There’s still something off-putting about the Internet where brides are concerned. Sure, they read the bridal blogs – and thank goodness for that! – and use Google to find all of the reception sites in and around their zip codes, but plenty of brides still balk when it comes to buying certain things online. Wedding gowns, for one, which I can totally understand, though at the same time, many brides who wouldn’t buy their wedding dress online totally ask their bridesmaids to buy their dresses online.
Another area where brides tend to shy away from buying online is wedding flowers. Part of that, I’d wager, is that there’s not a zillion shops selling wedding flowers by mail. Favors online? No problem, you have an almost infinite number of choices. Wedding shoes online? The sky is the limit! Bulk fresh flowers online? Even then it’s no problem – there’s Fifty Flowers, for example, and Grower’s Box (a personal favorite of mine). Most of the sites selling bulk flowers don’t, however, arrange them for you, so unless you’re keen on giving DIY wedding flowers a go, you’re mostly out of luck.
…but not entirely out of luck!
How about pretty arrangements of Peruvian lilies, classic roses, star of Bethlehem, or blue hydrangeas? Bridesign has been on my love list since I wrote iDo: Planning Your Wedding With Nothing But Net. Back then, it was pretty much the only place you could find wedding flower arrangements online and its stock was teeny tiny. Now they’ve expanded their options to include many different kinds of flowers and even bulk blooms (for the DIYers).
They’re even starting to carry some wedding ceremony flowers – basically arrangements for pews. And they’re not the only ones! Fifty Flowers, which used to only carry DIY packages, now offers nine professionally designed flower collections featuring everything from bouquets to boutonnieres.
So should brides be afraid of buying wedding flowers online? Absolutely not. Sure, there aren’t nearly as many shops selling fresh flower arrangements for weddings as there are shops selling favor boxes and custom wedding cookies, but that’s no reason to avoid buying online when it comes to your wedding blooms.
If you’re wondering how buying wedding flowers online works, I’ve written about it before, and it’s not particularly complicated – the main bit is knowing how to care for your flowers for the one or two days before you ceremony and reception. Had I known about Bridedesign before my own wedding, I probably would have bought my flowers from them instead of making them myself (because I’m lazy and it would have been one less thing to drag along on our epic pre-wedding road trip).
As an incentive for those on the fence about buying wedding flowers online, Bridesign has a coupon code just for Manolo for the Brides readers: BX4001 Use it to save 10% on your wedding arrangements any time between now and October of 2010!