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Flowers. Real or artificial?

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stopthenoise Tue 22-Apr-14 21:30:48

I can't decide. Of all the wedding planning, flowers is what excites me the least, and to be honest we don't have a huge budget so if we can have flowers for cheaper it's a bonus smile For me, flowers aren't a big important part of the day. Is it worth paying so much to have real flowers? We go away the day after the wedding so having artificial appeals to me more at the moment, it's not like I will get to take my flowers home with me and enjoy them for a few days. And I thought it would be nice if my bridesmaids could keep their bouquets as keepsakes. I know real ones look so much better and smell beautiful but is it really worth it?

Dizzywhore Tue 22-Apr-14 21:31:19

Real! You can't beat it x

sittingatmydeskagain Tue 22-Apr-14 21:32:04


PrincessOfChina Tue 22-Apr-14 21:32:29

I also wasn't too bothered by flowers but I did go real. I had really simple white/ivory bouquets and button holes and then for the tables we had milk bottles with sprays of gypsophila which cost around £2.50 each.

A friend made her flowers - not too tricky if you have a sewing machine.

Littlefish Tue 22-Apr-14 21:33:23

Real flowers every time. Would your bridesmaids really want to keep a bunch of artificial flowers? I know that I would much rather have a bunch of real flowers that lasted a week.

Could you give your flowers to your mum or MIL for them to enjoy afterwards?

CMOTDibbler Tue 22-Apr-14 21:35:14

I did artificial - loads cheaper, and with plenty of time I was able to arrange my own bouquet/ cake arrangements etc etc.

No way would I spend £100s on something that was dead by the end of the day.

A friend used silk calla lillies for her bouquet, and then ran fairy lights up them in a big vase and had them in the sitting room

Smartiepants79 Tue 22-Apr-14 21:36:15

Real, real, real.
Most fake flowers look tacky.
Good ones are probably not cheaper.

LackaDAISYcal Tue 22-Apr-14 21:40:41

I did real (but they were a gift from a guest who was also a flortist), then had them preserved and made into pictures for me, my maid of honour and both mums...

but since I've seen knitted, felt, paper, artificial. I think these days, anything goes! I love knitted ones! Maybe the Woolly Hugs would rose to the challenge grin

My friend carried a single artificial calla lily with some co-ordinating ribbon and glitter; her dress was elegant and simple and it looked just right.

stopthenoise Tue 22-Apr-14 21:41:08

So real is winning! My bridesmaids are only young, 7 and 9, so thought it might be nice for them to keep theirs. OH wants real. I didn't think I would umm and aah about flowers so much! My mum would happily have my flowers afterwards. I think it's the cost that is making me so indecisive, keep wondering if it's really worth it.

LackaDAISYcal Tue 22-Apr-14 21:43:16

or just a buch of gypsophila, hand tied with co-ordinating ribbon; smaller ones for the bridesmaids and sprigs or crowns for flower girl. simple and cheap.

stopthenoise Tue 22-Apr-14 21:43:59

lackadaisy love the picture idea! Very cute keepsake idea. Thanks for all your views ladies smile

noblegiraffe Tue 22-Apr-14 21:45:52

I went for artificial, there are shops on eBay that sell wedding arrangements.

So much cheaper, and it really doesn't make that much difference. Some artificial flowers these days are so good that people can't even tell.

whattoWHO Tue 22-Apr-14 21:46:21

I had real except for an artificial hairband for my flower girl (a) so that she could keep it and dress up in it afterwards (she was 5) and (b) because they are lighter and therefore more comfortable to wear.

LackaDAISYcal Tue 22-Apr-14 21:46:29

you could also grow your own table decorations depending on the date of your wedding? sweet peas and freesia are easy to grow and look gorgeous in little vases/jugs/jars and are highly scented.

ParkingFred Tue 22-Apr-14 21:47:04

Real - the more the better!

Mind you, my friend had a brooch bouquet much like this one and it was stunning.

She had masses of fresh flowers too in the church and reception venue.

LackaDAISYcal Tue 22-Apr-14 21:48:40

the pic idea wasn't cheap though stopthenoise blush but as I hadn't paid initially, we had the budget, iyswim.

the lady that was preserving them came and collected them in person from the reception as well, so I hardly saw them on the day!

JollyGolightly Tue 22-Apr-14 21:49:22

People have at weddings?

Im surprised.

me55monster Tue 22-Apr-14 21:50:30

Real all the way. Friend of mine has just paid a lot of money for an artificial bouquet and whilst the flowers are very realistic individually, the overall effect isn't nearly so nice as real imho.

As others have said, real needn't be expensive, just a hand-tied bunch for you and mini versions for the little bridesmaids perhaps? Friend of mine bought ultra cheap vases from Ikea and then had a few gerberas, another friend did the same but with peonie. It really doesn't have to cost hundreds especially if you don't tell the florist it's for a wedding wink

Have a lovely wedding thanks <--- real ones!

somedizzywhore1804 Tue 22-Apr-14 21:52:01

I had fake but I think if you go fake they have to be really fake if you know what I mean- not imitating real flowers unless they're amazing and silk and flawless. With this in mind we had flowers made from pages from dictionaries and bits of map (I'm an English teacher and he's a geography teacher). They looked amazing and we got loads of compliments. My bouquet is in our livingroom now.

EugenesAxe Tue 22-Apr-14 22:03:27

Well there are some lovely artificial flowers out there that I would certainly be happy to keep... but the decent ones cost about sodding £10 a stem. You can get lovely cheaper, real flowers. I could PM you details of a florist friend of mine who is amazing and talented enough to produce something that looks beautiful on a budget, but depends on your location - she's in Kent.

DangerousMouse Wed 23-Apr-14 19:50:56

This lady is doing my wedding flowers - they haven't arrived yet but should do soon, it's similar to what dizzywhore means I think.

HelloDoris Wed 23-Apr-14 21:40:21

I wanted fake but couldn't find quite what I wanted. My local college runs a floristry department and I have got 3 bouquets, 10 buttonholes and 2 flower wands for £200. I'm doing vases on the tables with supermarket flowers so no more then £50.

s88 Thu 24-Apr-14 14:46:49

foam flowers are beautiful , that's what I'm having

overmydeadbody Thu 24-Apr-14 19:47:48

I don't see how artificial flowers can possibly be cheaper, unless you make your on paper ones or knitted ones or something.

Flowers don't have to be expensive either, you could spend £50 at a flower market and have plenty of flowers. I doubt artificial ones would be cheaper without looking awful.

Smartiepants79 Thu 24-Apr-14 19:49:40

I pressed my bouquet flowers and they were made into a picture.

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