I love flowers. When I envisioned my wedding, I dreamed of LOTS and LOTS of flowers. But I never truly realized how MUCH flowers are. I love fresh flowers, but bridal bouquets can be up to $200 or more. And according to TheKnot.com, a couple's flower budget should be 8-10 percent of your total budget (as seen in #11 in this article). If you're working on a $7,000 budget, that's $560 for flowers!
Like a true BSB, I'm very practical when it comes to wedding planning, so paying that much for a bouquet I'll carry for all of five minutes total…not for me. So I began looking for other options when it came down to choosing flowers for my wedding.
In my search, I found there is a distinct discussion that occurs concerning the flowers. In perusing the community forums at TheKnot.com, I discovered many brides are either ‘Team Fresh' or ‘Team Silk/Real Touch'. Some brides are very outspoken that fresh is the only way to go; others (like me) believe it's more cost-effective to pay for silk or real touch. Obviously, there are pros and cons to both; however, I want you to take a moment and consider the budget savviness of going with silk or real touch:
-Can purchase months before the wedding
-Keep forever! (Idea-put in a shadow box with other wedding stuff after the fact)
What are other pros to choosing silk or real-touch flowers? Would you consider one of these options over fresh flowers? If you have/did, are you happy with your choice? Let's hear it, BSBs!