You may not know this, but it’s ridiculously easy to find fresh bulk flowers and greens online, and you can save plenty of money on your wedding flowers by buying them… if, that is, you’re ready to whip up your own bridal bouquet, bridesmaids bouquets, and centerpieces. It’s not quite as easy to find already made wedding flowers online because searching for wedding flowers or bridal bouquets nets results that are either local florists’ web sites or silk bouquet sellers.
BrideDesign is one of the few wedding flower specialists on the web — at their site, you can order all-inclusive packages containing all of the florals you need. There aren’t many opportunities for customization on the site, but they do offer free consultations so you can speak to someone about the individual packages they offer.
Surprisingly, you can also buy a number of rather nice wedding flower packages (made up of roses, sunflowers, or hydrangeas) at Costco, and you don’t even have to be a member to do it. Then again, maybe it’s not so surprising considering that Costco.com also sells caskets and $10,000 children’s playhouses and discount caskets for the dead.
Placing Your Order
The only issue, of course, is that you can’t get — and really don’t want — your wedding flowers delivered on your wedding day. Why wouldn’t you want them delivered that day? It’s simple. A day or two of lead time means that any problems with your order can be rectified before you walk down the aisle.
That said, most fresh flower retailers who sell roses and other blooms in bulk know that customers need them for specific events, so you’ll be asked to provide a delivery date along with your order. Flowers, being the delicate creatures they are, need time to recover after being packed in boxes and trucked around. Try to arrange to have your order arrive three days before the wedding, and if you’re buying loose blooms, make sure you buy at least some extra blossoms to account for any oopsies that occur when you’re putting them together. Don’t forget to grab some petals for the FG while you’re at it!
They’re Here, Now What?
When your flowers arrive, open them immediately, inspect them, and then put any loose blooms in containers of water plus floral conditioner so they can drink up and their petals have a chance to relax. If you’re DIYing your wedding arrangements, re-cut each stem under water using a really sharp knife, and strip away any leaves that are hanging in the water. Until you’re ready to use your flowers, keep them away from sunlight, drafts, hot or cold surfaces, and fruits or veggies. A cool, dark place like a pantry is the kind of storage space you’re looking for. Do not put your flowers in the fridge for any length of time—a florist’s refrigerator is very different from a home refrigerator.