Post # 1
I need to find somewhere where I can purchase loose flowers, NOT pre-arranged. I’m looking for red carnations (which I can only find at Costco in large quantitys) green Spider Mums, and green buttons (yoko ono)
I don’t know how many I need because I really am unsure of the size and how they arrange. Any ideas?
I don’t want to wait until right before the wedding to play with them, but I also don’t to double my budget because I can only find bulk flowers online.
Post # 3
I purchased fake flowers for my my trial-centerpiece from Hobby Lobby. I will be using real ones for the actual reception. You can also get loose fake flowers from Joann Fabrics, and Michaels. If you don’t have those stores in the area, check out Hobby Lobby’s website they may deliver the flowers you are looking for.
Post # 4
Using artificial flowers as FallBride100111: suggested is a great idea. You can arrange and re-arrange until you are happy with the look. You will be able to calculate how many flowers you need to order,you will have a model to work from when you do the fresh arrangements, and you can keep the artificial arrangement as a souvenir if you want.
Post # 5
Any florist can order you a certain number of specific flowers without arranging them (ie you only pay per stem). That’s what I did for my bouquet – way cheaper than buying in bulk because I only got exactly what I needed!
Post # 6
@MrsP-to-be: I found spider mums at Wal-mart. My sister used yellow ones in her wedding and I wanted to do a trial run. I will say the the spider mums I ordered in bulk were much bigger than the ones at the grocery store. I have also seen the green buttons in the “spring mix” floral arrangements at Wal-mart. You will end up with “extra” flowers that you won’t use…but you can just slap them in a vase and display them at home or work.
Post # 7
Check your local area for wholesale florists. Some flower shops also act as wholesale florists – where you can buy flowers in bulk. But first check if it’s open to the public (as in you don’t have to be a business to buy). They would also have a lot of good supplies to use to make your arrangements and they’re knowledgeable about how to care for flowers, how long they last and what other greenery/fillers you can use. Good luck!
Post # 8
Trader Joe’s (if you have one in your area) always has very nice fresh flowers