Post # 1
My FI and I recently decided on our wedding venue (whoohoo!) and now I’m researching floral options. I love flowers and I woud like to have many of them without completely breaking the bank. There are a few older threads on this subject, but they all contain only a few photos. Obviously buying a product without seeing it beforehand is nerve wrecking, and I’m having a hard time finding photos from real weddings. If you bought an online flower collection or used DIY bulk flowers, please share photos and a little about your experience. I’m particularly interested in seeing real wedding photos of Sam’s club’s “Earth Tone” wedding flower collection. Any tips would also be appreciated!!!
Post # 3
We’re doing Costco flowers, but our wedding isn’t until August, so no pictures from me. Sorry! But I can tell you that a friend also ordered Costco flowers for her wedding this past June and the quality was amaaaaaaaaazing. I haven’t seen hydrangeas that full or beautiful in a looong time.
Post # 4
I’m in Canada so when I researched my flowers, the local flower warehouse, the grocery store, and the florist in Chinatown were all cheaper options than Costco. (Costco actually sourced their flowers from the local wholesaler I visited).
I don’t have access to pics now, but all those options allowed me to pick up the flowers (only 250$ worth so it fit easily in a van) so 100% of them were fresh. I was nervous about ordering online because most reviews said a small percentage arrived dead.
Post # 5
TheLadyA : I maaay be picking up some roses from Costco, but I would also recommend looking to see if there’s a wholesale flower distributor in your area. I found one through googling in the DC/MD/VA area and that’s where I’ll be getting my flowers! They offer a LARGE variety and the prices are absolutely amazing. I’ve attached 2 photos: 1. a mock bridal bouquet and 2. mock centerpieces! In the centerpieces, I’ll switch out the greenery to dusty miller or lamb’s ear to give it a softer look 🙂 For what it’s worth, my aunt ordered bulk roses from Sam’s Club for her wedding years ago and her flower arrangements came together so beautifully and the flowers lasted for several days after the wedding. I’m just a finicky bride with a vision that takes me outside of the scope of flowers that Sam’s Club and Costco has to offer!
Post # 6
cnguyen1104: May I ask where you went for those flowers? They are gorgeous! Beautiful job with the arrangement.
And yaay! I’m another May 2015 DC DMV Bride! Nice to see ya!
Post # 7
TheLadyA : I’ll have to dig up some photos for you! Even though we didn’t use CostCo/Sam’s, you might be interested in checking out the place we did use — Whole Foods. I sent another bride there, too, and we both had great experiences. They kept everything at budget and did beautiful work. The key with any of these unofficial floral places is to call around at different locations to get the scoop. For example, I called a few Whole Foods’ floral dpts and found out that one location, in particular, was recommended for weddings. Good luck/have fun!
Post # 8
StephanieElise: Feel free to PM me with any additional questions, but I went to Potomac Floral Wholesale in Silver Spring, MD 🙂 I worked with Tony. He’s an absolute gem and definitely worked with me on pricing. Peonies and david austen roses are my favorite, and prices are usually on the higher end, but they were SO willing to work on the pricing for me. For the bouquet that I posted above, I spent ~130, but had some flowers left over. For a bouquet like that, and with those flowers, it could have started at $250.
Thanks so much! I’m a HUGE diy person and as much as I LOVE flowers, I didn’t want to spend thousands upon thousands on them!
And whoo hoo! So glad to see another one on here!!
Post # 9
I’m using Costco, getting the 10 bouquets for $99 deals, they will look something like this :
The wedding won’t be until october so no pics until then.
I was a little worried about ordering flowers online, but all of the reviews are pretty amazing.
Post # 10
Thank you for your responses ladies!!!
cnguyen1104: That bridal bouquet is gorgeous!! I think I’ll splurge on my bouquet and BM’s bouquets and get them done professionally. I mainly want to see what the pre-arranged centerpieces look like. I had a vision originally, but then I found my venue and all that changed. It’s so gorgeous that I don’t need anything to fancy. I just want something that’s simple and elegant that I can add a few candles to. I’m not sure if I’m interested in arranging flowers myself either. I want everything to be as easy as possible 🙂
aekc: I would love to see your photos!!! I never would’ve thought about whole foods, thanks for the idea 🙂
jenilynevette: I’ll check out those deals too. Thanks!
Post # 12
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
I bought 125 stems of orange roses. Ended up with nicely colored Voodoo roses. I was able to make a 20 stem bridal bouquet, 3 bridesmaid bouquets, and 10 centerpieces with more than a dozen stems left over at the end (could have made bouts but my DH decided he didn’t want bouts.)
Bridal Bouquet – day of wedding
Centerpieces – day of wedding
Bridal bouquet and centerpieces – day after wedding
Post # 13
TheLadyA : Hello Sweet Lady!
I did my own flower thru Flower Moxie ( http://www.flowermoxie.com ) and I LOVED IT! I heard about them because my friend used them, as well
They sell by the bunch, so I didn’t have to buy an ENTIRE BOX like I would have thru other sites. One thing that helped is they figured out how much I needed so I didn’t have to worry about over ordering or running out. They were really professional and helpful…I liked that I wasn’t using a big place like Sams, I guess.
Anyway, hope this help! You can also watch their videos for free here:
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I bought bulk flowers from Costco to use for my diy centerpieces…afterward I gavd them to friends family, coworkers. They are the longest lasting roses ever! Mine lasted 2.5 weeks with no browning.