Originally Posted by MrsHK
As far as I know there's not really seasonal flowers down here as the temperature doesn't vary a huge amount year round. The only season we have a rainy season, hurricane season, mosquito season and holy moly it is really hot and humid season.
The ones she suggested for me are roses, freesias and lisianthus. I haven't been able to find the last two in the flower shops though, only roses. She suggested silk flowers for the ones that I want that would require her to import them from Holland. She also has all kind of tropical flowers such as lilies, cala lilies, gerber daisies, orchids, snapdragons, birds of paradise and a few others. Her prices are of course higher than the flower shops but she will arrange them for you, deliver them and you are guaranteed good quality.
If you pick tropical flowers you'll have a better chance of finding them at a reasonable price since we are in the topics, either on your own or from a wedding florist. Most of the tropical ones I listed are availble at the flower shops in town.
I went to a flower shop last night and their prices were a bit higher than Walmart although the quality is probably higher too. You can also pre-order with them via email with the shop I went into. It is called Floreria Sac-Nah and it is on the corner of 30th Ave and Calle 16, right across the street from the Walmart. Their email address is email@example.com. They don't speak English so I reccomend using Google translate if you want to email them to pre order your flowers. I would say you're having a gathering of friends and don't need them arranged, and don't mention they are for a wedding!! I wouldn't do it too far in advance either since "gatherings of friends" aren't usually planned months ahead of time.
I took a photo of their price list (all in Spanish and pesos but I translated it) and here it is:
Carnation (Clavel): 12 for 60 pesos or $4.70
Daisy (Margarita): 12 for 80 pesos or $6.30
Pom Pom: 12 for 80 pesos or $6.30
Gladiola: 12 for 80 pesos or $6.30
Spider (Spaider): 12 for 80 pesos or $6.30
Alstroemeria: 12 for 150 pesos or $11.76
Roses: 12 for 220 pesos or $17.24
Gerber Daisy: 12 for 220 pesos or $17.24
Cala Lilies (Alcatraz): 12 for 220 pesos or $17.24
Hibiscus (Hawaianas): 12 for 220 pesos or $17.24
Birds of Paradise (Aves de Parasio): 12 for 220 pesos or $17.24
Heliconia (similar to BoP): 12 for 220 pesos or $17.24
Iris: 1 for 25 pesos ($2), price for 12 was blocked by a shelf... why they put a shelf in front of their price list, I don't know... the rest of the prices will be per 1 stem since that's the only price I could see
They had a bunch listed that all seem to be coming up in Google as lilies...
Lily (Lili): 1 for 25 pesos ($2)
Tiger Lily (Acapulco): 1 for 45 pesos ($3.53)
White Lily (Casa Blancas): 1 for 45 pesos ($3.53)
Lily (Azucenas): 1 for 45 pesos ($3.53)
Tulipanes (Tulips): 1 for 45 pesos ($3.53)
Hope that helps for those of you doing DIY bouquets! Again, I think the prices at Walmart are better than the florerias but you're risking not being able to pre-order and having a limited selection. I'm going to Walmart today so I'll have a look at what the other prices are.
Thank you so much for this info! When I started planning, I had in mind simple bouquets made by bunching up 1-2 types of flowers, done at a low cost. I like bouquets consisting only of spider mums or only of gladiolas, for instance, something that seems so easy to me, but seems to baffle florists wanting me to choose bouquets full of varying flowers.
I'm not comfortable spending hundreds on elaborate bouquets that, while beautiful, will be tossed in the trash a day or two later, but I do want fresh flowers. I really just want to order stems of what I like and not spend a fortune. I'm not sure what happened to the simple idea of tying a ribbon around a flower bunch, but that's my idea of a bouquet: beautiful and still cost effective.
I'll have a friend help with translation and email this shop closer to my date, because I would feel more comfortable knowing I have a say in color selection versus going to Walmart and perhaps only finding red roses, which I don't want.