So you’ve decided to tackle the wedding food on your own (or a very gracious friend with mad skillz has stepped up to the plate). Go you! It’s a great way to save some money and add a very personalized touch … but it can be a helluva task. Timing, preparation, serving and not to mention cost … the biggest cost, of course, is making sure you have enough food for all your guests — which unless you’re having an itty-bitty party, is no small task.
But it’s not impossible. Especially not if you get your food in bulk from Sam’s Club. The membership warehouse is a great place to stock up on large quantities of food — think rolls, meats, spices, dairy, produce and more — without splashing down a ton of money per head. I recently coordinated a wedding that one of my ultra-foodie friends had offered to cater. He roped in a few of our other homies (I would normally be part of this crew, but I had other important duties) for prep, and two pounds of garlic, eight pounds of onions, 15 pounds of cabbage and oh, so much more later, there was a huge spread of food to feed 100 guests (with both veg and carnivore options). Total cost? $420 — $300 of which was spent at Sam’s Club. And that includes the chafing dishes, serving utensils and warming pans.
When you splash down cash on catering, you’re paying a lot for labor as well — likely also things like uniforms, service fees, gratuity, etc. But when you decide to cater your wedding yourself (or together, with friends), you can save a huge chunk on these things, and even more when you head to Sam’s Club to get all the ingredients and other goodies.
Bringing in your own booze? Sam’s Club has that corner covered, too — get bulk beer and wine for significantly less than you’d pay at your local liquor store, and hang on to the leftovers for future cookouts and other celebrations. And don’t think you’re stuck with run-of-the-mill yellow beers — Sam’s Club has a wide assortment of domestic and imported brews and a whole helluva lot of bubbly options for you Champagne lovers (aren’t we all?).
DIY 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.
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!
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.