(Closed) HEART ATTACK…over flowers!

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

A lot of our brides us Fifty Flowers & they are GORGEOUS! My sister is using them for her wedding this year. I wished I had heard about them before our wedding: http://www.fiftyflowers.com/

So SO much cheaper! I looked at Sam’s for ours & farmers market and it still wasn’t too cheap for us. However, this place has been great for my sister!

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I was going to do Costco but decided to use http://www.growersbox.com so I could have more of a variety with the flowers. I just ordered them this week and I’d estimate that I’m saving about 50-75% by DIY-ing my bouquets, bouts, and minimal flowers in my centerpieces.

My wedding is still 6 weeks away, but I feel really confident in my decision. The customer service is pretty amazing. Before I ordered, I called and talked to a rep for about 30 minutes since I had so many questions! He gave me great tips and reassured me that I made a good choice staying away from a florist 🙂

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I haven’t done them yet but I’m planning on fabric flowers for my bouquet so they can be done way ahead of time, and doing the mismatched jar thing for centerpieces with Sam’s Club or Costco or other grocery store flowers.

I’m planning on getting a variety of seasonal/year round cheap white flowers, maybe hydrangeas, roses, baby’s breath, carnations, alstromeria, you get the idea, and putting a few stems of a single type of flower in a jar, and grouping 3-5 jars per centerpiece. Ex: wine bottle with rose, jar with baby’s breath, different shape jar of carnations. No fuss matching but with textural interest. I’m doing the whole backyard thing. Hope it turns out.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2007

The online place we ordered from went out of business, but the roses we ordered were gorgeous.  We got 250 roses for $180 (we got to pick up to 10 different varieties, but chose only 2) and since we has a small wedding (less than 50 guests) we had enough for bouquets, corsages, bouts, centerpieces, and a few small arangements.  Plus the guests took extra roses home with them which I thought was nice.  It took about 5 hours for 3 of us to make everything really late the night before.  Well really 2 of us since my maid of honors boyfriend fell asleep in the middle of it all.  We ordered them to arrive on a tuesday since I really wanted full roses but I would not recommend this since the petals were falling off some of the centerpieces and smaller arrangements by the middle of the wedding, the bouquets looked beautiful though and held up through the night.  It was a great way to save some money and I honestly think I saved enough just on my bouquet to almost cover the cost of the rest of the flowers in the wedding.  Be sure to have help though if you have a larger wedding, and remember that flowers are beautiful on their own and it is hard to mess that up.  Good luck to anyone taking the diy route, I am glad I did.  Here are a few photos of my bouquet and a smaller arrangements.  How was your online wholesale flower experience? :  wedding DSC 0436How was your online wholesale flower experience? :  wedding DSC 0437

 
 

Here is one of my bridesmaids bringing my bouquet upstairs to me and she is also holding hers.How was your online wholesale flower experience? :  wedding IMG 3195

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2007

Roses in buckets

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I am getting my fiftyflowers order on Tuesday – 300 peruvian lilies.  I had a heart attack at hearing $85 per vase for just 10 stems of lilies in a clear vase – no fillers.  Especially since these are the flowers that are often 3 bunches for $15!!!  No way was I paying that kind of price.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@denisha188:  thanks so much for sharing your numbers, advice & pictures; it really helps! 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

Fresh flowers are so expensive! And they just aren’t in our budget. We’re doing a mix of fresh flowers for the bouquets and bouteniers, and silk and paper flowers for the centerpieces and decorations. I’ll be spending the next 7 months making various kinds of tissue, crepe, and watercolor paper flowers. It will be a beheamoth of a DIY project but it’s the only way to do a Victorian Garden wedding with cheap flowers. So I feel your pain! I hear a lot of great things about costco and fiftyflowers if you want cheap but real bulk flowers to assemble yourselves.

 

This is the best DIY flower centerpiece tutorial I’ve found.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@michiru4ever:  Yep! I looked at Fifty Flowers–they have the flowers I want–but it’s still too much money for me, and too many flowers. I’m only doing bouquets, anyway, so I’m just going to do silk flowers instead.

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