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On buying DIY wedding flowers cheaply

In DIY, Flowers, Uncategorized on March 28, 2009 at 8:46 pm
Even the most DIY-allergic bride can manage putting a single rose in a vase

Even the most DIY-allergic bride can manage putting a single rose in a vase

The first rule of sourcing anything wedding-related is ‘never talk about weddings’. Mention the W word and suppliers eyes light up as dollar signs spin through their retinas. The same goes for sourcing your own wedding flowers. Avoid florists, especially bridal florists where possible. They’ll only charge you up the arse.

Here’s some thoughts on how to fulfil your DIY floristry needs:

2. Online bulk flowers – Post a rose does a dozen roses for £19, or even a potted white rose for £17.
potted_white_rose_bush_from_post_a_rose

Then there’s Tesco’s old flower supplier – Postal Bouquets – who do a hand tied bouquet of avalanche roses for £23.

£23 from Postal Bouquets

£23 from Postal Bouquets

Also DIY Flowers does 100 roses for £170.

2. Supermarket flowers - You could save yourself a load of hassle and get all your centrepieces delivered from Asda Flowers at about £22 a bouquet.

 A bunch of 10 roses and 10 freesias for £14 from Asda Flowers

A bunch of 10 roses and 10 freesias for £14 from Asda Flowers

2. Wholesale suppliers. If you happen to run your own company or know someone who does, you can register with your company number to order bulk flowers online at places like flowersforflorists.com.

And for the Yanks, Costco do online flowers at great prices, though they are known to be a little unreliable…

3. Flower markets – If you can deal with a very early morning a couple of days before your wedding, then this could be for you.

New Covent Garden Flower Market

New Covent Garden Flower Market

New Covent Garden Market, near Vauxhall, London is open early mornings every day but Sunday. Expect sneery looks, no advice but a huge range of boxes or big bunches of cheap flowers.

4. Buy silk flowers. They’ll pretty much never droop or wilt. Try Sarah’s Flowers.

5. Get bucketloads of water for when any delivered flowers arrive. They’ll be parched and on the verge of wilting, so make sure you top up the water as they drink it up.

6. Warmth opens. As a general rule to open flowers, give them warmth – so a steamy bathroom and buckets of warm water for closed buds; cold water and a cold room if they’re already ripe and open on arrival.

7. A drop of bleach in vases will keep them alive longer. Just a drop, mind.

8. The days before… For Saturday weddings, get the flowers delivered on a Thursday,make up the centrepieces on Friday, the bouquets later on Friday and buttonholes on Saturday morning.

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  1. I have to really disagree with the avoid florist comment, any florist who speciallises in weddings avoid yes as to be honest theyre not worth their salt as a florist but a GOOD florist will NOT charge through the nose for your flowers especially if you just want flowers and are going to do the work yourself, the bonus of a good florist is they can get really unusual varities which because they are not as commercial will be cheaper, and lets face it who wants to see another avalance rose bouquet?? (not the variety in the picture btw!!) if you really want cheap but to make an impact go for something really stunning like calla lillies or gerberas in bright colours, sunflowers. you only need 3-5 stems with a bit of greenery and a single one for the grooms matching buttonhole!! this usually works out much much cheaper!!! ikea are great for single vases and most florists are happy to use your vases and just do the flowers in them, they have access to all the tools and sell oasis wires tape etc much cheaper than hobbycraft or other hobby shops. the best advice I can give as a florist is make friends with them they are just trying to scratch a living out of a very difficult industry and dont want people asking for disconts cause they think they deserve it, BUT a lovely bride who needs a break is a great customer to have and hopefully one for life :)

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