FutureMrsKC
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Sams Club Bulk Floral total Review- Delivery to wedding day! (photos included)

FutureMrsKC, on February 3, 2019 at 1:47 PM Posted in Do It Yourself 32 66
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Here it is y'all! My Sams review! It's wordy and pic heavy but if you want the short version here it is: Prepare accordingly, and DO IT! Seriously, best decision ever!

My vision: white and greenery, simple, easy going, elegant and not cluttered. No large floral arrangements. I had 17 tables, a bridal party of 12 people total, parents, a welcome sign, etc. Florist quoted about $2500.

Here's why I did it:

I really am not a flower person. And $2500 for some leaves on a table made me want to throw up. I love them, sure, they're pretty. But, they die. You spend thousands for floral's for a few hours and then they get taken home/thrown out/etc. Not my style. I knew I wanted either bulk flowers or faux flowers for bouquets, bouts, etc. I learned faux can be just as expensive as bulk so we went bulk.

Here's my order breakdown:

630 stems total- $345 (including shipping)

400 stems of Israeli ruscus

200 stems of olive branch

30 white hydrangeas

(I also spent about $50 on 1 kind of faux flowers from Afloral.com, anemones, for my bouquet, husbands bout, and the cake, as well as fake greenery for the bouts.)

Ordering:

I did a lot of research before actually ordering, I looked into multiple companies and price points. I googled flower "recipes" and utilized Flower Moxies free consultations for a more accurate number of what I needed. Do this, it was so helpful, and they were scary accurate. I knew I wanted to over-order a little bit to have wiggle room for mistakes or dead branches, etc. I ordered from Sams and checked out as a guest (you don't need a membership to order bulk flowers) I ordered the flowers about a month from my wedding date and set them to be delivered 3 days before the event. They emailed me when the order shipped.

Preparing for my order:

This is the most important! Everyone tells you doing your own flowers is stressful, but it really doesn't have to be as long as you're prepared. I ordered a flower kit from Amazon with shears, tape, wire, etc. I had ribbon on hand for the bouquets. I also had a spray water bottle for the greenery to keep it fresh. I got a bottle of wine. I got about 6 buckets. I watched YouTube videos about how to make a garland. I even bought cheap faux flowers beforehand and played with arranging them so I knew the look I liked without wasting time Wednesday. I probably spent about $50ish in supplies. I cleared my schedule the Wednesday before the wedding and I woke up that morning ready for my order to arrive.

Upon arrival:

They arrived via FEDEX at around 10am. I immediately opened all of the boxes and began cutting the stems at an angle and putting them into water to "drink". The ruscus looked great, the olive branches were dry and the hydrangeas were a little smashed and small (expected). Cutting the stems total maybe took an hour and a half. I was sweating, to be honest. I them transported them to a spare bedroom out of the harsh sunlight to drink, rest, and open. I left them for a few hours and went to the grocery store, ran a few errands, etc.

flowers delivered in boxesSams Club Bulk Floral total Review- Delivery to wedding day! (photos included) 1immediately after openingSams Club Bulk Floral total Review- Delivery to wedding day! (photos included) 2set into buckets of water with stems cutSams Club Bulk Floral total Review- Delivery to wedding day! (photos included) 3letting them drink - don't mind my laundry!Sams Club Bulk Floral total Review- Delivery to wedding day! (photos included) 4

Putting them together:

When it was time to really get the party started, it only took a few hours for the hydrangeas to really open up and the greenery to look super fresh. I spent probably 6 hours total putting together everything. (I should probably back track here and say I pre-made all of the mens bouts with faux flowers and greenery, as well as the grandmas corsages, this saved SO MUCH TIME). I did the easy things first: the pew hangs (just some greenery and ribbon), the little wreaths for the cake table, the little welcome sign garland, the larger garland for the fireplace mantle (this took the most time, but only 30 minutes to an hour). I prepped as much as I possibly could. I even made a greenery chandelier but it was the last thing I did and I was tired (totally would have added more hanging greenery but whatevs.) Then I moved onto the bouquets. The moms nosegay was 1 hydrangea and a few stems of greenery. Easy enough. Put them together quickly and wrapped in ribbon. 5 bridesmaids bouquets: 1 hydrangea and a lot more greenery than the moms. Also easy enough. Then my bouquet, 3 hydrangeas, a lot of greenery and 5 of the anemone flowers I ordered from afloral.com to match husbands bout.

