Your Wedding Consultation at Parkway Florist – What to Expect

When it comes time in your wedding planning process to select flowers, we are here to help. Scheduling a consultation with Parkway Florist s is easy and allows you to select  the perfect wedding flowers for your special day.

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As outlined below,  we will take you through the entire process of selecting your wedding flowers:

1.) Scheduling Your Appointment
To Schedule a wedding consultation appointment with Parkway Florist,  you can:
A.) Call Our Shop to provide some basic information and determine if you are ready to select flowers.
B.) Submit a request on our website for an appointment. Once we have received your request we will call you to schedule.

We schedule appointments based on your progress in the wedding planning process. The best time to meet and talk about flower selections is after the following are complete:
-The wedding date is firm
-Ceremony & Reception venues are selected and reserved
-The bride’s dress has been purchased
-The bridesmaids dress style, color, and fabric has been selected
-A general idea of wedding décor has been decided
-A flower budget has been allocated

Appointments are scheduled for mornings, afternoons, or evenings,  depending on the bride’s schedule, and our special events calendar. Our shop is open until 8pm on most nights to accommodate after work appointments. Alternate accommodations can be made for out of town brides or brides with crazy  schedules. Your appointment generally last 1 to 2 hours, and is offered to you at no charge. The bride may come alone to the appointment, or may bring up to 2 or 3 close friends or family members.

Once your appointment is scheduled, you are on our calendar as an appointment. However, your wedding date is not reserved yet, and you are not considered booked with our shop until you have placed your Non-Refundable Retainer with our shop.

2.) Preparing for Your Appointment
After we schedule a wedding consultation appointment with you, we will send you our New Bride Packet in the mail. This contains a confirmation of you appointment date and time along with other information about us.

In order to best prepare for your appointment please gather the following items.
-Fabric swatches and pictures of the Bride’s dress & bridesmaid dresses (Paint chips or ribbon samples are also acceptable).
-A list of people who might need flowers including corsages & boutonnières.
Printed photos of any flowers that you like. Keep it fairly simple. We are looking for inspiration to make your day one of a kind.
-A general plan for your flower budget. Like dress shopping, flower shopping is very flexible. This allows us to offer designs and flower choices that will best suit your budget.

Feel free to look at the many pictures of our work that are available to you. You can visit our website, click the Weddings tab and view our galleries or explore the galleries right here on our blog.

3.) Your Wedding Consultation Appointment
Please arrive for your wedding consultation appointment on time.   If for any reason you are unable to keep your appointment please call us. We will be happy to reschedule or cancel your appointment at your request.

Your appointment will generally last 1 to 2 hours depending on your floral needs. You will discuss everything flower-related in detail such as flower verities, colors, styles, and pricing. We offer not only fresh flower product but many other rental items that you may not be aware of.

At your appointment you will be able to select what you need for you wedding day. We have no set package or minimums.

You will leave your appointment with complete, itemized pricing for your wedding, based upon the selections and information discussed.

4.) After Your Consultation
Upon the conclusion of your consultation appointment, you will have the opportunity to reserve your wedding date on our calendar. This means that you have committed to us providing your wedding flowers, and in return we are committed to making your day as special as we can. In order to do so we require your initial Non-Refundable Retainer,  which is based on the size, scope, and budget of your individual wedding.  If you book with our firm, you are permitted to make changes to your wedding order until approximately 30 days prior to your wedding.  Final payment for all services is required in full 2 weeks prior to your wedding.

5.) Moving Forward
If you have decided to book us as your florist. We will be happy to help  you  in the planning process. This includes answering any questions that may come up along the way as well as outlining a plan for the future.  We also offer full Wedding Planning services, as well as Ceremony Co-ordination services for an additional fee.

We hope you will consider scheduling a wedding consultation appointment with Parkway Florist, and we look forward to meeting you!

Happy Planning!


For wedding inspiration be sure to check out our Instagram and Facebook pages.


Making the Sacrifice- Toss Bouquets!

The long time tradition of a Bride tossing her bouquet to an awaiting crowd of women is often viewed as a sign of good luck and can cause quite an uproar at any wedding. The woman that catches the bouquet is believed to be the next person to get married.

This seemingly silly tradition stems from medieval Europe where historically the bride’s dress was seen as a sign of good luck and fertility. Many women wishing to get their hands on the bride’s luck actually attempted to tear off pieces of the dress in order to obtain the same luck for themselves. This obviously left the bride tattered and messy. So as a distraction, the bride would often toss her bouquet behind her while running away in order to hopefully ward off the pursuit of greedy women.

Since then, the bridal bouquet has grown and changed into quite an important part of the big day. Just like wedding dresses, most bridal bouquets now are expensive and custom pieces of art. To many brides, the thought of throwing their cherished bouquet to its untimely demise is simply not an option.

Hence the toss bouquet is born!

The toss bouquet serves as the stunt double for the bride’s bouquet. It is usually smaller, lighter, less expensive, and designed just for the task. Often ribbons are included for all to see the bouquet streaming through the air to be caught by a lucky wedding goer. Below you will see two examples of toss bouquets we have done recently that were used to preserve this fun and quirky tradition of tossing the bouquet.


Flowers for Men — Boutonnieres

A boutonniere is a floral decoration worn by men, typically a single flower or bud. Boutonniere is the French word for buttonhole. Boutonnieres are usually reserved for special occasions such as proms, funerals, homecomings, and weddings. Traditionally, a boutonniere is worn on the left lapel. While in the past the flower itself was often a carnation, today many different varieties of flowers are used. Different colors and flowers may also be chosen to better coordinate with whatever else is being worn. Roses, orchids, berries, grasses, herbs, and so on.

Shown here are some recent examples of boutonnieres we have done.

