️⃣ yo Grandma.
    All other flowers were mixed to create Bridal party and Toss 💐s, and decor.
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  • M
    VIP September 2019
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    The person that caught the Toss 💐called to ask me how to preserve it.


    Ma’am, it’s not real. Put it in a plastic bag to keep it from getting dusty and out of direct Sunlight to avoid fading.
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  • Julia
    Dedicated October 2020
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    We are doing both, it saved us $700. My bouquet, bridesmaid bouquets, cake flowers, isle flowers, garland for our table, 5 centerpieces and 2 wine barrel arrangements will be real. All boutineers, corsages, and 10 centerpieces will be silk. I was hesitant to do silk because of the cost, if they would look different and I just really wanted to splurge on real. But after meeting with the silk flower lady and seeing her work I couldn’t tell the difference. Plus I was over budget on my dress and this helped. Not to mention our family can take them home and reuse them if they wish.
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  • Monique
    Master December 2019
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    I did fake flowers. I got them on budgetbride.comFlowers: Fake or Real? 12

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  • Dierdra
    Super August 2021
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    We are doing real for all but our arbor.

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  • Amanda
    VIP December 2020
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    We are using a mix of real and fake flowers in all of our arrangements including bouquets, ceremony and reception decor. I wanted Magnolia's and they do not do well once cut so our florist will be incorporating high quality silk magnolia's with some real floral and greenery. We are using silk magnolia's on our head table.


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  • Hermione
    Expert February 2020
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    I recommend real after going dealing with both.


    The problem with fake is it lasts forever. So after the wedding it becomes a awkward keepsakes that gets dusty and doesn't age well.
    Real can be cheap if you go to a florist and say your on a budget. Roses are actually pretty cheap... It's when you get into cala lily, out of season, or orchids that are expensive. My flowers are real and I didn't spend a lot of money with a professional florist. I didn't do the cheapest options but if i did the cost argument goes out the window. Stock roses are cheap for example. The cost of either option will depend on amount of flowers, the difficulty, and the availability.
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  • Erin
    Dedicated October 2020
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    We are doing fake flowers. I like the idea of being able to buy them and get them ready before the wedding. The florist I liked (our options are limited) had a $3k event minimum and that's insane to me considering they are just going to die?! Afloral.com has beautiful silk flowers, I showed one of my coworkers a photo of what I got and she was shocked they were fake. I got flowers I'm going to feature in the bouquets on a Black Friday deal, I'll go to Hobby Lobby for filler flowers & wedding arch flowers unless they have another sale before then Smiley smile

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  • Desiree
    Super March 2020
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    We are going with real flowers.

    I had so many ideas about how to save money on the flowers, because boy howdy are they expensive. But at the end of the day, DIY real flowers/centerpieces were the same price as doing bulk dried/dehydrated flowers, which were my alternatives. So I figured hey, why not put some more sweat and tears into this wedding, and just have what I've always wanted.

    Fake flowers weren't an option for me, just because they look fake in person. I figure real flowers or nothing, but that is just me.Smiley heart

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  • Cher Horowitz
    Master December 2019
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    Ours were real ones from Kroger's floral department! I picked them up a few days before the wedding date so they stayed fresh. I also bought 3 large centerpieces from an online fresh flower company, FiftyFlowers. I would check them out as well!

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  • Kate
    Beginner November 2019
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    I used fake at mine, BUT :

    (and I've posted this on another lady's thread too, cuz i wish i'd thought of adding these to my centerpieces, or at least to one of the focal points at my wedding)

    I'm looking at this page right now https://myflowersforeverjewelry.com/products/flower-petal-resin-letters-large


    How freaking cute are these? And you can take them home and keep them for years and years, even though they are made from your real flowers.

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  • Kate
    Beginner November 2019
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    Smiley laugh that's hilarious! (and kind of awesome)

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