Looking to maximize your Valentines Day Fundraising? Blooms By The Box has you covered. With a huge selection of flowers at low wholesale prices, we also have the resources to help make your venture a success. Let’s talk about options.
Roses vs. Carnations
Demand: Roses are consistently the most in-demand flower for Valentines Day Fundraising, with red roses topping the charts. With this being said, they can get expensive. If you are targeting higher-income customers, then roses are the way to go. However, if you’re fundraising in a school, then carnations are a cheaper alternative that students will be able to afford.
Tip: Roses are priced by the length of their stems – the longer the stem, the higher the price. If you’re looking to increase profit margins, go for shorter stems, such as 40 cm.
Care: Buying wholesale will save you money, but you will be getting your flowers in the condition a florist would. Roses have thorns to strip and leaves that need to be trimmed. For those who don’t have the time and man power to do this, carnations may be a better option. With easily removable leaves and hardy stems and flowers, there is a lot less prep work. As long as they are properly hydrated and kept cool, both flowers will stay fresh for a long time.
Tip: If you need to receive your flowers more than three days in advance or sell them for multiple days, flower food is a must.
Colors: Both roses and carnations come in a wide variety of colors, with red, pink and white being the most popular for Valentines Day Fundraising. If you’re looking for a large variety of colors, you might want to consider our boxes of assorted color roses (no red roses will be included) and assorted color carnations.
Stem vs. Bouquet
Prep Work: A single stem will be easier to sell, but a larger bouquet will sell for more money. It’s important to accurately gauge how much work your organization will be able to handle. If you can have a fun, stress-free day of flower arranging with plenty of help, then bouquets may be the way to go. Otherwise, single stem roses or carnations are still a great option for Valentines Day Fundraising.
Demand: It’s important to know your customer base. Will your customers be more interested in purchasing a large, possibly expensive bouquet, or would they be more likely to buy a single stem for less money? Maximizing sales will allow you to maximize profit.
Questions? Ideas? Let us know!
When you start planning a wedding you tend to plan DIY wedding flowers after the big stuff. You set a date, book your venue, make a guest list, buy the dress/ tux, pick colors, and get a photographer. It is not until later that you start to plan details like flower decor. Many times, couples decide on DIY wedding flowers early in the planning process but not think about the flowers, colors, or placing an order until a month or two before the wedding. This is normal and even preferred! After all, flowers are part of nature, you they are cut only a few days before you receive them. Here are some suggestions that will help you plan and execute gorgeous DIY wedding flowers while keeping your stress levels down.
1. Don’t worry about flowers until you know the following information:
- Your Wedding Date – this will help you select flowers that are in season. Check out our Flower Availabilities Chart to see what is available around your wedding date. If you don’t see a flower you want on that chart that means the availability varies every year, contact BloomsByTheBox for more information.
- Your wedding theme – you can pick flowers that will match your wedding theme, you can even shop for flowers by style like vintage wedding flowers, rustic wedding flowers, classic wedding flowers, and even whimsical wedding flowers.
- Your wedding colors – you cannot begin to plan for flower arrangements until you know what colors will compliment your wedding. Remember flowers are a part of nature and certain varieties are only available in limited colors. Picking the flowers will only work once you know what colors you can use, then picking varieties become a cake walk.
- How many arrangements you need – Once you know how centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, and other decor you will need flowers for you can calculate what flowers are affordable in the quantities you will need.
2. Pick flowers that will work for you.
- Simple is always in season- Don’t get hung up on elaborate designs. Keeping a look simple can actually make it look more fine tuned and professional.
- Use lots of greenery- it will make your arrangements look fuller and save you money. Especially if you are planning a garden themed wedding, lush greenery can make a really classy, romantic flower design.
- Get your family and friends to help – DIY’ing your flowers should be fun. Gathering your bridesmaids, family, or helpers together to be creative is a great pre-wedding activity.
3. Planning flower quantities doesn’t have to be difficult!
- Read our Bouquet and Arrangement Flower Quantity Chart, it will teach you how to calculate about how many flowers you need to make your desired size bouquets, centerpieces, and decor.
- Give yourself a little bit of room for error. If a couple flower stems break or do not rehydrate like others you will want a few extra flowers.
4. Talk to Blooms!
We can help you choose flowers, pick flower quantities and so much more! We’d love to help!Question? Comment? Let us know!
This DIY flower bouquet tutorial by BloomsByTheBox.com was feature on A Practical Wedding, to see the full step by step please see the post “How to: Make a Bright Colorful Wedding Bouquet“
We love that our customers get in touch with us after their wedding to show us their DIY flowers. They usually take a few months to catch their breath then get in touch to brag about how awesome their DIY flower project came out! This particular customer emailed us, thanking us for our service and high quality flowers. It is in the moments like this that we really enjoy our hard work to make each customer as happy as possible. Budget couples are so happy to save the money yet get enough flowers for their DIY decor.
This DIY Wedding took place in Minnesota! The vintage wedding style is the perfect opportunity to create imperfectly shaped bouquets with texture and color. The garden roses in particular are vintage styled flowers. Photos from Solveig Nesse Photography.
We know these DIY flowers are stunning but how can you overlook that dress?!? Just in case you are in the market for a wedding dress, this one is from Jovani. It is beautiful! The garden roses are the perfect fit for the vintage style dress.
If you are in the planning process, what flowers are you thinking about getting? Do you have a specific flower style you want to achieve?