Wholeblossoms.com/bigrose.com?

posted 10 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I have not used any online flower sites yet, but I am considering doing so.  There have been a lot of posts on here previously about ordering online flowers, so you may find some answers there.  Based on the many good reviews I have seen for theflowerexhange.com, I am considering using them when I do order.

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/farmstogocom

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/wholesale-flowersany-recommendations

 There is also a thread at Indie Bride about this

http://kvetch.indiebride.com/index.php?t=msg&th=30690&start=0&rid=8035&S=3c6221c60d83f58b368175228103ae9f 

 

Post # 4
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282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

The prices at wholeblossoms.com seem pretty high compared to other sites… definitely check out all your option before ordering – the links above have lots! I’m using The Flower Exchange.

Post # 5
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2027 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I am using fiftyflowers.com

Post # 6
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1 posts
Wannabee

I bought roses from WholeBlossoms.com for my sister’s wedding and after shopping around in places where they sell premium wholesale flowers, WholeBlossoms.com was the cheapest and the flowers were beautiful. They have excellent quality. Now I am getting married and I will buy from WholeBlossoms.com again because for me quality is more important than price. If you are buying flowers for the most special day in your life, you may want to consider getting high quality product even though you have to spend a few cents more in your order.

Jennie

Post # 7
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I want to help prevent any other brides from going through the terrible experience i had with wholeblossoms.com.  I had to buy flowers from the grocery store because I had ordered all my flowers from them.  The calla lilies were the wrong color.  Bright yellow instead of orange.  The garden roses were tiny, wilted and drooped right out of the box.  And after returning the lilies the same day they came (a hassle) and then a day later getting the ugly roses (called and had to leave a message no call until the next day) I was in tears.  Service was awful.  I finally spoke with Stewart who said that he would give my money back.  A month later “Stewart” no longer works there and I was told to call Columbia to talk to a supervisor (not toll free).  I filed a complaint with the BBB.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Boooo, I order Dahlias from them for my October wedding.  Now I’m starting to freak out.:(

Post # 9
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I just got done with my wedding and flowers from wholeblossoms. Everything turned out perfect. Ordered over a couple grand worth of flowers and got garden roses too which were wilted. Wholeblossoms told me to give them a day and sure enough, they perked up the next day. FedEx also left one of my boxes at their city center and forgot to load it on the truck on day of delivery. Fedex was no help at all on the phone. Called wholeblossoms and they got fedex to deliver my flowers to me later that same daySmile.

Post # 10
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Wannabee

I just recently ordered from wholeblossoms.com. I ordered hydrangeas, dahlias, Ranunculus, and hypericum flowers.  The hydrangeas were good.  But they arrived with 3 of them green, not white, not off white, or a hint of green, they were green.  2 of them were bad.  They droop and almost dried up.  The rest were beautiful.  I would recommend order these for your wedding, but have to order extras if you have the money.

I was VERY disappointed with the Dahlias flowers I received.  I ordered 30 stems for $119.99.   That’s $4.00 per stem and they arrived wilted and drooped right out of the box.  The flowers were tiny and I could not use them at all.  Most of the heads were less than an inch big, not like 3.5-4in diameter like they advertise on their website.  Attached are a few pictures that I took on the day the flowers arrived.  I was so busy with the wedding that’s why I chose to order from a high end website, pay more, so that I could feel assured the flowers would come with the highest quality.  It was a big disappointment.  They were my sister-in-law favorite flowers too. 

Post # 11
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104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Not sure if this will be helpful information to anyone, but I have worked in 3 floral shops over the years and personally have experience dealing with fresh-cut flowers.

No matter where you order them from, they will arrive packaged in boxes and will be dehydrated and often “wilty” when you get them out. Make sure to order 2-3 days in advance so you have plenty of time to do the following:

Unwrap all the bundles and spread the flower stems out to give them air. Strip all leaves from the stems as once they are placed in water this promotes bacteria growth. Cut the stems a couple of inches from the ends with a sharp knife or scissors (at an angle is best, underwater if you can, but not critical) and immediately place in CLEAN tubs (we would bleach ours to kill bacteria) with fresh water. This new cut on the stems allows the flowers to wick more water and re-hydrate. Try to space them out in the tubs and keep like-flowers with like, each in their own tub.

