Area Florists and Event Planners in Green Country, Oklahoma, say a nationwide flower shortage is having a big impact on their business. "Some types of flowers are much more expensive, and you can't even find certain types of flowers," they say.
“We used to just rely on certain types of flowers being available, but now we are having to get more creative with substitutes when we aren’t able to get things that are more readily available,” said co-owner of Penelope & Lu, Julie Walsh.
Co-Owners of Penelope & Lu, Julie Walsh and Cassie Imel say weddings are normally stressful, but adding a nationwide flower shortage into the mix is making it even more difficult. "If we have someone who is set on a certain flower, that's hard right now," said Walsh. “Most of our clients have been very open and trusting that we'll figure it out and make it pretty for them.”
Because many 2020 weddings were postponed, florists are seeing double the events and are being forced to order flowers a month in advance. Many types of flowers are seeing a big price mark up. “This rose is a cappuccino rose; normally they’re $2.30 a stem, and they went up to over $5.00 a stem,” said Walsh.
"Anything that’s trending, roses that are neutral, your beige, your tans, they can't produce the flowers fast enough to fill the events,” said The Flower Shop Pryor Owner, Callie Schmidt. "We're having to get creative to come up with something that's the same color and same style, but something that's not going to cost what roses are costing right now."
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