Post # 1
So my florist wants to charge me $5,000 for everything I want as far as flowers. I was like HOLY MOLY, I only wanted to spend $1,500…maybe $2,500 the absolute MOST.
I am looking to do a lot of my centerpieces on my own, since she is charging me like $1,500 just for those. I am looking to go to Sam’s club and do them a couple days before.
What are you spending on your flowers?
Are you doing any DIY flowers from Sam’s club?
If you did DIY flowers, what was your experience?
Post # 3
WOW that’s steep, I’d never pay that for flowers. We are doing DIY floral centerpieces too but I ordered the flowers online from a bulk place that ships to Canada. It was less than $500 for what we’ll need for 20 tables. For bouquets I ordered real touch ones online and that was $400 for bouquets and boutonnières.
Post # 4
We’re not having floral centerpieces so for the 5 bouquets and 7 bouts I went with Fifty Flowers for my 100 black magic roses for $180. I’ve always wanted these flowers and was only going to pay $130 for them from Global Rose but I procrastinated and waited too long. My date just means markup for roses of any sort.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I’m only doing real flowers now for the “personal flowers” like bridal party. I was going to DIY and made some bouquets but my Mom really wanted me to have real flowers and I do plan on having a garden wedding ceremony so it just made sense, Mom is also now paying for them since she really insisted.
We are getting the following for $945 includes delivery ($100)
- 5 Bridesmaids Bouquets ($85 ea)
- 1 Bridal Bouquet ($235 ea)
- 9 Bouteineers ($15 ea)
- 2 Corsages ($25 ea)
I knowingly have a few more expensive flowers in my bouquet.
I am now using all my DIY flowers for the reception. The reception space is in another location, not at the garden site we are using for the ceremony and it save so much money. We are only using a small amount of DIY silk/paper flowers for the reception and also incorporating books and candles for centerpieces.
Post # 6
I didn’t have floral centerpieces, but I DIY’ed the bouquets and bouts for my wedding, and got my flowers from Costco. I think total I spent about $200-250 on flowers and extra stuff I needed.
I’m so glad I did it, but looking back I would have not involved my mom. She offered to come pick the flowers up with me and help with making the bouquets, and she was so stressed out the entire time that they didn’t look perfect. My sister and I should have just done them ourselves, and sent my mom out for a massage or something!
Post # 7
@Pinkmoon: Would you mind providing the name of the bulk place that ships to Canada? I am also in Canada. Thanks for your help!
Post # 8
@Little_Nut88: I looked at the costco website and had no idea what department or who to contact re: ordering bulk flowers. Do you have any of that information you could supply me with? I heard something about costco not being able to guarantee the colour you would receive. Did you have any issues with this? I’d love to hear more about the process you had to go through like when you ordered, when they came in, etc.
Thanks so much!
Post # 9
I am going with a company here in Ohio that will allow you to DIY your own flowers with a coach. It’s perfect for me because I have very little experience with floral arranging. I do not know if any other companies that provide this service – wholesale flowers with a coach – but it might be worth taking a look. From what I’m told, the major cost for flowers comes from the labor – which you can cut down on if you DIY the flowers.
On another note, you mentioned Sam’s club. While I personally have never dealt with Sam’s Club, I am an avid Costco shopper and I know they do have beautiful flowers. A friend of mine ordered bulk flowers online from Costco and arranged them herself for centerpieces. They looked beautiful!! Costco may not have the biggest selection of colors and types of flowers, but what they do have is always of high quality. My friend said she got a TON of compliments on her flowers. So, if you are not shy about DIYing your flowers, I suggest checking out what the Sam’s Club/Costco stores have to offer.
Post # 10
Also I just noticed this last night on some bulk flower sites, but because wedding season is only 2 months away, prices are going up on the bulk flowers!! & candles I am buying are going up in price, so just wanted to let yall know if you want to place your order early for your wedding. I think I am going to do that today!
