@motherofthebrideAR: I used amazonflowers.us. There were some pros and cons, but overall I’d definitely do it again.
-The flowers arrived packed well and stayed fresh for a week. I only ordered roses and mini callas, so I can’t speak to the hardiness of other, more delicate, flowers like hydrangeas.
-The price was fantastic. I got 125 16″ roses, 25 rose heads (many of these actually had a much longer stem than advertised), and 30 black mini black calla lillies for about $230. The shipping is free on all orders over $50.
-They only ship for an arrival on Tuesday or Thursday. You also have to have someone at the delivery location to sign for the shipment.
-I had some problems with customer service. On Tuesday before delivery was expected to arrive on Thursday I still hadn’t received a tracking number. I talked to a CSR via their online chat module who told me that the flowers would ship that day, using 2-Day Air and I would receive a tracking number the next day (Wednesday). When I finally got the tracking number, it showed that the shipment had actually left on Monday using some kind of international priority shipping that had a four-day ship time for arrival on Friday. I went back on the chat module and the CSR this time tried to tell me that this was a mistake in the Fed Ex system. All told, the flowers did arrive on time, but I suspect that a Fed Ex rep somewhere pulled some strings, because I’ve never had anything arrive that quickly from the nearest main sort facility as that package did. Usually when things hit Memphis it takes at least 2 days, but this time it took less than 18 hours. So, it did end well.
-When I opened the first box there were a bunch of white mini callas. I had only ordered black ones. However, when I did the final count on them, I ended up with almost twice the number of callas there than what I had ordered and only 8 of them were white. So I ended up with the correct number of flowers plus some, but it’s not a good feeling when the first box you open two days prior to your wedding has the wrong color flowers.
– I only had 2 types of flowers and was only doing bouquets/bouts/cake/petals for the aisle. If you are planning on doing something more complicated like centerpieces or bouquets with many types of flowers then I would do a trial run. This could be fairly expensive depending on how many/what type of flowers you want. You might try finding the flowers locally to do the trial run. Check the grocery store floral department. They might even be able to order the wedding day flowers for you.
-The flowers will come in packed and will need to be rehydrated/refreshed. Make sure to do this. It will make a huge difference. There are instructions on how to do this on most major wholesale flower websites.
-If you are getting more than, say, 25 roses invest in a stem stripper. This will take care of the thorns and leaves on the rose stem. Trust me, you will save a ton of time and your hands/thumbs will thank you.
-Speaking of time, don’t underestimate the time it will take to do this. Recruit someone to help you out if possible. I did mine the morning of the wedding and five bouquets and 6 boutineers took almost 3 hours and these were very simple designs (too bad the guys forgot to put their bouts on…grr…). Luckily, I did have some help for the last hour or so.