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pinkcow13pinkcow13 The Concrete Jungle member
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Our florist will be decorating the venue, but I want to take care of the bouquets since the price we were quoted was outrageous for the personals. My friend suggested I get "real touch flowers" as they look and feel like the real thing. Do you guys have any recommendations of stores or websites where I can get these - or any other  - kinds of artificial flowers? 
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  • blabla89blabla89 Atlanta member
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    edited March 2015
    Afloral.com carries them. I recently ordered some stuff from Afloral (although not Real Touch) and had a good experience.

    Alternatively, if you want real flowers for the bouquets, you could order bunches of flowers through Trader Joe's (their flowers are surprisingly decent quality and I find that they stay fresh for a good long time) or a florist and then assemble them yourself the day before. That could still save you money over what the florist quoted and might even be cheaper than the real touch flowers.

    ETA: Also, make sure you sign up for emails for 10% off your first order from Afloral :)
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  • pinkcow13pinkcow13 The Concrete Jungle member
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    blabla89 said:

    Afloral.com carries them. I recently ordered some stuff from Afloral (although not Real Touch) and had a good experience.

    Alternatively, if you want real flowers for the bouquets, you could order bunches of flowers through Trader Joe's (their flowers are surprisingly decent quality and I find that they stay fresh for a good long time) or a florist and then assemble them yourself the day before. That could still save you money over what the florist quoted and might even be cheaper than the real touch flowers.

    ETA: Also, make sure you sign up for emails for 10% off your first order from Afloral :)

    Awesome, thanks, I'll check them out!

    And that's an excellent suggestion to talk with a different florist, I actually did not think of that. I was stuck on the idea of the one florist doing it all. 
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  • Afloral and SaveOnCrafts were both great sites. We used fake flowers for our bouquets, but they were awesome and looked real in the photos.
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  • I got mine at Hobby Lobby, honestly. Wedding stuff is 50% off this week. I bought a pre-made bouquet of real-touch flowers and a bouquet of burlap-looking ivory flowers and will rearrange them to make a bigger, rounded bouquet.
  • Don't underestimate places like Trader Joes (via blabla89) and other stores such as the florist at your local grocery store to buy bulk flowers. You can still have fresh flowers in your bouquets at a much affordable price and would be putting in the same work as you would with artificial flowers. 

    If you prefer artificial, go for it! But sometimes they can be almost as pricey. I would of course recommend shopping around and comparing prices. If you wish to have fresh and would be paying almost the same price for artificial through a local retailer, it makes the decision eaiser. Good luck and I hope you find what you are looking for! 
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  • Consider how much you're going to spend per-stem for fake vs. real flowers when compared to the real flowers your florist quoted.  Sadly, it's a true slap in the face to just go online to Sam's website and you can get premade real bouquets for super reasonable prices...  That said, have you talked to the florist about ways to make your bouquets a little more affordable to your budget without losing the look you're wanting to achieve?  That's where I'd start.. 
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  • Afloral.com has a huge selection and often has sales.  They charge a good amount for shipping though and it really adds up.  I do like the flowers I purchased there.  Hobby Lobby has a wonderful selection of real touch flowers.  The roses and calla lilies are especially great, hydrangeas are good as well.  Only buy when 50% off (which is about every other week) otherwise prices add up really quick.  Fake is a great option if you want to have your floral arrangements done well ahead of time.  
  • pinkcow13pinkcow13 The Concrete Jungle member
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    Thanks guys - I ended up going with Afloral, they had a sale last week. Damn, but it was 25% I wish I waited for 50% off! 
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