Wednesday, November 12, 2008

#424: what do ralphs and trader joes have in common.

before:


after:

real simple via a cup of jo (who, by the way, is now engaged! very excited to start reading about wedding related stuffs on her blog.)

since i'm not going to have much going on as far as flowers are concerned, i'm planning to be a supermarket bouquet bride.

seriously.

in fact, oftentimes, when fiance and i go to the market, he'll lose me for about 10 minutes only to find me roaming around the flower section, looking all sorts of crazy.

"are you thinking of getting flowers from here?! for our wedding?!"

"yes."

"oh, ok. just asking."

and i'm not worried at all about the selection of colors the market will have on the day-of because there's always a variety of stuff to choose from. and regardless, i will tim gunn it all the way. you know. make it work.

29 comments:

Becca said...

This has been my plan all along, once I determined that I was NOT waking up at 5am for the LA Flower Mart! Especially with non-floral centerpieces, why bother with an expensive florist? $150 starting price for a bouquest?! Bish, plz.

I've found TJs generally has better flowers than the supermarket. Then again, if TJs looks ick, just go to nearby Ralphs and check it out instead.

Lucky Designs said...

The bouquet is lovely!!

Adrienne said...

What an excellent idea! I never would have thought to do this, but that bouquet is rockin!

Abbie said...

You are not crazy for that! I am trying to get our from the local Safeway. They have an amazing selection.

Bridechka said...

I really like that idea, it will be so special and personal because you created it.

Susan Fussell said...

Not crazy. That's my plan, too. Here are my first samples - http://www.susanfussell.com/wedding/blog/2008/10/something-blue.html

jessica lynn said...

do it! cannot wait to see the results!

cats said...

since you're in LA, you really might consider going to the flower mart. you don't have to go very early, and it's SO much cheaper. also, don't even consider doing it yourself - that's a great project to pass off to a friend.

Joanna Goddard said...

thank you so much, you are so sweet. and i know, the flowers are lovely!!! :)

Erin said...

love it! fyi, you don't have to take your chances on what they will have the morning of. most supermarkets will let you place an order like 3 weeks before for flowers they typically get in. then you know exactly what to plan for.

Ellie said...

trader joes has amazing flowers! if there were one in my town, i'd be going there too!

Molly said...

Love Trader Joe flowers! The one near my house always has the cutest spray roses & every time I see them they always remind me of the bouquets Lauren Davis' bridesmaids carried in her wedding (photographed by VOGUE). Anyway, their flowers are so sweet. Good idea! Great blog!

Jen said...

I concur, this is also my plan! Go DIY flower power!

fickle bride said...

i think you are amazing and very brave for doing this! i wish i was as confident as you!

cj said...

Flowers! Flowers! Flowers! Its really beautiful. The bouquet is lovely as you.

Jenna said...

I bought my flowers at Pikes Place Market and tied them all together the night before the wedding. Do it. I don't regret it one bit.

Jenn-Dig said...

Ooooh, pretty! I'm planning to be a DIY bouquet bride, too! Now to learn how to arrange flowers...

Megan said...

I ordered mine from flower farms online, and they were both cheap and amazing. I just thought I would throw that out as another option for you, and they are delivered to your house! I would have gone the store route, but I wanted ceritan colors and flowers. People at the venue kept asking who our florist was!

Heather from the bar said...

Gorgeous and perfect and cheap.

Gingerbread Girl said...

You should call ahead and see what they can do for you - one of my friends was able to score an entire box full of rose petals from her local grocery store for free!

Hannah Noel said...

What a pretty arrangement!

Darci said...

what will you do for mother-in-law corsages or for your mom? i'd like to do something like this but don't want anyone else to feel slighted.

Ingrid said...

I absolutely agree - and will be a supermarket flower bride! Who the heck is going to know the difference?

desert bride said...

an option to consider.... we ordered roses from here:

http://www.freshroses.com/

they have lots of other flowers too. they were over nighted to our venue the day before and my friends arranged them. more roses than i could have ever needed plus tax and shipping well under 300. sweet.

April said...

I did the flowers for my wedding using blooms ordered from Safeway, and a few extras picked up from the Flower Mart here in San Francisco. But the Safeway flowers were the bulk of what I used. They arrived fresh, on time, and were super-inexpensive. And I had a lot of fun putting bouquets together with my sisters. I highly recommend grocery store flowers. Just order in advance.

Oh, and that headpiece on the post above? I made one for my wedding. Easy peasy and super chic. I'd be happy to make one as a gift for you, 10,000 Wedding Gal, with the leftover netting and feathers I have, to save your budget a bit. Post an answer if you're interested.

Madelyn @ Southern Weddings said...

I think that this is a fantastic idea! Trader Joe's has excellent flowers and you can definitely make something beautiful out of the flowers that are available to you.

amber {daisy chain} said...

you'd never know the difference - nice work!

JenniB said...

I bought my flowers from the flower area of the supermarket... You can order flowers through them! I got mine at SAMS... similar to CostCo. I had 300 yellow roses for $150. It was GORGEOUS!

greenishbride said...

if you are going to DIY your flowers, you MUST check out the flower market in downtown LA. the prices are unbelievable and the selection is HUGE -- two warehouses of flowers.

the catch? you have to show up at like 6am to get the most of your trip, but you will get your flowers wholesale.

its where the florists get their flowers, so why not give it a try.

email me if you want more detailed info: lisamazur71 at google dot com.