husbands bout made from faux greenery and a "real feel" anemone flower and golf teesSams Club Bulk Floral total Review- Delivery to wedding day! (photos included) 5

Transportation:

Arguably the biggest pain in the behind with DIY bulk flowers. It took 2 cars to get everything to our venue. A 50 minute drive from our house. We had to keep all of the hydrangeas in water, so I actually used baggies and hair ties. I filled the baggie with a little water, wrapped it around the stem with the hair tie and put it back in an empty bucket to sit upright. They stayed in the baggie all night in my hotel until the wedding day. They had opened up SO MUCH. Honestly 1 flower was totally enough for the bridesmaids to carry.

totally packed carSams Club Bulk Floral total Review- Delivery to wedding day! (photos included) 6

Friday set up:

We had round and rectangular tables. For the round tables, we laid the greenery down in a small cluster around candles (the candles were friggin' romantic when lit, btw.) For the rectangular tables we laid the greenery down the center in a loose garland look with candles. We also had table numbers, salt and pepper shakers, etc. and with a set table it looked perfect and fresh! I also did this on other tables like the food, our sweetheart table, etc. With the hydrangeas we had left over, I took the petals off of some for the flower girl and then the rest we placed in vases around the venue. We also had some for our church ceremony. We had all day Friday to set up but setting out the flowers took less than an hour.

bridesmaid caught me in actionSams Club Bulk Floral total Review- Delivery to wedding day! (photos included) 7left over hydrangeas placed around venueSams Club Bulk Floral total Review- Delivery to wedding day! (photos included) 8sweetheart table set up- garland and loose greenery plus my bouquet in water baggieSams Club Bulk Floral total Review- Delivery to wedding day! (photos included) 9

Wedding day:

Everything looked fresh and perfect. The DOC sprayed the greenery morning of the wedding but it really didn't need it. I loved the organic look! So natural and effortlessly pretty!

my bouquetSams Club Bulk Floral total Review- Delivery to wedding day! (photos included) 10loved how it photographed and the organic lookSams Club Bulk Floral total Review- Delivery to wedding day! (photos included) 11bridesmaids single hydrangea and greenerySams Club Bulk Floral total Review- Delivery to wedding day! (photos included) 12

pew hangsSams Club Bulk Floral total Review- Delivery to wedding day! (photos included) 13welcome sign garlandSams Club Bulk Floral total Review- Delivery to wedding day! (photos included) 14cake tableSams Club Bulk Floral total Review- Delivery to wedding day! (photos included) 15during the receptionSams Club Bulk Floral total Review- Delivery to wedding day! (photos included) 16small set ups Sams Club Bulk Floral total Review- Delivery to wedding day! (photos included) 17close upsSams Club Bulk Floral total Review- Delivery to wedding day! (photos included) 18

After the wedding:

Most of the greenery got thrown away but my bridesmaid left her bouquet at our house when she flew home so I put it in a vase. My mom had mine at her house. We left for a week for our honeymoon. When we got home the hydrangeas were definitely suffering. They really don't live too long, even in water. BUT THE GREENERY is still going strong! Seriously, it looks as fresh today (a week and a half later) as it did the day it was delivered.

