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