Galax leaves are truly one of my favorite greens to use in weddings. I love these perfect little leaves for bouquets, corsages and boutonnieres.
Unfortunately, many wholesale flower sites have priced these leaves beyond the reach of many DIY brides. I find it hard to swallow that they are claiming the "retail" price of these leaves are normally $35.00 per bunch. REALLY? Saying that 10 bunches are worth $350 makes my eyes bug out. I wish someone had told me that when I was working out of a flower shop. The extra insult is that they are claiming a "grower's bunch" is only 10 leaves.
When I purchase galax bunches from my wholesaler, they come in bunches of 25. Quite a difference! I charge a lot less and only require a bride to buy one bunch at a time. But hey!! You are getting a $35 bunch of leaves for only $4.00!! (Because you are getting 25 - not 10!!)
Another website will sell you a single bunch - but want over $20 for 10 - 12 leaves.
C'mon. I don't claim to sell wholesale . . . I wouldn't stay in business long if I did. But this borders on ridiculous.
I also don't offer "free shipping" - but at the above "wholesale" prices I think their "free shipping" is well padded into the price - don't you?
Shop around - read the fine print. There are some flower varieties I simply won't sell. Why? Because they don't travel well in a FedEx truck.
My goal is for your DIY flowers to arrive in good condition - ready to use. I don't want any bride stressed because her flowers are stressed. I want to feel good about what I sell - not shrug my shoulders and offer a refund and a "oh, well, sorry" right before someone's wedding day.
By the way . . . these are live products. That means not every leaf is "cookie cutter perfect". They aren't silks stamped out in a factory.
If I see a little browning on the edges, a florist grabs her scissors and does a little quick nipping. (Although if I paid $22 for 10 leaves - every one of those babies better be pristine!! LOL!!)
There! Ready to use!
I want a collar of leaves to show just beyond the roses in this wedding bouquet, so I insert the galax leaf on top of the leather already around the outside of the bouquet holder.
Continue around the entire perimeter of the bouquet.
Here is the end look . . . for less than $4.00 of galax leaves! (Sorry - just can't quit harping on that!)