East Bay Flower Market

Fremont , CA


Fremont, CA US


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Michelle Kate
East Bay Flower Market is absolutely the place to go if you're in the East Bay and you want to do your own wedding flowers. What a money-saver! I was a little disappointed with the flowers I received--they were roses and ended up not being as full or as beautiful as I would have liked, but buying and making my own flowers (with the help of tools purchased at JoAnn's) ended up saving me hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars on what I would have spent having someone else make what I made. Maria is a sweetheart, too.
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East Bay Flower Market is located just behind Fremont Flowers. If you don't want to pay $80/centerpiece and $300 for a bridal bouquet, here's the place to go. They can get you any flower that is in season, cut and ready to arrange.

My flowers were GORGEOUS. I went to a couple of florists and got quotes for what I wanted (8 lose centerpieces of 8 different red flowers, bridal bouquet, 5 bridesmaid bouquets, 2 corsages, and half a dozen boutenniers). I was quoted $1000-1500 and that did NOT include the vases and such I would still have to provide. Since I had a willing mother, some family friends, and 5 aunts who could do the arranging (courtesy of tutorial videos on youtube), I tried getting just the flowers with no arranging. Most places wanted me to order in bulk or in a wedding package (translate a few hundred roses and/or carnations and/or calla lillies). I checked numerous online places and could get the cost of the flowers down to about $500-600, but I was having to make compromises because there was always one flower I wanted that I could not get. Plus, some places had a lot of reviews of flowers arriving dead, moldy, floppy, or otherwise unsuitable.

Then I found these guys. The benefits:
1. Local business. I support small business so this is the big plus.
2. If it grows at the time of the year of you want, they can get it.
3. Knowledge - Maria worked with me to have back up ideas for one of the flowers I was ordering because she had not been impressed with some of the batches of tulips that had been coming in. She knows her stuff and she's more than willing to help you figure out just how to make a corsage or a hand-tied bouquet.
4. Accessories. I ended up making it home with some of the most gorgeous vases I've ever seen and they were SO cheap because she was charging wholesale price.
5. Bulk prices, without bulk ordering. Yes you have to buy by the bunch, but you can buy just 1 bunch of 25 roses or 1 bunch of tulips or 1 bunch of bear grass. I was able to get a bunch or what makes up a typical small bouquet of 8 different red flowers including tropicals like Ginger with no problems.
6. Bottom line. I got the flowers, corsage pins, freshening spray, etc for $315 (compared to $1000-1500 by a professional or $400-500 from somewhat sketchy online dealers that couldn't even give me exactly what I wanted).
Services Used: Flowers
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