WHAT WE ORDERED Twenty loose stems of light blue hydrangeas ($100). We had enough to make four medium centerpieces.

PACKAGING The box was carefully packed with extra cardboard inserts to keep the flowers intact during shipping. The website's "how to unpack your flowers" video offers solid tips for the DIYer.

GOOD TO KNOW Thanks to a link with a top South American supplier, RoseSource.com offers a good mix of hard-to-find roses and other blooms.

Photographs by Diane Fields/BRIDES