(Closed) Bouquet from Pike Place Market in Seattle?

posted 6 years ago in Seattle
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

That’s my plan! Or at least I’m going to get flowers at Pike Place and arrange all the centerpieces/reception flowers. i’m leaving the bouquets and bouts to a pro. I was definitely inspired by the price, soooo cheap! And my wedding is in late summer, so the dahlias will be in full bloom, and that’s my favorite flower. I think it will be stunning.  I’m also totally inspired by the loom of fresh natural garden flowers, so the tyoes available there will be perfect for the look Im going for. All my friends are cool with helping out.

I will definitely be doing a trial run, since I do have a few concerns. We live on Bainbridge Island so we have to take a ferry. i’m thinking we’ll need to bring my dad’s jeep with the seats folded down and buckets of water for the flowers on the way home. I’m not sure how that will work! And then i will want to make some arrangements how I want them and take lots of pictures so my helpers know the look I’m going for.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@leporidae:  Hee! Yeah I am a totally anal retentive, detail oriented worrier, so I overthink and plan stuff out to the smallest, silliest detail. The flowers available there are so gorgeous that they shouldn’t need much.

The one thing I recommend is to get there early when you buy the flowers. The market is an absolute madhouse in the summer, especially on weekends. I don’t know if they commonly sell out, but I wouldn’t want to take that risk!

your wedding is a year before mine, so if you decide to do it, you’ll have to let me know how it goes!

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I went there on a vacation for a long weekend not too long ago….I saw the flowers. I say totally do it!!! They are BEAUTIFUL flowers for the price!!!!  

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@leporidae:  OMG…DO IT!!!  We went there on our “honeymoon” last year, and it made me wish I were getting married on the West Coast where my wife’s from.  The arrangements that they had were beautiful, and only needed ribbon tied around the stems.

Post # 9
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Helper bee

I used to live in Seattle, and got bouquets from the Market on a regular basis. I would do a trial run & talk to the ladies who usually are behind the counter about possibly making a deal with you or something? Ask about what’s in season then, etc. You can get amazing deals, but it always helps if you do a little chatting & schmoozing with the people in charge of the flowers 😉 Good luck!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

@leporidae:  pike place has tons and tons of flower vendors to choose from. the flowers will be seasonal, but since it looks like your wedding is in august, you should be fine. the flowers are very beautiful! especially TONS of breathtaking dahlias.

How come other people don’t do that?

you’ll need to send a friend to the market that day to get the flowers (and I suggest as soon as the market opens so you can get the best ones– that place gets very crowded in the summer). you’ll need to do your own arrangements, your own binding with ribbon and provide your own vases. I have no idea if any of the vendors offer any of that for you.  so that’s the reason why I personally didn’t go this route for my seattle wedding.  but if I had done a DIY wedding, I totally would have bought them at pike place!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

@leporidae:  Isn’t the cake supposed to match the flowers?

I have never heard that before.  I’m sure any cake will look beautiful with the flowers! 

if you want to go with “safe”, maybe order a cake that is all one color, and then put some of the flowers on it? that would be beautiful. 

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@leporidae:  Several gfs of mine have ordered all of their wedding flowers from Pike Place Market with this plan in mind and all has turned out well.

Going there the day of and taking your pick from that morning’s offerings is likely to be successful enough, but if you don’t want to risk it, you can totally plan ahead with them! They’re more than happy to help you. Just let them know what you’re looking for (budget, colors, kind of flower, etc.) and they’ll arrange to have everything available for you the day before/of your wedding. There’s a minimal fee to have them plan ahead for you and make sure your flower delivery is on schedule, but it’s incredibly reasonable and is worth the peace of mind.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

@leporidae:  agreed. what I meant by my suggestion was to order a plain cake and at the last minute, put some of the pike place flowers on it.  but it just occurred to me that maybe that won’t work because of sanitary reasons. (I wonder if it would be ok to wash the flowers with that produce spray you can buy at grocery stores?)

my other suggestion is to choose a cake design that would go with any flower. there are some colors that will probably go with just about anything. like white with pale blue or pale green designs on it. 

OR…. talk to your baker in advance and tell them you might not have decoration ideas until a few weeks before the wedding. then go into the market in july and see what kinds of flowers & colors they have. talk to vendors and ask them if they’ll have the same selection in august. then you’ll know what you’re working with. 

Post # 16
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I loved the flowers from Pikes. We went to Seattle on our honeymoon in 2011.  I would say go for it!

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