Post # 1
A couple of questions:
1) Has anyone ordered their flowers from Costco? What can you tell me about them? Were they good quality? Did they ship in good shape? Did they ship correctly based on what you ordered and when delivery was expected?
2) Can anyone show me pictures of your DIY centerpieces, bouquets, Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, etc that you made with Costco flowers? Or, heck, ANY DIY wedding flower arrangements (whether using Costco flowers or whatever else) would be helpful!
I’m leaning strongly toward ordering them because they seem like a really good deal, but I’m not super creative so inspiration will be good. And, I want to be sure it’s worth the effort making them to save some cost – or if I’d be better off sucking it up and paying almost $900 for a florist …
I guess that was a few more than a “couple” of questions, but I know you bees all have good ideas and thoughts to share. Thank you everyone for the feedback!
Post # 3
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
My flowers came from Sam’s Club, but friends got theirs from Costco, and also raved about them. They’re shipped over night, and packed really well. We bought filler at a wholesaler and I picked up spray roses at Safeway (for corsages.)
If you want to keep it simple, do calla lillies (see MOH’s bouquet) or roses- you really can’t mess up either. I had an inspiration photo for my bouquet, and ended up having a lot of fun with it.
DO TRIAL RUNS!!! Especially for centerpieces, if you’re looking to use more than one flower.
And make sure you have supplies- for 400 flowers, I had 7 buckets- could have used more. Some flowers like roses will take a little more time to prep. Floral shears are a must!
We also did the corsages (roses) and bouts (callas). I had gotten a couple of books out of the library, which gave ideas on how to wrap the girls’ bouquets- you can’t see it in the photo, but it has an amazing french braiding on it.
Post # 4
A friend of mine used Costco for her wedding last year. She ordered roses in bulk and arranged them herself. They were absolutely gorgeous, but not the color she had intended. Instead of a dusty pink they were a pale lilac purple.
I don’t think she has any regrets about her choice, the flowers were lovely and for the price they cost she was able to get tons of them. I’d just suggest you be very careful with the variety and color you order. You can’t go wrong with the basics, red, white, pink. Just don’t expect them to be able to custom match a specific shade. At the end of the day, if they can’t get their hands on what you have requested, they will fill your order with the next best thing.
Post # 5
I think one of the main factors that should weigh on your decision is how much time you have before the wedding, and how much help you’ll have. I planned to do DIY flowers for the first 6 months of our engagement, and I researched heavily (I decided to use either fiftyflowers.com or Costco). However, my fiance is Persian and all of the women in his family will be busy the week of the wedding preparing the Persian decorations (for an altar called a sofreh). I have two MOHs and they both live out-of-state so they are flying in on Thursday night, and the wedding is on Saturday. So that just leaves me with my mom and grandma (who are both flying in from out-of-state as well, but more around a week before the wedding), and my roommate, who could be swamped with work so might not be able to help. Anyways, long story short, I realized I didn’t have enough hands to help me. A message I got from reading the stories of many, many brides who did DIY flowers is that it DOES take a long time to prepare the flowers (dethorn them, trim the leaves, arrange them, etc.), and it is pretty much necessary to get some help – you probably can’t do it all on your own. And it is something you can’t do more than maybe 2-3 days in advance. So if you have some women in your life who can help you out the day before the wedding, then go for it!! (But feed them some pizza or something as a thank you .)
Also, I definitely came across lots of positive reviews of Costco’s flowers! I am a super loyal Costco customer so I would happily use their flowers for DIY bouquets and arrangements.
When I was planning on doing DIY flowers, I had a back-up plan of going to Whole Foods and buying bouquets for myself and my BMs the day of the wedding if all else failed. Have some sort of backup plan just in case! But I think it sounds like a lot of fun!
Post # 6
I made all the floral arrangements, bouquet’s and corsages for my Aunt’s country wedding with flowers from Costco. The budget was extremely low as she was an older bride and didn’t care too much. We ordered on average 1 1/2 bunches (seasonal bouquet) per centerpiece (there were 11 main arrangements) 3 bunches for her bouquet, and 2 for her Maid/Matron of Honor. We also ordered bulk roses to fill in here and there. We had loads of extras and I just kept filling mason jars.
Overall we were very happy! She wasn’t fussy about the color as her “color” was green and the mix of floral colors worked well. They came on time and were great in quality. I would have had them in sooner (1-2 days maybe) as we picked them up Friday am for a Saturday wedding and they could have sat and opened more. Other than that they were what she wanted and came in around $480 CDN for everything (4 years ago). I personally would have ordered more “expensive” type flowers and less seasonal bunches as I am not a fan of Gerbera Daisy’s…but she loved them.
Here are a few pics I snapped.
The one side of the hall:
The only corsage I snapped a picture of (for my uncle’s who walked her down the aisle). There were 9 differents ones in total:
Oh and the wheat was free…from the field.
I hope this helps.