Expert Advice

WARNING About Your Wedding Flowers

  • Do not place your flowers in a refrigerator, cooler, ice chest, etc. that is or will be below 40 degrees.  Lower temperatures will turn your flowers black. Do not store any type of fruit in the refrigerator. Fruit emits ethylene gas which ruins fresh flowers.
  • Do not leave your flowers in a hot car while running errands.
  • Do not leave your flowers in a church overnight that is not air conditioned.
  • Bring a large car, van or SUV, big enough to place your flowers. Remember to clean out your car and do not bring a lot of people with you, as you will need the space for your flowers, which are generally tall, wide and irregular.  The more flat and tall cargo space the better.
  • If you are picking up your flowers a day ahead – be sure to add water daily as needed. Be sure to check, it is your responsibility.
  • Do not place your flowers in a draft, direct sun, on top of a television, or any other item that emits heat.

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You can expect breathtaking wedding flowers, bridal bouquets, bridesmaids bouquets, coordinated balloon bouquets and flower girl baskets from Norfolk Wholesale Floral. Let us help you plan your dream wedding, call now, numbers below, make your consultation appointment today.

Norfolk Wholesale Floral – trusted by brides for beautiful wedding flowers for 80 years.

In terms of bridal/weddings, what differentiates Norfolk Wholesale Floral from competitors?
Especially, what is the recognizable difference to customers?

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Norfolk Wholesale Floral provides unequalled Trust, Service, and Professionalism.

Walk-in observation, coupled with word of mouth from prior brides is a clincher. Brides-to-be can actually see and touch actual wedding flowers in our bridal cooler every Wednesday afternoon, all day Thursday, Friday and very early Saturday mornings, it’s the best evidence of all, seeing and believing.

Ask to review the work orders and invoices. You will be stunned at the price difference.

Many brides find Norfolk Wholesale Floral after they have placed a non-refundable deposit elsewhere and still they decide to forfeit their deposits and go with Norfolk Wholesale Floral.

Brides
Call today and your worries are over!

Phone Design Department for Your Personal Consultation
Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm
Saturday: 9am – 3pm

Local Calls
757-625-0901 x2

Out-of-towners call toll free
866-340-3431 x2

Directions to Visit Our Only Location
601 E Brambleton Ave, Norfolk VA 23510 USA

In person shopping offers flowers as far as the eye can see.

Norfolk Wholesale Floral is the largest independent wholesale-retail florist on the East Coast.
We are not affiliated with Norfolk Florist, FTD or Teleflora


Wedding Consultations are by appointment.

Consultation appointments should be made
3-4 months prior to wedding date.

We will be happy to take walk-in consultations if time permits.

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Original consultations consist of a 30 minute to 1 hour consult
and one 30 minute follow up.

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Your wedding consultation does not confirm
your wedding order with us.

You must pay for your order to confirm that your wedding flowers
are to be prepared by Norfolk Wholesale Flroal.

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Payments can be made in full at time of order or
must be completely paid no less than six weeks
prior to your wedding date.

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There is a $50.00 cancellation fee
on all weddings and custom orders.

Cancellation Policy:
You may cancel your order up to 15 days
before the date of the wedding
for a full refund
less initial consultation and change order charges.

There are NO REFUNDS PAST THIS POINT FOR ANY REASON.

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Thank you.


We will gladly mix your custom wedding order with bulk wholesale flowers –
make a splash!

Locals Call for Bridal help   757-625-0901 ext 2
Out-of-towners Toll Free   866-340-3431 ext 2

Coordinated Ensembles

  • Bridal Bouquets in Silk and Fresh
  • Corsages/Boutonnieres in Silk and Fresh
  • Coordinating Centerpieces for Rehearsal and Reception Parties
  • Wedding Accessories

Decorations

  • Cake Toppers
  • Champagne Glasses
  • Flower Girl Baskets
  • Ring Bearer Pillows
  • Wedding Bubbles

Rentals

  • Brass Archway
  • 3-Light Trinity
  • Silk Altar Arrangements
  • Silk Headtable Arrangement(s)
  • Heart Candleabra
  • Kneeling Benches
  • plus much more…
  • Check out our Q&A section for some interesting information!

Dear Everyone at Norfolk Wholesale Floral, My father-in-law, a renown florist in Madrid, Spain, who provides for royalty and the theater, cinema circles, and who is a brilliant artist with flowers, could not have found any fault with your work! His work is renown, but your artistry of flower choice, color, ribbon and delicacy of arrangement could have made any royal princess joyful. The rather complicated directions of the different flowers to be placed at different places in the church an club were followed perfectly. This alleviated any mix ups.
Thank you for your work and care. Many people commented on the beautiful flowers, including our guests from Europe, who were able to see firsthand the ability of a dedicated American florist.

