If you plan to make your own flowers for your wedding, you are going to want to know how to order the best quality flowers for your wedding.
You could do this through your local florist. This would be my recommended option for many reasons: peace of mind, freshness, variety and quality being at the top of the list. If you want to be sure to have the very best quality flowers for the best price, the best way is to pre-book your order with your local florist. Three months before the wedding is usually good but you can ask your florist for their preference.
Florist quality flowers are bred to be super hardy and at their prime. For comparison's sake let's take a look at the common daisy. A wild daisy is beautiful and very hardy in its own environment (the great outdoors). However, when you cut an outdoor daisy and bring it in, it will only last a couple days at best, sometimes just a few hours. The stem will be weak, not stand up straight and you will have a hard time using it in an arrangement or a bouquet where you have to stick it in floral foam without using wooden picks on every single stem. A florist daisy is strong, very hardy and, with proper care, can last up to 4 weeks! They are so much easier to work with, reliable and arrive at their peak. Plus, by ordering from your local florist, you can give her/him your exact list of what you need and be assured that you will obtain it all on a specific date.
When ordering through your local florist, make sure to let them know it's for your wedding or special event. Even though some say florists will charge you more for blooms if they know it's for a wedding, in my experience, when I know the flowers are for a wedding, I make sure to alert my supplier. The suppliers keep the prettiest blooms for weddings.
Tell your florist that you are making your own flowers and specify on what date you will need them. Some florists will try to discourage you from making your own and try to convince you to get them made by them but if you have your list ready, are very organized and confident, they will see you are serious, know what you are doing and will be glad to sell you the best possible blooms for your event, especially if you order well ahead of time.
With preparation, organization and an easy to follow how to guide, nothing can stop you and you will do fine. Many overworked florists will actually appreciate your initiative and will help you as best as they can. Of course, most florists will be glad to answer a few questions but the least trouble you are to them, the better deal they will give you.
Make sure to ask for the best possible price. Sometimes buying in full bunches, all in one color will save you lots of money. Roses come in bunches of 20-25. Daisies come in bunches of 5 but you have about 5 flower heads on each stem. Sunflowers are in bunches of 5; gerberas 10's; callas, 3's. Most other flowers come in bunches of 10's. As for baby's breath, a bunch has a lot of individual flower heads.
For a typical wedding (unless you are doing all your centerpieces with baby's breath), a bunch is more than you will need with extras for hair accents. Foliage such as leather fern come in bunches of 10-20 and tree fern (tikki), bunches of 10.
If you want to save lots by making your own flowers, make sure you do it right! Follow along with this excellent how to guide: Unleash Your Inner Florist
Written by a florist for the average creative woman: How To Make Wedding flowers