(Closed) DIY BEES – are you doing your own flowers? And where are you getting them?

posted 7 years ago in Los Angeles
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Are you planning on using silk flowers? I’m using silk and I’m expecting them in the mail tomorrow! 🙂

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

Yes, yes, and yes! (can you tell I’m excited?)

Sam’s club seems to have the best prices and best reviews I’ve seen online, especially for roses.

I’m also going with dried flowers as fillers because they’re SO cheap and there are tons of options. (Also, this gives me a lot more $$ to spend on the fresh flowers)

If you are interested in adding some dries, this website is amazing: (haven’t ordered, but communication was excellent and tons of choices)

http://www.driedflowersdirect.com/

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

If your wedding is in LA (guessing by your profile), you should check out the LA flower market! It’s absolutely amazing, one of the centers is almost a whole city block sized building filled with cut flower vendors. 

The website is http://www.laflowerdistrict.com/

You do have to go pretty early, I’d recommend as soon as it opens to the public. By 9:30am a few vendors begin to pack up, by 11:00am its almost deserted. Better picks the earlier you go, too. Prices are really good if you look around, and don’t be afraid to ask if there’s a better price for purchasing multiple bunches. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Definitely check out the Flower Mart in Downtown LA…..my aunt is doing my flowers and shes getting all of them from there!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I second the flower market. SF’s is very nice and as Opus said, LA has a great one too! I’m not sure on prices, so you should probably go early and ask about what the offer during your wedding’s time of the year and about how much then compare it with some of the online places like fiftyflowers – though i’m sure buying in person would be cheaper.

Post # 10
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Worker bee

i also definitely recommend the LA flower mart- but be weary– they aren’t ALWAYS cheaper.  When I went to check it out with my mom, she got a bunch of peonies (4 in the bunch)  for $16 (which we thought was a decent price– especially since that’s what a lot of the vendors were charging).  Well, we went to trader joe’s later that week and they had a bunch (3 in the bunch) for $6 or $7! 

I did my own flowers and just got them at trader joes. I wasn’t super picky about my flowers, as they were only being used for our bouquets (I opted to use non flowers as centerpieces, such as manzanita branches). 

There’s also another place in LA (Lawndale/Hawthorne) called Boulevard Flowers.  Their prices (posted online) are pretty cheap.  They can also help you arrange them for a fee.  It’s worth checking out!

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I’m ordering from Sam’s club.  My sister ordered hers there and they were great.  I’m KISS with mostly baby’s breath, and I’m paying somebody to make my bouquet but that’s all.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We did our own flowers for our wedding party.  We got them at the LA flower mart, very good prices, but not all the vendors are reliable.  We went 3 weeks ahead to price around and ordered our flowers, daliahs.  I also bought one bunch to practice with.  We went to pick them up the morning before our wedding…Our vendor had ordered the wrong flowers and they couldn’t get engough of them they said.  We got our deposit back, and in a panic and trying not to cry at the disaster, I went around to the vendors who were still open and bought whatever looked pretty and went with our colors.  Everything worked out and we ended up with beautiful bouquets, boutonnieres and corsages, but it was a very stressful morning.  We spent $120 for 9 bunches of hydrangeas, 2 dozen large roses, one orchid stem with about 10 flowers, and two mixed bunches.

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