It will take several hours to maybe half a day begin to see results. Gradually, the leaves and “necks” of the flowers will start to perk back up. It also helps to keep them cool and out of sunlight. If you have flower food you can add a small amount to the water (less can often be more). Over time, the buds will gradually begin to open. Should you find yourself in a pinch (like your flowers arrive the day before and are all in tight buds), hardy flowers like roses or lilies can be placed in warm water to “force” them to open over a period of a few hours. I caution the use of this practice unless it is a true emergency (like, you need to make your bouquet, but everything looks like buds, not full open blooms) as it does speed aging of the flowers. It was just a trick we would use if the delivery trucks didn’t bring our requested flowers until the day before or something. I would instead encourage ordering a couple of days early so you don’t have to do a last-minute-panic. Hope this helps!

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I hadn’t heard of bigrose but did extensive research before buying flowers from wholeblossoms. And our overall experience was wonderful! I think we ended up spending close to $2000 since we got all our wedding flowers there. My Maid/Matron of Honor took delivery of them and we spent 1-2 days before the wedding prepping them up. I did call up wholeblossoms because I needed some advice on whether to remove the netting from the gerberas and football mums and they took the time to answer that and also offer advice on other things. I think Miss Iowa gives great advice on how to care for flowers. When I saw all my flowers initially, I was overwhelmed so hopefully brides know how to treat them after delivery. I will try to post a link soon on this thread to show some of our wedding photos with the flowers we ordered and arranged.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I did get my flowers from wholeblossoms. Seems ordering flowers online has been a sticky situation for some brides but everything arrived fine with my order. They even called me to see if my flowers arrived fine and whether I had any questions. So positive experience for me.

Post # 14
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15 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I used Whole Blossoms and I would like people to NOT use them.  Below is a quick and lengthy explanation.

VERY disappointed. The company does not know the difference between peach/orange and white. They will not try to satisfy the customer when they make an error.

After months of research I ordered wedding flowers from whole blossoms. The short review is that the WHITE spray roses I received were a peach/orange color. They did not look at all like the flowers pictured on the web site. I understand the potential for cream, but these flowers did not have an signs of a white, beige, cream or an off-white color. They were a very strong peach, if not orange color.

I have contacted them twice and the company is not willing to remedy their error.

The longer explanation of the issue is: On arrival the only truly open rose was white. Because I had confidence that a vendor shipping flowers for their profession would be aware of the difference between a peach colored rose and a white colored rose, I thought the flowers would all turn white. I am not a florist and was putting my confidence in the knowledge Whole Blossoms as a company should have for its product so I did not contact the company upon arrival.

Unfortunately when I realized 1 day after receipt of the flowers, which was Thursday, that 98% of those roses that were open were a peach color and would not turn white, it was too late. An overnight delivery leaving Friday would not arrive in time for my wedding. Calling and complaining so close to my wedding without time available to re-ship replacements would not benefit either of us. In fact, that would add to wedding stress and did not seem like a productive solution (since it would not result in a solution) at the time. Correcting the issue and shopping for white roses as replacements became the priority. (My family went to 5 stores and spent more than I want to imagine replacing the flowers. I of course did not get the look I was going for with the replacements).

The responses from both representatives from the company said I should have contacted the company within a day so they could send a replacement. As I stated, a day would still not have allowed enough time for a replacement. They are not owning up to their mistake or attempting to remedy the problem.

In addition, I replied to the first representative after her first response and my message was ignored.

Extremely disappointed!

Post # 15
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1 posts
Wannabee

WARNING!!! DO NOT use WHOLEBLOSSOMS.COM!!!!

They will promise you that you will love the flowers and that they have a 100% guarantee and then if the flowers arrive damaged or wilted they make you take pictures and send them to them for “approval” before they will take responsibility for a crappy product. If you decide to return them, they have to be overnighted at your cost and they charge a 30% “restocking” fee!! They keep saying, “that’s on our website” but you have to dig deep to find it!! Worst customer service ever!!!! Stay away! You will do better ordering through Sam’s or Costco

Post # 17
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2 posts
Wannabee

I run a small flower shop in the downtown area. My business operations would not have been possible at all without WholeBlossoms.com. I buy wholesale flowers from this company at most reasonable rates in the market. And the best thing about this company is the large variety of flowers provided that includes over 2,000 types of flowers. Highly recommended!

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