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Sponsored Post DisclaimerDIY Wedding Flowers from Sam's ClubDIY wedding flowers can be a tough project to take on — especially when it comes to figuring out where the hell to order your blooms from. Putting your trust in a wholesaler you’re not entirely familiar with could potentially result in flowers that are a bit off-color (uh, peach and hot pink aren’t the same, y’all) and it can be tough to find bulk flowers for good prices from local sources, unless you have a mad hookup at your farmer’s market. Deliver times can also be difficult — many bulk floral wholesalers require orders be placed at least a month in advance. And let’s be real, flowers aren’t a priority for everyone, so for those who aren’t as fanatical about flora, finding an affordable option is key.

Bulk Flowers

Photo: Little Wedding Extras

Which is why we love Sam’s Club for our DIY florals. The retailer, better known for their brick-and-mortar membership warehouses, actually has a pretty baller selection of blooms and greenery on their website and is one of my go-to places when brides ask me for suggestions on where to order their stems from. And as an extra bonus, the flowers are delivered right to your casa, so there’s no running about wasting precious DIY time — you can get those puppies fed and watered the second they land on your doorstep. And you don’t even need a membership to order online!

Israeli Ruscus and Hydrangea Table Decor || Photo: Shaina Sheaff Photography

Photo: Shaina Sheaff Photography

Don’t think you’ll be stuck with your garden variety (heh) carnations and roses (though both are great options for larger colorful blooms). Hydrangea, lilies, peonies, irises and more are among their huge selection — and they’re super high-quality. But one of my favorite thing to turn to Sam’s Club for is the greenery — which is super in right now. For couples who love the look of lots of green with a little pop of floral here and there, Sam’s Club can’t be beat for ruscus and eucalyptus, which both come in well under $100 for 200 stems. (The ruscus and hydrangea in the above photo both came from Sam’s Club.)

Top Five Reasons Why We Love Sam’s Club for Flowers:

  • They’re affordable (uh, hello peonies at ~$3 per stem!)
  • They’re timely, with as little as one week between order and delivery date
  • They’re high-quality and packed with care — you’re not likely to get broken and bruised blooms
  • They’re convenient (no need to leave your house to get your blooms)
  • They have a great selection

You’ve already dedicated yourself to taking on a lot just by DIYing your flowers, so make it easy on yourself by ordering the blooms from Sam’s Club.

  • 3/6

    Spring is just about on the horizon, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Although I have no room to complain about the relatively mild winter I’ve experienced compared to some of you, I’m always glad when the days start to get longer, and the weather takes a turn from the gross. Lately, the days have been downright balmy, and my thoughts have turned to gardening, because I am a hobbit at heart and it’s hard to be grumpy around growing things. So I figured, why not share my love of playing in the dirt and show you how to turn your bouquet blossoms into a living keepsake?

    First things first: If you think you might want to plant your bouquet flowers, you’ll need to ask your florist to keep some leaves on your stems, because no leaves means your blooms don’t stand a chance. You’ll also want to be careful about keeping your bouquet in water any time you’re not using it, and you’ll want to start this process as soon as you can after the wedding to give your new plants the best opportunity to thrive.

    Once the big day is over, you’ll only need a few items: the flowers you’d like to plant, one potato per flower, and some rooting hormone. You’re really only limited by your planting area. It really doesn’t matter which brand you buy, whether it’s gel or powder, but if you’re looking for a suggestion, you could go with CloneX, because the name makes you feel like a mad scientist wantonly wielding power. Cackling optional!

    You’ll want to make a hole in each of your taters, precious, to accommodate your stem. I recommend working out some post-wedding aggression by stabbing them with a ballpoint pen, which are right around the correct size.

    Once all of your holes are made, take each stem you want to plant, cut it below a node, dip it in water and then in your rooting hormone.

    Tap off the excess back into the container, and then stick your stem into the hole you made in the potato. The additional moisture and nutrients from the potato will help your flower to set new roots, as well as providing support for it to stand upright.

    Once each of your stems is in its respective tater, it’s time to plant those bad boys! You can plant them in individual pots or directly in the yard, just make sure you’re putting them in a spot appropriate to their type–most roses will need at least six hours of sun per day to thrive.  I planted this one in a pot that I used as a centerpiece at my wedding–so you can have multiple items pulling double-duty, beautifying both your wedding and your home! It’s too small to accommodate a rosebush for long, so eventually I’ll be transplanting it to a larger pot or the yard. Be careful not to overwater; better to err on the side of underwatering as the potato will provide moisture, and you don’t want the stem to rot. Just water until the soil is damp, not soaking wet. Your flower should set roots in the potato in two to four weeks. If you tug gently on the stem where it meets the potato and it resists, it’s set roots!

    This method will only work on flowers with a root system, it won’t work on anything that grows from a bulb (tulips, dahlias, calla lillies, etc). Depending on a number of factors: the weather, the time of year you plant, the plant’s suitability to your zone, and how quickly you get it in the ground after your wedding, your flowers may not survive despite your best efforts. But if they do, you’ll have your wedding blooms growing in your garden on every anniversary!

  • 7/18

    The most-fabulous Elsie, who you might better know as ElsieCake, or A Beautiful Mess, or from Red Velvet Shop... was kind enough to let us share her DIY bouquet tutorial from her incredibly awesome wedding... so here it is! Enjoy, ladies, and try to keep the drool from hitting your keyboards. _____________________________________ When I started planning our wedding I knew right away that I wanted…

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