We're getting married on July 2nd (22 days!!!). I am bound and determined to have hydrangeas for my 20 centerpieces (low, small, and simple), and for my bouquet. Ideally, blue. White is ok.
A friend was going to give me 20 blooms from his own bush for free, but they look like they won't be out til August this year, no buds yet. So, back to buying!
I went to Trader Joe's in Portland on other non-wedding(!!!) errands yesterday, and, lo and behold, they had beautiful blue and white hydrangeas, in clumps of 3 blooms, for $5.99 per clump.
My local florist quoted $9/bloom for hydrangeas (I would go online to order, but I can't make it work prep-wise), and $6.22/centerpiece for some other flower I didn't like very much. Trader Joe's staff was AMAZING, and spent 45 minutes with me answering my questions and spelling out the options. They even offered to call the grower and ask about their supply. They called me back 20 min after I left the store!
My only concern is that Trader Joe's cannot guarantee the color of the hydrangeas (no surprise there) -- I could end up with blue, white, pink, who knows! Or a mix of all 3! Still, I think it would be fine, I'm no bridezilla as far as color is concerned, I can find beauty in any combo thereof. But I can't place the order til June 27th!!! And I may find out that day that the grower is out of hydrangeas! In which case, it would be too late to order hydrangeas from a florist. (That said, Trader Joes could order me ANY flowers I want on June 27th if they are out of hydrangeas.)
I'm too overwhelmed by all that's left to do for the wedding, plus we just bought a rental property that I'm fixing up for August 1st, so I'm a mess, and I can't decide without help. My friends were wishy-washy, and not as financially frugal as I am. They suggested going online to order hydrangeas, but I know it takes a couple days to revive them, and with all that's going on, I'd rather pick up some cut flowers and call it good.
Should I go for it? Too risky?