CLEVELAND — About 2.6 million couples plan to hold a wedding this year, according to theknot.com. That’s the most since the mid-1980s.
What You Need To Know
- Sunshine Flowers is a business close to Marcie Pietrowski’s heart
- She said for weddings, staff are prepared to help nervous couples pick out flowers for their big day
- Pietrowski said she hasn’t seen this type of increase in flowers and other wedding product prices in 38 years
- Pietrowski said she advises couples to plan in advance and have a backup plan
Sunshine Flowers is a business close to Marcie Pietrowski’s heart.
“I love the people that come in,” she said. “Every time somebody walks through that door, it’s something new we have.”
Pietrowski said for weddings, staff are prepared to help nervous couples pick out flowers for their big day.
“We make them feel more comfortable that we’re going to cover every aspect of florals in their wedding and other things too,” she said. “When they leave here, they feel so much better. They’re walking out with a smile. They’re excited about their wedding. They’re not scared anymore.”
She said the increase in the price of flowers and other products is something she hasn’t seen in 38 years.
“Rose prices are crazy,” she said. “A lot of our flowers are coming from Colombia, Ecuador. They’re having issues down there with weather. That impacts our product when it comes in.”
Pietrowski said she advises couples to plan and choose a backup flower.
“Only because we don’t know what’s going to go on in these other countries,” she said. “Ukraine, the impact that they’re having and it has an impact on our flower industry. I would say pick your favorites, pick your second favorite. You have a backup if it’s not able to come in, find another flower that’s comparable that would be okay if we had to substitute and well in advance.”
She said staff are working through current challenges to provide the best experience.
“In all the years I’ve done it, I’ve really never had to tell a bride I can’t get that for you,” Pietrowski said. “Knock on wood. I’m grateful, but it can happen.”
She said Sunshine Flowers is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.