Post # 1
Has anyone purchased your wedding flowers and cake from Whole Foods?!! I went in there today, I am curious to see some of your beautiful photos, and to hear about your experiences with them. Congrats to all of you!
Post # 2
I looked into having my flowers done by whole foods because many people have recommended them here. While their prices were cheaper than a local florist, they still were not cheaper than putting the bouquets, boutonnieres and arrangements together myself with flowers bought from Sam’s or Costco. For example, a boutonniere starts at 9.99 and that is with a carnation. If you want a rose, those start at 14.99! You can buy roses for .80 through Sam’s. I still might do my bouquet and possibly the bridesmaid’s through them but definitly not the centerpieces. My bare estimate total for those through whole foods is around $600 while doing them myself will come out to around $300. There are always benefits to having someone else do them, including the guarantee that they will be fresh and have the right color, not having the stress of doing that on top of everything else, etc, that you won’t have with buying something sight unseen through wholesale but, I don’t know if I want to shell out more money or just take the chance! Please note that they told me they only do flowers for about one wedding per date so, you want to book in advance BUT, they don’t start booking until about the month beforehand.
Post # 3
weddingaandc: I looked into whole foods for cake and flowers. I am located in Austin where the flagship store is, so I would say that my experience is likely what you will find at the other stores. First of all, they don’t do stacked cakes. You can order whatever you want in whatever size, but they won’t stack it for you. You would have to either know how to stack a tiered cake (this is an artform in itself, and I know because I make wedding cakes) or be happy with serving multiple sizes of cakes.
For the flowers, if I can recall, they give a 10% discount if you buy bulk flowers that they don’t have to process (like taking off leaves, thorns, and clipping stems). I think if you want them to arrange your flowers, they charge 25% of what you purchase in flowers. This was a while ago, so forgive me if I’m wrong.
Post # 4
I’m doing a whole foods cake! They even did a tasting with us two weeks ago. We are having about 110 people. They are making us a 2 tiered cutting cake and sheet cakes for our guests. We were quoted about $240.
They don’t deliver though. We have to have someone pick up the cake the day of the wedding.
I’m in CT btw.
Post # 5
I’m going to buy my wedding cake from Wal-Mart. I used their cakes and cupcakes before at parties. Whole foods flowers sounds like a great way to save money.