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boutonniere flowers

Boutonniere flowers are traditionally pinned on the wearer's left side.  It can be pinned to the lapel or tucked in the left side pocket.  The flowers in the boutonniere usually match the accompanying partner of the wearer or the event theme colors.  (For instance, a Fourth of July celebration a design made of red, white and blue boutonniere flowers would be appropriate.)

There are other options than using a boutonniere pin.  Boutonniere vases, magnetic backings and stylized bout pins are popular alternatives.  Please note you should always take care to find if the wearer has any type of medical device that could be compromised by magnets.  A heart pacemaker, for example, could have it's function disrupted by a boutonniere attached with magnets.  Always take care to attach printed instructions on top of boutonniere boxes with this warning.

As you can see by the above boutonniere flowers ... orginal button posies can look polished and professional by using of a mixture of different flowers and greens.  Unfortunately, many wholesale flower sites insist that their customers buy a large volume of each flower and green variety.  If you are going to be forced to buy 5 bunches of leather leaf, it leaves little room in the budget for pittosporum, myrtle, tree fern, lily grass or eucalyptus.  It would be silly to buy 5 or more bunches of each of these different greens simply to create unique and original boutonniere styles.

I grew frustrated with this, so I lengthened by own online store to include fresh flowers and greens.  I'm a firm believer that each DIY bride has the right to buy only what she needs to create her own boutonniere flowers, bridal bouquets and wedding corsages.

In some cases, it pains me to see popular wholesale flower websites tell you they are selling grower's bunches.    Ah . . . but all bunches are not necessarily equal.  Read the fine print.  Some leather leaf suppliers insist you buy in quantities of  5 "bunches" .... yet their fine print says that a bunch constitutes an average of 10 - 15 stems.  I find this strange, because MY wholesaler distributors sell in average bunches of 20 - 25.  

So it's safe to assume the "average" stems in their leather leaf bunch is 12.5 stems per bunch.  Let's just round up to an average of 13 stems per bunch.  That makes 65 stems per each 5 bunch order.  Since they are charging you around $65 . . . that's a dollar a stem.

Now I don't claim to sell wholesale . . . I'm a retailer who ships from several large wholesale distributors.  My grower bunches are usually between 18 - 25 stems . . . so let's round the figure to approximately 23 stems per bunch.  Five bunches in my online store cost you approximately $9 per bunch, which is 115 stems.  $9 x 5 bunches is $45 for around 115 stems.  Wait . . . that averages out to about 45 cents per stem . . . and I don't even make you buy 5 bunches!!  You can buy in single bunches.

I do charge for overnight shipping and work hard to keep it accurate.   So would you rather pay more and buy huge quantities . . . wait - doesn't that mean their shipping is calculated in the price as well?

My point is that compare bunches to bunches . . . and break down the cost per stem.  Then ask yourself if you are buying only what you need - or by quantities they insist you buy?  Shop around.  Make sure that for all your hard work of providing the labor, you are actually saving money on your flowers.  Otherwise you might as well have your local florist do the work if it'll cost you more in inflated flower prices!

My love has always been in sharing knowledge.  Once health issues forced me to retire from managing a large flower shop, I started a website to teach others that you CAN create your own flowers from your home if you are willing to become organized, shop for the best prices and line of some free labor amongst friends and family.  

Don't put the stress upon yourself if it means you can't enjoy your own wedding day.  Set reasonable goals, lay out your workspace and delivery options and . . . have fun!  Otherwise I advise you to hire a professional and pay the extra dollars.  Nothing is worth losing the enjoyment from your big day!

Enough philosophizing . . . on to more flower tutorials!

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