Post # 1
I recently met with “my florist.” That’s in quotes because the florist is not really something I have a choice with (I’ll spare you the dramatic details). Long story short, the florist quoted much MUCH more than we want to spend. Since the wedding is largely DIY, I’ve decided to use that excuse and nix the florist.
So, I’m looking for input on bulk/wholesale/discount floral services. I’m familiar with Costco, rosesource.com, Bridesign and Blooms by the Box. I’m mostly concerned with getting a good deal, but I obviously want decent quality as well.
Have you used any of these sites? If so, what was your experience (customer service, quality, etc.)? If not, who did you use?
I should say, I would like to use mostly white or ivory hydrangeas and baby’s breath with very pale pink roses. Our wedding colors are navy, gold and pale pink with tan and ivory.
Any advice or input is greatly appreciated!!
Post # 3
I haven’t used any bulk floral sites yet, but I plan to use Sam’s Club. I’ve heard really good reviews about them and they are really cheap. I’ve seen good reviews both off site and also on their website, with tons of actual user pictures. Personally, I don’t have a membership with Sam’s Club, but you can still order with an extra $10 or 10% fee (either way, it’s not much for me).
Hope this helps. Good luck!
Post # 4
@Hannahmn88: I’m planning on using my local costco. You can also inquire at places like whole foods, trader joe’s, or your local farmer’s market. As long as you aren’t picky about what kind of flowers you want, you can get a great deal on flowers in season.
Post # 5
we used a local florist for my bouquets, but for the corsages/boutonieres and centerpieces we went thru costco and i’d totally recommend them. my mom called/e-mailed them a few times just to ask questions and they were always very good about getting back to her and they contacted us a couple times just to make sure everything was correct and there was no confusion or anything.
Post # 6
A co-worker of mine used costco for her wedding flowers in bulk about 2-3 years ago. She said it was great quality & all the flowers held up well even though they were in some warm weather all weekend (family camping trip/wedding). She got mostly hydrangeas & baby’s breath as well. I think she ended up ordering so the flowers would arrive at costco 2-3 days before her wedding. She had read somewhere that many of the blooms may not be fully open & wanted to leave delivery time in case anything went wrong. She recommends going this route to anyone who will listen!
Post # 7
I second Costco!! I bought flowers in bulk from their for my engagement party, they were so fresh and beautiful! And a great deal! Great customer service too. If you go to Costco.com, you can read all the great reviews.
Post # 8
I had something similar happen to me with a florist. I just cannot spend that type of money. I am def using blooms by the box. My cousin used Blooms By The Box for her wedding last summer and I was a bridesmaid. We got the flowers 2 days before the wedding, hydrated them for a day, and arranged our bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, and centerpeices the day before the wedding. The flowers were beautiful. We got one of those wildflower packs! She told me she spent just over $350 on all of her wedding flowers. And they looked great so I am gunna follow in her footsteps!
I just signed up for a flower chat with their customer service. They are going to help me pick the flowers and how much to get so I would say this is going smoothly so far.
Post # 9
I am going to bite the bullet and order my bulk flowers online from fiftyflowers.com! For under $600 I will be able to get all the flowers I need for 7 (large) bouquets, 10 Bouts, 3 corsages, and 25+ centerpieces.
I was even able to find a review from someone in my area who had ordered through them and her flowers were gorgeous! And sounds like customer service is on top of their job and beyond. They also give you specific and clear instructions for proper care of your flowers upon arrival.
I may sample order a specific flower I want for wedding to have at Bridal Shower just so I know what to expect!