FutureMrsKC
Master January 2019

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 67

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...

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 boxescfb_1128431.jpgimmediately after openingcfb_1128433.jpgset into buckets of water with stems cutcfb_1128435.jpgletting them drink - don't mind my laundry!cfb_1128437.jpg

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 teescfb_1128439.jpg

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 carcfb_1128441.jpg

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 actioncfb_1128443.jpgleft over hydrangeas placed around venuecfb_1128445.jpgsweetheart table set up- garland and loose greenery plus my bouquet in water baggiecfb_1128447.jpg

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 bouquetcfb_1128449.jpgloved how it photographed and the organic lookcfb_1128451.jpgbridesmaids single hydrangea and greenerycfb_1128453.jpg

pew hangscfb_1128457.jpgwelcome sign garlandcfb_1128461.jpgcake tablecfb_1128463.jpgduring the receptioncfb_1128465.jpgsmall set ups cfb_1128467.jpgclose upscfb_1128469.jpg

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!cfb_1128471.jpg

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!


67 Comments

  • Luca
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    Saving this post! Thank you for sharing.

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  • Barbara
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    Barbara ·
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    Wow you really did a nice job. Thank you for all the information. Very elegant.
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  • Kora
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    Kora ·
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    WOW!! You did an absolutely amazing job! This was so informational.. I’m glad you special day was so beautiful! Congratulations
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  • Amy
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    Amy ·
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    Thank you for such detail! Everything is beautiful.
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  • M
    Devoted June 2019
    Mrs.V2Be ·
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    When and how did you make the pew decorations? Is it as simple as it looks? Did you do them the night before or the morning of?

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  • FutureMrsKC
    Master January 2019
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    They really were as simple as they look. We did them the Wednesday that the flowers arrived. I put them in little bunches and tied white ribbon around them to hang. Super easy. Spray the greenery with water every day. We set them out on the pews Friday night during the rehearsal in the church. But you can do these whenever you have time! They probably took 10 minutes tops to put together.

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  • Caitlin
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    How did you attach the greenery to the hoops? I LOVE everything about this post! I have always planned to DIY but have been so scared it would come out terrible - this post gives me hope! You did an amazing job Smiley smile



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  • FutureMrsKC
    Master January 2019
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    Thank you! It's not as scary as it sounds or as everyone makes it out to be!

    And I just used floral wire and wrapped it around to keep the greenery in place!

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  • M
    Devoted June 2019
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    Awesome! Thank you for the info. I am stealing your idea. We do not have pews, but instead chairs, at our church. I can use a small pin through the ribbon to hang. I was at a total loss until I saw your post. Well done! My main concern was how soon can I make these without killing the greenery. Apparently it shouldn't have been a concern! Smiley smile Also I am kind of inept and can't decipher for myself...did you use the ruscus or the olive branch? Congrats and thanks so much!!

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  • FutureMrsKC
    Master January 2019
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    Oh girl greenery is so hard to kill! That's why I loved it! I STILL have ruscus at my house from the wedding 2 months ago (it's in a vase now)! Greenery retains water really well (particularly ruscus) so its really really hard to kill unless you get your flowers like a few weeks out.

    The pew hangs are predominantly ruscus with some olive branch. I actually didn't even use 1/4 of all of the olive branch I bought because I just didn't need it like I thought I would. Could have totally gone without and done ruscus alone!

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  • Ima
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    I know I am late to the game with your post, however it has been enlightening. Thank you so much for sharing not only best practices, but also pictures. Everything looks beautiful!!!!!!

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  • Cassandra
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    Omg I love this!! I’m highly considering doing this since I for one do not want to spend an arm and a leg. I am just blown away that you only spent $400 😳
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  • S
    Just Said Yes May 2020
    Sabrina ·
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    Thank you for sharing. These are my exact feelings and now I am considering adding floral.

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  • Krystle
    Dedicated October 2019
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    Can I just say that you are a blessing for posting this! Sorry if anyone else has already asked this and I just didn't see it, but where did you get your wedding welcome sign and table numbers? I love them? Also, do you have a link to the supplies you bout for making the bouquets?

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  • Megan
    Beginner February 2020
    Megan ·
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    I know I'm late to this post, but thank you for sharing! Saving for future reference!

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  • Jasmine
    Just Said Yes March 2021
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    I'm saving this post as well for future reference. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  • Julia
    Beginner April 2020
    Julia ·
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    Thank you for this post! This is wonderful

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  • Jenn
    Dedicated December 2020
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    Your flowers came out beautiful I’m leaning towards diy flowers as well! How early before the wedding did you order them
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  • H
    Savvy August 2020
    Holly ·
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    Can you come do my wedding florals because yours are stunning!
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  • FutureMrsKC
    Master January 2019
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    I ordered them the month of the wedding! They came 3 days before!

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