Well…. I bet you’re either looking forward to Valentine’s Day this year, or you’re dreading it! There seems to be no in-between.
Most florists have a love/hate relationship with Valentine’s Day. No matter how much experience we have or # of years we have been in business, Valentine’s Day can be an unpredictable holiday.
To give you a little more insight, in our industry, florists must pre-order flowers for this BIG holiday over a month before Valentine’s Day. (If we don’t pre-order, we may not be able to get what we need for our customers.) Then we pray, wish and hope that we have guesstimated the right amount of each type of flower we purchased. Sigh… Also another thing we have to deal with is supply and demand and the increased cost of flowers. Supply and demand for flowers on Valentine’s Day (and Mother’s Day) go through the roof! The cost of flowers increase significantly and sometimes up to twice the normal going rate. So… for those of you that think that florists are evil and just jack up prices on Valentine’s Day… think again. 🙁 We don’t do it because we see this amazing money making opportunity. We do it because our growers/supplies do it because of the supply and demand.
Enough negativity, buy your sweetheart, mother, friend, or buddy some flowers for Valentine’s Day… it’s the one holiday that you should definitely go all out to remind them that they are loved. Oh, and don’t get it at the grocery store where all the bunches are picked over – get them from your local florist who will give you quality, long-lasting flowers, beautifully arranged in a vase.
Happy New Year, Everyone! What are your new years resolutions this year? Here, at Floral Sunshine some of our top goals for 2014 are:
- Blog more, blog at least 2 times/month. We try to post pictures on our Facebook Fan page fairly often, but we forget to blog.
- Book more weekly/monthly reoccurring clients. These clients could be either corporate accounts that need flowers every week for their lobby, front desk, or restaurant/hotel… or these could be flowers sent to your girlfriend at work or your grandma at her retirement community. Check out our Flowers By Subscription plans!
- Continue to add to our floral portfolio, especially with professionally shot photos – not grainy photos taken with an iPhone.
- And I think it goes without saying — to book more weddings this year! Last year, we were honored to be part of 29 weddings. We <3 weddings!!
Wish us luck and feel free to help us out with any of our resolutions listed above! 🙂
Did you know that Floral Sunshine makes custom Indian wedding garlands??? We recently collaborated with several other vendors in a styled Indian wedding shoot. Floral Sunshine had the pleasure of working alongside Studio Varnika, Hayward Decorations, Masala Pop, and Sugar Shapes – at the Holiday Inn Portland Airport.
These particular Indian wedding garlands were made from white, maroon, red, and bi-color (white/cream/maroon/deep red) carnations. It is a lot of work to put together these dense floral garlands but they are well worth the time and effort!
If you’re having a traditional Indian (or other ethnic) wedding and would like to order custom floral garlands or other floral arrangements for your BIG day, contact Floral Sunshine! We can’t wait to hear from you!
Floral Sunshine had the pleasure of working with a very lovely couple, Mandy & David this past July. They got married at the Bigfoot Lodge (address to remain a hidden secret) as the lodge doesn’t publish their address because they are by appointment only for showings and events. You won’t find too much info about the Bigfoot Lodge online or elsewhere really, but believe me, it is a very beautiful and quaint venue.
Powers Studios was Mandy & David’s photographer of choice and they wrote up a blog with lots of great pictures to look at. Check it out…
Our favorite part of creating flowers for Mandy & David – was that they trusted us and allowed us to make designer’s choice flowers according to their color scheme. Some of the flowers included were local purple dahlias, green spider mums, drumstick allium, green ball trix, green roses, kermit poms, and mini green hydrangeas. We also emjoyed the challenge of making custom floral centerpieces inside/atop wooden cabins!
One of Floral Sunshine’s bridal bouquets was featured on Wedding Chicks on May 18th, 2012. You can see the posting here.
This bouquet was fun to create! It is comprised of purple dendrobium orchids, lavender hyacinths, blue anemones, gray berzelia berries, black feather plumes, and a touch of purple wax flower.
First and foremost, we are very sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one is never easy and ordering flowers for a memorial service can be confusing. Please feel free to give us a call directly so we can help you according to your choice of color(s), flower choices, or budget. 503-974-4740
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Basic Standing Spray $75 (economy flowers)
Deluxe Standing Spray $100 (standard flowers)
Premium Standing Spray $150 (includes 1 premium type of flower)
Large Premium Arrangement in Mache Container $135
Large Premium Arrangement in Plastic Urn $150
Wreath Standing Spray $185 (standard flowers)
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Cross Standing Spray $175 (standard flowers)
Please note that these are just a small sampling of Floral Sunshine’s memorial arrangements, we take customized orders all the time, so please call to discuss and we can let you know the cost and availability.
Floral Sunshine’s flowers are featured in MarryThis Guide 6! Get your download this month! All the flowers used in these beach-themed arrangements are locally grown. Beautiful and fragrant Peterkort Roses and fluffy white peonies from a small local grower. We had the pleasure of working with photographer Sara Gray!
Floral Sunshine creates flowers for all occasions and loves traveling to the beautiful Oregon coast for destination weddings! Shoot us an email if you’re planning your big day at the coast!
What a lovely surprise to find Floral Sunshine featured on the Art of Weddings website! Check out the write-up! http://www.artofweddingspdx.com/2012/03/need-a-little-sunshine-check-out-floral-sunshine
Today is a big day of prep for Valentine’s Day! There are SO many bunches of flowers to be trimmed and conditioned! We have multiple deliveries lined up for Monday and Tuesday ranging from Clackamas, Troutdale, Hillsboro, Tigard, and of course Portland. It’s not too late to call, we have gorgeous red roses and many other types of flowers for your sweetheart!
What an awesome milestone!
Congrats to Floral Sunshine fan #300! Misty Damico of Luxe Event Productions will be receiving a complimentary floral arrangement this week! Many thanks to all FS fans for your support and feedback.
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