(Closed) Wholesale flowers?

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I did wholesale flowers.  It worked out great, but my 3 of my aunts took care of getting the flowers and arranging them.  It took a lot of time and I would not have been able to do it on my own.  Otherwise they looked amazing and was much cheaper than going through a florist.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We ordered ours from Sam’s Club. They have the best prices, but their choices are more limited than other online wholesalers. If you’re looking for basic flowers in common colors then you’ll be fine. They have roses, carnations, hydrangeas, callas lilies, lilies, daisies, some orchids, poms, and a few others. If you need other flowers, or very specific colors, you’ll need to go to other sites like fiftyflowers.com, but it’s more more expensive there. 

You need a lot of refrigerated storage space, or the weather needs to be cool (50s-60s) to put them outside. We ordered lavender roses, white roses, purple alstroemeria, pink calla lilies, pink spray roses, and white hydrangeas. Your flowers will arrive closed, almost wilted looking, which is normal.

Our lavender roses were the perfect color, but they completely bloomed within an hour while we were still trying to prep the flowers. The flowers were not going to be used until 2 and 3 days later!! I was able to salvage a couple of dozens by putting them in the refridgerator, but the others had over bloomed. The white ones didn’t have that problem, in fact I think many didn’t bloom enough. The rest of the flowers turned out ok, but the moral of the story is you need to prep and put the flowers in a cool, dark place immediately. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012 - W Hotel Silicon Valley

@creativeone710:  We ordered our flowers through Costco and had a family friend (who is a florist) do the arranging of everything. Turned out beautiful and the price was a fraction of what they will cost you if you order the flowers through a florist!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

You can save a ton of money on wholesale, but the thought makes me nervous.  A friend of mine got married in 2010 and she ordered the most beautiful dark red/black roses from a wholesale retailer and they would’ve matched her decor perfectly.  However, they were VERY late arriving despite her planning as much as she could, and didn’t show up until the morning of the wedding.  To top it off, 3/4 of them were dead!  She was SO upset… it was devastating becuase those roses were perfect.

After the rehearsal dinner, we went to the local grocery store and bought what bouquets they had and used those as the centerpiece flowers.  Her wedding still looked lovely but it was a disappointment. 

I’d say go with a wholesaler but have a back-up plan just in case.  My friend didn’t even think of a Plan B but she definitely needed it!

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