1 week post wedding- flower looking rough but greenery going strong!Sams Club Bulk Floral total Review- Delivery to wedding day! (photos included) 19

In conclusion I'd 10000% do this again. The effort was expected, but I was prepared for it. The flowers looked exactly like I had hoped and dreamed, and I saved SO MUCH MONEY. If you're not willing to dedicate a day to it, it might not be for you. And if I was doing something more intricate, I might've gotten a florist anyhow but knowing how simple I wanted things I just tackled the challenge head on. So glad I did!

Hope this was helpful for you brides looking into Sams!


66 Comments

  • Jazmin
    Devoted January 2020
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    Thank you for the informative post! I've been considering DIY flowers, but they seemed so daunting of a task, this helped me feel better about it! Yours turned out so pretty!!
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  • P
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    Thank you very much for sharing! I have done all wood/paper flowers but wanted some greenery from sams for table centers so I really appreciate the time and detail you took to share this! I will probably move forward in ordering some. Your wedding was beautiful you should be really proud!! Thank you for pointing out getting a bottle of wine for preparation by the way, I like to always be fully prepared!! haha!

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  • M.W.
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    Very pretty! It's nice to see that you were a hands on bride when it comes to decorating. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  • Y
    Dedicated August 2019
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    Thanks for sharing! They are so pretty. But I am a little confused. Are they real flowers or fake? And did you order most of them from SAM’s club or online? Where they $2500 total or $350? Thanks in advance for answering. I’m still trying to decide where to get fake flowers for my decorations.
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  • FutureMrsKC
    Master January 2019
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    All of my flowers were 100% real except for the guys bouts and the white/black flower in my bouquet. Everything else was real and live. The real ones were ordered online from sams club and the 10 fake ones I used were from afloral.com. I paid $350 total for flowers plus maybe another $50 in supplies.
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  • Sarah
    Expert September 2019
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    Wow that is incredible. Thanks for sharing your information and story. The pictures are beautiful
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  • Y
    Dedicated August 2019
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    Very nice! What a way to save money!
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  • Kyle-Lynn
    Expert February 2019
    Kyle-Lynn ·
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    So happy to see! I have white hydrangeas, roses, and large full mums coming along with seeded eucalyptus
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  • Kyle-Lynn
    Expert February 2019
    Kyle-Lynn ·
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    The florist wanted 2500 for what she DIYd for less than 400
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  • OnCloudRawls
    VIP June 2019
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    Wow I love this!!!!! I'm so excited about ordering from Sam's Club now!!!! Your arrangements are beautiful! I love how you walked us through your entire process of handling the flowers and showed what they looked like after your wedding!!! Very impressed!!!

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  • Melissa
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    This review is amazing. I’m leaning towards Sam’s but their premade arrangements as I don’t trust myself to make everything lol
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  • Melissa O'
    Devoted April 2019
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    Wow, I am so going to channel you in April. Your advice is so together, and beautiful. Thank you. Smiley flower
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  • ashleyp76
    Savvy June 2019
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    Reading this was so inspirational and informative! Your flowers and garland look so beautiful (thank you for sharing the photos!) I've been clueless on flowers, but I'm definitely going to be looking into Sam's.
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  • Kim
    Super September 2019
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    Thank you for sharing this! I am looking at doing this myself and this post is helpful!

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  • Mariangeli
    Devoted October 2019
    Mariangeli ·
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    Thank you for sharing this! The step by step is so informative!

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  • Talia
    Super October 2020
    Talia ·
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    Thank you for sharing this!!

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  • Sam
    Master August 2024
    Sam ·
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    All of your florals and greenery look amazing! I cannot wait to see more of your wedding photos! Smiley love

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  • Jessica
    Devoted November 2019
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    Thanks for sharing! I am going for the green and white simple look, so very inspired!
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  • Miranda
    Savvy February 2020
    Miranda ·
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    I am so scared to do DIY flowers, but the price from some florists is even scarier!

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  • Alina
    Just Said Yes November 2019
    Alina ·
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    The most helpful post I have ever come across! Thank you so much for sharing this info. I feel so much better about going the DIY route.

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