Welcome to EverythingKaysi! When planning my wedding I always wanted to find the cheapest way to get something done, so I started comparing prices and companies. I like to make a list of the pros and cons for certain vendors and products. I want to share with you my experience with comparing silk vs. real flowers.
For my wedding I used silk flowers instead of real flowers for many reasons. My bouquet, bridesmaid’s bouquets, groomsmen boutonniere, my mom’s and grandmother corsages, my dad’s and grandpa’s boutonniere were all silk.
I was surprised how real they looked and my grandmother even put hers in the refrigerator because she wanted it to last forever.. well it will Nana, they are fake. 🙂 Wedding planning is a lot of fun, but it’s even more fun when you get good deals on your wedding décor and supplies. So, like always, I tried to get the best deal when finding a florist.
I made appointments with 3 different florists and was very shocked by the quotes I received, especially for flowers that would be dead by the time I got home from my honeymoon. I researched ways to do my own flowers, and was overwhelmed by the amount of work it would take to get the flowers done the day before my wedding. Silk flowers seemed like my best option and I am so happy with my decision to go that route.
I shopped on Etsy.com and got to design the flowers I wanted and I got different quotes from various shops. My grand total for my flowers, with shipping was $348!! The quotes I received from the florists were in the $700-800 range.
Another reason I am glad I went with Etsy.com and silk flowers, is because I received my flowers 2 months before my wedding day! That was one less delivery and vendor I had to worry about on the day of the wedding. I also had the opportunity to match the flowers to my wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses. When I took my bridal photos with my photographer, she was really excited I brought my bouquet because most brides do not have that opportunity when they are using real flowers!
When I asked my Bridesmaids and Maid of Honor to be in my wedding, I had the flowers so I was able to present them. It was a special moment for me.
My last and favorite reason I went with silk flowers is because I get to keep them forever! I am using them as decoration in my house. Head over to https://www.etsy.com/shop/ChurchMouseCreations to get flowers just like mine from Church Mouse Creations:)