Post # 1
Hi ladies. I know next to nothing about flowers and was wondering if you could tell me whether the wholesale prices listed below are good. We are planning to DIY our own centrepieces and pew decorations. There will be between 10-12 centrepieces and I have ordered these whitewashed square planter boxes (6″ x 6″). I may or may not have a vintage bottle beside each planter with a single stem, some baby’s breath and a table number on a stick. We will be keeping the pew decorations pretty simple, like hand tied small bouquets on every second pew or something liek that (22 pews total). Anyway here are the prices I was quoted (keep in mind my wedding is one week after Mother’s Day which is high season for flowers):
100 White Roses ($1.42 per stem) $142
100 Pink Roses ($1.42 per stem) $142
24 White Hydrangea ($6.50 per stem) $156
20 Baby’s Breath Stems ($1.50 per stem) $30.00
36 Garden Roses ($5.75 per stem) $207
15 Peonies ($6.50 per stem) $97.50
I had thought quite a bit about ordering from Fifty Flowers or somewhere like that but the problem is I don’t have a basement and my apartment is TINY. The flowers I want would have to be delivered on a Wednesday and I just can’t deal with the hassle of caring for them until decoration day on Friday. My Fiance would also find it very overwhelming. If I buy locally they will be delivered to the venue ready to go and I feel like the extra cost is worth it to save us all the hassle.
Anyway….thoughts ladies? Is this doable? Any tips or suggestions from those of you who have done this already? Thanks in advance.
Post # 4
@sillysillybee: could you get them delivered Thursday. My aunt arrangedvmy flowers, I purchased bulk locally. Picked them up Thursday and arranged them before or after rehersal. Kept them in the venue where it was cooler…
Post # 5
At least in my area (San Francisco), those prices are horrible. Based on what I paid from the flower mart, roses should be around $.50/stem, and hydrangeas $1.50-2/stem. Garden roses were $2/stem.
Post # 6
Prices are really good, that’s super cheap!
Post # 7
I don’t get access to the venue until Friday at noon.
Post # 8
Wow! Lucky you…I can garauntee there is nowhere in Calgary, Alberta selling flowers for those prices.
Post # 9
@sillysillybee: I have found prices way way lower than what you are being offered. Especially for the babys breath and hydrangeas. I am getting 200 gorgeous white roses or pink for $124 total. I am spending about $1,000 on flowers and getting 3 times as many flowers as you are getting. I am helping my florist put together a lot of the centerpieces though, so we don’t have to pay for all the unneccessary labor. have you looked up how to put together hydrangea’s and the center pieces you want? Have you even tried to watch a youtube tutorial on putting together a flower arrangement. Literally all you have to do is put them in a vase, they are the easiest flowers to make look nice. In other words it is NOT worth paying someone a fee to put them together when you can get 3times the flowers and put them in a vase yourself. Maybe see if any of your bridesmaids have a basement so you can do it yourself?
Post # 10
@sillysillybee: Yea I also think you can save way more money. I plan on using the exact same flowers as you, except without the peonies, and I’ve priced them all out through Sams Club for like $400. DIYing them is definately doable though! I plan to do all the bouquets, boutineers, centerpieces, etc. myself (with help from the wedding party of course) and i’m relying on youtube videos to guide my way. But I have the space for it. You sure you couldn’t convince a loving family member or wedding party person to volunteer their house for a few days?