Discount Flowers for an October Wedding
- How can I tell which florists are, indeed, "bucket" florists or wholesalers? Yellow pages is no help.
- Is there any special way I should approach these dealers to get the most for my (limited) money?
- Where can I find good information on which flowers are in season in October(for the Chicago area)
You are asking me to reveal deep, dark secrets that the florists don't want you to know! I may have to go into hiding after this, but since it's for a good cause... When your florist sends his order into the grower or floral distributor, usually he is going to double the price on any materials he uses, and add a little more if he's going to arrange the flowers for you. I guess that's fair enough, after all it is a 'for profit' business. If you are just buying a bouquet for mom, you won't even notice...However if you are spending hundreds of dollars on flowers, the savings by doing it yourself could be amazing. There's always a catch! Most (not necessarily all) growers and flower distributors will not sell the flowers or supplies to you at wholesale prices unless you have the correct licenses.(it's kind of an written and unwritten law to protect the industry) I know nothing about the licensing requirements in Illinois, but this is the situation in Seattle. You will need:
- State revenue registration...a few bucks
- State nurseryman.....$40??
- Seattle flower vendors license....$75??
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