Post # 1
Hello bee-ettes! Longtime lurker, newbee poster. My man and I have set some priorities for the wedding (band and photography) and id’d areas we’re less enthusiastic about (like the flowers…no floral centerpieces, etc.)
So question: I’ve heard that some brides have gotten great bouquets at places like Whole Foods and Stop ‘N Shop. Anyone here ever tried it? I don’t want to spend millions, but I also don’t want them to smell like salami 😉
What do you think?
Post # 3
We used flowers from whole foods for our engagement party! They looked great and lasted longer than i would have thought. I’ll post some pics below. We just told them what we wanted and they ordered all of it for us and it was ready for pickup at the store the day of. We put them together ourselves since we had time the day of. But since you probably won’t you will want to have them do it or have them done before hand (and some place to store them until the wedding).
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Post # 4
I haven’t used a grocery store bouquet to make anything but my fiance brings them to me a lot so I know they don’t smell like meat
@Allyser: Those flowers look awesome!! Where did you buy them?
Post # 5
We bought some of our flowers from a gardener at the local farmer’s market – I highly recommend it, since they were cheap, lovely, and local. Just find someone, ask in advance what will be available, and tell them you plan to pick up all your flowers the day before.
Post # 6
I bought a bunch of flowers for my dining room table at giant eagle (grocery store) and they lasted seriously like 10 days! I was super surprised. I think the only thing to keep in mind is you’ll need to be flexible about what types you get bc you cant guarantee what they have, but if thats cool then I think whole foods is just fine!
Post # 7
Whole Foods does lovely arrangements, but depending on where you are in PA, if you are near a Wegmans, you should also see what they would charge. They do very beautiful work and might be less expensive than WF.
I loves me some Wegmans. No joke!
Post # 8
All of my flowers for my wedding day are coming from Wegman’s floral department. I don’t think there is anything wrong with ordering your flowers from a reputable grocery store…as long as they know exactly what you want. I lucked out as the floral director at the store used to own his own floral shop for years, so I feel good about it.
Post # 9
I used WF for my bouquet for my wedding in July. With the WF I went with, I was only charged the cost of the flowers, and nothing for her labor. My WF total was around $70, which included making 2 bouts and 2 corsages in addition to the bouquet. I think WF is pretty reasonable and she even let me bring in green spider mums that I purchased elsewhere because they were not part of WF’s product mix and she incorproated them into the bouquet. Here a couple small photos of my bouquet (sorry they aren’t bigger, but they are cropped from some of my other wedding photos as the solo bouquet shots are on my DVD at home). The ribbon is not indicative of what the florist can do as I forgot to bring it with me when I dropped off the mums so that is the work of one of my girl friends the morning of the wedding.
Post # 10
We’re getting our bouquets from a local farmer’s market. Locally grown and in-season stuff. I think a grocery store is totally fine… we’ll probably end up getting our centerpieces from a grocery store or a garden centre of a hardware store…
Post # 11
Wow – gorgeous pics, girls! I definitely feel better about going that route. Every week at our local farmer’s market (not in PA), I see stunning flowers…I’m not picky as to what’s in the bouquet, so this might be a great option.
Post # 12
Trader Joes has some great flowers too! I am thinking of getting some from there in addition to the flowers from the florist.
Post # 13
I 2nd Trader Joe’s – especially over Whole Foods. I find that W.F. tends to be above most retail while Trader’s can be almost 25% lower on floral. To make your day the easiest, I suggest buying one type of flower and buying in mass. Do a ton of peonies, or a ton of tulips – it’s when you start mixing and arranging when the labor and frustration increase. 🙂