Los Angeles Flower District
I went to the LA flower district to get my flowers a few days before my wedding. Basically its a few different buildings that sells flowers at wholesale prices. They are open to public at 8 am but we arrived way early at 5 am. We ended up buying all the flowers that we needed for the wedding. They have everything from roses to branches, even fake flowers and supplies to make your own bouquet. In the end I only spend $150 total for all my flowers, some roses being only $7 a dozen. I'm very happy and though you have to go early its worth it!
The flowers were cheap and they were beautiful. We had to arrange the flowers ourselves but it was well worth it for the price.
My girlfriend (she's practically a professional) DIY-ed my flowers, and we went shopping here the day before to get the flowers. A little tough navigating the area (too many options) and there is the $2 admission fee (wish I had taken one of the previous posters' suggestion for CFM) but the variety of flowers, and prices really can't be beat. I also suggest you walk around for a while before deciding what to buy. Different stores give different prices, but many sell the same type of flowerss, and some even have special types (e.g. sprayed flowers, especially bright colors) that may change your original plan. Go earlier in the morning for better pickings and no crowds; check the hours because some places only do wholesale at certain times/days. A really fun outing with the girls :) and your entire car smells fantastic when you're done!
Had no big problems, stuff was a bit slow but flowers were beautiful.
I love Los Angeles Wholesale Flower District it is so cool - the smell is amazing! You need to know there's more to it than the places on Wall Street. The Wall Street market (LA Flower Mart)website goes by the name of the LA Flower District and the site gives you the impression they are the only game in town. They charge an entrance fee and charge for parking. The vendors we talked to there were not very interested in doing business with DIY brides. My girlfriend was so insulted by one guy - because we were not florists - we left.
Good thing...discovered there are blocks more places. Josie at Best Flowers in The California Flower Mall at 825 San Pedro Street was where we bought flowers for 11 centerpieces,cake table, reception table, aisle and alter flowers, my bouquet, 4 brides, 4 Moms (I know we're dysfunctional but everyone is friendly ) 4 grandmas, 4 boutonnieres and rehearsal dinner flowers.
CFM let us use their hospitality lounge to get off our feet and get our thoughts together and there was no admission fee. No other place in the six-eight block LA Wholesale Flower District charges admission fee except the Wall street market. CFM is brand new,they have free parking and love DIYers - my sister is a yard sale barracuda and she haggled a great price. Sigi at Chatsworth Flowers quoted me $2800. I spent $390 including the centerpiece vases, ribbons, floral supplies, greenery. My girl friend and 2 sisters made it all so beautiful. It was tense getting the flowers refrigerated for one night - find someone with an big extra frig to help.
It was great to go to the flower mart to research the flowers that would be available around our wedding date and to do some mock-ups of the bouquets. But I just found the whole experience there so daunting. The different vendors weren't exactly jumping at the chance to help someone who is just going to buy a few hundred dollars worth of flowers once. In the end, I ended up buying from an on-line vendor. It was just easier than the dealing with downtown!
My mom & I made all the flower arrangement ourselves.
We spent not over $200 on flowers.
We made bride's bouquet*1, bridesmaid bouquet*1, corsage*15, center piece*13, reception piece*1, home piece*2.
I bought the flowers at the LA Flower Mart. 375 lovely roses. $14 for a bunch of 25 roses at Jesus Barajas. We also bought lots of other flowers. Total for flowers was under $300. It was a lot of work and a big mess, but they turned out great. My MIL and aunt-in-law helped. We made 9 centerpieces, 6 large arrangements, 2 bouquets, 3 boutonnières, and had lots left over so we stuck roses in whatever we could find.
Lots of beautiful flowers to choose from!