What To Do When Your Event Floral Plans Don't Work Out
Occasionally, you can be unfortunate enough to have a floral supplier cancel on you in the leadup to your special event.
They might cancel due to sudden illness, stock unavailability, a bereavement, an accident or, less commonly, because they have been double-booked.
For my own wedding, my requested pink amaryllis became unexpectedly unavailable - and I was informed only the day prior. Guests had no idea the replacement orchids, hyacinths and roses were never the look I intended.
So here are some options when your event floristry plans falls through:
- If you have a stylist or event designer, they should handle it for you
- If you don't have a stylist, do a callout for help on your local Facebook community group - you'll get help very quickly
- If your florist cannot get the flowers you wanted, ask about flowers that look similar in colour, shape and size - the Teleflora flower glossary guide shows you a range of the best-known flowers. It's easy to see that for example, delphiniums look similar in appearance to hyacinths, larkspur, stock and snapdragon
- If your florist cannot get the centrepiece structure, plinths or vases you want, contact event hire companies like My Event Decor for help
- If you're running out of time, options or patience, consider simplifying your floristry order with a less elaborate and/or available floral item
- You could hire a foliage wall, table garland, set of table plinths, floral chandelier, or differently shaped or sized vases to make visual impact
- Remember - your guests will have no idea what your original decor vision was, and won't realise your emergency replacement is not what you intended all along.