Originally I was going to just do silk flowers for the corsages and boutonnieres only, but last week I changed my mind and decided to go with all silk. There were several reasons for this change of mind.
1) I was getting a little uneasy about having to learn how to make bouquets with real flowers the day before my wedding. I'm going to have so much going on that week, that this will be one less thing for Mom and me to stress about.
2) I found the most beautiful flowers at Garden Ridge in OKC last week. They are even prettier than real roses and I could pick out the colors by sight (not something I could do if I ordered them through Sams like we were planning on doing).
3) I am a sentimental person, and I decided that I wanted to keep my bouquet more than I wanted fresh roses. In one of the homes Justin and I looked at, the owners had a glass cabinet that they had the woman's wedding bouquet on display in. I thought that it was really special, and when I saw it, I knew that I would want to do that too.
After Mom, Grandma, and I made the corsages and boutonnieres at Christmas, I found that I really liked working with silk flowers. Today I had SO much fun learning and making my bouquet and the smaller toss bouquet. It's fun to discover a new hobby!
I was really pleased with how the bouquets came out. The only thing that remains is to find some pearl headed pins or beads to put in the stephanotis flowers. I really like the look of the hand-tied bouquets with roses and stephanotis flowers. It seems to be really popular because I found lots of pictures online for inspiration.