Post # 1
I am DIYing my flowers in October. (Just bouquet and centerpieces, no wedding party.) I do have a bit of anxiety about it, I will admit. I plan on practicing at least once. I was planning on going to the L.A. Flower Mart the morning before the wedding. Just curious if anyone has tips or experiences they would like to share.
Post # 3
my friends have gone there, i think you need to go early in the morning, i believe it is cash only but i am not sure since i have never gone myself. you have to dethrone everything yourself.
Post # 4
- Wedding: December 2009 - Picking between 2
theres a special time for wholesalers and then another for general public. wholesalers get the cream of the crop
Post # 5
I go there all the time! It’s true, they open to the public later than the trade, but there is always plenty of great stuff left unless it’s valentine’s or mothers’ day. The flower mart has a really helpful website with all sorts of info, quick google search should find it.
If you want more info, feel free to send me a PM and I’ll give you my e-mail address.
Post # 6
I got to the Flower District at 6 AM the day before the wedding to pick out which flowers I wanted. I stored the orchids (for centerpieces) in the fridge overnight and the roses in a bucket of water . They were perfect for the day of the wedding.
A friend of mine placed an order with a vendor and picked up the flowers the day before the wedding. I would suggest you go prior to the wedding to check out the vendors and see what is in stock. HTH!
Post # 7
I used to go there all the time as well. We did the same thing for my cousin’s wedding. The best would be to go the day before the wedding at the crack of dawn (6am) so you can get first pick of flowers. Make sure you bring a little cart to roll the flowers in. You’ll get first pick of the fresh flowers. You should definitely make a full round of the place before buying anything since some vendors will have fresher flowers. Good Luck!
Post # 8
Go early and park in the structure (not the meters). Some places take credit card, but bring cash anyways. Bring some helpers along and make sure you have enough buckets at home to store the flowers – turn on the AC if it’s warm out.
We went the day before the wedding to pick up a few things (I just did some small arrangements for the cocktail hour) and I was amazed at how much I bought haha. I’m a sucker for pink peonies though 🙂
Have fun – I love going to the flowermart!
Post # 9
Thanks for all of the tips. I guess I will get there at 6am I think it will get pretty crowded that Friday as the following day seems to be a big day for weddings here. If I picked up flowers on Thursday AM (mostly Dahlias and Roses) would they still look good on Saturday? Just curious.
Post # 10
Make sure you bring cash…I think one or two vendors accept credit cards.
Post # 11
You could buy them on thursday and they’ll look ok on saturday. But I suggest buying them the day before, as they will be fresher. I did a trial run (with red roses, fressia, mini calla lilies & gerber daisies) and they lasted pretty well but the roses were starting to brown (just a little) on the second day.
Post # 12
This is really helpful, thanks bees! Does anyone have any info regarding prices there?
Post # 13
If you have buckets, bring buckets to hold the bunches of flowers you buy instead of laying them down in a car. The vendors can fill the buckets up w/water for you too so the flowers make it home ok. If you park in the structure, there are carts there that you can rent. I believe it was only a couple of bucks to rent and you will definitely need it w/the amt of flowers you will be buying.
Post # 14
@ ddubzz – my memory isn’t the greatest, but here’s what I remember
small bunch of dendrobium orchids (various shades) – 10 stems for $6.50-$8
large cymbidium orchids – 1 stem for $13-$17
hydrangeas – 1 big bunch for $7
my beloved pink peonies – medium size bunch (3 stems?) for $8-$13
roses and carnations were around $6 a bunch i think…~20stems/bunch
You should check out the vases they have there as well. I bought a bunch of them for the wedding there and the were reasonably priced – especially if you’re buying in bulk (cases of 6 or 12). Plus you don’t have to pay for shipping those heavy things. Hope this helps!
Post # 15
Does anybody know how far to bargain with the flower mart vendors? Anybody had any luck?
Post # 16
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heritage Square Museum
sigh. i love the flower mart!