Post # 1
To cut back on costs, I’m going to do my own centerpieces. My crafty aunt has volunteered to help me do some DIY centerpieces. Has anyone ordered wholesale flowers online? Any recommendations as to vendors, things to look out for etc?
Also, please let me know if you have any suggestions as to which flowers are easier/cheaper to work with.. My wedding is next Sept 08.
Post # 3
You might take a look at this thread on Indiebride, it’s all about DIY flowers and brides advice. I’m still in the planning stages of my DIY flowers but I’m hoping to have a florist do my bouquet and then get the rest from local farms and Costco. Good luck!! http://kvetch.indiebride.com/index.php?t=msg&th=13356&start=0&rid=8035&S=f7fb3220002d2c1e240e1574ea683eb8 and this thread is about DIY flowers http://kvetch.indiebride.com/index.php?t=msg&th=8620&start=0&rid=8035&S=f7fb3220002d2c1e240e1574ea683eb8
Post # 4
Hi, I used Online Wholesale Flowers and had a decent experience with them. The only problem I encountered was that they entered incorrectly my address onto the shipping label, so it too FedEx a little longer than it should have to deliver the flowers. But the flowers were gorgeous and they survived a lot of abuse and still looked amazing nearly 2 weeks later! It’s a lot of work to do your own arrangments, but I saved about $1000-1200 doing it myself.
Post # 6
I heard other DIY brides recommend Sam’s club. Maybe you can check it online.
Post # 7
I had a florist do my bouquet and a bunch of us did the rest of them ourselves the day before the wedding. We got some from the farmer’s market and the rest from Costco. I spent less than $300 and used mostly roses for 15 centerpieces, 4 bridesmaids’ bouquets with a dozen roses each, a bouquet for the anniversary dance, two altar bouquets, and all the corsages and boutonnieres. It was GREAT!!! And my friends and family had a ton of fun putting it all together.
One Costco tip – many of the Costcos have a person that is in charge of all the flower ordering. While our local one, in Danville, CA, wouldn’t let you actually place an order ahead of time, she did let me place requests the week of the wedding. I found out their flowers came in Saturday morning (and I think Wednesday, too), so I went in the week before the wedding to see what was in season. Then I placed my requests with her and arranged to meet her there at opening on Saturday morning the day before the wedding. I took most of what I had requested and even made some last-minute changes based on what she had received.
The one drawback, which ended up not being a big deal, is you have to let go of the planning a bit on the flowers if you do it that way. I love flowers, period, and wasn’t worried about getting a particular type of flower. So it was a perfect budget solution for me!
Hope that helps!
Post # 8
We tried The trial assortment from 2 G roses and found that the roses were quite smalll compared to roses I found in Costco or the local supermarket.
I had a problem reguesting bunches of roses a Costco. I stated on the order form that the two bunches should be light pink should match. That did not happen. Instead I got one bunch that were pale pink and another bunch that was mauve pink I had to make do.
Be sure to buy flowet food so that you rrangements last. I bought Florrallfe clear as I need the soultion to be clear as my vases were clear.
Post # 9
I used http://www.Flowers4Vases.com for my wedding in September. This guy Scott was amazing he was very knowledgeable with wedding flowers. I saved hundreds of dollars and the flowers so fresh we had to put the lilies in warm water to get them to burst open. I would highly recommend Flowers4vases you don’t need a tax or a resale certificate to buy from them