Post # 11
@BrideToBe14: Wegman’s also does bulk flowers! I did Wegman’s flowers and arranged them myself. It was like $150 for 5 dozen roses and 10 dozen assorted stems! I didn’t use filler, and made 2Bridesmaid or Best Man bouquets, 1 bridal bouquet, 6 buttonieres, 6 corsages, and 6 HUGE 3′ tall centerpieces! (Small wedding)
The only thing is make sure if you buy roses, that they are DETHORNED. You do NOT want to work with thorny roses!
Post # 12
@blushbliss: That’s the same thing I was told… basically I was at the mercy of whatever they happened to have that day. I did very simple bouquets (red roses for me and white roses for the BMs). I had gone to the particular Costco where I wanted to get them a few weeks in advance to check out what kind of stuff they had, and saw they had roses so I wasn’t too worried.
When I went to pick up the flowers on the Thursday before my wedding, they had enough red, but I had to get white and off-white and mix them in the BM’s bouquets. I wasn’t really too fussed about the flowers so I didn’t care, but my mom was wigging out. I could have gone to another Costco nearby to look there, but I didn’t bother. Do you have a couple near your house?
Post # 13
@blushbliss: Sure, it’s bunchesdirect.ca!
Post # 14
I DIY my flowers and was very happy with it. I arranged all my centerpieces the day before and it didn’t take me too long. The toughest part was transporting them to the venue the morning of the wedding. Luckily we had a friend with a van than was willing to help. And I had my teenage counsins do all the lifting. I spent part of the morning setting up the flowers at the venue myself because I am a control freak 🙂 so that took away some time I would have used otherwise for getting ready. But if you have some one you trust to oversee the operation then it shouldn’t be too difficult. I acutually got the bulk of my flowers from a local florist. i haggle with them for much lower price than retail since I was buying so much. I also bough some from Blooms by the Box. Good experience with them, flowers came on time and looked fine. All in all I think I spent less than $1000 including the vases which I got from Home Goods. Here are my finished products:
Post # 15
@BrideToBe14: I used Sam’s Club for flowers! I bought 200 white roses for like $154 I think. I did all of my bouquets, bouts and centerpieces.
This was our centerpiece. (I haven’t gotten back all of my photos yet). These were test flowers (They came from Sams club, but not ordered online in bulk like I did for the actual wedding day flowers), but I’m showing this to explain that our centerpieces were not crazy, over the top involved floral masterpieces. Simple beauty was our theme. Depending on what you expect/want out of centerpieces they may or may not work for you.
The roses are all from Sams Club. The purple filler is Caspia, I got it from a local floral warehouse.
They came bundled like this. there were 25 per package, with 8 packages for our 200 total.
After they were all unwrapped and in 5 gallon buckets with water and the floral food they started to liven up some! They come in really tight buds, as they’ve been without food for a couple of days during shipment.
I had them delivered on Thursday for my Sunday wedding. In hindsight I would have had them delivered on Wednesday to have one more day to open up some. They were open enough, but 1 more day would have done them good. They were a fair amount of work but not unmanagemable. You have to dethorn them, clip the stems and take off any greenery. I did all of my projects without help (not for lack of offers). Sadly I stayed up until about 3 am the night before the wedding making bouquets, but that was poor time management on my part.
In conclusion, our flowers turned out beautifully. I was very very pleased with the quality of the flowers I got from Sams Club. Out of the 200 I received, there were less than 5 that were damanged and unusable. I’ve gotten many compliments on the bouquets, and for a novice I’ll take it. I did a few test runs before hand so I knew what to expect. I would not trade the effort I put in for the amount I saved. To me it was totally worth it to spend $175 (including the caspia and some red roses I put on the cake) for all of my flowers. You can’t beat that. If you have any other questions about my Sams Club experience I’d be happy to share 🙂
Post # 16
@BrideToBe14: I cringe when I think about the $2500 we are spending on flowers for the wedding. It’s really for my peace of mind. I could totally DIY flowers, but I’m just TOO Type A to do it. I wouldn’t be able to rely on friends and family to help me and I would have a anxiety attack. If you can DIY, go for it!