From May until October, we offer seasonal, sustainably-grown flowers to our most ambitious, do-it-yourself clients to design for weddings and special events. Unlike traditional florists, we grow all of the flowers we use for our floral designs. We're also mostly self-taught, so we love any brides and grooms who are ready for the challenge of designing their own wedding flowers! If you have the time and talent to create your own floral designs, buying flowers from CHICORY in bulk is an excellent way to add unique touches to your event, even within a tight budget.
We know it's a big decision, so we've put together as much information as possible to help you along the way. If there's anything we missed, send us an email. And when you're ready to get in touch, send us an email with your event details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before you decide if buying bulk flowers to design on your own is the right decision for you, we encourage you to consider if:
You feel comfortable working with flowers. While we do our best to harvest flowers for DIY clients that are fairly easy to work with, each variety has its own idiosyncrasies and characteristics, and some require special handling or treatment.
You (and/or some really great friends) will have enough time to pick up the flowers a few days before your event, as well as enough time to design. The week of your wedding can be incredibly hectic, and it's easy to underestimate the amount of time you'll need for everything from picking up the flowers to designing them to setting things up at your event. We recommend setting aside at least 6-8 hours the day before the wedding to design arrangements, bouquets, boutonnieres, etc.
You have the time to travel to pick up the flowers a few days before your event.
You have a good place to store the flowers between the day you pick them up and your event. We recommend keeping everything well-hydrated and in a cool, dark place.
You'll have enough help to put together the arrangements and complete all the things on your list. Floral design for weddings isn't something we suggest doing alone, especially for something as large as a wedding. We typically have a team of 2-4 people working on wedding flowers for two days prior to an event, as well as a team of 2-3 people for setup and breakdown the day of.
You have a workspace to do the design work. Flowers get messy fast! You'll need a space that's cool (air conditioning is required, not just recommended) and has access to water. You should also be sure to work in an area with lots of counter or table space, and where it won't matter if things get wet and dirty from the cut stems and leaves.
You have access to the tools you need. You'll need heavy-duty clippers designed for floral work, as well as other key supplies like floral tape, wire, ribbons, and pins.
You have the ability and means to transport the flowers to your venue. If you are designing the flowers at a location other than your wedding venue, you'll need to figure out how to safely transport lots of vases filled with flowers and water. We often need at least two vehicles or a large cargo van to transport all of the flowers and decor for a wedding, as well as crates, boxes, and other cushioning to keep the designs from being jostled or vessels from breaking.
You're able to trust someone with setting up all of the centerpieces and floral decorations the morning of the wedding, when you'll be getting ready.
If your answer is yes to everything above, then DIY Florals is a great option using bulk flowers from CHICORY.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I order bulk flowers?
Send us an email with your event details.
When should I contact you about ordering bulk flowers?
We are only able to accommodate a limited number bulk flower orders per weekend, so we suggest you reserve your date as early as possible.
When are bulk flowers available?
We're able to provide bulk flowers May through October.
How much does it cost?
$180 (plus tax) per bucket of seasonal flowers and foliage. We always harvest a seasonal mix of face and filler flowers, along with interesting grasses and foliage, to give you a variety of materials to work with.
Is there a minimum for my order?
We require a minimum order of 2 buckets ($360) if you are purchasing only bulk flowers. For combined bulk and a la carte services, there is a $400 minimum.
How many stems come in a bucket?
The number of stems will vary with each bucket and depends on what's in bloom at the time of your event. Each bucket has a minimum of 100 stems, but you can expect to receive between 100-120 stems in each bucket.
How many arrangements can be made with each bucket?
It depends on your vases or vessels, as well as your design style. For reference, you could create about 5-7 quart-sized mason jar arrangements from one bucket of flowers, depending on how lush you make the designs.
Can I choose the flower varieties in my order?
We never promise to provide any specific floral varieties. We do our best to accommodate selected colors and flowers, but we are unable to guarantee anything beyond freshly harvested, sustainably-grown, vibrant flowers. If you're choosing to design your own florals, you need to be very flexible with your vision and open to a range of colors.
How long will the flowers last?
It depends on the variety, but most will last for 4-7 days if cared for properly.
Do the flowers need to be refrigerated?
Not at all, but we do recommend that they stay in air conditioning. Keep the flowers in a cool, dark room or basement, and try to keep away from food (especially fruits and vegetables), and pets.
When should I pick up my bulk flowers?
We recommend picking up your flowers 2-3 days prior to your event. For Saturday weddings, most clients pick up their flowers on the Thursday before. However, with enough notice, we're happy to accommodate your schedule.
Should I bring my own buckets?
Nope! We'll have everything harvested and prepared in water when you pick up, but we request that you return your used buckets within a week of your event.
Do you provide consultations or design tutorials?
Currently, we're only able to offer complimentary consultations to full service clients. For a la carte and bulk orders, we'd be happy to have a phone call with you to get acquainted, and then take care of the rest of the details via email. Design tutorials or assistance in floral and event planning are not provided with the purchase of bulk flowers.
We recommend the book Fresh from the Field Wedding Flowers, which was written with DIY weddings in mind and has several accompanying videos. If you're interested in learning some design basics or having an private lesson with us, we offer consultations and lessons at a rate of $75/hour (Andrew or Erica) to $150/hour (Andrew and Erica), plus the cost of flowers. Contact us to learn more.