- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
I’m finally married! Now I can share photos of my experience ordering one of the wedding collections from Sam’s Club (online). Why? Because I believe I received beautiful, elegant flowers, and I want to help anyone who’s on the fence about using Sam’s Club for their wedding. Before I give my in-depth review, here’s how my centerpieces (which came pre-arranged) looked after I trimmed them and re-arranged them in floral foam– the day before the wedding:
No pro pics, yet, sorry! By the way, if you like the vases, they are for sale! I have twelve of them.
Ok, now for the entire story… I had reservations about buying the flowers because, well, they are expensive for something you don’t get to see before you buy. I compared Sam’s to Costco, and settled on Sam’s Club. I am a Costco devotee but they didn’t have collections that I liked and I didn’t want to just get bulk flowers. I searched the internet for photographs tagged with Sam’s and came across professional photos and was impressed. I took the plunge. I know white isn’t very exciting, but it’s SAFE. I went the safe way, and I didn’t get burned. Sam’s Club also has a pink collection, but I didn’t know how the colors would turn out. Salmon pink? Hot pink? Peachy pink? You can never be sure.
I ordered my flowers so that they would arrive 2 days before my wedding, and they came right within the time window I was told they would arrive. The boxes were still cold, which I found amazing. The flowers were so carefully packed and strapped in that it took me a while to unpack them. The ends of the bouquets and centerpieces were wrapped with moist sponge, and the sponges were wrapped in a plastic.
I followed the instructions included in the boxes. Bouts, corsages and petals went in the fridge (and completely took the fridge over). I unwrapped the bouquets and centerpieces and put them in buckets I purchased from Dollar Tree. I kept my place cool and made sure the flowers weren’t in direct sunlight.
My bridesmaids and I arranged the centerpieces the next day! Apparently, when you cut the ends of rose stems, it should be done underwater. I didn’t know that! We made 10 centerpieces together and had lots of fun because we didn’t have the pressure of building bouquets and centerpieces from scratch. Instead of spending the entire day stressing out, my bridesmaids and I spent a couple of hours, relaxed and had a nice time.
We left our bouquets in water until just before holding them for photos and for the ceremony. Granted, it was 70 degrees on my wedding day, but our bouquets looked nice even after TEN hours of not being placed in water. I don’t even know how that is possible. I brought some of my centerpieces to work for my co-workers to enjoy and went on my honeymoon. The flowers still looked nice over a week after my wedding.
My final thoughts: I couldn’t have gotten all this from a florist for a similar price. Price isn’t the most important thing in the world, but my flowers looked great. I received many compliments on them, and when I told people I ordered them online, they couldn’t believe it. I honestly consider them one of the best decisions I made for my wedding.
Advice, if you care for it:
If you don’t like the color of the ribbon they provide, it’s easy to change. You can even take apart the bouquets and add flowers of another color. I think those are nice considerations if you want something more personalized.
Pull the pollen off the lilies so they don’t stain the petals. Order the flowers 3 days in advance so they are a little more open. Or keep your place warmer. The instructions say not to do that, but I would have loved my flowers even more if they had opened just a wee bit larger. Some of the lilies were unopened on my wedding day, but that doesn’t really matter.
If anyone has questions about the flowers, ask away. I love it when I get a great deal, and I love helping others do the same!