Post # 1
So I decided to make my own centerpieces and bouquest because my grandmother was a florist once, as well as my aunt and they will both be helping me get ready for the wedding. I was going to order my flowers from a local shop, but then I realized that they charge 34.99 a dozen for roses…and for as much as i need just for roses alone (not including hydrangea, tulips, and babies breath) it was well over $500!!! UGH! so no i am three weeks away from my wedding and don’t know what I should do! I’m thinking Sam’s Club or Flower Exchange but I’m scared they wont be quality enough!
Post # 3
Have you looked at the online bulk ordering places like bridesign.com or http://www.fiftyflowers.com/?
Post # 4
In full disclosure I have not yet actually purchased flowers online. However–I’ve heard from co-workers and online reviews that Sam’s Club is good quality. Fifty Flowers is really expensive compared to Sam’s Club. Sam’s Club doesn’t have ranunculous on the website though so I went to the local grocery store florist and asked her to order me some–they are $16 a bunch (10 stems) but that is still cheaper than Fifty Flowers. Unfortunately I noticed this week Sam’s Club prices did go up a bit–I’m hoping it’s just for mothers day and they go back down next week!
Post # 5
I have ordered from Sam’s club – we ordered the bulk red roses last month. We had them delivered on a wednesday for a friday – but I would have chosen a tuesday delivery to allow more time for them to open up. I ordered the bulk so they looked nice but were very time consuming with removing the thorns and leaves. But customer service was very responsive and helpful! Congrats! Here is a pic of the bouquet that I did.
Post # 6
I did all the centerpieces for my brother’s wedding last Nov (2010) with a wide variety of different flowers (roses, hydrangeas, lilies,…) and got them all from Sam’s. I got the flowers on a Thursday morning for a Sunday wedding which allowed them time to fully open. The flowers were STUNNING and NO ONE could believe that they came from Sam’s. I didn’t have any single type of flower that didn’t look 150% and am so happy that I’m ordering the flowers for my upcoming wedding from Sam’s.
A couple of notes:
-I ordered the flowers from a Sam’s Club store (vs. the internet) because I was a little concerned about the shipping (sitting outside until I got home sort of thing) and also I found better prices ordering at the store. It was nice to have that point-of-contact person and she was great at letting me know when they arrived (I wanted them early Thursday so to be safe she ordered them for Wednesday afternoon.)
-Although the lilies were pretty at the wedding, they were not even close to being open. It took them well over a week to fully open so you may want to take that into consideration when ordering your flowers.
-The flowers will look AWFUL when they arrive! Make sure you have multiple (you can’t have too many) buckets, trashcans, etc. to put the flowers in. They are thirsty and will drink A LOT of water. Don’t get discouraged, follow Sam’s directions and they will be beautiful!
Post # 7
One of my best friends had a bridesmaid who was going to do her flowers for her as a gift, however, she ended up flaking out on both jobs, so I filled in. We ordered white roses and hot pink gerbera daisies from Sam’s, and her flowers were gorgeous. On the roses, we did have remove a few of the outer petals because of browning, but it didn’t detract from the appearance at all, and I think we may have lost a couple of the daisy stems, but we used those on the cake. One word of advice: watch your roses carefully to see how much they are opening. We didn’t refrigerate the bouts for a couple of hours before the wedding, and some of the blooms looked like they were going to swallow the guy’s heads, they were so big, lol! But other than that, it was a great value and a fun experience. I’m definitely buying mine from there!
Post # 8
i bought bulk from sams – 200 red roses
here is how they turned out – i had them delivered on thursday for a saturday wedding. looking back i wish i had delivered them on wednesday, they were beautiful anyway but they could have opened up more.
Post # 9
I will be using sams.. I have not come across even one bad review on the bee or on the website!
Post # 10
- Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna
Awesome! Thank you for posting this! I was wondering what kind of selection they have? Is it mostly roses or do they have other flowers like peonies?
Post # 11
@meerkat: They do have some other flowers, but I don’t think they have peonies. Go to the website and browse “bulk floral”, they have several different types of flowers.
@Lela77: We are ordering from Sam’s and doing pretty much the same centerpieces! Did you use Sam’s Club roses for the centerpieces as well? I also love the sparkles in your bouquet. How did you attach them?
Post # 12
@Lela77: I really like your centerpieces!
We are thinking about ordering from Sam’s club too, just for the centerpieces, so I definitely appreciate this post & the info of having them come a couple days early to allow time for them to open up. I just felt that DIY bouquets would be too difficult/time consuming.
Post # 13
ooohh i hope someone can answer this……has anyone used the bulk bouquets as their centerpieces??
Post # 14
I ordered flowers from Sam’s Club – quality was excellent. The choices at Sam’s are a bit limited, but they definitely have the best prices. For the flowers that Sam’s didn’t offer, I went to FiftyFlowers.com – a bit more expensive, but also great quality. (They also offer smaller bundles in case you don’t want 70-100 blooms of a particular flower, which is Sam’s typical minimum quantity.)
On both sites, be sure to read the details for each type of flower. They give you very specific advice on when to have them delivered (usually 2-3 days in advance) and how to prepare them so they reach their peak on wedding day. I had everything delivered Wednesday morning for a Friday afternoon wedding and it was perfect.
Post # 15
I had a NEGATIVE experience ordering from Sam’s. I placed my order several weeks before the wedding and requested they be delivered on 4/28 for my 4/30 wedding. I ordered three different flowers: a large ammount of baby’s breath (this was going to be my main flower), a bunch of hydrangea, which I was going to use for my bouquet, and a box of various fillers.
The baby’s breath was delivered before 9am on the 28th and they were perfect. I stayed home ALL day waiting for the rest to be delivered. I had tons to do, but couldn’t leave the house until my fiance came home to take over my post at 4 that afternoon. They never came. The filler flowers were delivered on 4/29, when I was at my mom’s preparing all the food for the next day. The hydrangea NEVER came. When I called CS on 4/3, they were really helpful, refunded the cost of the hydrangea and fillers (as I really intended to use them with the hydrangea, therefore they were useless to me without them.) They were really easy to work with in terms of refunds. I was a zen bride and didn’t let it ruin anything…I had a bouqet of baby’s breath, which is a look I love, so it was fine…BUT, if you’re not as laid back as I am, or tend to stress when things don’t go according to plan, I’d reccommendrequesting deliver more than a few days ahead of time to assure you receive them. THe flowers I DID receive I have kept really well. THe filler flowers have been sitting in the box in which they were delivered on my front porch for the past week and they still look pretty good, though they are more hearty than if you were ordering roses or something similar.
I don’t like giving bad reviews, but figured I needed to get that reality out there for future brides.
Post # 16
@missrobots: Yep, good to point out that it’s always a risk! Being a zen bride definitely helps in general. LOL I also had a small issue with delivery (my fault because my credit card # changed between the time I ordered and the time they shipped the flowers), and customer service was extremely helpful and took care of the issue very efficiently. They really seemed to understand that they were dealing with a bride under stress, and wanted to help. 🙂
For those who plan to order bulk, be sure to allow enough time so if delivery fails, you can fix the problem. For a Saturday wedding, maybe plan delivery no later than Tuesday or Wednesday. If anything does go wrong, you should still get them by Thursday.
I found these photos from the day the flowers arrived, by the way – right out of the box, and then a few hours later after then had plumped up in the fresh water… they looked even better the next day, and they lasted at least a full week after the wedding. Virtually every bloom was usable, I only had two or three broken heads.