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Master March 2014

who's the best online wholesale flower supplier?

Jen, on January 17, 2013 at 4:52 PM Posted in Do It Yourself 0 25
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I want to DIY my centerpieces and bouquets. Who's the best online wholesaler? I understand that Sam's Club and Costco are great ways to go, but we don't have a car big enough to transport the flowers. I'd rather have them delivered.

I'm looking at tulips and irises, or roses and hydrangeas. All depends on what's cheaper in the springtime.

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  • *Mrs.Snyder
    Super November 2013
    *Mrs.Snyder ·
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    @Futrure Mrs. O I would love to know also looking for pink carnations

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  • Mrs. S™
    Master October 2011
    Mrs. S™ ·
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    Costco and Sam's will deliver flowers to your home. So how will you transport them to the venue? Most other people also ordered from fifty flowers and flower exchange.

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  • Jen
    Master March 2014
    Jen ·
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    We haven't gotten that far yet. I'm wondering if I hire a DOC if they will know of some way of transporting to our venue.

    They will deliver? I didn't know that. I'll have to ask them.

    Sheesh, this is complicated.

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  • Hayley C™
    Master March 2008
    Hayley C™ ·
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    How will you keep them cool until they are needed? Do you have a cooler big enough? If you have a lot to do, you will need to create everything 2 days before the wedding. You don't want to be up all night the day before your wedding creating things (you might not estimate how long it was going to take you and be up all night, resulting in circles and bags under your eyes the next day)

    Just be sure you can do this before you commit.

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  • Mrs. S™
    Master October 2011
    Mrs. S™ ·
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    I know :-( That's why I gave up my brilliant plan of DIY flowers. That and I couldn't figure out how to keep them cool. Not trying to shoot down your idea, but these are just things to think about.

    But just for example:

    http://www.costco.com/White-Roses.product.11500653.html

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  • Hayley C™
    Master March 2008
    Hayley C™ ·
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    http://flowersandfreshness.com/

    Great prices for bulk rose purchases. It also has a great filler package deal. Free shipping.

    $482.96 tax included gives you...

    400 roses, 60 stems (6 bunches filler flower) and then Choose your greens -

    example Greens 1: Green Cordyline 60 stems Green #2: Israeli Ruscus 50 stems

    (and those are colored roses - not just white, red and pink - which is what Sam's and Costco seem to have available)




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  • Mrs. S™
    Master October 2011
    Mrs. S™ ·
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    Another thought, if you can figure out how to keep them cool, many of those places have wedding packages. If nothing else, it would add to your sleep time the day before :-)

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  • Hayley C™
    Master March 2008
    Hayley C™ ·
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    If your budget is (say) $400 for flowers.. why not just meet with a florist and see what they can do with your budget. They can create smaller bouquets. Maybe even single flowers for the girls. They can substitute for flowers in season that are similar color or texture to inspiration pictures you show them.

    Are flower centerpieces important to you? Candles will cost less. If yes, then you probably won't be able to get all your flowers for $400. But if you just want to do yourself, the groom and your bridal party, you might be ok.



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  • Mrs. S™
    Master October 2011
    Mrs. S™ ·
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    Meeting with a florist is certainly a good idea. Also check out local grocery stores, many have full service floral departments these days.

    When I gave up DIYing flowers, I got a quote from a florist that was a couple of hundred $ higher than what I wanted to spend. But that was well worth the delivery, their work and me not worrying about flowers. It's worth checking it out.

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  • *Mrs.Snyder
    Super November 2013
    *Mrs.Snyder ·
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    I am getting the wedding party flowers from the local florist but need enough carnations for 15 centerpieces. sorry for posting on your post.

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  • Michelle
    Master April 2013
    Michelle ·
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    Schnucks is where I'm getting all of mine but one kind. They are the cheapest and very informative. Most places require you order by box. They allow you bundles of three or by box which is awesome because you may want a filler flower that's a little more expensive and don't want to have to buy more than you need. My quote was about 1200 for centerpieces and flowers at a florist If I provided a vase and only have 2 BM and 2 Gm and 4 parents.

    I can make it all for roughly 500 with extra supplies and if I need more because I miscalculated all I have to do is run up to schnucks because it'll be the things they carry daily Smiley smile

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  • Breezie
    Super June 2013
    Breezie ·
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    Thank you so much for posting this!!! : )

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  • Jen
    Master March 2014
    Jen ·
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    @Michelle, where is Schnucks? Is it regional to you? I'm in NYC. Everything here is pricey.

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  • Jen P.
    Master January 2012
    Jen P. ·
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    I purchased mine from Costco.com. I had them delivered two days early so I could set them in water (to help freshen them and for any closed buds to bloom).

    We didn't have complicated designs though, just the bouquets, the bouts and the rest were put into mason jars.. I don't know what you have in mind for yours..

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  • Jen
    Master March 2014
    Jen ·
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    That's the thing... I really don't have much of an idea. I was thinking of 6" tall vases and just putting them in water, and tying a cream colored tulle ribbon around the neck. I can get the vases at a dollar store. I'm not too sure about the new headcount, but I'd like to keep it at around 75, that will give us about 7 tables.

    The bouquets and bouts I'm still on the fence about doing myself, or sourcing to a florist.

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  • Julie
    Just Said Yes April 2013
    Julie ·
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    I need lilacs. Period. I'm definitely arranging them myself, and was going to use American Floral Distributers, but had read some bad reviews (and then they closed after Hurricane Sandy) so have instead found http://www.wholesaleflowersovernight.com/ They seem pretty good, decent prices and all, but I was wondering if anyone had any experience with them?

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  • M
    Just Said Yes February 2014
    Mary ·
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    I ordered from FlowersandFreshness.com the flowers was wonderful, the roses was with very big bloom and I recommend. Excellent company of weddings

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  • M
    Just Said Yes May 2015
    Miss Mess ·
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    Anybody have any experience with bloomsbythebox.com? I'm getting married in my friend's honky-tonk bar (no joke), so we're just going with wildflowers in mismatched jars and wine bottles, and they seem to give you a lot of bang for your buck.

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  • A
    Just Said Yes April 2015
    alann ·
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    I'm not huge on flowers its just not my thing and my wedding is so casual and diy anyways I just don't see any reason to spend more than $250 on flowers that's why I want to order wholesale. It seems like the cheapest option is to go with roses (which is mind blowing), has anyone had any luck with cheap wild flowers or other kinds?

    Thanks

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  • C
    Just Said Yes May 2015
    Cindy ·
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    I was really displeased with the flowers I received and with the lack of response from Fifty flowers. I was told that the brown, spotted and diseased looking foliage that was on the peony stems I received were "normal".


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