(Closed) DIY online flowers… How far in advance did you have them delivered?

posted 5 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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1217 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Hi, I got too stressed to go the DIY flower route, but I researched it a TON and here are some websites I found with very good reviews:

http://www.fiftyflowers.com/

http://www.wholeblossoms.com/

http://www.costco.com/bulk-flowers.html

I think all three of them do free shipping which is awesome! I read that you should have them delivered 2-3 days before your wedding. Once the flowers arrive, you have to take special care of them – keep them in water in a cool place, change out the water multiple times before the wedding, etc. If you’re only doing baby’s breath I imagine that wouldn’t be too difficult! Maybe some bees can chime in about how much you’ll need to order! Are you making baby’s breath bouquets? How many bouquets? How many tables are you planning on decorating?

I hope that helps! 🙂

Post # 4
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9072 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think it might depend on your schedule the days leading up to the wedding.  I’m not doing DIY flowers, but if I were me I would have them delivered the 1-2 days before.

I also like the sites PP posted.

Post # 5
Member
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I also decided not to DIY after tons of research (went silk instead), but I was specifically researching baby’s breath and had decided I was going to do delivery 3 – 4 days ahead of the wedding. They suggest 2 – 3 generically, and in my research, baby’s breath is a pretty hearty flower that holds up a long time and looks better when fully bloomed. Since I was ordering in a cooler part of the year anyway, and I didn’t want closed BB, I figured I’d err on the longer side based on reviews I read.

Post # 6
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3176 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I used Costco, and they were delivered Thursday for my Sunday wedding. They turned out so great, and the customer service was awesome (they even told me that if a few wilted, I could come into the store & get free replacements, plus, they refunded me for the 2 rose heads that snapped off while I was unpacking them). I just kept them in 5 gallon buckets in a very cold bathroom (I blasted the air) until I was ready to arrange them. A few florists also suggested I check on them regularly, and, if they were looking droopy, that I add an ice cube or two to the bucket. Worked great!

ETA: I used roses & hydrangea. Even though hydrangea are notoriously finicky, I had no issues with them. All the flowers looked slightly wilted when they first arrived, but perked up immediately when I put them in water. HTH!

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