Florists are navigating supply chain issues, inflation and of course the ever day shortages of beautiful wedding flowers. This is completely out of our control. Are hands are tied from all directions, as we get hit from every part of the floral industry. Whether the cost of fuel (shipping costs) Lack of farm workers (wages) Shortages due to unforeseen circumstances. It is affecting everyone.
“During the pandemic, growers discarded millions of flowers, and with growing uncertainty, new crops were not planted in the same proportion. Labor shortages and poor weather conditions in major growing areas added to a continued global shortage, especially for premier flowers,” In addition to flower shortages, global supply chain issues make it difficult to find materials, including vases, floral tape, and foam – all crucial to daily production. Unfortunately, this does not appear to be a short-term problem.” Angela Farris of Lane Florist written by Rachel Snyder of People Newspaper
One of the ways we here at Jill Heaton Event Decor have done as a wedding florist is to pre- order many materials months in advance for every wedding we have from September-December and into the beginning of 2023. We want to make sure we have everything we could possibly need for our brides' weddings. We are piling up the boxes as they arrive at our studio until those weddings area upon us.
Like in every other industry, Inflation and supply chain issues are also impacting costs for florists terribly and the huge increase in the cost of flowers, is probably the worse I have ever seen in my career of 30 years. Flowers have increase 40%. Unfortunately, that cost bestows itself onto the consumer as all the other industries do as well. This is affecting so many people today. Weddings are so expensive as it is, and florist and caterer's as well as other vendors are having a huge increase's presently that now lands onto our client's, laps. We do feel it in our own pockets when we go to the gas pumps or the supermarket.
Businesses owners need to do what is best, for both their business and their client while we try to hold on until the country sustains back to some money normalcy.
Brides, make your determination early what is most important to you for your weddings. Whether you decide to go with fresh or silk that cost is also rising. Sometimes the silks are more costly than the fresh.
For a length of time, you will probably have to increase your budgets. Consider going with less high-end flowers and work and communicate with your florists. Every stem added or removed makes a difference in the overall cost of what we can do. Flowers are a luxury, especially wedding flowers, but trust us to make magic for your wedding no matter how big or small you go with your wedding. We are wedding florist and will muddle through these issues together.