Pugh’s Flowers floral design staff is one of the very best in the Memphis.

Reality is that the pandemic in early 2020 had an impact on many things. This included creating a problem for US Florists in receiving timely and complete flower orders from flower farms. It is now strongly recommended that if you are needing to have Wedding Flowers in the next 6-9 months, you should start wedding planning with a florist as soon as possible.  Pugh’s Flowers is the premier florist in Memphis TN specializing in the floral planning of elegant weddings.

The flower shortage facing all florists is a combination of several factors. One thing is evident and that is most florists in the US and beyond are feeling the pressure. All are doing their very best to find ways to continue servicing their client base in the best way possible. At Pugh’s Flowers, we have a professional team of wedding planning experts and designers that create stunning flower bouquets. We would be honored and delighted to get started with you in planning your wedding.

Flower Supply Challenges

Environmental Changes – Climates in some regions where flowers are grown have changed. In South America, they are reporting colder nights and more rainfall which has negatively affected flower production. Then domestically, many farms are located in California which as we know has been suffering from severe drought conditions.

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Global Pandemic – We all understand the impact this horrific event had worldwide. This 2020 event snowballed into effecting many different industries including Wholesale Flower Growers. Many had to shut down farms due to quarantine requirements. This in turn resulted in laying off many workers and destroying tons of flowers. Some farms have not reopened and appear to have gone out of business.

Breaking it down further to real numbers, the National Association of Wholesale Distributors reported that there were 5.64 million employed in the US floral industry at the end of December 2020. That equates to 247,717 jobs lost between 2019 and 2020. That is the lowest level of floral industry employment in the past seven years. Then furthering the problem was the reduced number of flowers that were grown.

Increased Number of Weddings – There is a huge increase in the number of weddings. Many were postponed due to the Pandemic. The U.S. Wedding Report study reported that in 2021 there were an estimated 1.93 million weddings scheduled. That number for 2022 has climbed to 2.47 million. This increase in the demand for wedding flowers coupled with the supply issues is making the problem worse.

Foreign Political Pressures – In many parts of the world there are political unrest matters. This is true in Ecuador which is a major supplier of wholesale flowers. There are many protests that have blocked major transportation routes. Numerous flower farms are unable or finding it difficult to transport their flowers to shippers.

Consequently, due to these issues, even though people have gotten back to normal and begun planning events again, there are now fewer flowers and workers to load trucks. Sadly, many flowers are left to die in the heat because they cannot be loaded onto trucks.

Pugh’s Flowers has taken similar steps as other Florists to make some adjustments in order to best serve customers. Below are a few of the steps we have taken to best serve our customers in these difficult flower supply conditions.

Accurate Expectations – The last thing we want to do is over promise and under deliver.  When we set up a wedding consultation, we will provide honest and reasonable time frames to ensure your wedding flowers arrive on time and looking beautiful.

Early Wedding Bookings – Your wedding is a very important day. Due to the issues, we are all faced with regarding fresh flowers supply, we strongly encourage advance wedding planning.

Possible Substitutions – Unfortunately, it may be necessary to be flexible with wedding flower choices. While you will have first choices for your dream wedding flowers, it may not be possible in all cases to obtain those exact flowers.

Our mission is to do our very best to find alternatives to try and meet your expectations. One thing we are good at is flexing flowers. This is a technique that makes different varieties of flowers appear similar to the variety you are wanting. For example, Roses can be flexed to look like a Peony or Tulips to look like Gardenias etc.

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Pugh’s Flowers has been in business since 1976. Originally started by Bill Pugh and a business partner, the flower shop is currently owned and operated by Bill’s three sons and their families. Pugh’s operates four retail locations in the Memphis, Tennessee area. Designing flowers for weddings is one of their specialty’s. Pugh’s floral design staff is one of the very best in the Memphis. Over the years they have created gorgeous floral designs and decor for events of all sizes. Pugh’s also offers incredibly beautiful wedding packages that will fit any budget.

Their design team really gets excited when the bride requests more customization in her wedding flowers. Having the opportunity to utilize the creativity of their design staff gives them the chance to create beautiful and loving memories for the bride, groom and their guests. Pugh’s will help you create a wedding that will surely be remembered.

The wedding flowers our expert designers create are simply stunning! Pugh’s wedding flowers are artistic and uniquely designed to each bride’s specifications. Over the years we have found that most brides come into the shop with a vision of the wedding they want. They almost always tell us that they hope their wedding will be one that their guests remember forever. The Pugh’s team works extremely hard to help our bridal clients create the precise atmosphere and ambiance they are hoping to achieve, for their very special day.

Our wedding planners are experts at floral variety selection, color schemes, decor and presentation. They are experienced and have an excellent knowledge of the local wedding venues. They can help you with every step of the process. Your wedding is a very special day. You deserve our best. We guarantee our team will deliver beautiful fresh flowers, the highest standard of design, presentation and service available.

Pugh’s Flowers

Main Location

2435 Whitten Rd.
Memphis, TN 38133
(901) 405-6670

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