DIY Flowers-LA Flower Mart?

posted 9 years ago in Los Angeles
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

my friends have gone there, i think you need to go early in the morning, i believe it is cash only but i am not sure since i have never gone myself. you have to dethrone everything yourself.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2009 - Picking between 2

theres a special time for wholesalers and then another for general public. wholesalers get the cream of the crop

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I go there all the time! It’s true, they open to the public later than the trade, but there is always plenty of great stuff left unless it’s valentine’s or mothers’ day. The flower mart has a really helpful website with all sorts of info, quick google search should find it.

If you want more info, feel free to send me a PM and I’ll give you my e-mail address. 

Post # 6
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Newbee

I got to the Flower District at 6 AM the day before the wedding to pick out which flowers I wanted.  I stored the orchids (for centerpieces) in the fridge overnight and the roses in a bucket of water . They were perfect for the day of the wedding. 

A friend of mine placed an order with a vendor and picked up the flowers the day before the wedding.  I would suggest you go prior to the wedding to check out the vendors and see what is in stock.  HTH!

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I used to go there all the time as well.  We did the same thing for my cousin’s wedding.  The best would be to go the day before the wedding at the crack of dawn (6am) so you can get first pick of flowers.  Make sure you bring a little cart to roll the flowers in.  You’ll get first pick of the fresh flowers.  You should definitely make a full round of the place before buying anything since some vendors will have fresher flowers.  Good Luck!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

Go early and park in the structure (not the meters). Some places take credit card, but bring cash anyways. Bring some helpers along and make sure you have enough buckets at home to store the flowers – turn on the AC if it’s warm out.

We went the day before the wedding to pick up a few things (I just did some small arrangements for the cocktail hour) and I was amazed at how much I bought haha. I’m a sucker for pink peonies though 🙂

Have fun – I love going to the flowermart!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Make sure you bring cash…I think one or two vendors accept credit cards. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

You could buy them on thursday and they’ll look ok on saturday. But I suggest buying them the day before, as they will be fresher. I did a trial run (with red roses, fressia, mini calla lilies & gerber daisies) and they lasted pretty well but the roses were starting to brown (just a little) on the second day.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

This is really helpful, thanks bees!  Does anyone have any info regarding prices there?

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

If you have buckets, bring buckets to hold the bunches of flowers you buy instead of laying them down in a car.  The vendors can fill the buckets up w/water for you too so the flowers make it home ok.  If you park in the structure, there are carts there that you can rent.  I believe it was only a couple of bucks to rent and you will definitely need it w/the amt of flowers you will be buying. 

Post # 14
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Blushing bee

@ ddubzz – my memory isn’t the greatest, but here’s what I remember

small bunch of dendrobium orchids (various shades) – 10 stems for $6.50-$8

large cymbidium orchids – 1 stem for $13-$17

hydrangeas – 1 big bunch for $7

my beloved pink peonies – medium size bunch (3 stems?) for $8-$13

roses and carnations were around $6 a bunch i think…~20stems/bunch

You should check out the vases they have there as well. I bought a bunch of them for the wedding there and the were reasonably priced – especially if you’re buying in bulk (cases of 6 or 12). Plus you don’t have to pay for shipping those heavy things. Hope this helps!

 

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Does anybody know how far to bargain with the flower mart vendors?  Anybody had any luck?

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Heritage Square Museum

sigh. i love the flower mart!

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