order centerpieces from an actual flower delivery company?

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
Member
3570 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would definitely order one ahead of time to check them out. 

Post # 4
Member
964 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Not trying to seem alarmist (and this may be true of most wedding florists as well) but those companies source their flowers from massive plantations, mostly in Colombia and Ecuador. The workers are mainly women, many of them internally displaced persons. They make terrible wages and have high cancer and miscarriage rates from exposure to pesticides. They need the jobs though, so it’s tricky. I never order from 1-800-Flowers or anything similar for that reason. I realize you’re trying to save money…I’ve heard cabbage roses are very similar to peonies and much cheaper. Maybe you could find similar flowers at a local co-op…or “fill out” your centerpieces with cheaper flowers and use peonies as an accent?

 

 

 

Post # 5
Member
3633 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

It could turn out well or it could not. It depends on the delivery method. I’ve had flowers ordered online that are still done by a local florist (e.g. FTD) and they come out great because they’re never boxed and are hand delivered. I’ve had the ones where they are shipped in a box and you basically put it together yourself (e.g. 1800Flowers) and it’s not that great. To be fair, I was receiving long stem roses not peonies, but they would arrive a bit bruised and sometimes a bud or two would be broken off the stems. Peonies are rather delicate flowers, so I personally would be very hesitant about getting it shipped in if it is in the box.

Something else to consider is that flowers have to be refridgerated if you are not using them ASAP. So not only do you have to make sure the boxed blooms are not sitting on your hot porch all afternoon, you have to make sure you refridgerate them when you get home if you want them super fresh for your wedding. Then you have to consider transportation and setup.

Post # 7
Member
964 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@Birdiebaby4:  I know! I only learned because I did a paper on a related subject and found all this info. Really sad. More yuppy places like Whole Foods will sell flowers with stickers showing the workers are treated better. This isn’t a 100% guarantee but at least it’s a bit better. 

Good luck with whatever you choose! 🙂

Post # 9
Member
35 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I was actually just looking at those last night! Too bad my wedding isn’t for another year, because those prices are amazing. I did see that they are an FTD florist, so out of curiosity went to FTDs website, where they list almost the exact same peony arrangements (but at a slightly higher price.)  the FTd sorted says they are shipped direct in a gift box by UPS, not florist delivered. I would contact Ava’s and ask how they are delivered. Most peonies are shipped in bud form, so delivery might be okay. I would definitely test it out first though. 

Post # 10
Member
8426 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I did peony roses (fiftyflowers & my local Costco) and the whole thing cost me a little over $300.

Some pro pics

 

 

 

Leave a comment


Sent weekly. You may unsubscribe at any time.

Find Amazing Vendors