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 (their own, a vital staff member or a close family member), stock unavailability, a bereavement, an accident or, less commonly, because they have been double-booked.
In my case, my requested pink amaryllis became unexpectedly unavailable - and I was informed only the day prior.
In the end, it didn't matter. Like most hosts we never shared in advance with our guests what we had planned.
Therefore, they had no idea the replacement orchids, hyacinths and roses were never the look intended and they had fun regardless.
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 you've been tasked with planning an interstate corporate event, this may or may not be easy for you based on whether a) you've got contacts in that state and b) how complex your event is going to be.
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