Post # 1
Hey bees! Just wanted some info if any of you have.. I am planning to buy bulk flowers from Sams but has any one ever bought their own flowers and hired a florist to put them together? I just want carnation pomanders (3 per table) for 4 tables. A florist I contacted today told me that I would need about 300 carnations per table for 2$ per carnation. Is that not overly expensive?! She actually has a groupon going on so I think she might be trying to overcompensate costs in order to make extra money. Either way, do florists allow you to buy your own flowers but have them do the work for a price? Or do they not and just do the work if you buy flowers from them?
Post # 3
I know the florists in my area will only work with flowers they purchase/you purchase from them, because that is were most of their profit does come from.
$2.00 per carnation does seem pretty expensive. I also got my flowers from Sam’s Club and was able to do the centerpeices for 18 tables for $65.00. I think there were at least 2 carnations (along with other flowers) in each centerpiece…. mind you I was going for the “rustic/fall” look, so they were by no means spectacular!
Post # 4
That does seem like a lot of money for carnations…so if I’m reading that right that would be $600 per table?
Post # 5
I just looked at the Whole Blossoms Website (Wholesale flowers) and their prices for carnations are : 150 stems – $1.00 each, 300 stems -$0.85 per stem, 600 stems $0.81 per stem. The prices may go up or down slightly depending on time of year.
And actually, they have some Carnation Flower Heads, which (I guess) are ideal for pomanders. Here is a link so you can have some more info/idea’s:
Post # 6
that seems crazy to me, Carnations are one of the cheapest flowers you can buy.
Post # 7
Yeah. $2 per stem is pretty expensive. The flower exchange (that supplied all my wedding flowers) has carnations starting at $0.70 per stem.
Post # 8
Also, I was told by 2 florists that having pomaders made are expencive because they are labor intensive… If your on a budget and not totally set on the pomader look you might be alot better off doing a few small bundles instead.
Post # 9
@Miss Smurf: thanks for the info! AND thanks! I am going to look into that right now!
@MademoiselleL: lol yes, 600 per table! When I could supply more than the quoted amount of flowers for 150 from sams. even if I spent 150 in labor per table.. it would still only be half of what I was quoted. crazy right?
@Jenbee: EXACTLY my thought! I am using only white carnations for most tables and carrying a babys breath bouquet.. I was quoted $75 for the bouquet. Dont even get me started on that…
@Jenbee: I really want the pomanders…i love how modern and chic they look. And for my family very different! We are only having the pomanders on 4 tables that are under small tents. The others will have “lamp” arrangements with orchids in the base, small candles and hydrangea. My DOC will be able to put together the tables with the lamps but I still need to figure out the pomanders.. I guess its back to DIY
Post # 10
HAve you considered DIY??? Pomanders seem rather simple to DIY… I have seen many turtorials online… you could get foam balls in the size you want, cut each flower down to about a 2 inch stem, and then insert them into the foam covering all the space…