(Closed) Anyone use Whole Foods Market for flowers?

posted 10 years ago in Flowers
Post # 31
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Blushing bee

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hazelrogue:    
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califlorican:  

we just got a whole foods here about 2 months ago!  Would love to hear what you guys find out…costs…flower arrangements, etc.  I looooove flowers, but hate the cost!  I’ve been thinking about asking them to do them.  Let me know what you find out!

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Bumble bee

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avlwedding:  It turns out that the whole foods near me says they don’t do wedding flower arrangements…not sure if that is true, or they just didn’t want to deal with having to do one. Either way, I found a lady nearby who would do my bridal bouquet, 3 bouts, 2 corsages, and 4 centerpieces for $350, so I’m happy!

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Worker bee

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avlwedding:  Hi, I finally went to Whole Foods today in paramus, nj. they do wedding flowers and I’m going to email the florist all of my needs so that she can price things. Basically, the bride bouquet she says is about $65, VERY reasonably priced if you ask me based on all the other ridiculous quotes I’ve received. She showed me how big by bunching up some flowers and it seemed like a reasonable/normal sized bouquet. AND she mentioned Peonies, ranunculus immediately, which every single florist I’ve talked to immediately tells me OH PEONIES, ADD $100 to the price of that bouquet. I guess WholeFoods gets peonies for free and florists pay $9 per stem as I’ve been told (obviouslyl they’re raising the price). A regular medium sized bouquet would be about $34. All pricing is based on flower type/color. Basically, she explained if I am asking for 14 centerpieces and I need a specific color of a type of flower they carry thats where price goes up because then they have to do a special order to bring those in to the store that week, to make sure they have enough of what you want. because the shipment of flowers that Wholefoods receives each week varies, it’s an array of colors and so it’s smaller quantites of each color. So if I wanted peach roses for all centerpieces, then she’d have to make a special order because maybe that week they might not have a shipment of peach roses or ONLY a small amount arrived. I’m glad she explained this part because basically, i can decide if i want to specify colors or if i want to be a bit more freespirited on that end. They basically have all the basic colors so i’m not too worried. Plus i told her lets see what this special order pricing comes out to be and then i’ll make the call if i”ll skip that. I’m sending her an email tomorrow and I’ll come back with more details when I know more. This wholefoods also delivers for $50, with set up and deliver it’s $75. Also, very reasonable. other places have been $100+.  I requested some photos of their past work. They had stems of peonies today, in November for like $10 for 5 stems. I was dumbfounded, cheapest prices for peonies in winter time.

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Blushing bee

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hazelrogue:  what awesome feedback.  Thank you.  Keep me posted when you get it all settled. I’d like to know! When is your wedding?

Post # 35
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Blushing bee

I called my local whole foods today.  SO EXCITED.  They do wedding flowers at this location.  I’m emailing the florist tonight with pictures, colors, preferred flower types and they are going to take a look and do some research before I come in for my appointment.  They will source most of them locally and it is soooo reasonably priced in comparison to other florists!!!

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Bumble bee

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avlwedding:  how did your appt go with whole foods? Thanks

Post # 37
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Oh wow! Looks like I have to call my local Whole Foods. Could save a lot of money.

Post # 38
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

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msshell:  I had a couple BMs over today for crafting and we were just talking about that. The day before the wedding we’re going to get a bunch of cut flowers at a wholesale place to put in mason jars and the like around the reception. They look beautiful and are soooo much cheaper!

Post # 39
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Blushing bee

I met with the floral arranger and floral buyer at my whole foods.  I love what they do!  So here is what I know so far: they source as much locally as possible, then they can order what is needed elsewhere.  They will not use any foam (maybe a drawback for some brides).  You can give them your own vases or containers to build in if you’d like, or to save money.  I am getting 8 large table centerpieces, 2 in an additional style for the food display tables, flowers for cake topping/decorating, bouts, corsages, delivery and set up for less than $1000.00. 

Here are the looks that I am going for:

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Worker bee

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avlwedding:  I like your inspiration photos, very classic/beautiful. Glad to hear things are going well with Wholefoods. I got my quote back last week from them and it was the cheapest of all of the florists I’ve spoken to but I am trying 1 more Florist because she is 15min from the Reception and there are no Whole Foods close by my reception. Which means if I go with Whole Foods I will need someone to pick up the flower arrangements and drive them 2hrs to me.

I got 2 quotes: $1,144 (w/ tax) if they use available flowers (giving priority to what I prefer) and $1470 if they source the flowers that I specify. Those prices include the following:

14 centerpieces, 1 PEONY bride bouquet ($76), 1 throw bouquet, 6 bridesmaid bouquets, 10 boutteniers, and 4 corsages

Glad to see a quote that doesn’t go into the $2K-$3K range…of course I know doing my own flowers is the biggest way to save $ but I really don’t want to use up my entire critical Friday creating flowers. I have to deal with my complicated hair, other barn decor tasks that I know I’ll be pressed for time. I haven’t completely ruled it out but it is my very last resort. 

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