(Closed) DIY Flowers from Costco and Sam's Club

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Great post.  I’m curious to hear the responses.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I had a bad experience ordering flowers from Costco. I ordered 125 bicolour roses.

I had spoken to the florist who recommended I have the flowers delivered the day before the wedding. She told me they would be closed upon delivery, and the following day after putting them in water in a cool room, they would be about half open for the day of, which is what I wanted. She told me about their high level of quality control, and I was confident in placing my online order.

The flowers showed up a day early. They required no signature, so were left on my porch in a sealed box for who knows how many hours, as I was out running errands all day. I didn’t really have time in my day to deal with flowers, so I was upset.

I called the 1-800 number on the invoice, which directed me to a nursery in Florida. The guy was unable to help me. He told me that I should put them in water, and instead of being half open as I wanted them, they would be fully open for the wedding day. I could put them in water, and still arrange them the day before as originally planned.  

When I opened the box, I was dismayed to find out the flowers were already fully opened. I did as he instructed and put them in water in a cool room overnight. When I went to get them in the morning to start arranging, I found that several (probably a dozen) were already starting to brown at the edges. When I took them out of the packaging, 10 heads fell of the stems. I was down almost 2 dozen from what I ordered.

I called and complained to customer service about it, and they did nothing to help me. They came up with excuses that it was the nursery’s fault, they can not guarantee quality or delevery dates and I was SOL. I also wrote a negative review on their website, but surprise surprise it was never published.

This is just my experience, I know other brides have been luckier. If you go this route, I hope you fare much better.

 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@metalbride:  That’s not cool at all,  I would have been livid!!  Did you try writing them a formal letter of complaint?!  

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Ive read several good reviews for sams club and i plan to order from them.  

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Another option you could try – just in case – would be bloomsbythebox.com or fiftyflowers.com. I haven’t used these yet, but they’re very reputable sites 🙂

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I ordered flowers (hydrangeas and roses) from Sam’s and it worked out great.  Our wedding was on a Sunday and the flowers couldn’t be delivered on Saturday, so we had our flowers delivered on Friday morning.  They tell you in advance to wait for the flowers as the delivery people will just leave them at your door.  You have to immediately put them in water.  We put the flowers arrangements together that day and kept them cool.  Over the course of the next two days before the wedding, a few hydrangeas wilted, but I had ordered enough extras that I was able to sub them in.  I had two to three people helping me put the arrangements together (cutting the stems, holding them, etc.) which really helped speed things along.  Definitely experiment beforehand so you know what you’re doing.

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee

I DIY’eAmy bouquets and centerpieces from CostcoFaulk flowers and can’t recommend them enough.  I had an issue placing the order but once that was resolved t hey we’re great.  Forgive my typing, my darn nails are so long because of my wedding last week, can’t wait to go get them re-done, love shellac manicures but I regress. I posted pics of myflowers but feel free to ask me anything about them.  I love hydrangeas, my absolute favorite because there is nothing as beautiful as the naturally bright blue hydrangeas on Cape Cod that thrive there but hydrangeas do not do well in the heat and I was fearful of the weather at our outdoor wedding and reception so I only used them as an accent in my bouquet. I would recommend that you do not do the flower arranging the day of the wedding, too stressful and time consuming.  I got $600 worth ofbulk flowers and it took me a good 6-8 hours to arrange everything but I am a total perfectionist but I am also very efficient and I would say above average crafty and discipline. Theonly reason I am saying that is because at one point when I looked at all the flowers I thought to myself, it is really good that I don’t get easily overwhelmed because it was a lot of flowers! I arranged mine two days before my wedding and they were beautiful the day of, I would argue not open enough. Let me know what other questions you have.

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Busy bee

Oooooh, my typing was bad on that post – curse the iPad autocorrect and shellac nails!

Post # 15
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I purchased my hydrangeas and cala lillies from Sam’s club for my wedding in Aug 11.

My experience was great, they arrived the thursday before my Saturday wedding.  I pulled them out and put them in water to let them open up. Friday during the day we (my mom, my grandmother and myself) put together the arrangements and the bouquets and put them back in water.  They stood up quite well throughout the day on Saturday.

 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

You might also check to see if there is a local nursery (or farm) that grows hydrangeas.  Getting the flowers locally might make them slightly pricier (especially since you mention the DC area, and I realize that there aren’t many farms all that close) – but it could potentially cut down on some of the time your cut flowers spend in transit. – Helping them to arrive “freshly picked” and with a longer life span remaining.

This farm is in Maryland and sells cut flowers for weddings. One of the photos on the website shows potted hydranges for sale at a farmers market. http://www.farmhouseflowers.com/wedding%20&%20party%20flowers.html  There are probably other nurseries too – this was just the first google result for “cut flower farm Washington DC”

I’ve had good luck with a farm selling me cut flowers (for other events, I’m too far from my wedding location to DIY the flowers) – a lot of times the staff will help out with some basic DIY tips if you have a question about the best way to make a bouquet or if you should add plant food or something.

ETA: broadwaygalYour flowers were lovely!!

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