Since starting my career in the business of selling wholesale flowers over a year ago, it has become my mission in life to spread this message to the brides of the world:
SILK / FAKE / ARTIFICIAL / PERMANENT FLOWERS ARE NOT, NOT NOT CHEAPER THAN FRESH FLOWERS.
I mean it. I sell flowers for eight hours a day, five days a week. I promise you that I'm not lying.
When you think about it, it makes sense that artificials would cost more. Think of a fresh-cut flower like a potato. You spend a little bit of money on it, expecting it to go bad after a week. Now, think of an artificial flower like a watch. You spend a lot of money on it because you expect it to last a long time.
It breaks my heart to read posts from brides which say "I really wanted real flowers but they were too expensive." I can understand. Some brides don't give a rip about florals, or want some that last as keepsakes, or even would rather make their own from paper, fabric, etc. But some brides really
care, and find themselves restricted by budget. It's to these brides that I'm speaking.
There are a few caveats to remember. I'll give them.
1. You can afford real flowers if you buy wholesale.
Sam's club is a great example that some craftster brides already know about. The flowers come uncut, with leaves / foliage, and with packing petals (the dead ones on the outside you can pull off without damaging the flower's head) still on, but all that work is easy to finish.
2. You can afford real flowers if you arrange them yourself.
It's a little nerve-wracking to arrange your first centerpiece. I know from experience. But if you practice with some cheap flowers (think Trader Joe's, your garden, your office building's flower beds
) you'll start to understand how to build and shape an arrangement. You can do it. You'll be better than you think.
3. You can afford real flowers, but maybe not all real flowers.
Most orchids, calla lilies, lily of the valley, and lilac are horrendously expensive, even at the wholesale price I sell them for every day. They are traveling to you from Hawaii, Thailand, Malaysia, or Japan--you're paying for that travel cost. I've never bought them for myself, and I have a 50% off employee discount. These are the kind of flowers you may consider skipping altogether. Instead, get to know the flowers native to your region. You'll have a unique bouquet (think wheat! so cool!) , and one that's inexpensive as well. Also, try to remember what's in season--sometimes prices are lower if it's the flower's traditional growing season. But if you must
have one of these, consider mixing some fakes in with a mostly-real bouquet. They'll be disguised.
Obviously, I think it's important to support local businesses like florists. If you really want real flowers, artfully arranged 100 times better than you could ever do by yourself, make it a priority in your budgeting plan and steal money from other areas that don't matter to you as much (as we know, you can't have everything
, wedding day or no). But for those on shoestring budgets, it makes me feel so good to let you know that you truly can have real flowers if they're important to you.
That being said, I wish all of you brides so much fun, joy, and happiness in the planning of your unique, special wedding day--and I wish you as little stress (especially stress over stupid money) as possible!
Flower love 4 lyfe!