Benefits of buying artificial flowers from a wholesaler include lower cost, a wide selection, the ability to order large quantities and reduced shipping costs when orders are sent in bulk. Wholesalers usually sell to retailers but also market to event planners, schools with proms, wedding parties and businesses holding large off-site meetings.
Unlike fresh flowers, wholesale artificial flowers can be expected to last for many years, are non-allergenic and insect-free. They also require less care and maintenance than traditional floral arrangements, such as watering and pruning, and they have no lighting or temperature requirements. Artificial flowers are not seasonal, and any variety should be available all year.
Wholesale flowers are easy to transport to events, and arrangements can be made far ahead of time. There is less variation in appearance, so multiple centerpieces or decorative elements should match each other closely. After an event, arrangements can be raffled or given away as a keepsake.
When buying artificial flowers from a wholesaler, buyers should check for minimum order requirements. Purchasers should also look for hidden processing fees and find out if returns incur handling or restocking fees. When ordering from a wholesaler outside of the United States, there may be import or customs fees.