Even before we got engaged, one of the first decisions PBear and I made (er, OK, probably it was my decision actually) was the decision to not have any real flowers at our wedding. Real flowers are really expensive, they die, it can be a hassle to get the exact flowers we want, and, honestly, and I admit this is a weird reason, flowers smell like Flonase to me (especially after having to spray that crap in my nose for many many years—it just has lots of bad memories).
That of course didn’t stop me from having many many bouquet/flower inspirations.
I really love love love peonies, ranunculus, and garden roses. I think all of the petals are super romantic, and they just ooze lush, vintage happiness to me. I’m a big fan of the bouquets that focus mainly on a uniform texture.
So while I knew what type of flowers I wanted, I really didn’t know how to make my vision come to life. I think one of the great things about the current day and age are the number of flower options if you don’t want to go with a florist, but figuring out which path to go is the hardest.
1. DIY real flowers. You can buy flowers from Costco or FiftyFlowers.com and put them together yourself. While definitely cheaper than a florist, it’s a lot of work to put together a couple days before, when I know I’m already going to be freaking out. I’m not sure I’m up for the additional stress (especially given I’m not sure how much help I would actually get considering everyone would have to fly in), and furthermore I definitely would not have enough fridge space for storage. Even then, it’s still much more money than we could justify spending.
2. Silk flowers. I think silk flowers have gotten really good and are really hard to tell that they are fake. I think they are a great option for people who don’t want to spend too much money and like the control of putting their bouquets together ahead of time. Honestly, if I could go back in time (and still sometimes even now I think dream about it) I would do fake flowers. They wouldn’t be as cheap as making your own, but they would be so much less stress.
3. DIY your own flowers. I think this is probably one of the more insane options for the bride, but it is also very rewarding as well. Being able to make your own flowers is pretty darn cheap and pretty darn cool. I think this option is actually pretty insane for the non-creative type, but if you’re willing to actually get them all done, I think it really can bring in a unique spin to your wedding. I do think you want to give yourself plenty of time to make it happen, though. One of the many reasons we decided to have a long engagement was so I would have enough time to put together the many, many flowers. If we didn’t have an insanely long engagement, we probably would have gone with fake flowers.
Anyone else go through this dilemma about your flowers? Anyone else go the nontraditional route and make them? Did people like them or did people just think they were really weird?