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Memorial Day Flowers – 2014


Once Again, on May 26th, 2014, members of Parkway Florist will be honoring our fallen heroes at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.   This cemetery is one of the newest of the national veterans cemeteries, but already contains almost 10,000 graves.  It follows the patterns of Arlington National Cemetery, with  uniform headstones, and markings.

Anyone who has been honorably discharged from any branch of the United States military — from any period of time — can be buried in a national cemetery.  This also applies to any Spouse of a veteran.

We at  Parkway Florist will be located near the Cemetery entrance, as we have for the past several years, handing out a free rose to anyone who is coming on Memorial Day to visit a loved one.  The roses are provided to us thru our Grower partners in South America, and transported to us at no charge by some pretty terrific wholesalers and brokers and transportation companies.  Our small contribution is to get them to their final destination — the final resting place of  our veterans.

Across the United States, over 200 National, Veterans and Local cemeteries are participating in Memorial Day Flower Events.

This is being done to show appreciation on this Memorial Day for the sacrifices of the United States Armed Forces members.  As part of a grateful nation, we salute each and every one of you.

The Cemetery is located just outside of Bridgeville, Pa., and can be reached via I-79 south.  It is open to the public 7 days a week.  There is a wonderful, caring staff of volunteers in the information center that can help to locate the gravesite of anyone who is buried here.100_1793

Our work will also be visable this  Memorial Day at the Korean War Memorial located on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, near the Jerome Bettis Grille.  We have served  our Korean Veterans very proudly for a number of years, and are honored to do so again this year.  Please stop and visit the Korean War Memorial — or the newest addition to the North Shore — the World War II Memorial.  I am in awe each and every time I visit.





The History of Mother’s Day

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In the U.S. Mothers’ Day is a holiday celebrated on second Sunday in May. It is a day when children honor their mothers with cards, gifts, and flowers. First observed in Philadelphia, Pa. in 1907, it is based on suggestions by Julia Ward Howe in 1872 and Anna Jarvis in 1907.


In 1908 Anna Jarvis, from Grafton, West Virginia, began a campaign to establish a national Mother’s Day, to honor her mother, who was also named Anna, for all the good work she had done during the Civil War & after. Jarvis persuaded her mother’s church in Grafton, West Virginia  to celebrate Mother’s Day on the anniversary of her mother’s death. A memorial service was held there on May 10, 1908 and in Philadelphia the following year where Jarvis moved. Anna handed out 500 white carnations, her mother’s favorite flower, to all the mothers in church that day. This later evolved to sharing or wearing a white carnation in honor of a deceased mother and a pink carnation if your mother was living.TF-WEB131lg

Jarvis and others began a letter-writing campaign to ministers, businessmen, and politicians in their quest to establish a national Mother’s Day. They were successful. In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made the official announcement proclaiming Mother’s Day a national observance that would be to be held each year on the 2nd Sunday of May.

Although it wasn’t celebrated in the U.S. until 1908, there were days honoring mothers even in the days of ancient Greece. In those days, however, it was Rhea, the Mother of the gods that was honored. In the 1600’s, in England there was an annual observance called “Mothering Sunday.” This was celebrated during Lent, on the fourth Sunday. On Mothering Sunday, the servants, who generally lived with their employers, were encouraged to return home and honor their mothers. It was traditional for them to bring a special cake along to celebrate the occasion.

Many other countries of the world celebrate their own Mother’s Day at different times throughout the year. Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, and Belgium celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday in May, as in the U.S.
So, as we approach Mother’s Day in just a few days, Honor your Mom with just a few special blossoms, and carry on a wonderful tradition that is over 100 years old in the United States.TFWEB580lg

 Some Advice from Mom:
1. Always change your underwear; you never know when you’ll have an accident & have to go to the hospital.
2. Don’t make that face or it’ll freeze in that position.
3. Be careful or you’ll put your eye out.
4. What if everyone jumped off a cliff? Would you do it, too?
5. You have enough dirt behind those ears to grow potatoes!
6. Close that door! Were you born in a barn?
7. If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.
8. Don’t put that in your mouth; you don’t know where it’s been!

You can Still send flowers to Mom.  Just click on our website…  We have flowers to fit every budget for every Mom!




This entry was posted on May 8, 2014, in Tid Bits.

The Benefits of Sending your Valentine Flowers Early

Every year, as it gets closer and closer to Valentine’s Day, we often get the question of why someone  should send a Valentine bouquet early.  Over the years, we have come up with some really good reasons, which should provide some food for thought.  They include:

1.  Your Valentine is the center of attention when she receives her bouquet early at her work place…..while others are still waiting…and hoping….to receive something…..or anything!

2.  Your Sweetie will know that you thought of her or him early…..that it is not a “last minute” effort.

3.  Many, many, many packages will be delivered between 8 am and 5 pm on Valentine’s Day.  By sending your bouquet early, your Valentine will feel special and loved all day!

4.  We will also attach a message to your flowers or gift  that reads:  “Just Couldn’t Wait  to say Happy Valentine’s Day” to you.

5.  Remember — the unexpected gift generates more excitement, and usually generates more points for you!

So, Happy Valentine’s Day to all — and consider sending your special gift early this year!  You might start a new tradition!  but….in case you decide not to send early, and are running late, our store is also Open Late on February 13th and 14th.  Please stop by and check us out!

Purple is a popular color in 2011 & 2012!

We did not realize the trend we have been experiencing  until we started to review some pictures yesterday.  Purple — in all different shades and hues — has been a very popular color this year and last year.

We have featured it all alone — with its many shades — and also combined it with a number of other colors like green, white or pink.    Deep Red and Deep purple also also combinations that we have found delightful.  We thought you might enjoy seeing how each bride’s vision can be  similar — and yet totally totally different!


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