Post # 1
First, if we use a florist, how far in advance do we need to do this? Second, if we decide to do flowers ourselves, when do we need to start looking and placing orders? I really have no idea how to go about all of this. We are looking for something very simple. Shasta daisies and yellow gerberas. Any ideas???
Post # 3
I booked my florist and the arrangements in Nov of 2007, for my wedding in Aug 2008. I know I did things early butmy needs for flowers were really simple and I knew I woulnd’t be changeing anything.
Post # 4
I booked my florist in January 2007 for my reception in December 2007. They said that I have plenty of time. We didn’t talk until October/November for the sample. Most florists typically can handle multiple events in a day so it’s not like you need to beat out 100 other brides for the same date.
As for online websites…Costco.com (some of the best flower prices I’ve seen), proflowers.com/wedding, etc…I think they require at least 1.5 weeks notice.
Post # 5
Our wedding is in August of 2008… it looks like people are booking a year in advance… is this normal? I haven’t even started looking.
Post # 6
Our wedding is in July 08. We called our florist the first time in January – just to confirm her experience with our venue. She said to call back after Valentine’s Day. We did, and went in last week to show her photos and talk about type and color of flowers. We are now on her calendar, and have a price list – she wants us to get back to her in April to confirm selection and to walk down the venue with her suggestions, and then we don’t need a final decision on things like number of centerpieces until 30 days before. I think you have time, although you probably want to start soon.
Post # 7
Any suggestions for a florist in the LA area — I am specifically looking for Daisies?
Post # 8
Just go to the Downtown Flower Martket if you want to make your own flowers! Better prices than online. I tried pricing things out from the wholesalers online and then going to the flower market to compare. The Flower Market was about half the price of the online wholesalers. For example, most roses are about $1/stem online preshipping costs. I got 2 dozen roses for $11 at the Flower Market just last Friday. I got a bunch (10 stems) of gerber daisies for $5, a bunch of Anemone flowers for $4 and those coffeeberry things for $5 a bunch. I’m sure if I buy in bulk, I can get the price down a little. 🙂 Send me your email address if you want to see the centerpiece I created w/the flowers. The flowers kept for about a week.
I’m just going to go two weeks before my wedding to negotiate with a vendor and order the flowers.
Post # 9
I just booked about 2 weeks ago for my October 2008 wedding.
Post # 10
Someone gave me a number for a out-of-her-home florist who was supposedly VERY reasonable…. BUT she said she only books over 6 months in advance for orders over 2500…. the rest are 2 months in advance… maybe i just got a freak-florist but thats my story….
We’re doing DIY flowers…. not sure when to place an order either….
Post # 11
I did DIY flowers and I got most of the flowers from a local greenery. I found the local greenery at a farmer’s market a year in advance (it gave me a great idea of what they would have around the time of my wedding). I put in an "order" with them. I kept in touch every 2-3 months and put in my final order 2 weeks before the wedding so that they would know a more exact of what would be in bloom. Here are some links from the boards for DIY flowers if you’re interested: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/diy-wedding-flowers http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/diy-wedding-flowers-2
Post # 12
I’m getting married in SoCal and last May I went to the LA flower district to see what they had at that time since I’ll be making my own flower arrangements. If you can manage it, I would definitely check them out. The flowers are gorgeous and CHEAP!