I used FiftyFlowers for all of our centerpiece and reception flower decor (only hiring a florist for our bouquets, corsages, flower arrangement for our ceremony/head table, and flowers on cake).
I ordered 338 garden and peony roses, 150 carnations and 6,000 rose petals. We received the roses and carnations 2 days before our wedding and the rose petals 1 day (as scheduled) before the wedding. I did notice after my Darling Husband took the flower petals out of the box that they were not right (I received all hot pink rose petals when they should have been the assortment of “Touch of Pinks.”) I never complained about this, the hot pink stood out a little more than I wanted but it wasn’t the end of the world so I never wrote to them.
As everyone has said, the customer service is phenomenal. I ended up ordering my flowers over my smartphone when I was at a friends cabin one weekend- they called immediately after I placed my order (since I was up north I didn’t answer, but they left a LONG DETAILED message of everything). When I got home I had an email as well.
Their website says they deliver before 10:30 am on your scheduled delivery date; FedEx was at our door around 10:00 am on Thursday delivering our 4 boxes of flowers. It did take me and my Darling Husband all morning to cut the stems; and if you order A LOT as we did I would suggest having a few tubs/coolers handy as we ran out of room and had to run to my in-laws for extra storage.
There isn’t a science to keeping them alive, but my Mother-In-Law was all worried (she worries about EVERYTHING) that they would die before the wedding, when in fact some of them had barely started blooming on Saturday morning yet. After the flower delivery a rep will call telling you how to care for your flowers. I didn’t know it until listening to the message but the garden and peony roses needed a little sunlight while the carnations were to have NO sunglight. Like others have said, they have the instructions on their website – EVERY FLOWER is different!
Have flower food and follow the instructions and your flowers will be beautiful! I could not have been happier ordering through FiftyFlowers. It is a HUGE undertaking; especially if you order as many flowers as we did, so have others helping you. I didn’t practice beforehand so it did take me a little longer to put my centerpieces together. My Darling Husband was a huge help and paid special attention to all the flowers 🙂
Again, TOTALLY recommend them! I ended up paying $2.63/peony rose and $4/garden rose when I would have had to pay $4.25/garden rose with no option of a peony rose through a florist! And that price doesn’t include the labor, just the cost of the rose. Total lifesaver! I wish I was having another wedding just so I could order my flowers through FiftyFlowers!
Excuse the pre-wedding mess in the house. We haven’t received any pro photos back yet (hasn’t been a month since our wedding), but our photographer posted about 40 pictures on her blog so this the only pro pic I have of our flowers thus far.