(Closed) Did You Use a Wholesale Site for Flowers?

posted 5 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
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498 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I am planning on DIY and am ordering bulk  from Costco. I know some people who have ordered through them and they were really happy. The prices are good, and I can do all my bouquets, corsages, boutineres and centerpieces for about $400 including my vases, floral tape, pins, and ribbons. There are lots of reviews at their site which is helpful in determining exactly how much to order, and how many days in advance to order. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee

I got Costco flowers for my wedding this weekend (May 2nd). I just got confirmtaion that they were shipped yesterda. I’ll try to post an update once they arrive— feel free to remind me if I forget.

Post # 4
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919 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I ordered from Sam’s club and I was super happy.  I’ll send pictures when I get home.  They were gorgeous.  

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2025

I used to work in a floral shop and as long as the flowers are being handled and treated correctly, you’re all good to go. I hear costco flowers aren’t bad but my recommendation to you would be to pick them up immediately when they come in, don’t leave them at costco. They may get banged around the longer they stick around (this always happened with bouquets in our cooler that people had put aside). And ask them to rent some of the buckets that the flowers come into make transportation easier (as well, if you’ve got roses, we put in a rose treatment into the water – you want that treated water for as long as possible before you start making bouquets/etc).

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2025

watcherofthestars:  Talk to a smaller local flower shop. We used to do orders like this for people all the time, just tell them its for an event instead of for a wedding to make sure they don’t try to overcharge you.

If you’re willing to do the work (stripping thorns, leaves, outer petals, fluffing) then they’ll give you the flowers as they would receive them in the store. It’s a bit time consuming (and you’ll need gloves for sure) but it will cut your cost way down.

I gave a bride at work a hands on tutorial of how to make her bridal bouquets and they turned out great. I gave her all the instructions of what she needed to do and showed her how to peel the roses for making bouquets and she was all set.

Post # 8
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205 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I used fifty flowers. They were great! After I ordered they called and confirmed everything then let e know that I needed to order one type of the flowers earlier or they wouldn’t be open in time. Everything delivered on time and looked beautiful. My wedding was this last saturday and they’re all still alive : ) 

Post # 10
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Worker bee

I used fifty flowers to purchase bulk carnations and rose petals for my ceremony. They came on time and were great! After the order they call to confirm and suggested I have the carnations delivered Wednesday instead of Thursday to give the carnations time to rehydrate and open up. They came packaged well but some of them didn’t make the journey from Colombia where they were picked and shipped. When I made the pomanders Friday night with the carnations some weren’t useable since they were limp on the top and didn’t go into the oasis foam. The rose petals on the otherhand arrived Thursday and they were in good shape.

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2025

watcherofthestars:  Hmm I’m not totally sure. I’m sure at a smaller shop they might be willing to but they would want you to pay them to do it instead, right? Are you ordering samples of what you want in advance of the wedding? I would recommend getting like one bunch of each flower/green you want maybe like a month before the wedding so you can play around with them. You’ll be surprised that some greens are almost impossible to cut (eucalyptus is one of them, SO awful to try and cut at home) so that may affect how you want to use them, etc.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2025

amy.d-y:  Sounds like you got a bad batch 🙁 FYI carnations would need to be taken out of packaging immediately and to get them to open, you have to manually fluff each one. Pinch the flower at its base and fluff with your fingers). They bruise very easily and go limp fast if damaged at all.

Post # 14
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919 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Sorry for waiting three days but here are the pictures: 

My bouquet

Bridemaids’ bouquet.  Not pictured are the bouts and corsages.  These all came prearranged as a package: http://www.samsclub.com/sams/17pc-sunf-fall-wed/prod11440422.ip?navAction= 

And the centerpices.  Each one had five sunflowers, six red roses, two orange lilies (though most didn’t open in time), five hypericum berries, silver dollar eucalyptus (around the base) and assorted greenery and filler flower.  In hindsight, I wish I had gotten the golden glory solidago as filler rather than the assorted since they sent–no lie–corn stalks as one of my fillers.  The greenery was fine though.  I would also have paid the extra to get the sunflowers from fiftyflowers because I REALLY wanted dark centers but took the risk to save money.  

In total, I spent less than $800 for all bridal party flowers, altar flowers, and 8 centerpieces.  

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