Kjgill84
Newbie Bride June 2023 Staffordshire

Fresh vs silk flowers

Kjgill84, 14 July 2021 at 14:34 Posted on Planning 0 26
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Hi everyone ☺ this is my first post and wondered what your thoughts are on having fresh or silk flowers for your big day. I'm torn as the silk flowers look so gorgeous 😍 but love a fresh bouquet of flowers.Fresh vs silk flowers 1
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Latest activity by Marcie, 25 July 2021 at 10:33
  • Marcie
    Rockstar Bride August 2021 Bristol
    Marcie ·
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    They look amazing quality and are beautiful, I went for real as couldn’t be bothered to try and find good quality artificial flowers.
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  • S
    Newbie Bride June 2023 Worcestershire
    Sarah ·
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    I'm having fresh flowers for the bouquets & button holes but silk flowers for the table centre pieces & large flower arch.


    I think both are lovely though & it could depend on if you or your bridal party want to keep their bouquets afterwards. X
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  • M
    Rockstar Bride August 2022 Cheshire
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    I think the fresh look amazing x💗
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  • J
    Savvy Bride May 2022 Essex
    Jade ·
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    Both look gorgeous if you hadn’t put which was fresh/silk I don’t think I could tell the difference? I’m having dried flowers for bouquets and buttonholes and then silk for rest - can I ask where the above silk are from?
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  • Kjgill84
    Newbie Bride June 2023 Staffordshire
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    I'm really impressed with the silk flowers. Was put off by other suppliers because you can tell they're fake. This is why I'm torn as the silk flowers I've seen by a supplier are gorgeous 😍 they're from bloomingdels on Facebook or Instagram. Adele is lovely and got back to me really quickly. Hope that helps x
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  • Littlemy
    Savvy Bride June 2022 Kent
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    They look nice but I went fresh because for me it was the look and the scent of fresh flowers.
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  • J
    Savvy Bride May 2022 Essex
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    Thanks so much I will take a look!
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  • R
    Expert Bride July 2020 Monmouthshire
    RomanticGreenStationery27135 ·
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    What would you do with the silk bouquet after? If you want to keep your bouquet, then silk would be much easier than trying to preserve a fresh bouquet, which can work out very expensive. But if you love fresh flowers, then go for it - how many other times in your life do you get to pick your own bouquet of fresh flowers, just the way you want them?!

    I love fresh flowers, so didn't even consider silk ones. I had a beautiful bouquet of local, seasonal flowers from a florist who was based just a couple of miles from me. I pressed some of the flowers and foliage and dried others (lavender heads) to incorporate in crafts later.

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  • PhotographybyBillHaddon
    Rockstar Groom January 3000 Leicestershire
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    Some observations on artificial flowers.

    You are not limited by colour, and they are not affected by seasonal supply.

    So many times I have seen brides getting stressed because the flowers were late being delivered , you can get the artificial months in advance.

    They will not get bruised or loose any heads from being snapped off during the days use, they do not attract wasps and bees, you can keep them forever. Some real flower bouquets can actually be quite heavy, artificial ones are very light.

    In the photos you can never tell that they are not real.

    One drawback is that if you want to throw them is because they are so light its harder to get any distance Smiley smile

    But they are not real and for some only real will do.

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  • Kjgill84
    Newbie Bride June 2023 Staffordshire
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    So more pros than cons with silk flowers.
    They are really fab points thank you!

    I do know artificial flowers have come a long way over the years and some look real.
    Just didn't want my photos to look like they are obviously artificial flowers so these are great to know.
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  • R
    Expert Bride July 2020 Monmouthshire
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    Just watch that any foliage you have can't be viewed from the back, especially in closeup photos - I usually find it's the leaves that give it away. E.g. in the photos above, you can see the backs of the leaves on some of the foliage, which is the only thing that really gives away the fact that it's fake.

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  • Kate7695
    Curious Bride May 2022 East Riding of Yorkshire
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    Hey, I had the same problem deciding what I wanted. At first I wanted silk flowers as they are more.cost effective and last pretty much forever. However when I visited my venue open day, my mind was blown by the beauty of the real flowers. So, I'm going for a mix. Real for my bouquets, silk for the arches and decorations. Hope thus helps!
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  • Kjgill84
    Newbie Bride June 2023 Staffordshire
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    I think I may go for a mix of real and silk. Especially from points everyone has made.


    I've got a while to decide fully but think it maybe nice to definitely have my bouquet real flowers.
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  • Kate7695
    Curious Bride May 2022 East Riding of Yorkshire
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    You can getting some absolutely stunning silks and for decorations, no-one will be able to tell the difference. It will make an impact regarding costs, but in photos your real ones will have the spotlight. Your silks will live on throughout the day and won't be wilting by the evening.
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  • Kjgill84
    Newbie Bride June 2023 Staffordshire
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    Did you have your buttonholes silk or real?


    I mean the costs are almost the same only a couple of pound difference.
    I'm thinking of having my bouquet, Bridesmaids bouquet and my moms corsage real, possibly the buttonholes too.
    By my daughters hoop (only so we can put it on her bedroom wall afterwards), displaying flowers and table decorations all silk.
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  • Kate7695
    Curious Bride May 2022 East Riding of Yorkshire
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    Personally I am going for real flowers in the button holes, again mostly for the photographs and the wonderful scents.
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  • L
    Newbie Bride August 2021 South Yorkshire
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    These are beautiful im having silk flowers for my wedding, i want to preserve as much as possible thats why im having silk but the designer for my bouquet is taking into consideration that im having shells on there too as its a beach themed wedding.
    Lovely though the colours are stunning hope your day is magical xxx
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  • R
    Expert Bride July 2020 Monmouthshire
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    Real flowers shouldn't wilt either, unless you have something like a flower crown where the stems can't be in anything damp. My bouquet was dropped off at my house around 8am on the morning of our wedding, looked amazing throughout the day, survived a 3 hour car journey to our honeymoon cottage when we were able to stick it in a jug of water and carried on looking beautiful for another 4-5 days after.

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  • Hayley
    Savvy Bride July 2022 East Sussex
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    I'm going silk you can keep em after the wedding
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  • Michal
    South Yorkshire
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    As s photographer I prefer fresh flowers although some silk flowers are of decent quality and difficult to tell, it depends. Fresh flowers won't last long in such hot weather. Couples that go DIY and decorate venues themselves the day before, please consider the heat wave. Fresh flowers might not look so great the following day. There's also sola wood flowers https://www.weddicious.com/choosing-fresh-flower-alternative-sola-wood-flowers-vs-silk-flowers/ just another alternative.

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  • M
    Rockstar Bride August 2022 Cheshire
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    Hi i like the look of these can i also ask whete about are you based x
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  • Kjgill84
    Newbie Bride June 2023 Staffordshire
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    Tamworth in Staffordshire. The silk flowers are by bloomingdels on Facebook. Hope that helps x
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  • M
    Rockstar Bride August 2022 Cheshire
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    Thanks thats really helpful x hope your planning is going well x💗
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  • Michal
    South Yorkshire
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    Hi Michelle, I'm in Sheffield but I don't do flowers :-) I'm a wedding photographer :-)

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  • M
    Rockstar Bride August 2022 Cheshire
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    Hi i know thats why i was asking but your to far away x
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  • Abigail
    Curious Bride March 2023 Northumberland
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    I always wanted real, however now when thinking about it and looking into it. I love the idea of silk as you can keep them. My mam had artificial flowers on her wedding day and she still has them. They’re going to be used at my wedding as something old.
    It’s just the trouble of trying to find nice silk ones in my area x
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