ONTARIO Floral Wholesale Open to the Public

posted 7 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@kermie: Do you have a business number or have a friend who has a business number? Even if it’s for something you could even slightly construe to need flowers? (ie interior design or decorating, staging, even a contractor?) I have a place I get flowers from using the business number from my interior design company, but you have to have a number to shop there. There are a ton of them on Tomken Road just north of the 401 in Mississauga.

Post # 4
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Newbee

@bakerella: I’m looking for a floral supply wholesale store in the lower mainland and I do have a business number (HST/PST # I assume) but my home-based business is nothing related to flowers (it’s registered as consultant though)..do you think I can use the business number and get away with it?

 

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@chx_101: Depends on the florist/wholesaler. Could you stretch the truth a little? I’m going to assume they’re not going to take the time to delve TOO deeply into what you do. I mean, at the end of the day they want to make a sale right?

Post # 6
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Newbee

hmmm…I guess I could try?
I’m a research consultant part time…perhaps i could stretch and say I’m a wedding consultant (lol, since I am spending a long time researching on weddings LOL)

that said, do they need other proofs like business cards or anything?

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@chx_101: I would assume that would vary business to business. The place I went to needed a business card (I think, it was a long time ago!) and proof of my business #/license. Maybe try calling a few places and see what they’d need so you can be prepared when you go in 🙂

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you’re in TO, there are a couple of flower markets @ Avenue & Davenport (off the top of my head, there’s Grower’s Market and Yang’s Fruit and Flower) and they sell flowers on the cheap. 

I recently bought a dozen roses (6 white, 6 blush pink) and 2 giant hydrangeas (the size of my hand!) for ~$20 (think it was like 19 dollars and some change). When I thought I’d have the patience to DIY, I would have ordered from there… but I don’t 🙂 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@bakerella:  I know this was 2 years ago…but i have a business number . Where did u get wholesale flowers?

Post # 11
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2013

hey brides! I have new insight into the problem that plagues Ontario brides that want to do their own flowers, with no wholesale or flower markets within reach.

i’ll offer some back story, although it’s probably unnecessary.

I’ve been desperate to my own flowers, mainly (let’s be honest) because of my budget. I am blessed with a mom and a sister who share my own artistic/modern eye, and I was sure that with the rustic look I’m going for, we would be able to achieve a simple but clean (and still beautiful!) look on our own. I’ve scoured flea markets for lots of neat old apothecary bottles and have accrued a TON of old mason jars that i plan to use as vessels. each table will have around 8 bottles scattered (across a long table that seats 8) and there will also be a lot of votives that i picked up at IKEA on the cheap. I want a lot of white flowers, with green to keep things wild and garden-y, and the ocassional pop of purple, which is one of my colours (i didn’t want to be heavyhanded with it).

so i’ve spent A TON of time looking around, and i finally discovered MY LUSCIOUS BACKYARD. google it, there is a ton of press about it. it’s basically this woman who has started her own business growing flowers and expanded it across gardens in her Parkdale neighbourhood.

i emailed her and we discussed my plans, and we met recently — she was lovely, and had lots of advice and suggestions about flowers (mainly what is seasonal and gorgeous) which i readily accepted. i loved how enthusiastic and passionate she seemed, and she was just generally warm and friendly. at this point, we hadn’t talked price yet and i was so reluctant to ask because i was beginning to think i was in over my head.

but i was VERY happy with my quote — $400-450 for a very good amount of flowers (about 400 stems). I upped it to $500 because I wanted an overabundance. but each centerpiece requires 25 flowers, and the little bottles will have two or three stems… so lets say 30 stems per table, to be safe. i have 11 tables, so i only need 330 stems. but now i have more than enough to decorate other spaces, and even make my own bouquets (it’s just me and a maid of honour, so this seems reasonable).

anyway, I really suggests you guys check out this option! my wedding hasn’t happened yet, but I’ll be back to let you guys know if i was satisfied with my flowers. Sarah seemed really great, so I’m totally confident that things will be amazing.

Hope that helps!

 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@KingsDaughter:  I ordered my flowers through Bunches Direct. We are having them shipped to BC but I think they are based in Ontario. No business number needed!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

You can order limited bulk flowers from Costco for a fairly reasonable price. We were going to go with all white roses and some baby’s breath from them until financial things changed and we’re now able to afford a florist. Good luck fellow Ontario brides!

Post # 13
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Worker bee

wrappedupinbooks :  OOOOMG I have been searching for MONTHS for bulk flower order and just wasnt happy with any of the online stuff… So happy I saw your post from like 3 years ago! I checked out My Luscious Backyard and HOLY CRAP she is amazing. I hope I can buy from her!!! 

Post # 14
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Just got an email notification — haven’t visited this site in a while! 🙂 But had to log back in to say YES totally go with My Luscious Backyard if you can. I was THRILLED with the whole experience… she did such a great job of understanding what I wanted. Once you pick up the flowers, it is up to you to put them together. I had a team of helpers the day before, arranging everything into the little glass jars and making bouquets — but that was all pretty fun. Only $450 for tons of flowers… we ended up buying some hydrangaes from the grocery store just to add a bit more bulk. Probably spent an additional $30 or so on that. I’ll attach a few images so you can see how it turned out!

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