Sincerely,
Anne-Marie Rodriguez

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GLOSSARY

How to finesse the floral lingo:

BOUQUETS

Biedermeier
A tightly arranged nosegay consisting of concentric circles of various differently colored flowers.
The blooms are wired into a holder, with one flower variety per ring.

Cascade or Shower
A waterfall-like spill of blooms, often composed of ivy and long-stemmed flowers, that is wired to cascade gracefully over the bride’s hands.

Classic bouquet
A dense bunch of blooms that can be anchored in a bouquet holder, wired, or hand-tied.

Composite
A handmade creation in which different petals or buds are wired together on a single stem to create the illusion of a giant flower.

Crescent
Composed of one full flower and a flowering stem, often orchids, wired together to form a slender handle that can be held in one hand. Designed as either a full crescent —  half circle with a central flower and blossoms emanating from two sides — or a semi-crescent, which has only one trailing stem.

Nosegays
Small, round bouquets, approximately 16-18 inches in diameter, composed of densely packed round flowers, greenery, and occasionally herbs.Nosegays are wired or tied together.

Oasis
Special foam used in flower arrangements. Oasis fits in a bouquet holder and retains water like a sponge, hydrating flowers for extended time periods.

Pomander
A bloom-covered ball suspended from a ribbon. Ideal for child attendants.

Posies
Smaller than nosegays but similar in design, posies often include extras like ribbons or silk flowers. Perfect for little hands.

Presentation
Also known as the pageant bouquet, this is a bunch of long-stemmed flowers cradled in the bride’s arms.

Taped and Wired
Arranging technique for bouquets, boutonnieres, headpieces, and wreaths. The head of a flower is cut from the stem and attached to a wire, which is then wrapped with floral tape. Taped and wired flowers are more easily maneuvered into shapes and styles.

Tossing
This copy of the bridal bouquet is used solely for the bouquet toss ritual.

Tussy Mussy
From the Victorian era, a tussy mussy is a posy carried in a small, metallic, hand-held vase. Today, the term is often used in reference to the holder itself.

OTHER FLORAL TERMS

Boutonniere
A single bloom or bud (or several small buds) attached to the left lapel of the jacket. Boutonnieres can be worn by grooms, attendants, ushers, and the bride’s and groom’s fathers.

Candelabra
A floral centerpiece created at the base, neck, or top of a multi-armed candelabra. Such a centerpiece is usually touched with flowing greens or ribbons,depending on the wedding’s style.

Corsage
A single bloom (or small cluster of blooms) arranged against a lace or tulle doily and/or accented with ribbon. Corsages come in pin-on, wrist, and hand-held styles and are typically worn by mothers and grandmothers. Orchids and gardenias are popular choices.

Dais
The centerpiece at the head table (where bride and groom are seated), which drapes to the front of the table for visual effect.

Fish bowl
Low centerpiece style that consists of flowers clustered in a glass bowl.

Garden
Centerpiece featuring abstract wild flowers. The composition is airy and less full than other designs. Lisianthus, hollyhock, rambling roses, digitalis, and smilax are well suited to this arrangement style.

Garland
Elaborately woven rope or strand arrangement, typically used to adorn pews and doorways.

Huppah
A wedding canopy decorated with flowers that is an integral part of the traditional Jewish ceremony.

Ikebana
Japanese-style flower arrangements that are aesthetically in unison with space, size, earth, and air.

Topiary
Flowers or foliage trimmed into geometric shapes, often resembling miniature trees or animals.

Trellis
A woven wooden frame used as a screen or support for climbing plants and flowers.

Wreath
A ring of flowers or other decorative materials that can function as centerpiece, headpiece, or door hanger.

Top 10 Wedding Blooms

Having trouble deciding from the thousands of varieties available? To help you narrow down your bouquet and centerpiece choices before your consultation, we offer this overview of the most popular wedding flowers.

  • Rose
  • Tulip
  • Calla Lily
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Hydrangea
  • Peony
  • Ranunculus
  • Stephanotis
  • Sweet Pea
  • Gardenia

Listed below are some of the more common flower meanings:

Alstroemeria: Devotion
Babies Breath: Pure Heart
Carnation: Fidelity
Chrysanthemum: Cheerfulness, Truth
Daffodil: Joy, Devotion
Daisy: Faith, Simplicity
Gardenia: Joy
Gladiola: Generosity, Beauty
Iris: Promise
Ivy: Fidelity, Friendship
Lily: Purity, Innocence
Lily of the Valley: Happiness
Orchids: Rare Beauty
Rose: Love, Friendship
Rosebud: Beauty, Youth
Stephanotis: Happiness
Sweet Pea: Blissful Pleasure
Tulip: Perfect Lover

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