Hello, I’m Emily Inman. I was a very obsessive, detail-oriented bride. Here’s what I learned about Costco.com’s Flower. PROS: Cheap, fresh, easy to use, and can order a year out CONS: No customization, must use own vases, must be there to receive flowers, little communication, credit charge will be on day of delivery or during the next week eating up credit limit while on honeymoon, and if payment does not immediately go through, then Costco will try repeatedly until it does and this may take so many times that your credit charge company thinks it is fraud and takes the money back.
Tips to Make Your Life Easier:
1. Think about ordering the larger package to break apart the centerpieces and harvest the flowers (it’s cheaper than ordering bulk and works wonderfully if you need only 3-6 flowers for your centerpieces, turning the 6 centerpieces into 17+ centerpieces)
2. Be able to wait 2 days for pick up, preferably the 2 days right before the wedding
3. Double check your credit limit is high enough to make the payment a few days before the flowers are due to ship
4. Have lots of cool spaces (40-60 degrees F) and vases ready to use once the flowers arrive
The Verdict: Costco’s flower department gets a 4.1 for being cheap, having very fresh flowers, being one of the easiest to deal with vendors pre-wedding, while creating head aches during the honeymoom because of their payment policy. I would recommend Costco for flowers but only if you can deal with the limited selection and transport to the wedding site(s). It’s a wonderful deal if you can accept those aspects and follow my tips.
I hope this helps! I wish you the best of luck brides- and grooms-to-be, may planning not be stressful!