(Closed) Is this too good to be true?

posted 9 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

i dont know about the vendor but that colour is amazing

 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Not to burst your bubble, but I would rather fill you in now than to have you end up disappointed on your wedding day!  We have had very bad experiences with FTD.  Once, I sent a bouquet to my mom for Mother’s Day….with all different types of purple flowers…her favorite color.  When she got it, they were all red and yellow…definitely not what I orderd….at all!  On another occasion, my Fiance ordered me flowers for Valentine’s Day.  He ordered a bouquet of gerbera daisies (my favorite), and I ended up with tulips.  Both of the bouquets were really pretty, but were not at all what we had ordered.  We have stopped ordering through FTD.  They take liberties with substituting flowers without consulting with the person who placed the order.  Not cool!  Maybe other people have had better luck, but I just wanted to fill you in on my experience.  Sorry! 🙁

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

I saw these also: http://www.flowers.pacificcallas.com/yelloworangecallalilyflowers.htm. They are more than FTD, but less than your florist charges. In my limited experience with FTD, the flowers were smaller and less full than pictured–mostly it was that the stems were smaller than I expected. But I did get the flowers I asked for. Just make sure that the variety of lily is specified in the description.

Post # 6
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Busy bee

that is such a gorgeous color. i hope they do turn out how it is shown.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

ohhh I hate to even tell you this BUT we also had a terrible experience with FTD, my fiance ordered me some flowers and they NEVER showed but made sure they charged us, and one other time he ordered what he thought to be a beautiful bouquet and when it arrived it was SO tiny!! we were very upset with them and wont use them ever again. Just be careful, maybe theres something that will say exactly what size they are?

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m actually doing the flowers for my brothers wedding in October (FSIL wanted farao orange which is a little darker than mango) and we ordered them from WholeBlossoms.com. They also have mango and several other orange colors. You can also call and order less than what is listed. I am also considering doing this for my wedding (we’ll see how it goes) and am looking at this site as well as FiftyFlowers.com which was just featured in Brides. These two sites has the best prices I could find and offer free shipping.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am using Calla Lilies also and my florist has told me that the mini’s to come in two sizes a very small one and a medium size one (which is probably the one you are going for) my florist always uses the bigger mini but I have a feeling with the online site they may send you the mini mini! I would be cautious!

However, I do go to a big box store florist and they only charge $10 a pop for a mini calla!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

http://www.bloomsbythebox.com offers those mini calla lilies for $4.28 a stem ($42.88 per bunch of 10 stems).

http://www.bloomsbythebox.com/pub/orderflowers.cfm?categoryid=129&productid=386

I didn’t order calla lilies from them, but I got all my wedding flowers from them and was REALLY pleased.  (and they have free delivery!).  I reviewed my experience with them on this thread:

DIY flower vendor recommendations?

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I have no experience with FTD but the other reviews are a bit disturbing. Are there other reviews on FTD’s site that would ease your worries, or do they all mention having a problem with substitutions? Based on the few reviews I have read here, I would be cautious ordering from them.

If you insist I would make sure you call them to tell them that you are a bride and it is imperative that you receive what you order; if they cannot fulfill it they should give you a call back (or probably you will have to call them back) a few days/week/whatever in advance and maybe you would be able to pick out something else? If you do this, you should plan on a back-up, worst case scenario plan.

Are you set on the mango/reddish-orange color or are you flexible? If not, FiftyFlowers has mini calla lillies for as low as $80 for most colors (20 stems). The color you showed above happens to be the highest priced color, unfortunately, but if you love calla lillies and are okay with a darker pink/purple/yellow/white you may want to try them?

Post # 13
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Busy bee

I think it depends on the local florist.  It’s not like all FTD flowers come from the same place.  They just contract out to local florists, I think.  You could probably find out from which store your flowers would come and go look.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

check out Pro Flowers.com  My fiance orders flowers for me every time he’s out of town and they are always pretty.  The roses lasted two weeks last time!  

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Yeah, FTD is just, like, a florists’ association that helps individual shops market their stuff. So you should ask your local florist (FTD member), if they’re able to produce that specific bouquet, and if so,  can they guarantee the color and the stem-count! This could work out great, if you have a nice, honest local florist (FTD member).

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