(Closed) Wholesale flower markets in Charlotte…

posted 8 years ago in Charlotte
Post # 4
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351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Hi Twinky!  I live in Charlotte as well.  I am not aware of any wholesalers where non-florists can go, but I can recommend the Farmer’s Market off of Yorkmont Road.  The flowers there are GORGEOUS.  I was planning to use them for my wedding in July until my best friend and her family told me that between them all they had enough blue hydrangea bushes to fill my centerpieces.  I am ordering roses online from Sam’s Club.  I know someone else who ordered online from Sam’s and had great luck.

I would definitely check out the Farmer’s Market.  I think the flower people are only there on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Good luck!  And if you’re looking for decorations or anything, let me know.  I’ll have a bunch of things after the wedding, and since you’re here in Charlotte, it would be easy to get them to you.

Post # 5
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m planning on using the farmer’s market for flowers as well!  I got a card from one of the vendors that sells uptown during the week so I’m going to make arrangements with them.  I’m doing seasonal flowers based on october availability 🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

The only thing that is hard about the farmer’s market is you may not be able to plan ahead as well with those vendors.  You could try stores like The Fresh Market or Whole Foods and they can do special orders for you so you know what you are getting specifically.  I ordered flowers from The Fresh Market for a friend’s wedding and they were perfect (red and white lilies and gerbera daisies and roses).

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

It depends on what you are getting.  Their roses are actually really cheap compared to everywhere else b/c they don’t add greenery to them (like 75cents/stem).  Some of the stores also carry local flowers that are priced well (like my store in Cary has a 5 stem lily bouquet from a Durham farm that is $15 and each stem will bloom at least 5 lilies).  You’d have to go in and talk to the floral specialist.

There was a wedding featured in Wedding Unveiled that was in Charlotte and they used The Fresh Market for their flowers.

http://www.weddingsunveiledmagazine.com/RealWeddings/8/realweddings8.html

Post # 9
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351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Twinky, I did order my flowers from Sam’s online, but they do have a floral section in the store and I assume that the flowers that are there are of the same quality.  They just don’t sell as many in the store (ie – they sell bunches of maybe 20-40 roses instead of 125 roses like you can get online).  I ended up having to order my hydrangeas from there as well because the hydrangeas have bloomed early this year in NC and we were afraid they would be bloomed out by July 4 (and it looks like we were right). 

The Yorkmont flower market opens early, like maybe around 7 or 8 am.  I’d try to get there early . . . things get picked over and the vendors start to leave after noon or so.

Post # 10
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Hey there, there are no wholeseller’s open to the public, the farmers market idea is really good, if youre crafty. Im a free lance florist in Charlotte you guys can check out my web site http://www.zeemeforflowers.com Im alot cheaper than going to a floral shop and I do great work. I live in Charlotte But could also do surrounding areas. feel free to contact me, on here or email advise is always free. 🙂

 

Zee

Post # 11
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Twinky, please let me know if you find out anything because I’m planning to do the same thing. 

I want DIY all my arrangements, bouquets and boutonnoires. 

 

Thanks!

Houa

Post # 12
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351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Hi, I just wanted to re-post since my wedding has come and gone now and I did all my flowers myself in Charlotte. . . I ended up ordering hydrangeas and roses from Sam’s Club and supplemented them with flowers from the farmer’s market for a few smaller arrangements.  The flowers that came from Sam’s were fabulous (and supposedly lasted for over a week).  My wedding was on a Sunday and I had my flowers shipped to arrive on Friday.  We put them all together on Friday and they all looked great except for a few of the farmer’s market flowers that didn’t turn out to be as hardy as the others and had to be picked out of the arrangements.  I ended up having to go to the farmer’s market on Friday afternoon when there weren’t many floral vendors there, but there was enough that I was able to find something that worked.  If you are planning to use the farmer’s market, I would just try to be flexible on the type of flowers you’re going to use.  If you have your heart set on certain flowers though, you should order those online.

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