The Cheapest Way to Do Flowers for a Wedding Will Surprise You

updated May 1, 2019
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You know how wedding planning goes: Mention the W-word and prices seem to automatically skyrocket. This especially holds true when it comes to flowers for the tables, bouquets, and boutonnieres. Wedding blooms are so darn expensive! They’re much cheaper, though, at warehouse stores.

Yes, warehouse stores! Did you know that you can get fully arranged pieces mailed to you from Costco and Sam’s Club? We didn’t until recently, when we saw some examples in person and were absolutely blown away.

Let’s take a look at the offerings.

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At Costco, you can get a 20-piece set for $450. Here’s what’s included.

  • 1 Bridal bouquet (16 Roses, 10 Mini Callas, 10 Ruscus, 10 Lily Grass)
  • 3 Bridesmaid bouquets (10 Roses, 9 Mini Callas, 8 Ruscus)
  • 1 Toss Away bouquet (4 Roses, 3 Carnations, 6 Ruscus)
  • 6 Corsages (2 Spray Roses, 1 Hypericum, 1 Ruscus, 5 Lily grass)
  • 6 Boutonnieres (1 Mini Calla, 1 Hypericum, 1 Ruscus)
  • 2 Centerpieces (16 Roses, 9 Mini Callas, 9 Ruscus, vases not included)
  • 1 Rose for petals

And it’s not just a cheap substitute for professional flowers, either. This set only has 20 reviews on the site, but every single one is a glowing five-star write-up. The only critique we have about Costco’s wedding flowers is that the options are somewhat limited (to more formal and traditional wedding flowers) compared to the ones at Sam’s Club.

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Sam’s Club has a lot more options than Costco does and the styles cover everything from formal and traditional to way more rustic. The cheapest set starts at $140 and includes two bridesmaids bouquets. The most expensive option tops out at $1,129 (for 43 pieces!), but the bulk of the offerings hover around the $250 to $750 range. Here’s what you get in a top-rated package for $313.

  • 1 Bridal Bouquet
  • 4 Bridesmaids Bouquets
  • 1 Toss Away Bouquet
  • 6 Boutonnieres
  • 4 Corsages
  • 1 Box of Petals
  • Clippers
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Garland at Costco and Sam’s Club

Both stores offer garland (for the table, fences, archways, pews, etc.). Costco has one option: Twenty-five feet of assorted greens for $80. Sam’s has more than a dozen options (bay leaves, Israeli Ruscus, Magnolia, and more) and many of them can be ordered in lengths of 10, 25, or 75 feet.

What do you think, all you engaged couples? Would you ever order your wedding flowers from Costco or Sam’s Club?