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I am using Plumerias wedding flower boutique as well! All of her work looks amazing. I'm in the process of picking the flowers I want, etc. Super excited to see the finished product. I was not crazy about the pictures of the resort bouquets plus I wanted to be able to keep my flowers forever and flying them back home isn't allowed through customs. Just hoping it isn't a huge pain to travel with them. Between everything else that needs to go on the plane with us I'm stressing out!

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Roberta told me the best thing to do for transportation is to carry them on with you (your bouquet at least) and have your bridesmaids do the same with theirs. I only have bouts and loose flowers for the cake beyond that and I figured a sturdy shoe box would protect them well enough in my suitcase. It's the sort of thing you could have everyone in the wedding party help transport.

 

Originally Posted by jenna326 View Post

I am using Plumerias wedding flower boutique as well! All of her work looks amazing. I'm in the process of picking the flowers I want, etc. Super excited to see the finished product. I was not crazy about the pictures of the resort bouquets plus I wanted to be able to keep my flowers forever and flying them back home isn't allowed through customs. Just hoping it isn't a huge pain to travel with them. Between everything else that needs to go on the plane with us I'm stressing out!



 

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Hey Melly81,

 

I found bloombridal a little expensive, I think I'm going to use Wedideas.  I've read a ton of great reviews and the work is beautiful.  Oh, and their prices are reasonable.  Our resorts choices for bouquets weren't exactly what I wanted that is why we are doing Real Touch.  Depending on what you need this could be less expensive, ours were!
 

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Hi cath2012

 

Did you check out bloombridal.com? It's a Toronto company so shipping shouldn't be that much to ship to Ottawa. I'm also looking to see what would be cheaper...getting real touch flowers or flowers from the resort.



 



 



 

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Thanks Nikadawn! I was planning on taking them on the place prob. in my dress bag. My FI wants me to take everyones down. I told him he is CRAZY! I have 8 girls. I was just going to have each of them take theirs with and pray no one leaves one behind!!

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Cath2012, does Wedideas ship to Canada?  Good to know that they're cheaper!  I'll check them out for sure.  Thanks! :)

 

Melly81,

They do ship to Canada, I'm still awaiting my final quote so I'm not sure what the shipping cost will be.  Although, I've read from other brides it's around $30-60, so not bad!

 

 

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Lol, yeah that's alot of flowers or one girl to carry. Besides, isn't it part of someone's duty as a member of the wedding party to help out the bride and groom when they need it?
 

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Thanks Nikadawn! I was planning on taking them on the place prob. in my dress bag. My FI wants me to take everyones down. I told him he is CRAZY! I have 8 girls. I was just going to have each of them take theirs with and pray no one leaves one behind!!



 

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If anyone is in the GTA area, I am using http://enchantingmemoriesstore.com/ It's a small company, and my sister used them two years ago, they did a great job. Also, just quickly looking at the prices on the websites that were recommended here, they seem to have better prices. I have no idea if they ship elsewhere because I live close, but it's worth checking out!! (She told me her highest bride bouquet price was $95... bridesmaids $75 or something like that)

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I ended up ordering from Bloombridal.  I priced them all out, and bloombridal was a little more more expensive (by maybe $20 overall), but for me it was worth it. 

 

Here is my own experiences with this specific flower in mind, and the places I contacted.

I used the same letter to all of them, along with any extra forms etc. they asked for.

 

"Hello,

I am interested in getting a bridal bouquet made, along with three bridesmaids bouquets and a few bouts and other assorted things.
My inspiration bouquet is found here. http://thefrenchbouquettulsa.com/blog/?p=3155

Though instead of yellow roses, I would be interested in yellow plumeria, and possibly hydrangea instead of the white orchids.
For the bridesmaids, I was thinking hydrangea and plumeria, with potentially one or two orchids.
Would I be able to get a quote on the brides bouquet (standard size, 10 inches?) and 3 smaller bridesmaids bouquets.
Thank you for your time  :) I look forward to hearing from you!
Cheers, "

 

Enchanting Memories

 

http://enchantingmemoriesstore.com/1.html - I was initially planning to use enchanting memories because the ladies were just so nice, and it was slightly cheaper (and Canadian), but I just could with the Orchids they had.  The reason I was doing a real touch bouquet and not one from the resort is that I wanted green Cymbidium orchids. They are $25 each for a bridal bouquet at my resort. The only other negative is that she kept "encouraging" me to buy stuff from their wedding store.  I loved their plumerias, but their not botanically correct (and very phallic?) orchids were a no go for me.

 

Bloom Bridals Orchid

 

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Enchanting Memories

 

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Bridal Blooms by Laura - http://www.bridalbloomsbylaura.ca/index2.php#/home/ I emailed this girl, and received about 5 separate emails back saying the same thing, and that she would send me photos/prices etc.  I never received any of that information from her, then she emailed me again asking why I hadn't replied. Needless to say, I didn't go with her.  She seemed very disorganized.  

 

Wedideas - http://www.wedideas.com/

 

I really liked their work too, and their prices are actually quite similar to Bloom Bridal, if not exactly the same. I tried to fill out their custom order form to get a quote, but they wanted you to point to something on their webpage as a base.  I was confused as they didn't have anything similar, so I filled it out the best I could, and sent a note.  The response I got was "PLS SEND ME A QUOTE REQUEST." That was the entire email.  I tried emailing the other address, and the response was very helpful, but the damage had already been done.  Plus the prices were the same as Bloombridal, and the US dollar wasn't so good at the time, plus shipping and duty were to be added on top of it. I pulled together a few similar bouquets from both sites

 

 

11x11 from Wedideas $115 US

 

 

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11 x 11 from BloomBridal $115 Cdn

 

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Bloombridal

 

Judy replied to me the quickest, and included everything I needed to know.  Right away that gave me a good vibe.  She answered all of my questions and made great suggestions.  In gmail it keeps all of your emails together in a conversation, and I see I have 27 messages from her (lots of questions!). As noted above, my main flowers was the orchid, and I really like the ones Bloom uses.  I also like her variety of Plumeria. Additionally she has flowers available for purchase for decorations etc at a lower rate than listed on her website (I know a few others did extra flowers as well).  As soon as I get my flowers (November) I'll be sure to post them!  

 

I also checked out a variety of craft/silk flower etc. stores in Winnipeg and couldn't find Orchids to compare, and found that doing it myself wasn't really any cheaper.  (For example http://www.houseofsilk.ca/wedding-flowers.html, http://www.galeswholesale.com/, Michaels). 

 

I hope that helps anyone who is still searching, I spent a heck of a lot of time researching and choosing what places to email and then where to go!

 

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