How many flowers do I need & where to buy in bulk for DIY centerpieces?

posted 5 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
46653 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@parixa:  Have you purchased your vases already? Are you using fresh flowers or silk?

I feel that you really need to do a mockup. Buy some flowers , make up each centerpiece till you get the look you like, then you will know how many flowers to order.

Another way would be to take the vases to a florist. Have her duplicate the looks you want, then calculate how many flowers were used.

Post # 4
335 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m in the midst of doing this myself!  I have a friend who is a florist and she gave me a very sound money saving tip… lots of greenery, its the cheapest way to get a full look!

Post # 5
822 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Can your friend recommend a floral wholesaler in your area?  She can probably also tell you what’s in season and what flowers to select for the most bang for your buck.  I think hydrangeas average are about $7 per stem but they are larger.  Roses are probably one of the cheapest.  I’m not sure what 2013 looks like for peonies.  Some seasons you can get them as late as July.  But I think they are a little more on the expensive side. 

Price out some of the flowers using online sites such as the one below and then go to a wholesale florist and compare.  Some are open to the public and others are not. It looks like some of the cylinder vase arrangements were done with carnations (also another inexpensive flower).  Is doesn’t look like many fillers were used for the sample arrangements you posted.  I see hydrangea, regualr and garden roses, orchids, and carnations.

It looks like you can count the flowers in arrangements.  But to be safe, over order some flowers because an arrangement usually requires more flowers than you think.  I didn’t think I need that many red peonies in my bouquet but I believe my florist used about 2-3 dozen.

I’ve helped many friends with their flowers and a few things we learned: 1) It takes more time than anticipated.  I think one wedding we worked on flowers for 55 tables and six of us spent over 10 hours working on them but these were huge arrangements on each table and the bride spend over $6k on wholesale flowers. 2) It takes more flowers than it looks.  3) It takes a bit of skill to arrange flowers so it requires practice.  4) Be prepared to substite flowers because sometimes the flowers you order are not always available when you go pick them up.  We ordered casablanca white roses and a very specific type of large white lillies for a friend and neither were available the weekend of her wedding.

Post # 7
917 posts
Busy bee

I am also DIYing flowers. Our close friend is a Day-Of-Coordinator (and we hired her company to coordinate our wedding) and she was horrified when I told her we were DIYing flowers. She tried so hard to talk me into hiring a florist. But I just didn’t want to spend $3,000 (conservatively) on something that was going to die in 2 days. She said that becasue flowers have to be done the day prior they always become an issue for timing, stress, etc, and that they “never work out”. 

Her words of dread caused me to do a full run through several months ahead of time. I’m glad I did it, and I also feel 100% ok with DIYing this. I did a post on it here if you want to read it. 

DIY flower success story (with pics!)

But as for quantities – you have to start with the big picture and work backward. How many guests? That will determine how many tables. Are the tables long or round? How many ceterpieces per table? Once you have that then you know how many bouquets you need. 

To figure out how many flowers you need for each bouquet – I suggest doing a run through. Go buy some of the flowers in bulk and see if it makes 1, 10, 20 bouquets. Depending on that, you’ll know what you need. 

If you want to order bulk flowers on FiftlyFlowers or GlobalRoses, or at Costco or Sams Club – you can order throguh them. I did basic roses, peruvian lilies, and spider mums, and I added in the greenery – and it stayed under $600. 

FYI: Hydrenges are beautiful! I wanted to use those too! But be warned that not all flowers are equally hardy. Depending on where you’re getting married (temerature andhumidity etc) and what sort of access the flowers have to refrigeration,  the hydrangeas might not survive the night. They are pretty sensetive to their environment. 

Good luck!!

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by  skylar84. Reason: typos
Post # 8
46653 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

skylar84:  Given that this thread is 3 years old, I’m betting that the OP has got this covered.

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