Flower shortage hits businesses as wedding boom spurs demand

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – A shortage of flowers is straining businesses trying to get enough for their customers.

Florists and event planners say finding the right flowers has become a challenge in recent months amid increased demand. They also said wholesalers were running out of supplies due to labor and distribution issues, which could impact events such as weddings or funerals.

Randy and India Rogers have owned Flowers By Richard for three years, but the store has been an integral part of Myrtle Beach, SC for three decades.

They said they had to do more work and get more creative to get the flowers they needed, sourcing the flowers from Ecuador or Hawaii and having them shipped overnight to Myrtle. Beach.

“We still have other sources, and so we are still getting there, so while it may take us a little longer than usual, we can still do it,” said India Rogers.

The Rogers flowers aren’t the only thing missing. Things like greenery, pots, and vases are also hard to come by.

According to floristsreview.com, the current decline in flower supply is due to factors such as the end of the global pandemic last year, as well as poor weather conditions, increased demand for truckers, increased international shipping rates and simply higher demand for flowers.

Farms around the world, including the United States, South America and the Netherlands, are supplying flowers to florists and retailers, and demand is skyrocketing as the industry largely responds to a boom postponed weddings that had been postponed during the closure.

Debbie Benson, co-owner of Gigi Noelle Events in Myrtle Beach, said she was also having difficulty getting flower deliveries.

“I placed my orders in two to three weeks, and I’m not receiving them,” Benson said.

Benson said the shortage had the biggest impact on weddings, as brides often pay a year or even two in advance for some flower arrangements. With higher prices, Benson said, the high costs of obtaining specific flowers must be passed on to customers.

“I can’t do anything,” Benson said. “A lot of times I just have to say, ‘I’m so sorry, but I can’t have peonies.’ They cost $ 65 a pack now, and it’s for 10. And you need a lot more than 10, so I’m going to have to explain to them that there is no way unless they want to increase their budget. , and most brides don’t. I really don’t want to do this.

Florists and event planners have said they don’t know how long the shortage will last. Benson knows the industry is trying to keep customers happy.

“We all try,” Benson said. “All florists, no matter what we do, our goal is to make our customers happy, hopefully the happiest day of their lives, and we do our best. “

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