Post # 1
I decided on having a bouquet of all white, and I love peonies but can’t have them since my wedding is in August. At least this is what I have been told.
Soooo, I decided I wanted white Garden Roses or white English Roses and apparently I can’t have those either? Does that sound right to anyone.
I’ve heard of people getting Peonies in August and September….and I don’t understand why its so difficult to get English or Garden Roses….I could purchase them online so why can’t my florist get them? Is it because they are contracted to only one Grower?
I am really started to get frustrated. I already signed my contract with them….but I want to find another florist that can do what they say the can do.
but I don’t know if these are legitimate "excuses" that my current florist is telling me. please help.
Post # 3
I’m doing white gerbera and shasty Daisies for my August wedding. There are several websites out there that have info on seasons for flowers, maybe using information from the web can help you talk to your florist?
Post # 4
I am getting green roses in early August. Don’t know where you are at but Peterkort Roses http://www.peterkortroses.com/ is where I am getting ours from. I know they carry the garden roses in late Aug as well. Maybe have your florist call them to see if they can ship outside of Portland. The garden roses come in a bunch of 10 and they are only $14/bunch right now, don’t know what they will be in late Aug. If you find a source for peonies, take into consideration that they might not hold up as well in the August heat (again depending on where you are at).
Post # 5
I’m using dahlias for my August wedding. They will be in peak season.
I don’t know much about the floral industry, but it may be that your florist can’t afford to get out-of-season flowers and stay within your negotiated budget.
Post # 6
I’m not sure why you can’t have peonies..
http://www.fiftyflowers.com sells peonies year round.. although they are semi expensive. They also have garden roses.
I would order them online and arrange yourself of have the florist do it. I would question the people who are telling you this.
you can also get them there but the shipping is sort of high.
Post # 7
I interviewed 4 florists, and each said something completely different about flowers that they would be able to get. Each time, I countered with "well, I can find this online for this much…" and somehow, the florists’ story changes! I think part of the problem is that the florist doesn’t want to be responsible if a particular flower isn’t up to par (quality-wise) because it’s out of season. Also, are you on a tight budget? Peonies and garden roses are oretty expensive out of season. As far as I know, most florists aren’t tied to one distributor/grower (I know that the one I decided to go with had to call around to a number of distributors get white snowberries for me in September).
Just a few thoughts!
Post # 8
You can get any flower you want year round, it’s just a matter of how much you are willing to pay for an out of season flower. Peonies out of season cost between $400- $600 where in season I have bought them for about $10-$15 for 20 stems. Imported are more expensive, I think I got like 10 stems for $20 or so.
If they come and they don’t open or come in not so great condition then if she must make something out of it, and they don’t look good, it’s her name on the line.Maybe this is why she is hesitant.
Most florist don’t have one grower but if you want them and are determined maybe you can purchase them and have them shipped to her?
Post # 9
If they are out of season or something and cost too much, would you consider silk(fake) flowers? Angel’s Accents is a really reputable company alot of girls on The Knot go through, I’m having a Destination Wedding and since peonies are out of season in Mexico then and are really expensive I’m going through Angel’s Accents instead. Just an option to consider, hope that helps!
Post # 10
I wanted peonies as well but was worried about the quality in August.
We are using white lisianthus instead which looks (IMO) like a cross between a peony and rose.
Post # 11
Thank you all for your input it really helps to hear others opinions.
I interviewed 4 florists before deciding on this one, and I decided to go with this florist because they seemed like they were willing to work with me to get the desired look I wanted for flowers.
I am on somewhat of a budget. I kept everything to a minimum including the bridesmaids bouquets are quite small about 7 – 9 stems. But I told her I was willing to go a little higher for my own bouquet. I just am starting to feel a little restricted more so now than when I first signed my contract because of all my ideas being shot down. I am going to talk to her and see if I can purchase the flowers and she can possibly make the bouquet that way.
I looked at silk flowers (before looking at florists)…..I bought some on sav-on-crafts…..but i felt like they looked artificial in pictures so I returned them. I’ll checkout Angel’s accents, but I’m not sure I could even get out of my contract at this point.
I don’t really want any green in my bouquet. I think I want to go with English roses and white hydrangea, but going back to my florist she says hydrangea will wilt very fast in august (in Chicago). She said that lots of girls do hydrangea for their bouquets in August but to forewarn me that they will most likely wilt.
Post # 12
Hydrangea are really durable flowers. My best friend had them for her bouquet with no problems what so ever. I mean yes, after being out of water for 8 hours they will wilt… but just put them in a clear glass vase with some water when you get to your reception- it will look pretty… also it’s not like you carry them all night.
Do what you like- don’t let opinions change your mind. That’s one thing I really regret about the wedding planning process… I am too easily swayed to make people happy.
Post # 13
My florist created a mock bouquet for me to see, and the White Roses were more like yellowish/cream with a slight tint of green. Yuck.
She said this was as white as they get them…but that they have more Roses coming in next weekend and that she will look at those to see if they are whiter. (geeez…….can’t get the shape of rose i like and now can’t even get the right color of rose i wanted)
So I told her I wanted the bouquet to look more white and that I assumed the Roses would not look yellowish/cream/green. ( I wasn’t expecting paper white, but at least resemble white).
That’s when she told me how hard it was because there aren’t many "white" flowers available in August. Hmm, this is not what she told me when I was deciding on a florist. Sigh…………..so I’m waiting til a couple weeks before I can see the revised bouquet. If its still not up to par, I will have to see if I can get my deposit back.
Did any of you regret a white bouquet?
Post # 14
I’m sorry but that’s absolutely ridiculous. If you want, PM me with your email and I’ll show you a picture of a white bouquet (roses, hydrangeas, baby’s breath) that I made for my FSIL’s wedding on August 18, 2007.
Ask your florist if she can get Akito roses. Though not diamond white, they’re much more white than cream. I ordered 600 of them last August for FSIL’s wedding.
Why are vendors so difficult!?
Post # 15
I am using an all white color scheme for my wedding in two weeks. My bouquet is ivory roses and anna roses, my bridesmaids is ivory an d white roses and all my centerpieces are white flowers, Hydrangeas and roses. Hope that helps!
Post # 16
Too bad it’s been difficult getting the flowers you want…
My Future Sister-In-Law got married in October and had an all white bouquet with white dahlias and it looks gorgeous — really full and fluffy (dahlias come in lots of shapes and sizes).