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Buying Budget Wedding Roses In Bulk...From Ecuador?
Buying Roses In Bulk
Have you thought about the flowers for your wedding yet? I'm a wedding planner and florist and the bride I'm working with, Nadine, is in love with roses and wants them not just in her bouquet, but in all the centerpieces, bridesmaids' bouquets, dropped by the flower girl, on her aisle runner, on the pew markers, and in the men's boutonnieres. Dats a lotta roses! So if your doing your own flowers for your wedding, where does you order that many roses? How do you figure out how many roses you need for each bouquet? You could look at pictures of bouquets that you like and try to actually count the flowers. This will give you a rough idea. However, the best way is to go and buy some cheap dollar store flowers and play with them till you get the size bouquet you want.
How Many Roses Do You Need For Your Wedding?
Since Nadine's bridesmaid list has now grown to seven, we are talking more than a few roses. Nadine searched the internet and sent me a picture of a bouquet she liked. Gorgeous, but I could tell by looking at it that it was not hand tied, but done on a form which she said initially she didn't want. The bride's bouquet needs to be larger than the bridesmaids' bouquets, so we need 16-24 roses (she wants red) for hers and 12-14 each for her bridesmaids' bouquets . Then twelve each for the 12+ centerpieces at the reception. And a few more in the pew markers. You do the math! The first florist we asked wanted a bunch of money for the roses themselves without even doing the bouquets. Hey, we're on a budget here! Now suddenly I have moved from DIY wedding planner to DIY wedding florist. Alrighty then! So I found a ton of sites that sell roses by the 100. And guess what? A lot of roses come from Ecuador? Who knew?
Hand Tied vs. Form Bouquets
This is what Nadine used for her bridesmaids' bouquet except in white and her own bridal bouquet. Are you catching the drift that the theme is red and white here? The leaves surrounding were the stickler since she actually wanted lemon leaves surrounding the entire bouquet, as well as baby's breath. I priced baby's breath and wow, more expensive than I thought! Ten dollars a bunch, but it does go a long way, so...what Nadine wants, Nadine shall have! Actually, baby's breath is an excellent filler and you do get a lot for the money. Plus, you can used it as a stand-alone without any additional flowers and it really has a huge visual impact.
I've included two different tutorials, one for a hand tied bouquet and one for a bouquet done on a form. It's all a matter of personal preference...although in my personal opinion, hand tied is...PERFECTO!
Why Roses From Ecuador?
Ecuadorian supplies about one-third of the many roses we see in American grocery stores and florists, Why are Ecuadorian roses so much better than others? Their stems are long and straight and very sturdy and the flower heads are much larger than many other varieties of roses. The climate in Ecuador is perfect for growing roses since the days are very warm and the nights are cool However, the country has been under some scrutiny for their growing practices including unfair labor and their excessive use of pesticides. With that scrutiny, however, comes change and the rose industry in Ecuador is undergoing a drastic overhaul with fair trade practices being put into place to insure the roses you buy are as organically grown as possible. Sam's Wholesale Club has made a deal with a fair trade farm in Ecuador to sell their roses in Sam's, so this could be one alternative for you if you are environmentally conscious and want to make sure you are buying "green" roses.