(Closed) DIY flower vendor recommendations?

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Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I’m curious about this as well.  I’m thinking of ordering from Blooms by the Box, but I could only find a couple generic vendor reviews online and none on Wedding Bee.

Post # 4
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Wannabee

hi, i used http://fiftyflowers.com/ to order cymbidium orchids and rose petals and were very happy with the quality and prices.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Omg! I’m doing my flowers through freshroses.com, they are amazing! You can order a wedding "test bunch" and they seriously have the best prices! They have a few wedding packages you can choose from, or if you have a specific assortment of flowers you can choose your own. The website is very informative and they are very helpful to confirm your order! I bought online, but had a person call to verify! I’m doing shades of red roses for my wedding, simple but elegant! Let me know if you have any other questions! I belive they’ll ship anywhere! Good luck!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

We used American Floral Distributers for the majority of our flowers.  And I was VERY impressed. I’d never ordered from them (not even a test bunch) and was super nervous! I literally held my breath when I opened the box two days before the wedding. But they were SO beautiful. Even more beautiful then I could have imagined!!!!!

http://www.americanfloraldistributors.com/home.html

We ordered out gerber daisies from Sams because they had the best price. I was generally happy with them. The flowers were beautiful, and were generally the color I’d ordered. I ordered white. The thing is, they sent two different varieties of white/creme gerbers. One had a black center which was what I was expecting and one did not. Now, I decided it was no problem and since they had sent enough of each kind I was able to mix them so that it felt even to me. But if I were a real matchy-matchy bride, I can image that I could have been really upset.

Good luck and I highly recommend DIY’ing the flowers. I had SOOO much fun arranging them the day before the wedding. It was actually very zen, and exactly what I needed the day of the rehearsal. I do however HIGHLY recommend doing a trial run, even if you just grab a bunch of your flowers in odd colors from the grocery store. Knowing that I had already put together a bouquet that I was happy with, made the experience so much easier!

Good luck! And here are some pics of you want to check out how the flowers look:

http://web.me.com/jeremy.stafford/Site/The_Staffords_Photos/Pages/Details.html

 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I used theflowerexchange.com and was SO happy with the flowers! I used yellow roses and mini gerbera daisies, and loved my bouquet. For $160, i got enough flowers for my bouquet, two bridesmaid bouquets, one flower girl bouquet, twelve centerpieces of four flowers each, and eight pew buckets. totally, totally worth it!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I also used freshroses.com and so far they’ve been great.  My wedding isn’t until November, but you can see pics from my trial run here: http://s247.photobucket.com/albums/gg125/blushingaudrey/

I’m also ordering some calla lilies from organicbouquet.com through their wholesale department — best price I’ve found anywhere!

Good luck and have fun! 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I got my flowers from Swan Island Dahlias. I did the local pick-up option and was very pleased with the quality of the flowers, price, and customer service. They ship flowers as well, and while I don’t know how those prices compare I would be confident that the quality would be excellent. However, I suggest that you find a local flower farm. You don’t have to worry about (or pay for!) shipping, you’re reducing your environmental impact and supporting a local business, and it will probably be cheaper. You can ask seller’s at the farmer’s market if they do bulk orders. Or, use google 😉

I would highly-recommend DIY flowers for anyone not super picky about their arrangements. I did my entire wedding for about the cost of a single professional bouquet. The flowers looked great – but they weren’t the same level of perfection I would expect from a pro. 

Advice:

1) Do your homework: Learn about floral arranging, particularly if you don’t have previous experience. There are good resources online (particularly on YouTube). Also, research the flowers you want to use and make sure they are durable. 

2) Keep it simple: Choose arrangements that you (and your team of helpers) can easily assemble AND transport. A well-done simple arrangement will look 100-times better than a poorly-executed intricate arrangement.

3) Practice: Do a trial before the wedding, preferably with the same type of flowers from the same source. It will help you get comfortable with the process and how your flowers work – and hold up. Be sure to store the arrangements as you will for the wedding, and pay attention to what condition they would be in by the time of your wedding. It’s also helpful for estimating how many flowers you will need.

4) Get help: You can do small projects yourself, but you need help if you’re doing the whole wedding. I had about 5 people help me, and it made it so much easier! My helpers did the centerpieces (which were very simple – little training required!) while my mom and I did the bouquets, corsages, and bouts. 

5) Buy extras, make extras: Order 10% more than you estimate needing. That way, you can toss broken or bruised flowers and work without worrying about having enough. Also, I had made extras of everything, in case something happened. Sure enough, a centerpeice was crushed in transport, a groomsmen’s boutienerre was torn off by his baby, and my bouquet was falling apart by the end of the photos. But no one ever knew…

By The Way, we picked up the flowers two days before the wedding (freshly cut that morning) and did the arrangements after the rehearsal dinner. I kept the corsages and bouts in the fridge over night (in plastic bags puffed up with air) and the centerpieces and bouquets sat in water in our basement. I wrapped ribbon on the bouquets the morning before the wedding.

Post # 11
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Wannabee

If you end up going with Blooms by the Box, let me know how it went. I’m considering them as well.

Thanks!!!

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I’m not doing my own flowers but I order from http://www.flowerbud.com all the time!! They have bulk wedding flowers available for purchase. Their flowers are always fresh and gorgeous!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I went with http://www.growersbox.com

The flowers arrived the day I expected and within the time window given by FedEx (by 10:30am on Wednesday, August 27th).  The roses were fairly closed when they arrived, but this is done intentionally so your flowers "peak" at the proper time.  I followed the online instructions for storage and preparation.  All but 3 of the 72 flowers looked perfect when I did the arrangements on Friday night (August 29th).  The flowers looked gorgeous the next day and I received compliments from a lot of people, and none of them thought that the flowers were DIY.

Hope this helps!

Post # 14
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: June 2009

MisstoMrs…

 Do you have pictures of the arrangements you did? 

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I don’t have the photos in yet but I will post as soon as I get them!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

Just to follow up.  I got married a few weeks ago and used Blooms by the Box.  Everything was WONDERFUL!

The flowers came on time.  A couple of stems were damaged (like 3 out of 100 roses and 2 out of 40 stems of filler) but that’s to be expected.

As they suggested I arranged for them arrive on Thursday for a Saturday wedding.

I was really happy with everything.  I got 100 roses, 1 bunch of spray roses, 20 stems of hypericum berry, and 2 bunches of greens DELIVERED for less than $150!  With that I was able to make my bouquet, 4 Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, 7 boutonnières, 2 vases for the altar, 2 vases for the sides of the church, and had some left over for the wedding planner to use in the reception (we also recycled some of the church flowers to the reception)

You can’t beat it.

Here’s a picture of my bouquet and one of the Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets.
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b8ce36b3127ccec5370d756b3400000040O08IctmrJuyag9vPgQ/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b8ce36b3127ccec53756c62b3200000040O08IctmrJuyag9vPgQ/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

Here are all the bouquets together by the cake.
http://im1.shutterfly.com/procgtaserv/47b8d708b3127cce9854bb9e7efa00000056108IctmrJuya-
 

And here is one of the boutineers. 

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47b8ce36b3127ccec5376c892b6000000040O08IctmrJuyag9vPgQ/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

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