Post # 1
Okay, so, I am utterly in love with dinnerplate dahlias, specifically the cafe au lait variety and I have my heart set on incorporating them into my wedding. I’m making my own bouquets, centerpieces, etc. due to a very tight budget, but cannot seem to find any sites that offer bulk sales of the actual flower. Any tips or knowledge regarding this issue? Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
I don’t know where you have looked. Is there a floral mart near where you’re having your wedding/reception? If not all I can think of are the below…
Post # 4
I am getting mine from Swan Island Dahlias (http://www.dahlias.com/cutflowers.aspx). They are a huge dahlia farm based out of Oregon. I just checked out their website and they only ship dahlias July – September. Have you tried going to your farmer’s market or local farm stands? Here is a list of dahlia supplier list: http://www.dahlias.net/supplierlst.htm Call a few farms that are close to you and see if the sell bulk dinnerplate dahlias. Good luck!
Post # 5
If you have land, you could grow some as a backup/filler. You could order tubers online (they grow from tubers- it’s too late for seeds and you only get the cactus variety that way). I got Cafe au Lait on Amazon (I love that one too!). You can also get them at your local gardencenters.
I think it’s nearly impossible to grow as many as you’d need for a wedding, but it might be nice if you end up not having ordered enough or if you have a problem with them. From what I hear, if you can grow tomatoes, you can grow dahlias.
I’d be curious to know whether you’ve decided on a supplier and what your mock-ups look like! I’m thinking of dahlias + succulents.
Post # 6
Another bee loves this site–looks like you can get dahlias in September.
You can also search by your month, and see what is available.
Post # 6
@smcopp89 – just wanted to follow up in this feed. I am looking to purchase bulk cafe au lait dahlias for my October Wedding. Anyone have suggestions? I really, REALLY love them.
Post # 7
Cafe au lait dahlias are extraordinarily temperamental and do not ship well (they REALLY cannot be out of water for any length of time, or in hot conditions), so it’s really difficult to get good quality ones unless you live close to where they are grown. As a floral designer who lives near many farms that grow them, I have to overbuy to make sure I have enough good ones to use because they go from beautiful to kaput so quickly and unexpectedly based on temperature, humidity, or even just the whim of the flower itself. They are also really picky about how they are handled. Your best bet is to find a grower who grows them close to where you live. Good luck!
Post # 8
CNSF: I would see if you can find them through here? Not sure if they are still open?