4 Things To Consider Before Buying Bulk Wedding Flowers Online

Last Updated on January 10, 2023

DIY wedding flowers? Want the best value when purchasing your bulk DIY wedding flowers online? Here are 4 things to consider before you buy.

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Here Are Several Things To Think About Before Buying Your Wedding Flowers Online

In today’s economy, many brides choose to do their wedding flowers themselves to save money. They scour the web looking for the best deals on the flowers they want to use in their wedding bouquets and flower arrangements. And with good reason.

According to Bloomberg, flower prices have increased by 14% since 2020 due to strong demand, increasing transportation costs, and inflation.

It’s been a struggle in the fresh flower industry.

How To Navigate Rising Flower Prices

Before purchasing your wedding flowers, answer this question. When buying wholesale flowers, are you looking for the cheapest wedding flower prices or more interested in getting the best wedding flower value?

The answer depends on how you define “value.” You’ll find plenty of bulk flower options online if you’re looking for cheap prices and don’t need all the frills or support.

However, if you’re looking for the highest quality wholesale wedding flowers at the best price possible, there are other ways to get great value without breaking the bank.

Here are some tips to help you find the right balance between getting the best deal on your flowers and getting the best value.

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Finding The Best Flower Deals

If you search online, you’ll find many sites offering fresh flowers in bulk for weddings at “wholesale prices.”

Generally, the best deals for fresh-cut flowers on these sites are found when you need 10 or more bunches of a particular type of flower and are okay with assorted colors chosen by the grower. You’ll find the best bargains there.

However, finding deals will be difficult if you want popular blooms in high demand.

If you need fewer than 10 bunches, you’ll find better value in buying fresh wedding flowers locally. While you may pay more, you’ll waste less, making your purchase a better deal.

It’s important to note that since the pandemic, many couples have had to downsize their wedding, requiring fewer flowers.

Many online vendors responded to the lower demand by offering flowers and greenery in smaller quantities. While that might seem logical, buying “by the bunch” is costly. 

In my view, I would stick to the 10-bunch guideline when purchasing bulk flowers online. That will be the most cost-effective approach, especially if you have a tight budget.

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How To Figure The Number Of Flowers You’ll Need

The easiest way to determine the number of flowers you need is by making a sample bouquet or arrangement. Surprisingly, only a few DIY brides do this. Set aside a few minutes, buy a few flowers, and put one together.

Once you’ve made a sample (you don’t have to use the exact flowers), you’ll know the approximate number of flowers it takes. Then it’s time to start shopping for the flowers you want.

How Shipping Factors In

Every online bulk flower vendor touts “Free Shipping.” Face it. Nothing is free. Shipping costs are factored into the price of the flowers.

Overnight shipping services offered by FedEx and UPS dominate bulk flower delivery today. It’s a pricey shipping option that adds significantly to the cost of flowers.

It’s cost-competitive when you buy by the case or fill bulk flower boxes to at least 80% capacity. That’s around 10 -15  bunches depending on the type of bloom. Otherwise, you’re paying a premium for the unfilled space in the box.

Overnight shipping is exceptional today, but your flowers are still subject to delays. You will need to factor that in when planning your work schedule.

When using FedEx or UPS, your flowers are not shipped in a temperature and humidity-controlled environment. That can negatively impact the condition of the flowers when they arrive, especially in extreme temperatures.

Commercial flower growers rely more on specialized floral-only freight services when shipping florist-quality blooms to local wholesale floral distributors.

These freight services feature door-to-door temperature and humidity-controlled handling and shipment of floral products. That minimizes shipping stress to ensure the arrival of top-quality flowers at your local florist. It’s another reason to consider buying your wedding flowers locally.

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Getting The Best Bulk Flower Value

Buying bulk flowers locally for your wedding or event is the best value you can find today, in my opinion.

Here’s why.

Today, many retail florists offer “a la carte” wedding services for the bride who wants to do all or some of the flowers herself.

For example, we work with brides who want to buy florist-grade blooms for their wedding bouquets or floral designs for the reception venue but do some or all of the work themselves.

We provide this service through MilwaukeeFlowerMarket.com, our bulk flower sales site.


Are You Considering DIY Wedding Flowers?

If you want to do your flowers, here are four ways we can help you save time and money:

  • We offer “close to wholesale” pricing on all bulk wedding flower purchases.
  • Based on our experience, we can suggest the proper quantity of fresh-cut flowers you need to do the job right, minimizing waste and saving you money.
  • Our product sourcing is much better than what you can find on your own, so you can be assured you’ll get the best quality florist-grade blooms available at the best price.
  • As our customer, we are a reliable backup in case things don’t go as planned or last-minute changes are needed.

And that’s just one example of the “a la carte” wedding services we provide and another reason why you should buy flowers from your local florist.

If you would like more information on purchasing bulk wedding flowers, be sure to visit MilwaukeeFlowerMarket.com, and check it out yourself.

Or just contact us. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

If you’re not from this area, it’s worth checking out local florists near you. I’m willing to bet that more than a few offer similar services.


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